Nissan Develops Brain-to-Vehicle Technology
Nissan said it will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show new technology designed to enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain.
This brain-to-vehicle technology promises to speed up reaction times and lead to cars that keep adapting to the driver’s wishes, according to the automaker. By detecting signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement, such as turning the steering wheel, driver assist technologies can begin the action more quickly.
Additionally, Nissan said, the technology can detect and evaluate driver discomfort, triggering artificial intelligence that can change the driving configuration or driving style when the vehicle is in autonomous mode. The brain-to-vehicle technology, part of Nissan’s intelligent mobility initiative, is the result of research into brain-decoding technology that predicts driver actions and detects discomfort.
Tech Developed to Prevent Drowsy Driving
Automotive supplier Hyundai Mobis has unveiled technology designed to detect when a driver is dozing off and leaving the road, so vehicle control can be transitioned to autonomous driving mode and the car can be pulled over safely and stopped.
The company showcased its latest DDREM (Departed Driver Rescue and Exit Maneuver) technology at the Consumer Electronics Show last week.
By focusing only on the safety benefits of autonomous driving, DDREM technology will bring such advantages to market more quickly and prevent one of the five major causes of vehicle fatalities — drowsy driving, according to Hyundai Mobis.
Can Drivers Overly Rely on Driver Assistance Tech?
Some safety advocates worry that over-dependence on advanced driver assistance technologies may have unwanted consequences for those motorists who let their guard down: diminishing focus and driving skills. Recent researchon how drivers interact with parking assist systems raises some of these concerns, specifically about driver inattention.
Researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the MIT AgeLab and New England University Transportation Center studied volunteer drivers while they operated a system that helps identify a parking spot and uses automated steering to maneuver into the space. The 31 volunteer drivers each parallel parked a 2010 Lincoln MKS, which was equipped with Active Park Assist, into a space between two inflatable dummy cars. During the experiment, drivers parked the car both with and without Active Park Assist in use.
“When using the automation, drivers spent more time looking at the dashboard and less time looking at the parking spot or at the road in front of or behind them,” an IIHS summary of the study noted. “This was even true when the system was searching for a parking spot but steering wasn’t automated.”
Development of Driverless Cars to Speed Up with ADAS Technology
The desire to improve Advanced Driver Assistance and other safety systems will speed up the development of autonomous cars over the coming decade.
In the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies, James Bond drives a modified silver BMW that he controls from the backseat with a mobile phone during a parking lot chase sequence. The vehicle also has special tires: In the event of a puncture, they simply reinflate.
It may be a while before consumers get to enjoy some of the features in Bond’s supercar. Investors, however, can benefit from opportunities brought by technological advances today, long before they can hop into driverless cars.
Growing concerns over road safety and security — among the public, governments and regulators — are helping speed technological advances in the auto sector and accelerate the development of driverless cars. The market for advanced auto security equipment is unlikely to remain a niche sector for long: It is expected to grow threefold, to $10 billion, by the end of this decade and become a rich hunting ground for investors.
Samsung, Harman unveil driverless car components, digital cockpit at CES
Samsung unveiled its first set of components for autonomous driving and infotainment solutions developed with Harman International, which it bought about a year ago in a major push into the auto electronics market.
The automotive industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the technology market, with carmakers looking to add more autonomous features as the race to put driverless cars on the road heats up.
At the annual CES trade show in Las Vegas this week, Samsung unveiled an automotive camera system featuring collision warning, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, developed in collaboration with Harman.
Samsung bought Harman in an $8 billion deal that closed in March 2017, the biggest overseas acquisition ever by a South Korean company.
Samsung plans to begin shipping the camera system, which is built on machine learning and augmented reality, this year. It did not give details on the exact timing.
Samsung also showcased a "digital cockpit" that allows drivers to personalize cars even if they do not own them, as it pulls users' profiles from their mobile devices and cloud. The size of it rivals the one revealed by Byton at CES the previous day.
Harman and Samsung outlined their plan to deliver 5G technology for cars, adding Harman had secured a "leading European automaker" as a client.
Samsung in September had announced that it set up a strategic business unit for autonomous and advanced driver assistance services, together with a $300 million fund to invest in automotive startups and technology.
Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in a new city in 2018
Ford is ramping its autonomous vehicle program in 2018, with plans to expand testing its cars in a new city this year. This will serve a number of purposes, including helping partner autonomous platform partner Argo AI build out its self-driving tech, as well as helping to research further its dedicated AV vehicle design requirements. But it’s also going to allow Ford to test its new partnership platform, which is now ready for testing and which allows partners to offer services using Ford’s autonomous vehicle fleet.
Ford’s early partners for its AV service platform include Domino’s, Lyft, and, as of today, Postmates. The idea is that Ford will eventually launch and operate its fleet of autonomous vehicles, and that partners including those listed above will be able to essentially plug into the fleet and use it as they would their current delivery drivers and vehicles, with communications protocols and intelligent dispatch built into Ford’s vehicle management system.
How Mercedes is Using ADAS
With its new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz says it’s taking another step toward autonomous driving and the use of advance driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The company says its Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist will be even better at helping the driver keep a safe distance and steer the vehicle. Additionally,k speed can also be automatically adjusted in bends and at intersections. Also included are Active Emergency Stop Assist and a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist.
