ADAS and Autonomous vehicle news log


The PTOLEMUS research team are tracking important evolutions in global ADAS and autonomous vehicle developments on a daily business. Below, we share some of our key findings:

11 July 2017
Audi launches controversial new self-driving car

Audi has launched the most advanced self-driving car available on the roads, in spite of warnings from across the industry that a system that allows owners to take their eyes off the road for prolonged periods of time is fundamentally unsafe. The Volkswagen-owned brand unveiled its new flagship A8 saloon on Tuesday, a vehicle that will spearhead the company’s attempts to reclaim the technological lead over arch rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The most eye-catching feature of the car allows drivers to sit back and watch television while the vehicle drives itself at speeds of up to 60km per hour in heavy traffic.

This purports to be the first mass production, truly level 3 car. In our Autonomous Vehicle Global Study we have studied, at length, the problems with driver re-engagement and the barriers this may place on level 3 technology. At this stage, it is unclear how Audi plans to handle the re-engagement challenge.

10 July 2017
Waberer’s International launches deal with Volvo Group on driverless trucks

Waberer’s International predict wave of consolidation across the European CRT industry and declares itself “prepared for the sift to driverless technology” following announcement of IPO and autonomous partnership with Volvo Group.

14-May-17

Delphi joins BMW-Intel-Mobileye autonomous car partnership
Delphi provided a prototype computing platform that melds sensors, artificial intelligence and other computers. Interesting to see that the system and to an extend the partnership, is not focused solely on producing autonomous BMW, other OEMs are expected to join in. Here is an helicopter view of the AV market and the partnerships from the AV Global Study.

14-May-17

Lyft just agreed a tie up with Waymo for self driving mobility
So GM, who has invested half a billion in Lyft will now have to choose between using its own platform (in development) or use the Waymo (much more advanced) platform. More likely advance both in parallel…

13-May-17

Germany passes legislation to enable autonomous vehicles 
The German government just legalised autonomous cars, but not driverless cars. A driver must be able to take back control at any time. Also it gave the OEM the liability but only if the driver did not re-engage and demand a black box to record data about the nature of the driving.

10-May-17

Toyota will use Nvidia’s autonomous platform
NVidia adds a new manufacturer to the list of auto makers working with the Drive PX platform and Xavier AI brain.

25-April-17

Nissan Joins VW and BMW on Mobileye Mapping for Autonomous Driving
Nissan agreed to share information that will be merged with other carmakers’ data to create High Definition maps of drivable paths and landmarks for future driverless cars.

25-April-17

Waymo starts autonomous taxi public service in Phoenix 
Waymo goes ahead before Uber and launches a public service trial in Arizona. Also announces 500 more cars.

19-April-17
Baidu expected to release a free OS for autonomous Cars
Like Android released in 2008 and then became the most popular smartphone OS, Baidu is releasing the OS for free but some mapping and machine-learning services will be accessible through an API controlled by Baidu.

13-Apr-17
Germany approves Level 4 automation – with caveats
The Bundestag voted for a change in the traffic law to allow for high automation but leaves the liability to the driver.

15-March, 2017
Bosch announce partnership with NVIDIA
Following announcements at CES, Bosch are building AI based car computers with NVIDIA for l4 autonomy

13-Mar-17
Intel acquires Mobileye for $15.3 Billion

06-Jan-17
Audi Is Using Nvidia Tech to Bring Self-Driving Cars to Market by 2020
German automaker Audi (AUDVF, -0.48%) will use U.S. chipmaker Nvidia’s (NVDA, -1.05%) artificial intelligence computing platform to bring autonomous vehicles to the road by 2020, the companies announced Wednesday night at CES, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

04-Jan-17
BMW, Intel, and Mobileye will have self-driving cars on the road later this year
Today, BMW, Intel, and Mobileye announced their intention to deploy 40 autonomous vehicles for testing on public roads in the second half of 2017. The cars — BMW 7 series equipped with Intel and Mobileye technology — will be on the roads in both the US and Europe for public trials, the companies say.

13-Dec-16
Mobileye installs anti-crash tech on NYC cars
Together with insurer Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc., Mobileye said, it has equipped thousands of New York City-based rideshare vehicles, such as those available through popular apps including Uber and Lyft, with advanced collision avoidance systems that aim to prevent accidents.

13-Dec-16
Allstate partners with Stanford University on autonomous vehicle research
Allstate is working with Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Stanford to build an understanding of the implications of connected cars and autonomous vehicles.

13-Dec-16
Google Said to Plan Ride-Sharing Service With Fiat Chrysler.
Google parent Alphabet Inc. plans to start a ride-sharing service with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NA’s minivans as part of a reorganization of the tech company’s automotive unit, people familiar with the matter said.

9-Dec-16
Michigan passes new laws to set up the Autonomous market in the state.
The new regulations allow for testing and deployment of on-demand networks of self-driving vehicles as well as the eventual sale of self-driving cars to consumers.

6-Dec-16
Pennsylvania Unveils Guidelines for Autonomous VehiclesPennDot have put forward recommendations for legislation to go forward to allow control over autonomous testing to be handed to the PenDott. The aim of this is to allow and encourage manufacturers to test their autonomous vehicles in Pennsylvania, with a focus on innovation around driverless vehicles. Currently policy for HAV only applies to vehicles of which control can be taken by a driver at any time.

