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ADAS and Autonomous Vehicle Global News
The PTOLEMUS research team is tracking important evolutions in global ADAS and autonomous vehicle developments on a daily business. Below, we share some of our key findings, but you can find more in our 2017 Autonomous Vehicle Global Study.
13 March 2019
GM Cruise to double its autonomous-car team to meet robo-taxi goal
GM announced this week it will double its AV team by the end of 2019, adding 1.000 workers to reach its objective of launching a Robo-taxi before the end of the year.
12 March 2019
Uber’s self-driving car unit was burning $20 million a month
In the run up to its IPO, court filing regarding Uber contentious with Waymo reveals new details of Uber’s huge spending and equally huge ambitions: in 2016, Uber thought it would have 75,000 autonomous vehicles on the roads this year and be operating driverless taxi services in 13 cities by 2022.
8 March 2019
Why Waymo Is Selling Its Autonomous Driving Sensors
Waymo will start selling its own Lidar sensors to help drive down production costs. According to the company, it’s already in talks with dozens of potential customers.
5 March 2019
Volkswagen’s head of commercial vehicles says driverless vehicles have limited appeal and high cost
Thomas Sedran (Volkswagen’s head of commercial vehicles) says autonomous vehicles will take at least another five years to perfect, with the cost and complexity of rolling out the technology globally serving to undermine the business case.
28 February 2019
Pronto promises level 2 system to fleets in 2019
Pronto.ai, a new company co-founded by the creator of Otto, plans to make its “Copilot” Level 2 automated software and driver monitoring system available to fleets later this year.
28th February 2019
Drive.ai looks for a buyer
Silicon Valley self-driving car technology startup Drive.ai is apparently on the market and looking for a buyer, according to an unconfirmed report.
21st February 2019
RIDOT Begins Testing for Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Project
The vehicles are being tested this week on low-volume roads in the park as the beginning phase of a pilot project scheduled to launch in Providence in the spring of 2019
20th February 2019
Apple sheds light on safety of its AV program
The company said it required a safety driver and an operator in the front seats of its vehicles whenever they’re operating in automated mode.
19th February 2019
HD Maps: Moving Towards a New Safety Standard in Autonomous Driving
The most important considerations while looking at the future of HD maps are: the impact of speed, quality and cost
18th February 2019
New simulator to aid autonomous vehicle development
The Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator (aVDS) provides the organisation with essential driver-in-the-loop testing capabilities, for developing vehicle dynamics, ride handling, ergonomics, driver behaviour, powertrain refinement and more.
18th February 2019
Analysis: California Self-Driving Reports Indicate Where We Are in Journey
Waymo and GM lead the market whereas several players such as Bosch, Samsung have also filed for self-driving reports.
18th February 2019
Singapore ranks second globally in Autonomous Vehicle Readiness report
Singapore ranked number one in the criteria such as government, infrastructure and consumer acceptance. It is only second to Netherlands. While China ranks extremely low at number 20.
14th February 2019
Giving keener “electric eyesight” to autonomous vehicles
MIT researchers have developed a sub-terahertz-radiation receiving system that could help steer driverless cars when traditional methods fail
14th February 2019
Canada is handing BlackBerry $40 million to help it develop self-driving car technology
The company is putting $300 million of its own money into the initiative, expected to create 800 jobs over the next decade
13th February 2019
Self-driving tractor-trailer start-up TuSimple achieves unicorn status in funding round that values it at $1 billion
Autonomous trucking company TuSimple has achieved unicorn status on Wall Street with a fresh funding round that values the start-up at $1 billion.
12 February 2019
Sensor, Processor innovations move autonomous vehicle forward
A very interesting article detailing the new age sensors and processors technologies.
11 February 2019
Why Uber’s largest investor just plowed almost $1 Billion into autonomous vehicle startup Nuro
The Japan-based SoftBank (Uber’s largest shareholder) is investing $940 million into the robotic delivery startup Nuro. This pushes the company’s valuation to $2.7 billion. Nuro is working on a pilot program with Kroger to move goods between shoppers and a few of the grocery’s giants 2,800 stores in 35 states.