“The new S-Class raises Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive to the next level,” says Dr. Michael Hafner, head of Automated Driving and Active Safety at Mercedes-Benz. “We are approaching the goal of automated driving more purposefully and faster than many people suspect. The new S-Class will be able to support its driver considerably better than all systems that have been available to date.”
Hafner says cars that completely dispense with a driver are still a ways off. However, he says that goal could be achieved faster than anyone realizes.
“The preconditions for bringing automated driving functions onto the roads on a large scale go well beyond technical development, and include resolving legal issues in particular,” he says. Despite that, Hafner says the new S-Class will support the driver much better than other systems that are currently on the market.
What’s Driving Innovation?
According to Hafner, hardware improvements such as better cameras with a longer range are pushing automated driving in new directions. He also said a concept that Mercedes calls “sensor fusion” is behind many innovations. “Sensor fusion” is the company’s description of the increasingly intelligent combinations of individual systems that work together under the hood to make for a better driving experience.
Another factor pushing innovation ahead is the years of experience Mercedes ADAS has in the field of automated driving, especially when it comes to programming software for assistance functions.
“We have always done this work in-house,” Hafner says. “Because of that, we are able to implement new ideas quickly.”
As an automotive safety pioneer, Mercedes-Benz does more in-depth research in this field than any other automobile brand, Hafner says. And because it’s part of the Daimler group, the company benefits from the know-how and experience of Daimler’s commercial vehicle divisions: Daimler Trucks, Daimler Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans.
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The newest company to gain approval for testing autonomous cars in California is ride-hail service, Lyft. This should come as no surprise since the company announced their autonomous car expansion plan earlier this year. Lyft has partnered with companies like Ford to achieve a goal of streamlined and affordable transportation and is just one of many companies that already have or plan on applying for permits to test autonomous cars in California. With the rise of autonomous car usage, California residents need to prepare for insurance concerns and changes.
How safe are autonomous cars?
To date, new autonomous cars have a great safety record with autonomous car companies like Waymo reporting more than 4 million logged miles and few accidents. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, self-driving car crash rates are 3.2 per million miles traveled while the national average is 4.2 per million miles driven.
California is currently the only state that requires companies file reports on crashes caused by autonomous cars and according to the California DMV 51 accidents have occurred since 2014. The majority of the crashes reported were rear-end incidents when the autonomous car was struck from behind by another vehicle.
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Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) for Motorcycles ?
The “thing” that made the Smart Turn System the very best self-cancelling turn signal module in the world became the foundation for the future of motorcycles in traffic.
Are advanced driver assistance systems future? One of the main goals of our company is to become a leader in safety gear for motorcycles that will not only make your ride smarter but also to achieve higher standards of communication in traffic. SInce our core business and development are oriented in two-wheelers movement that we can track in real time with unprecedented accuracy, we are developing motorcycle equipment with added value and usability that was not possible before.
Many existing solutions to specific »problems« available on the market these days are not performing to the rider’s expectations. While some solutions only remind you of a problem or are solving it only partially, we devoted ourselves to make a difference and to develop motorcycle gear that will come up to rider’s expectations and will address existing issues entirely.
Our first step towards advanced driver assistance systems was the Smart Turn System, the worlds best self-cancelling motorcycle turn signal module that can outperform the aftermarket buzzers, timers and flash counters and it also exceeds the factory built in systems integrated by the giants of the motorcycle industry as well.
Here is a chart with the comparison of the ability to detect the most basic manoeuvres in traffic of existing self-cancelling turn signal system with the Smart Turn System:
As we are riders ourselves, we are very aware of the importance of being visible while on the road. HI VIS gear is a must have nowadays, but what can you improve on the motorcycle itself? I’m sure you heard of head and tail light modulators. The main feature of those modules is to make your head or brake light flash with different patterns which result in the better perception of other traffic occupants.
People tend to perceive changing patterns better than the ones that are constant. While the different light-flashing patterns aren’t something that requires much of a technology and upgrades, we quickly found a very important, but until now, empty space in this segment, especially while braking. By this, I don’t mean braking with your front or rear brake, but braking with the engine.
Every rider knows that braking power of the engine is much greater than that in the car and the velocity of the motorcycle can decrease quite rapidly when you release the throttle. In these occasions, the breaking light isn’t going to be activated at all, and neither will the brake light modulator.
CHINA: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MARKET FOR DRIVERLESS CARS IS PUSHING ITS INDUSTRY TO THE LIMIT
Although consumer interest is high, autonomous driving is progressing slowly in China. Newcomers such as Faraday Future or Nio may have great ambitions, but their opportunities remain limited. And volume producers currently have more pressing tasks to take care of. Furthermore, some severe infrastructural hurdles complicate improvements.
February 23, 2017 is not a date that William Li will easily forget. After months of preparation and a few problematic issues in the run-up to the event, his electric-powered Nio EP9 set a new speed record for an autonomous vehicle at the Formula 1 circuit in Austin, Texas. The 1000 KW car recorded a lap time of 2:40:33 minutes and a top speed of 160 mph (260 km/h) – something no other vehicle has achieved before.
Autonomous driving also brings up noteworthy memories for Nick Sampson. In January 2017, during CES in Las Vegas, the Senior Vice President of Product Research & Development at start-up Faraday Future – the self-proclaimed Tesla competitor – unveiled the FF91 as its first production vehicle. Although the luxury liner first shone on the main stage with its flashy driving functions, as the FF91 geared up for a driverless fanfare ending, the electronics played an embarrassing trick on the developers and the autopilot decided to quit.