5-Dec-16
Cadillac is out of the HAV race
Supercruise will be a big part of GM’s strategy towards automation and the tech launch has been delayed because of issue of “integration”. Cadillac will have super cruise but the company has declared itself out of the race on HAV – stating it was not in their strategy or in their customer segment’s interest. Finally a company that states it won’t follow the rush! Correction: Cadillac showed off supercruise in April 2017

5-Dec-16
Apple reveals plans for self driving car
Also mentioned in the letter is Apple’s agreement with the standards that companies should share de-identified scenario and dynamics data from crashes and near misses, including time-series of vehicle kinematics and roadway and object characteristics.

Apple has written a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for the government to help “new entrants” to the vehicle market to have “the same opportunity” that “established manufacturers have when it comes to testing on public roads. By this, Apple is requesting for the NHTSA to expedite the exemptions requests needed to test vehicles. Congress recently enacted provision in the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act for established manufacturers to test on public roads without needing exemptions in the FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards). Apple rogue that this should be extended to new entrants.

22-Nov-16
UK Insurance Association Calls for International Crash Data Standards for Autonomous Vehicles
Association and Thatcham are lobbying for international standards to be set for all crashes occurring with an Autonomous Vehicle. This would include an indication of whether the vehicle was operating autonomously or not and what technology was in use.

11-Oct-16
Infineon acquire Innoluce BV
Infineon bought the chipset makers to strengthen its ability to produce Lidars

30-Sep-16
Government Takes Another Step Forward Towards a Self-Driving Era
Korean government supports autonomous vehicles development through increased testing, commitment to AV commercialisation by 2020 and through standardisation of frequency bandwidth.

23-Sep-16
Uber rival Grab partners with driverless car firm in Singapore
Grab and nuTonomy have reached an agreement to allow riders to book a ride using an autonomous vehicle in Singapore. nuTonomy hopes to have 100 commercially available AVs by 2018 and a dozen by the end of 2016. At first, an engineer will also be present in the car to monitor the environment and take over the driving task if the ride takes the vehicle outside the one-north district.

21-Sep-16
Germany to create world’s first highway code for driverless cars
Three things are laid out:
1)    A car will always opt for property damage over personal injury
2)    An AV system will never distinguish between humans based on categories such as age or race
3)    If human removes hands from steering wheel, the car manufacturer is liable

06-Sep-16
Sweden’s Volvo, Autolive hook up in driverless-car race
The two companies are joining forces to develop a software for the autonomous vehicle market. First assistance systems are expected to be available for sale by 2019 and automated driving technology by 2021. Auto-live has traditionally been a supplier of safety belts and air bags, but is growing its product lines ranging from camera, sensors, radars, mapping, and other assistance systems.

02-Sep-16
France rolls out ‘world’s first’ driverless buses
Two electric vehicles will be shuttling a maximum of 15 passengers during a test trial of one year in Lyon, France. The buses have a top speed of 20km/hr and will be making 10 stops. Buses are manufactured by Navya, prototypes were tested in 2013 and trial begins in 2015 (about 2-3 years from prototype to road testing).

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160902/france-to-roll-out-world-first-driverless-buses

 

01-Sep-16
Baidu and Nvidia team up to work on artificial intelligence for self driving car
Title tells most of the story. Another interesting point is that earlier this week, Baidu received approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicle to start testing autonomous vehicles in public roads.

http://telematicswire.net/baidu-and-nvidia-team-up-to-work-on-artificial-intelligence-for-self-driving-car/

 

1st September, 2016
French-made Driverless bus trial in South Perth an Australian first
The vehicle is considered level four. It can carry 11 passengers and travel at up to 45km per hour, although its average speed will be 25kph. It will travel down a pre-programmed route on the foreshore, but it has the ability to detect other vehicles and read traffic lights.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-31/driverless-bus-trialed-in-south-perth/7802976

 

1st September, 2016
Driverless vehicle on trial in Downtown Dubai
The strategy aims at switching 25 per cent of total mobility in Dubai to driverless journeys using various transit means by 2030. Capable of moving at a speed of up to 40km/h, EZ10 cruises at 25km/h and is ideal in pedestrian areas and dedicated cycle lanes. The vehicle is also special needs-friendly, with a movable ramp allowing access to wheelchair-bound passengers.

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/transport/driverless-vehicle-on-trial-in-downtown-dubai-1.1888590

 

31-Aug-16
Tesla starts the new InsureMyTesla plans in Australia and Hong Kong, hinting towards entering into the industry
Tesla’s insurance programs will be underwritten by AXA in Hong Kong and QBE in Australia. Tesla is getting more involved because owners have been paying too much for insurance due to insurers incorrectly listing the Model S’s trim levels. Insurers are also not yet able to properly insure cars that receive software updates. The insurance is in the pilot stage only.

http://www.thecountrycaller.com/38677-tesla-motors-inc-enters-car-insurance-business-as-full-autonomy-nears/

 

30-Aug-16
Drive.ai uses deep learning to teach self-driving cars and to give them a voice
Drive.ai is working on a platform that will allow cars to communicate more effectively with pedestrians outside of the car.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/30/drive-ai-uses-deep-learning-to-teach-self-driving-cars-and-to-give-them-a-voice/

 

29-Aug-16
Russia’s search giant, Yandex, is making a self-driving shuttle bus
It’s partnering with Daimler, truck maker Kamaz and government-backed researchers at NAMI on an autonomous shuttle bus that could carry up to 12 people and travel about 124 miles on a charge. Yandex is contributing its experiences with artificial intelligence, computer vision and voice recognition, and it’ll even be central to the interface — you’ll use a Yandex-linked mobile app to pinpoint your destination.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/28/yandex-teams-on-self-driving-shuttle-bus/

 

28-Aug-16

Low-cost precise positioning for automated vehicles

Discusses the technology and viability of GNSS positioning systems that could help cars stay in lanes even in harsh weather conditions. Accuracy can be up to the centimetre. Very technical writing – could be useful during potential during CNES project.