8 February 2019
Amazon, Sequoia invest in self-driving car startup Aurora
Aurora has raised more than $530 m in a series B round led by Sequoia Capital and boasts of strategic interest from Amazon. Lightspeed Venture Partners, Geodesic, Shell Ventures and Reinvent Capital are also participating in the round with the previous round funders Greylock and Index ventures. Net worth of Aurora is estimated to be $2.5 Billion.
5 February 2019
Nissan-Renault alliance to join Google on self-driving cars
The alliance and Waymo will cooperate in MaaS. Possibilities include developing a fleet of driverless taxis using Nissan vehicles and a system that handles reservations and payments.
5 February 2019
Ike raises $52m for self-driving trucks
In a series A financing round led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from Redpoint Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, Basis set ventures and Neo have raised $52m. The noteworthy thing about the start up is that rather than developing an in-house driverless solution, it is licensing autonomous delivery company Nuro’s localisation, perception, prediction and planning software.
25 January 2019
VW, BMW and Daimler hold talks on cooperation in self-driving cars
Industry-wide collaborations on self-driving cars between OEMS and suppliers are arising to reduce costs. Major parts suppliers including Bosch, Continental and ZF are also known to be taking part. Another major reason for such a joint venture is to standardise safety measures across the industry and to enable all autonomous vehicles to communicate in an understandable language.
25 January 2019
Waymo to build self-driving cars in Michigan
This new facility will be dedicated for the mass production of level 4 autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will be used for Waymo’s ride hailing services business and the auto supplier used for the purpose of installing Waymo self driving system in vehicles manufactured by others will be Magna international. In addition to private investments of US$13.6m, it has attracted US$8m in funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
13 January 2019
Daimler invests over $570 in AV truck innovation
At CES, Daimler AG announced an investment of over $570 million towards the company’s goal of continuing to lead innovation around creating the next generation of SAE Level 4 highly automated trucks. The company plans to add over 200 jobs to their global operations to ensure their continued success in the the self-driving category.
10 January 2019
UK Government gives go-ahead for 3 new AV trials
The Government has given the go-ahead for three new trials of self-driving vehicles, which are expected to reach UK roads by 2021.
10 January 2019
Baidu announces own platform for mass-produced AVs
Baidu has announced the launch of Appollo Enterprise, an open-source AV technology platform. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 autonomous vehicles by 2021.
4 January 2019
TomTom works with DENSO to create AV software platform
TomTom, which specializes in location technology, has announced that it will work with DENSO—a global automotive components manufacturer— on its software platform for autonomous vehicles.
The companies will develop a complete autonomous driving system by combing TomTom’s High Definition (HD) Map with DENSO in-vehicle sensors such as cameras and radars to power the localization, perception and path planning functions for the system.
GM president to lead Cruise
Ammann will help drive the commercialisation of self-driving tech
16 November 2018
VW to invest €44 billion on EVs, AVs by 2023
Volkswagen Group on Friday said it will spend 44 billion euros ($50.2 billion) on electric vehicles, digitalization, autonomous driving and new mobility services by 2023.
13 November 2018
Waymo to roll out public AV taxi service in December
Waymo, the secretive subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., is planning to launch the world’s first commercial driverless car service in early December, according to a person familiar with the plans. It will operate under a new brand and compete directly with Uber and Lyft.
8 November 2018/
Bosch and Daimler target San José to become pilot city for AV ride-hailing service
Located on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, and with more than one million inhabitants, San José is the third biggest city in California. It is planned to be the pilot city for trials, targeted to begin during the second half of 2019
1 November 2018
Volvo Cars and Baidu join forces to develop and manufacture AVs
Volvo Cars has reached an agreement with Baidu, the leading Chinese internet search provider, to jointly develop electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars with the aim of mass producing them for China, the largest car market in the world.
1 November 2018
Ford and Baidu announce two-year joint AV test project in China
Ford Motor Company and Baidu Inc. have announced a two-year joint autonomous vehicle test project in which they’ll work together to further advance the development and on-road testing of autonomous vehicles in China.
1 November 2018
Ford and VW consider wide partnership
The Volkswagen Group and Ford Motor are discussing a wide-ranging partnership that stands to change the German industry.
31 October 201
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi becomes lead investor in Chinese AV company WeRide.ai
Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has become the lead strategic investor of WeRide.ai (formerly JingChi.ai), China’s leading autonomous driving company focused on Level 4 (L4) self-driving technology, following completion of the company’s Series A funding.
