Category Archives: autonomous vehicles

New Car Buyers Bullish on Self Driving Vehicles. Maybe

More than 52% of new car buyers expect to own at least one self-driving automobile in their household in the next 10 years, according to a Bosch study. The survey reached 1,000 U.S. based new car buyers, aged 18 or older, who have purchased or leased at least one vehicle within the last five model years, and intend to buy or lease a new vehicle again in the future. Continue reading

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2018 S-Class Takes Driver Assistance Upward?

Daimler is gushing about considerably extended driving assistance functions on the new S‑Class that appears to be a continuation of industry trends. This fall – in what is perhaps over-billed as a major step towards autonomous driving – Mercedes-Benz S-Class will have Active Distance Assist Distronic, and Active Steering Assist – forgive the marketing quasi-babble. Continue reading

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Autonomous Systems Ignore Users, It’s Claimed

During the last 15 years, autonomous systems offered by automakers have been a succession of partially automated parking and driving systems that are mostly accurate and sometimes comfortable, but rarely easy to discover or use, according to a new study. Continue reading

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Dellenback of Southwest Research Institute Receives SAE Award

The award recognizes “exceptional work as a leader in the design, development, and deployment of intelligent transportation systems.” Continue reading

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Connected Cars – Toyota and NTT Want Standardization

The companies want – not without substantial self-interest – a platform for data collection, accumulation, and analysis for building and administering the collection and accumulation of “huge amounts of vehicle information and other data received from large numbers of vehicles.” Continue reading

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Microsoft Licenses Toyota Connected Car Technology

Microsoft Corporation has a new licensing agreement with Toyota Corporation that includes broad coverage for connected car technologies needed for autonomous vehicles. Today’s agreement builds on a previous ones going back to 2011 that include their collaboration on the Azure-based Toyota Big Data Center. Whether customers will accept Giant Smartphones on wheels remains an open question. Continue reading

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2017 SAE World Congress – Automated Technology, Autonomous Vehicles Star

Serving as a global forum of industry leaders, inventors, and disruptors from Detroit to Silicon Valley and everywhere in-between, th SAE World Congress promises three days of “active learning, high-powered collaboration, and technological discovery.” Continue reading

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Toyota Research Institute Autonomous Vehicle 2.0 Shown at Prius Challenge. This One is Engineered by Toyota

The autonomous vehicle systems are costly and computationally complex, centering deeply on machine vision and machine learning. Continue reading

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FAA Proposes Talking About Regulations for Drones

With an airspeed less than that of the Wright Flyer, the FAA has set up work groups to finally provide specific regulations covering UAS – unmanned aircraft systems – or drones in the national airspace it solely controls. Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan, Transdev To Study Autonomous Vehicles

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev will develop mobility services system for autonomous vehicles. The goal is to study mobility services with fleets of electric autonomous vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. They want a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets – in short what every major automaker is pursuing. Continue reading

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BMW Group, Mobileye to Crowd Source Digital Maps for Autonomous Vehicles

An emerging, show-stopping problem with autonomous vehicles comes from the state of the roads and existing GPS maps. Roads are inconsistently marked, in various states of disrepair and subject to camera and sensor fouling weather conditions. GPS maps aren’t accurate enough. Autonomous vehicles will require HD maps that can identify and update changes in the environment with near real-time speed, enabling very short “time to reflect reality.” Continue reading

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Robert Bosch Invests in TetraVue for Lidar Skills

In theory, TetraVue’s expertise helps to address challenges with automated vehicles encountering unexpected and dangerous obstacles during operation. TetraVue’s core technology differentiation is claimed to be their patented “light slicer” technology, which uses time and distance measurements to find optical intensities using standard CMOS sensors. Continue reading

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Ford Places $1B Bet in Argo AI on Autonomous Vehicles

The very small Argo AI team of specialists in robotics and artificial intelligence is led by founders Bryan Salesky, CEO, and Peter Rander, COO. Both are alumni of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center and former heads of the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, respectively. Continue reading

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Nissan to Start Autonomous Vehicle Tests in London

One in three cars built in the UK is a Nissan, but following the Brexit dustup (Brexit Automaker Winners, Losers – Predictable and Surprising, ‘Bloody Hell,’ What Does Brexit do to Automakers?), it’s not clear Nissan will stay in the UK. Continue reading

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Penske Truck Rental now Providing Collision Avoidance

It’s the latest step in the ongoing, rapidly expanding driver assist safety system deployment that is the run up to autonomous vehicles. Continue reading

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