http://gpsworld.com/low-cost-precise-positioning-for-automated-vehicles/

 

25-Aug-16

Self-driving taxis hit the road in Singapore

Singapore has claimed a head-start in the global race to deploy self-driving cars with the launch the world’s first public trial of a robe-taxi service. The trial allows selected members of the public to use a smartphone app to hail a free ride in autonomous cars operated by autonomy. The passengers, traveling either in a specially configured Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle, will be accompanied by one of the company’s engineers, who can take control of the vehicle if necessary.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2d6bdb28-6a7a-11e6-a0b1-d87a9fea034f.html#axzz4IKbA9O7E

 

Mobileye and Delphi Join to Produce Self-Driving System by Late 2019

A new technology partnership between top auto suppliers Mobileye and Delphi automotivee could pull ahead production of self-driving cars to late 2019. They plan to begin a turn-key system for self-driving cars early next year.

http://fortune.com/2016/08/23/mobileye-delphi-self-driving-cars-2019/

 

23-Aug-16

BMW to launch its first full autonomous vehicle iNext in China

BMW announced its latest plans to build cars in the preparation for launching its first fully autonomous vehicles in China in 2021. BMW will work with technology giants Intel and Isreali manufacturer Mobileye to make iNext a fully autonomous vehicle.

http://it.sohu.com/20160822/n465270191.shtml

 

 

 

Uber’s autopilot car will hit the road soon, and will roll out self-driving taxi services in the US by the end of the month

–    Velodyne LiDAR has accept a joint venture investment of $150 million (50/50) by Baidu and Ford. This investment will help Velodyne LiDAR improve the design and performance as well as to reduce the cost of its lidar products.

–    On August 18, Uber has announced the acquisition of autonomous truck start-up company Otto. Getting a share of the freight revenues, Uber will obtain a very predictable source of revenues.

–    Uber will roll out the self-driving Uber Taxi service in the US by the end of the month. Starting from later this month, Uber will allow consumers to hail a self-driving taxi in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania using the Uber app. These self-driving taxis are a modified version of Volvo XC90 SUV, equipped with dozens of sensors and cameras, Lidar and GPS signal receiver.

http://www.leiphone.com/news/201608/rOHI6NACYVWzTJs2.html

 

22-Aug-16

Volvo cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/volvo-cars-uber-join-forces-develop-autonomous-driving-cars-1004098444/

 

17-Aug-16

Macrolink Group made a $50 million strategic investment in LeSEE.

The investment made by Macrolink Group will help LeSEE push further in its development in autonomous vehicle, with the support from its technology provider Faraday Future.

http://www.leiphone.com/news/201608/LtY2ioVgF2pz0Kc3.html

 

02-Aug-16

Delphi surpasses Uber on providing autopilot taxi services

Delphi announced that it will need to implement on-demand autopilot taxi services, with three-year polio scheme in Singapore. With first year dedicated to related construction, Delphi will roll out vehicle road test on the second year. Delphi hopes to offer services including communication systems for autonomous vehicles and control systems, transportation and cloud services – a wholistic ecosystem.

http://cn.engadget.com/2016/08/01/delphi-will-test-its-self-driving-taxi-service-in-singapore

 

China clears road for Uber to operate legally

China issued nationwide ride-hailing regulations, making it the largest country to formally legalise the sector at a national level. Provisions in the previous draft – forcing Uber and Didi to operate like traditional taxi companies – have been struck from the final version, although local governments are allowed to set minimum and maximum fare prices.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-clears-road-for-uber-to-operate-legally-1469703991

 

Nissan’s new Serena ProPILOT technology makes autonomous drive first for Japanese automakers

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that the new Serena, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late August, will come equipped with the company’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, offering convenience and peace of mind during highway mobility. ProPILOT is a revolutionary autonomous drive technology designed for highway use in single-lane traffic. ProPILOT will be introduced into other vehicles, including the Qashqai in Europe in 2017. There are also plans for the technology to be introduced in the U.S. and China markets.

http://www.leiphone.com/news/201607/PpCF8xS2LY2TP4ig.html

 

28-Jul-16

Mobileye will stop providing technical support on ADAS Autopilot to Tesla

Mobileye wants to be more involved with how its technology is deployed and Tesla refused to grant this permission. Mobileye is setting its sights more on fully autonomous vehicles in order to avoid the complications with driver handoff. EyeQ4 will improve on angle collision situations.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mobileye-ends-partnership-with-tesla-1469544028

Mobileye will not extend the contract with Tesla beyond EyeQ3 product. Mobileye will continue the support and maintain of the current Autopilot with Tesla, including safety function upgrades, but this will not include hardware upgrades. Mobileye will introduce EyeQ4 in 2018.

http://tech.sina.com.cn/it/2016-07-27/doc-ifxuhukz1099620.shtml

 

Article discusses the data storage and memory needs for Autonomous vehicles and highlights certain companies that are leading in the data storage space.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomcoughlin/2016/07/20/the-memory-of-cars/2/#2c972b344637

The memory of cars

20-Jul-16

 

Synopsis announced a new generation of Automatic Test Pattern Generation (ATPG) tool TetraMAX II, which has passed the ISO 26262 automative functional safety standard certification. TetraMAX II can test multiple fault models, and at the same time will reduce to a minimum the cost of test samples and test pattern generation time.

http://news.hqew.com/info-303275.html

Synopsis new technology acquires new car safety certification

20-Jul-16

 

Britain launches a consultation to change the highway code in order to allow autonomous cars on the road by 2020. Government is showing initiative to remove regulatory barriers for ADAS and are also looking at changing insurance law.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-autos-driverless-idUKKCN0ZR0XW