24 October 2018
GM’s Cruise expectations hit speed bump
“Those expectations are now hitting speed bumps, according to interviews with eight current and former GM and Cruise employees and executives, along with nine autonomous vehicle technology experts familiar with Cruise. These sources say that some unexpected technical challenges – including the difficulty that Cruise cars have identifying whether objects are in motion – mean putting GM’s driverless cars on the road in a large scale way in 2019 is looking highly unlikely.”
Drivers are being given “dangerous” false impressions of what the latest automated driver assist systems are capable of.
Nissan has confirmed to the company that it will start calling these features “assist systems” and will stop using the words “autonomous” or “automated”
16 October 2018
Israeli startup VAYAVISION raises $8 million for its autonomous vehicle perception system
Tel Aviv-based startup VAYAVISION that works on raw data fusion and perception systems for self-driving vehicles has landed an $8 million funding round led by Viola Ventures, Mizmaa Ventures, and OurCrowd with strategic investment from Mitsubishi UFJ Capital and LG Electronics.
8 October 2018
Honda buys a stake in GM’s Cruise
Cruise, which GM acquired in 2016, now has the backing of a renowned technology investment firm and a rival automaker, Honda Motor Co., which last week agreed to invest $2.75 billion in Cruise over the next 12 years. That includes an immediate $750 million infusion for a 5.7 percent stake in the company.
27 September 2018
Nokia’s specialist and others argue 5G is needed for AVs
A BBC story on the necessity of 5G networks for AVs – for and against.
26 September 2018
Softbank’s ARM unveils dedicated chip design for autonomous car
British chip designer ARM has introduced the first chip for AVs. It expects the first cars using the processor to hit the roads in 2020.
16 September 2018
BMW drives to cut battery costs, open to AV partnership
German luxury vehicle maker BMW AG plans more deals with mining companies to secure electric vehicle battery materials, and is open to forming alliances to share the costs of developing autonomous-vehicle systems, the automaker’s research and development chief told Reuters.
4 September 2018
46 corporations working on AVs
CB Insights’ profiles of 46 companies working on autonomous vehicles (updated 9/4/2018).
30 August 2018
Waymo’s AVs struggle to understand intersections, frustrate Arizonians
One of the largest frustrations expressed by residents in Arizona about Waymo’s AVs is their inability to cross a standard T-intersections
28 August 2018
Toyota invests $500m in Uber as part of AV partnership
Toyota is investing $500 million in ride-sharing giant Uber for the development of self-driving vehicle technologies as part of a wider partnership between the pair. Toyota said Uber will be integrating its self-driving technology with its own automated safety support system, Toyota Guardian, for purpose-built vehicles for deployment on Uber’s network, beginning with pilots in 2021.
24 August 2018
Waymo sets up shop in shanghai
Waymo is setting up shop in Shanghai, according to a filing with China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. The new subsidiary, with 3.5 million yuan ($508,000) in registered capital, will design and test autonomous vehicle products and parts and may also handle business consultancy and supply chain management and logistics inquiries, the filing said.
14 August 2018
China issues its first national standards for testing of AVs
China has deployed a set of national standards for testing smart autonomous cars on roads, which is expected to accelerate the technology’s development. Approximately 12 regional governments have previously issued their guidelines on the road testing of autonomous vehicles, with the first released in Beijing in December 2017, however this is the first set at a national level.
14 August 2018
Bosch invests in Autonomous driving map startup DeepMap
Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), the venture capital arm of global automotive parts supplier Bosch Group, has completed an investment in mapping startup DeepMap Inc, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California that is building high definition maps specifically for self-driving vehicles.
9 August 2018
The Insurance institute for Highway safety developing rating program for ADAS features
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is in the process of developing a ratings program for adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping systems, and other advanced driver assistance systems.
4 August 2018
Apple Invents an Augmented Reality Windshield
An European Patent application from Apple describes a future reality windshield system and how occupants of an autonomous vehicle having a FaceTimes session can use the windshield.
18 December 2017
Beijing announced the first regulation regarding autonomous driving
December 18, Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport released “Guiding Opinions of Beijing Municipality on Accelerating Road Testing of Autonomous Vehicles (Trial Implementation)” and “Detailed Rules for the Administration of Testing and Management of Autonomous Vehicles in Beijing (Trial) “. These are the first regulations regarding autonomous driving in China. The regulations provide definitions of autonomous vehicles and explain the details on testing AVs such as there must be a human driving inside when testing and the vehicle must be equipped with devices to record the 60s before any accident happens .