UK consults on insurance, driving rules for autonomous cars

11-Jul-16

 

Traditional chip maker Intel has made new progress in the field of autonomous driving: on 1 July 2016, BMW, Intel and Mobileye announced a partnership, aiming for mass production of autonomous vehicles by 2021.

http://tech.ifeng.com/a/20160706/41634183_0.shtml

Aimed at autonomous vehicle, chances of winning for Intel with newly found partnerships

06-Jul-16

 

Uber plans to monitor driving behaviour like braking, speeding, etc. It will give drivers feedback on their driving behaviours and compare to other Uber drivers in the city. The data will also be used to track driving patterns that can be used for Uber autonomous car ventures. The driving behaviour is not being used specifically for insurance purposes, but shows Uber is finding value in tracking driving behaviour. Could be a step towards UBI.

http://telematicswire.net/uber-plans-to-track-driver-behaviour-through-app/

Uber plans to track driver behaviour through app

01-Jul-16

 

“Synthia” is an AI program that creates real world situations for computers to learn how to react to the possible dangers of the road. It is being developed at the Computer Vision Centre in Barcelona, Spain.

http://telematicswire.net/self-driving-cars-are-being-tested-by-their-own-instructor-synthia/

Self-driving cars are being tested by their own instructor “Synthia”

24-Jun-16

 

General Motors will expand its engineering base in Canada, creating 1000 new jobs and investing $10 million in Ontario for the development of autonomous car technology. Article also mentions the GM acquisition of Cruise Automation, a startup that develops autonomous vehicle technology.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/general-motors-invests-canada-develop-160630251.html

General Motors invests in Canada to develop autonomous technology

23-Jun-16

 

Article outlines some of the successes and some of the failures with the S90 ACC feature that can actively keep you entered in the lane. Interestingly, Volvo makes almost all ADAS features standard except blind spot recognition and rear cross traffic alert because it deemed these features “non-essential”.

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/229969-can-the-2017-volvo-s90-ride-safety-and-self-driving-to-serious-market-share

Can the 2017 Volvo S90 ride safety and self-driving to serious market share?

14-Jun-16

 

Investment comes from China Life, China’s largest state-owned commercial insurer.

http://www.4-traders.com/CHINA-LIFE-INSURANCE-COMP-6499411/news/Didi-Chuxing-Gets-600-Million-Strategic-Investment-From-China-Life-22512194/

Didi Chuxing gets $600 million strategic investment from China Life

12-Jun-16

 

Interview with representative from Thatcham. Brings some interesting figures: 45% of new cars launched in 2016 have AEB has standard, 5-star safety will no longer be given to vehicles if AEB is not standard. Survey of customers: 70% say safety is an important factor in choosing new car, 82% feel they should not have to pay extra for safety. Highlights issue with dealers not pushing safety features and the problems with a lack of standardisation with the branding of AEB and its level of benefit.

http://www.just-auto.com/interview/thatcham-research-on-why-european-oems-should-follow-us-on-autonomous-emergency-braking-fitment-qa_id170021.aspx

Thatcham Research on why European OEMs should follow US on autonomous emergency braking fitment

09-Jun-16

 

Very early stage, Uber has been chatting with several automakers. Uber also confirmed it had formed an auto-leasing deal with Toyota

https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/08/fiatdreamsofselfdrivingcars/

Uber and Fiat in Discussions to Form a Self-Driving Car Partnership

08-Jun-16

 

Adrian flux creates a policy for cars with autonomous features. They already include standard coverage for autonomous braking but now add new covers like in cases of failure to install vehicle software updates and security patches, satellite failure affecting navigation, failure of the operating system in the vehicle, loss damage for car hacking.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/07/uk-driverless-car-insurance-policy-adrian-flux

Insurer launches UK’s ‘first driverless car policy’

07-Jun-16

 

GM plans to use Mobileye’s technology in the 3 million cars it sells annually. GM is also working with Mobileye on their REM localisation product which will allow GM to collect 100 million miles of data per day in the US. Another example of “land grabbing” on the part of an OEM trying to get its hands on data.

http://telematicswire.net/mobileye-and-gm-to-collect-map-data-through-self-driving-cars/

Mobile and GM to collect map data through self-driving cars

02-Jun-16

 

SAIC is China’s largest automotive manufacturer and is partnering with Alibaba to bring the car into the world of the internet. This is viewed as the first step to establish the type of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure that we will need to deploy fully autonomous vehicles.

http://telematicswire.net/alibaba-saic-to-form-a-joint-venture-for-connected-cars/

Alibaba & SAIC to form a joint venture for connected cars

02-Jun-16

 

Michigan is the first state to allow this on the roads. The legislation made in 2013 that allowed the testing of autonomous vehicles was updated to include cars on public roads and without anyone at the wheel.

http://telematicswire.net/michigan-moves-beyond-of-testing-driverless-cars-to-allow-operation-of-self-driving-cars/

Michigan moves beyond of testing driverless cars, to allow operation of self-driving car

01-Jun-16

 

Zoox is developing its own fully autonomous vehicle from scratch and expects to have a level 4 autonomous taxi ready for public roads as early as 2020.

http://telematicswire.net/zoox-receives-funding-crosses-us1-billion-in-valuation/

Zoox receives funding, crosses US $1 billion in valuation

30-May-16

 

Itseez is a computer vision and machine learning startup. Intel has also recently purchased Yogitech, another IoT company. Intel announced in March 2016 that they will be shifting business focus to an IoT, connectivity business model. Look out for intel in the automotive space.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/26/intel-buys-computer-vision-startup-itseez-to-improve-navigation-in-self-driving-cars/

Intel buys computer vision startup Itseez to improve navigation in self-driving cars

26-May-16

 

Cheaper, more efficient networks will allow cars to communicate with each other and with surrounding infrastructure and ill accelerate autonomy.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/08/19/the-things-network-wants-to-make-every-city-smart-starting-with-amsterdam/#gref

Partnership set to build a LoRaWAN network (long-range wide-area network) the allows objects to communicate with each other over a wireless signal that is more power efficient and cheaper than WiFi, cell networks, and bluetooth. Network will be rolled out throughout South Korea by mid 2016 and is the first country-wide roll-out. Similar network has been tested in Amsterdam (see link)

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/25/samsung-and-sk-telecom-to-launch-worlds-first-nationwide-network-for-the-internet-of-things-in-south-korea/

Samsung and SK Telecom to launch world’s first nationwide network for the Internet of Things in South Korea

25-May-16

 

NXP reveals its BlueBox technology that is meant to plug into existing cars to give it autonomous functioning. BlueBox is an operating platform that includes sensors and NXP’s semiconductor. The platform is open-sourced and therefore can be customised by car makers – 4 of the largest 5 carmakers are now using BlueBox in their R&D. Power requirement is a bit high, but it is the most integrated system that has been released yet (semiconductor-OS platform-sensors).

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/05/19/this-may-be-nvidias-biggest-driverless-car-threat.aspx

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougnewcomb/2016/05/23/nxp-wants-to-set-the-standard-for-both-self-driving-computing-and-adas-with-bluebox/2/#18ae1aa12e37

NXP wants to set the standard for both self-driving computing and ADAS with BlueBox

23-May-16

 

Otto announces intention to bring fully autonomous trucks to highways. They are currently in testing phase near headquarters in California.

http://www.popsci.com/otto-is-bringing-autonomous-driving-to-american-highways

Otto is bringing autonomous driving to American highways

19-May-16

 

Green Hills Software was chosen by DURA to supply the software needed to power its automated control systems. DURA is a Tier 1 supplier to the OEMs and GHS specialises in IoT software and has an operating system called INTEGRITY.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dura-automotive-systems-selects-green-120000732.html

DURA Automotive Systems selects Green Hills Software’s Platform for Advanced Driver Assistance

18-May-16

 

The Modern Transport Bill was announced in the Queen’s speech that extends mandatory cover to include accidents where the driver and a the car are responsible. This is widely seen as the first step towards creating more targeted legislation related to insurance and AVs.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/91c4ef40-1d0b-11e6-b286-cddde55ca122.html#axzz495ZqRZQc

Insurance industry welcomes proposals for driverless car cover

18-May-16

 

Mobileye agrees to supply autonomous systems to two more undisclosed car makers in 2019. Mobileye is mentioned as having tied to Volkswagen, Tesla, BMW, and General Motors. They have already signed with GM, Volkswagen and Nissan agreements that allow the company have access to vehicle data.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mobileye-to-provide-car-companies-with-autonomous-systems-1463077526

Mobileye to provide car companies with autonomous systems

12-May-16

 

Recap of a conference in California. A few quick mentions: Susan Bonilla and her advocacy in Sacramento, California to allow fully autonomous testing at GoMentum Station (AV testbed). Partnership between GoMentum and EasyMile (manufacturer of AVs developing last mile public transport with AVs).

http://www.stantec.com/blog/2016/mobility-redefined-4-takeaways-from-diverless-car-summit.html#.VzQ0yz-ddTY

Mobility redefined: 4 takeaways from the driverless car summit

11-May-16

 

Mobileye, which specialises in machines learning, data analytics and mapping for ADAS has introduced a platform that can be used to retrofit almost any vehicle on the road for certain ADAS features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian collision warning, etc. It is now available in India.

http://telematicswire.net/mobileye-introduces-collision-avoidance-technology-in-india/

Mobileye introduces collision avoidance technology in India

May-16

 

Intel has plans to move further into automotive industry, already have chips in BMW, Hyundai. Intel purchased YOGITECH (ADAS expert) in April 2016. NVIDIA is Intel’s competitor and has already developed its own autonomous car computer and platform called Drive PX. NVIDIA also announced the launch of a cloud-based supercomputer (GDX-1) that can greatly enhance how many data points an AV can process per second.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/05/06/could-intel-pose-a-threat-to-nvidias-driverless-ca.aspx

Could Intel pose a threat to NVIDIA’s driverless car business?

09-May-16

 

Deutsche Bahn is planning on adding a driverless fleet to complete last-mile transportation. The company also has a long term vision of automating their trains and operating them completely from an operations centre.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/6/11612766/deutsche-bahn-german-autonomous-car-public-transit-railway

Deutsche Bahn looking at adding autonomous cars to its mass transit network

06-May-16

 

Hewlett Packard is developing a Distributed Mesh Computing technology (DMC node) that it hopes will allow cars to communicate with the driver, other vehicles, and municipalities.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kbrauer/2016/05/05/an-automated-vehicle-ecosystem-by-hewlett-packard-enterprise/#6bcd0dfd24de

Networked “Black Box” Concept for Autonomous Cars Could Have Far-Reaching Implications

05-May-16

 

New UN law states that motorists will be able to drive hands free on motorways at 81mph for 3 minutes at a time, starting as soon as 2018.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3570797/Cars-able-steer-81mph-motorways-era-driverless-cars-FINALLY-arrives-new-United-Nations-laws.html

Cars will be able to steer themselves at 81mph on motorways as the era of driverless cars FINALLY arrives in Britain with new United Nations laws