Soon afterwards, traffic management departments will launch the first test roads that can be used for autonomous driving tests.
10 October 2017
GM acquires LIDAR technology company Strobe
General Motors has acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe, which will join GM’s Cruise Automation team focused on developing and deploying self-driving vehicles. This follows Ford’s prior investment in major LIDAR manufacturer Velodyne. Google’s Waymo is also said to be manufacturing their own LIDAR devices.
18 September 2017
Automated System regulation 2.0 gives more freedom to OEMs to experiment
The new US guideline on autonomous vehicle is now much thinner (from 200 to 35 pages) and gives the OEMs exactly what they wanted. They are now entirely voluntary, including on safety. The ethics decision issue is also gone from the text. This should accelerate AV production further in the US, leaving Europe trailing … but at what cost?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bosch announce partnership with NVIDIA
Following announcements at CES, Bosch are building AI based car computers with NVIDIA for l4 autonomy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Infineon acquire Innoluce BV
Infineon bought the chipset makers to strengthen its ability to produce Lidars
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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./
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobileye will stop providing technical support on ADAS Autopilot to Tesl
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.
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.
Synopsis new technology acquires new car safety certification
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.
UK consults on insurance, driving rules for autonomous cars
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.
Aimed at autonomous vehicle, chances of winning for Intel with newly found partnerships
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.
Uber plans to track driver behaviour through app
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.
Self-driving cars are being tested by their own instructor “Synthia”
“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.
General Motors invests in Canada to develop autonomous technology
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.
Can the 2017 Volvo S90 ride safety and self-driving to serious market share?
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”.
Investment comes from China Life, China’s largest state-owned commercial insurer.
Didi Chuxing gets $600 million strategic investment from China Life
Thatcham Research on why European OEMs should follow US on autonomous emergency braking fitment
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.
Uber and Fiat in Discussions to Form a Self-Driving Car Partnership
Very early stage, Uber has been chatting with several automakers. Uber also confirmed it had formed an auto-leasing deal with Toyota
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.
Insurer launches UK’s ‘first driverless car policy’
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.
Mobile and GM to collect map data through self-driving cars
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.
Alibaba & SAIC to form a joint venture for connected cars
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.
Michigan moves beyond of testing driverless cars, to allow operation of self-driving car
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.
Zoox receives funding, crosses US $1 billion in valuation
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.
Intel buys computer vision startup Itseez to improve navigation in self-driving cars
Cheaper, more efficient networks will allow cars to communicate with each other and with surrounding infrastructure and ill accelerate autonomy.
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)
Samsung and SK Telecom to launch world’s first nationwide network for the Internet of Things in South Korea
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).
NXP wants to set the standard for both self-driving computing and ADAS with BlueBox
Otto announces intention to bring fully autonomous trucks to highways. They are currently in testing phase near headquarters in California.
Otto is bringing autonomous driving to American highways
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.
DURA Automotive Systems selects Green Hills Software’s Platform for Advanced Driver Assistance
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.
Insurance industry welcomes proposals for driverless car cover
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.
Mobileye to provide car companies with autonomous systems
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).
Mobility redefined: 4 takeaways from the driverless car summit
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.
Mobileye introduces collision avoidance technology in India
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.
Could Intel pose a threat to NVIDIA’s driverless car business?
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.
Deutsche Bahn looking at adding autonomous cars to its mass transit network
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.
Networked “Black Box” Concept for Autonomous Cars Could Have Far-Reaching Implications
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.
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
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.
Ministers pledge to put Britain at heart of driverless car evolution ahead of landmark trials
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.
Google and Fiat Chrysler announce driverless cars deal
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.
This top scientist offers a solution for the havoc driverless cars may wreak on workers
Public transportation pod that can transport 24 people at 25mph. Later in the year, pods will be tested in campuses and gated communities.
Singapore set to roll out driverless pods for public transportation
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Group of 100 researchers will form a group in Silicon Valley to test, research and develop self-driving vehicles for Baidu.
Baidu sets up an autonomous driving unit in silicon valley
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.