03-May-16

 

Looking ahead to Volvo’s AV trials, 100m GBP have already been raised for research into AV technology. Twenty two different research projects were granted a share of the 20m GBP of government funding to develop ICT between cars and urban infrastructure.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/motoring-news/driverless-cars-revolution-landmark-trials-britain-a7011846.html

Ministers pledge to put Britain at heart of driverless car evolution ahead of landmark trials

03-May-16

 

Fiat will supply 100 cars for Google to test its driverless technology. In addition, both companies will be free to work with each other to develop driverless technology.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36199738

Google and Fiat Chrysler announce driverless cars deal

03-May-16

 

Chief scientist at Baidu makes several suggestions for infrastructure considerations before autonomous cars can be adopted on a wide scale. He proposes a solution to counter unemployment as a result AVs – pay citizens to get education and prepare them for new careers managing AVs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/04/29/this-top-scientist-offers-a-solution-for-the-havoc-driverless-cars-may-wreck-on-workers/

This top scientist offers a solution for the havoc driverless cars may wreak on workers

Baidu

29-Apr

 

Public transportation pod that can transport 24 people at 25mph. Later in the year, pods will be tested in campuses and gated communities.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/singapore-driverless-pods-for-public-transportation

Singapore set to roll out driverless pods for public transportation

2getthere, SMRT Services

27-Apr-16

 

Group of 100 researchers will form a group in Silicon Valley to test, research and develop self-driving vehicles for Baidu.

https://www.2025ad.com/in-the-news/news/baidu-takes-on-driverless-cars/

Baidu sets up an autonomous driving unit in silicon valley

Baidu

27-Apr-16

 

Volvo bringing its Drive Me autonomous program to the UK and will have similar programs running in China and Sweden in 2017. About 100 cars will be deployed in each market.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/26/11512808/volvo-autonomous-car-drive-me-self-driving-england-uk-london

Volvo is bringing its self-driving cars to London

Volvo

Trials

26-Apr-16

 

The partnership will aim to create a universal set of driving laws for AVs to adhere to. They will also present a united front in advocating for policy reform that will make way for AV technology.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-selfdriving-idUSKCN0XN1F1

Google, Ford, Uber launch coalition to further self-driving cars

Google, Ford, Uber, Volvo, Lyft

26-Apr-16

 

Startup completes obstacle course and is set to start testing in city streets in Singapore. Their aim is to be a service provider for driverless Taxis.

http://www.psfk.com/2016/04/driverless-taxis-will-soon-come-to-singapore.html

Driverless Taxis Will Soon Come to Singapore

nuTonomy

Trials

26-Apr-16

 

Title explains it all.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-iihs-commitment-on-aeb-03172016

U.S. Dot and IIHS announce historic commitment of 20 automakers to make automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles

17-Mar-16

 

https://www.jasper.com/cisco-acquisition

Cisco announces intent to acquire Jasper

Jasper

Activity

03/03/16

 

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/169-robotics/9435-wepod-first-driverless-passenger-service-on-public-roads.html

WEpod – First Driverless Passenger Service Arrives

Dutch

Trials

15/02/16

 

http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2016/02/14/over-e3-billion-needed-to-prepare-spanish-roads-for-driverless-cars/

Over €3 billion needed to prepare Spanish roads for driverless cars

Infrastructure

Barriers

14/02/16

 

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2016/02/14/0503000000AEN20160214000600320.html

Global auto chip market forecast to log solid growth

Market size

Timeline

14/02/16

 

http://www.motoroids.com/news/auto-expo-2016-novus-drive-is-indias-very-on-autonomous-driverless-shuttle/

Auto Expo 2016 : Novus Drive is India’s very own autonomous, driverless shuttle

India

Trials

12/02/16

 

http://www.lawyerherald.com/articles/33310/20160211/ai-drivers-gain-same-legal-status-as-human-drivers-in-autonomous-vehicles-nhtsa-rules.htm

AI ‘Drivers’ Gain Same Legal Status as Human Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA

Regulation

Barriers

12/02/16

 

http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-98-1-billion-fiscal-year-2017-budget-includes-clean-transportation-autonomous-vehicle-pilot-funds/

USDOT $98.1 billion fiscal year 2017 budget includes clean transportation, autonomous vehicle pilot funds – See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-98-1-billion-fiscal-year-2017-budget-includes-clean-transportation-autonomous-vehicle-pilot-funds/#sthash.tuAQFIl6.dpuf

Incentives

Timeline

12/02/16

 

http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=40871&t=Google-Wins-Patent-for-Autonomous-Package-Delivery-System

Google Wins Patent for Autonomous Package-Delivery System

Google

IT firms

12/02/16

 

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/6923969/Every-car-will-be-driverless-by-2050.html

Revealed: EVERY car will be driverless by 2050, say motoring experts

Penetration

Timeline

11/02/16

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-driverless-cars-could-collide-with-auto-insurers/

How driverless cars could collide with auto insurers

Implications

Insurers

11/02/16

 

http://thegarage.jalopnik.com/what-s-the-best-semi-autonomous-car-you-can-buy-right-n-1758301455

What’s The Best Semi-Autonomous Car You Can Buy Right Now?

All

OEM

11/02/16

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/feds-give-googles-autonomous-vehicles-a-win-now-about-those-liability-issues/

Feds give Google’s autonomous vehicles a win: Now about those liability issues

Regulation

Barriers

11/02/16

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/wa-to-trial-driverless-shuttle-bus/

WA to trial driverless shuttle bus

Australia

Trials

10/02/16

 

http://www.redbook.com.au/car-news/2016/google-gets-autonomous-delivery-patent-55825?csn_tnet=true

Google gets autonomous delivery patent

Patents

IT firms

10/02/16

 

http://uk.businessinsider.com/google-autonomous-delivery-platform-patent-2016-2?r=US&IR=T

Google has a clever idea to let its self-driving cars deliver your packages

Google

IT firms

10/02/16

 

http://www.consultancy.uk/news/3208/capturing-the-semiautonomous-driving-opportunity

Capturing the semi-autonomous driving opportunity

Market size

Timeline

10/02/16

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/10/arm-looks-to-driverless-cars-as-smartphones-slow.html

Apple supplier ARM gears up for driverless cars

ARM

Suppliers

10/02/16

 

http://www.dailydot.com/technology/poll-american-voters-driverless-cars/

Poll shows Americans are scared of autonomous cars, and for no good reason

Customer acceptance

Timeline

09/02/16

 

http://gpsworld.com/gm-volkswagen-to-use-mobileye-auto-mapping-technology/

GM, Volkswagen to use Mobileye auto mapping technology

Mobileye

Suppliers

09/02/16

 

http://www.i4u.com/2016/02/104850/kia-launches-drive-wise-self-driving-assistance

KIA LAUNCHES DRIVE WISE FOR SELF-DRIVING ASSISTANCE

KIA

OEM

09/02/16

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/abi-research-predicts-growth-for-advanced-driver-assistance-systems-market-in-china-after-2017-driving-36-cagr-revenue-growth-through-2020-300216542.html

ABI Research Predicts Growth for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Market in China after 2017, Driving 36% CAGR Revenue Growth through 2020

Growth

Timeline

09/02/16

 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/02/09/why-the-future-is-never-for-driverless-cars/

Why the Future Is Never for Driverless Cars

Barriers

Timeline

09/02/16

 

https://morningconsult.com/2016/02/voters-arent-ready-for-driverless-cars-poll-shows/

Voters Aren’t Ready for Driverless Cars, Poll Shows

Customer acceptance

Barriers

08/02/16

 

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/268589-poll-majority-not-ready-for-driverless-cars

Poll: Majority not ready for driverless cars

Customer acceptance

Barriers

08/02/16

 

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/semi-autonomous-cars-compared-tesla-vs-bmw-mercedes-and-infiniti-feature

Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

Comparison

OEM

05/02/16

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/02/05/why-you-should-consider-getting-a-driverless-car-in-1-chart/

Why you should buy a driverless car, in 1 chart

Business case

Timeline

05/02/16

 

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/porsche-ceo-autonomous-cars-iphone-214356952.html

Porsche says no to autonomous cars: ‘One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself’

Porsche

Quotes

04/02/16

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/automobiles/end-of-the-road-may-be-near-for-side-mirrors.html?ref=automobiles&_r=0

End of the Road May Be Near for Side Mirrors

Lateral mirrors

ADAS

04/02/16

 

http://motioncars.inquirer.net/42846/42846

Subarus equipped with EyeSight had 60% fewer accidents in Japan

02-Feb-16

 

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/27/california-bill-driverless-cars-legal-first-time-america

Sorry, Google: California’s self-driving car bill would prioritize unknown rival

Regulation

Barriers

28/01/16

 

http://thenewswheel.com/2020-goal-set-for-10-autonomous-renault-nissan-vehicles/

2020 Goal Set for 10 Autonomous Renault-Nissan Vehicles

Renault-Nissan

OEM

28/01/16

 

http://www.caradvice.com.au/411396/audi-usa-boss-believes-fully-autonomous-cars-are-over-10-years-away/

Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away

Audi opinion

Timeline

28/01/16

 

http://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/auto-components/hitachi-automotive-to-display-range-of-advanced-technologies-at-upcoming-auto-expo-2016/50739573

Hitachi Automotive to display range of advanced technologies at upcoming Auto Expo 2016

Hitachi

Suppliers

27/01/16

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmitt/2016/01/25/autonomous-car-core-technology-a-state-monopoly-in-china/#22cbd0527074

Core Technology Of Autonomous Cars Is A State Monopoly in China

Baidu

IT firms

26/01/16

 

http://www.design-reuse.com/news/39109/videantis-almalence-partnership.html

Videantis partners with Almalence for higher quality imaging

Partnership

Activity

26/01/16

 

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-driverless-cars-will-transform-auto-insurance-and-shift-burden-onto-ai-and-software/

How driverless cars will transform auto insurance and shift burden onto AI and software

Implications

Insurers

26/01/16

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/25/driverless-cars-will-become-like-your-iphone-carmakers.html

Driverless cars will become like your iPhone: Carmakers

Future ownership

Timeline

26/01/16

 

http://fortune.com/2016/01/25/baidu-driverless-vehicle/

A New Player Is Entering The Driverless Car Race

Baidu

IT firms

26/01/16

 

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/crashes-avoided-front-crash-prevention-slashes-police-reported-rear-end-crashes

CRASHES AVOIDED Front crash prevention slashes police-reported rear-end crashes

Implications

Insurers

20/01/16

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/12106757/Motor-insurers-form-alliance-to-tackle-driverless-cars.html

Motor insurers form alliance to tackle driverless cars

UK

Insurers

19/01/16

 

http://www.just-auto.com/analysis/briefing-ces-new-playground-for-the-auto-industry-part-1_id166372.aspx

Briefing – CES, new playground for the auto industry (Part 1)

Activities

OEM

19/01/16

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2016/01/15/feds-approve-bmws-driverless-self-parking-system/#2715e4857a0b2713011b14a9

Feds approve BMW’s Driverless Self-Parking System

Regulation

Barriers

18/01/16

 