Volvo is bringing its self-driving cars to London
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.
Google, Ford, Uber launch coalition to further self-driving cars
Google, Ford, Uber, Volvo, Lyft
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.
Driverless Taxis Will Soon Come to Singapore
Title explains it all.
U.S. Dot and IIHS announce historic commitment of 20 automakers to make automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles
Cisco announces intent to acquire Jasper
WEpod – First Driverless Passenger Service Arrives
Over €3 billion needed to prepare Spanish roads for driverless cars
Global auto chip market forecast to log solid growth
Auto Expo 2016 : Novus Drive is India’s very own autonomous, driverless shuttle
AI ‘Drivers’ Gain Same Legal Status as Human Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles, NHTSA
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
Google Wins Patent for Autonomous Package-Delivery System
Revealed: EVERY car will be driverless by 2050, say motoring experts
How driverless cars could collide with auto insurers
What’s The Best Semi-Autonomous Car You Can Buy Right Now?
Feds give Google’s autonomous vehicles a win: Now about those liability issues
WA to trial driverless shuttle bus
Google gets autonomous delivery patent
Google has a clever idea to let its self-driving cars deliver your packages
Capturing the semi-autonomous driving opportunity
Apple supplier ARM gears up for driverless cars
Poll shows Americans are scared of autonomous cars, and for no good reason
GM, Volkswagen to use Mobileye auto mapping technology
KIA LAUNCHES DRIVE WISE FOR SELF-DRIVING ASSISTANCE
ABI Research Predicts Growth for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Market in China after 2017, Driving 36% CAGR Revenue Growth through 2020
Why the Future Is Never for Driverless Cars
Voters Aren’t Ready for Driverless Cars, Poll Shows
Poll: Majority not ready for driverless cars
Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
Why you should buy a driverless car, in 1 chart
Porsche says no to autonomous cars: ‘One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself’
End of the Road May Be Near for Side Mirrors
Subarus equipped with EyeSight had 60% fewer accidents in Japan
Sorry, Google: California’s self-driving car bill would prioritize unknown rival
2020 Goal Set for 10 Autonomous Renault-Nissan Vehicles
Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away
Hitachi Automotive to display range of advanced technologies at upcoming Auto Expo 2016
Core Technology Of Autonomous Cars Is A State Monopoly in China
Videantis partners with Almalence for higher quality imaging
How driverless cars will transform auto insurance and shift burden onto AI and software
Driverless cars will become like your iPhone: Carmakers
A New Player Is Entering The Driverless Car Race
CRASHES AVOIDED Front crash prevention slashes police-reported rear-end crashes
Motor insurers form alliance to tackle driverless cars
Briefing – CES, new playground for the auto industry (Part 1)
Feds approve BMW’s Driverless Self-Parking System
Google looking for carmaker to help it build driverless vehicle
No turning back in race to fully autonomous cars
In effort to reduce auto deaths, Obama pledges $4 billion for self-driving cars
Video: Interview with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn
Nissan – interview with CEO
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Diving into driverless vehicle tech (Part 2)
The driverless car that can cope with SNOW: Ford vehicle can see through blizzards and tackle slippery corners
AI will solve the world’s ‘hardest problems’: Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, says robots can tackle overpopulation and climate change
Driverless car poll finds Canadian almost evenly split on issue
Canada acceptance on AV
VW accelerates its driverless car push
General Motors pledges $500 million to Lyft for driverless taxi research
Why Google and Ford would want to team up on self-driving cars
New Genesis G90 flagship promises ‘first class’ experience
Samsung sets up team to focus on driverless cars
Insurance and Self-Driving Vehicles: more than meets the eye
Lear takes step into autonomous-vehicle systems with deal
PSA prototype on European road trip in autonomous mode
GSI Technology (GSIT) Acquires MikaMonu in $7.5M Deal
Uber’s recent deals expand its autonomous vehicle strategy
Audi recruits Samsung as first member of Progressive SemiConductor Program
Hyundai Motor’s Autonomous Genesis Hits City Roads
Microsoft Is Developing Driverless vehicle Technology With Volvo
Artifical intelligence and deep learning technology race to determine winners and losers in quest for driverless cars
Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate
Driverless technology: the race is on
Driverless, electric shuttle bus to be tested on Perth roads
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