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/635609/Google-looking-carmaker-help-build-driverless-vehicle-Peter-Krafcik

Google looking for carmaker to help it build driverless vehicle

Google

IT firms

18/01/16

 

http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/detroit-auto-show/2016/01/17/no-turning-back-race-fully-autonomous-cars/78735342/

No turning back in race to fully autonomous cars

OEMs actions

OEM

17/01/16

 

http://www.geekwire.com/2016/obama-pledges-4-billion-investment-for-self-driving-cars/

In effort to reduce auto deaths, Obama pledges $4 billion for self-driving cars

US

Trials

17/01/16

 

 

http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/16/interview-with-renault-nissan-ceo-carlos-ghosn/

Video: Interview with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn

Nissan – interview with CEO

OEM

17/01/16

 

 

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/01/13/get-to-know-mobileye-in-just-7-slides.aspx

Get to Know Mobileye in Just 7 Slides

Mobileye

Suppliers

15/01/16

 

 

http://www.glassbytes.com/2016/01/four-new-models-feature-enhanced-glass-technology/

Four New Models Feature Enhanced Glass, Technology

Activities

OEM

15/01/16

 

 

http://www.pddnet.com/data-focus/2016/01/forecasting-future-driverless-vehicle-tech-part-2

Diving into driverless vehicle tech (Part 2)

Forecast

Timeline

15/01/16

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3399315/The-driverless-car-cope-SNOW-Ford-vehicle-blizzards-tackle-slippery-corners.html

The driverless car that can cope with SNOW: Ford vehicle can see through blizzards and tackle slippery corners

Weather

Barriers

14/01/16

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3395958/AI-solve-world-s-hardest-problems-Google-chairman-Eric-Schmidt-says-robots-tackle-overpopulation-climate-change.html

AI will solve the world’s ‘hardest problems’: Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, says robots can tackle overpopulation and climate change

Google

AI

12/01/16

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/09/driverless-car-poll-canada_n_8940228.html

Driverless car poll finds Canadian almost evenly split on issue

Canada acceptance on AV

Timeline

09/01/16

 

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/06/volkswagen-driverless-car-push-confident-on-us-emissions-scandal-resolution.html

VW accelerates its driverless car push

M&A Activity

Activity

06/01/16

 

 

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2016/01/general-motors-pledges-500-million-to-lyft-for-driverless-taxi-research/

General Motors pledges $500 million to Lyft for driverless taxi research

M&A Activity

Activity

04/01/16

 

 

http://fortune.com/2015/12/22/google-ford-self-driving-cars/

Why Google and Ford would want to team up on self-driving cars

Potential partnership

Activity

22/12/15

 

 

http://www.autonews.com/article/20151209/OEM04/151209834/new-genesis-g90-flagship-promises-first-class-experience

New Genesis G90 flagship promises ‘first class’ experience

South Korea/Genesis

Trials

09/12/15

 

 

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/09/samsung-sets-up-team-to-focus-on-driverless-cars.html

Samsung sets up team to focus on driverless cars

Samsung

Suppliers

09/12/15

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/insurance-self-driving-vehicles-more-than-meets-eye-domenico-savarese?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish

Insurance and Self-Driving Vehicles: more than meets the eye

Implications

Insurers

07/12/15

 

 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/lear-takes-step-into-autonomous-vehicle-systems-with-deal-1448923265

Lear takes step into autonomous-vehicle systems with deal

Lear

Activity

30/11/15

 

 

http://www.psa-peugeot-citroen.com/en/media/press-releases/psa-prototype-european-road-trip-autonomous-mode

PSA prototype on European road trip in autonomous mode

PSA

Trials

27/11/15

 

 

http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/GSI+Technology+(GSIT)+Acquires+MikaMonu+in+$7.5M+Deal/11101279.html

GSI Technology (GSIT) Acquires MikaMonu in $7.5M Deal

M&A

Activity

23/11/15

 

 

http://gpsworld.com/ubers-recent-deals-expand-its-autonomous-vehicle-strategy/

Uber’s recent deals expand its autonomous vehicle strategy

Uber

Mobility players

23/11/15

 

 

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2435990/audi-recruits-samsung-as-first-member-of-progressive-semiconductor-program

Audi recruits Samsung as first member of Progressive SemiConductor Program

Audi

OEM

23/11/15

 

 

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/industry/13079-autonomous-driving-hyundai-motor’s-autonomous-genesis-hits-city-roads

Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Genesis Hits City Roads

Hyundai

OEM

23/11/15

 

 

http://gazetteunion.com/2015/11/microsoft-is-developing-driverless-car-vehicle-technology/

Microsoft Is Developing Driverless vehicle Technology With Volvo

Volvo

OEM

22/11/15

 

 

https://www.abiresearch.com/press/artificial-intelligence-and-deep-learning-technolo/

Artifical intelligence and deep learning technology race to determine winners and losers in quest for driverless cars

AI

09/11/15

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/10/31/study-self-driving-cars-accidents/74946614/

Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate

Implications

Insurers

31/10/15

 

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulnoelguely/2015/09/18/driverless-technology-the-race-is-on/

Driverless technology: the race is on

M&A

Activity

18/09/15

 

 

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/driverless-electric-shuttle-bus-to-be-tested-on-perth-roads/news-story/ea54c6ddd20319ac1c8fe62ee7d0376c

Driverless, electric shuttle bus to be tested on Perth roads

NAVYA SAS, Rac Lmtd

Trials

09/02/14

 

 

http://www.driverless-future.com/?page_id=384

Autonomous car forecasts

Forecast

Timeline

08/10/10