08 mai 2018

This startup’s CEO wants to open-source self-driving car safety testing

Credit : Voyage auto Uber's fatal car crash last month continues to have repercussions, with self-driving taxi startup Voyage announcing today that it will open-source its safety procedures, documents, and code in the hope of avoiding future deaths. "I had to spend time after [the Uber crash] calming people down, telling folks at our deployments that it was an isolated incident," says Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron in an exclusive interview with Ars Technica. "But the truth is that everyone in the industry is reinventing the technology... [Lire la suite]
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07 mai 2018

The Self-Driving Industry Forces Government Interventions By Not Regulating Itself

For all the talk of free markets and self-regulation, we are forced to observe that little to no market has proven to self-regulate itself well. Despite its rhetoric, autonomous vehicle (AV) companies proclaim working towards industry standards while acting otherwise behind the scenes. The Far, Far West Of The Self-Driving Industry Every new industry starts in a state of relative chaos. This wild far west is akin to the pioneers working their way towards California. A hodgepodge of various motivations and ideals drive a few people... [Lire la suite]
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07 mai 2018

Five trends transforming the Automotive Industry

Five trends transforming the Automotive Industry The mobility of the future is “eascy” – electrified, autonomous, shared, connected and “yearly” updated. In this study, we describe the factors influencing the sector leading up to 2030 in the key US, Europe, and China markets. It also describes how the automotive industry should restructure itself in terms of volume, scale, and complexity. Through mathematical modeling of key performance indicators and demographic trends, the paper discusses: Mobility behaviour of users... [Lire la suite]
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06 mai 2018

DELIVERY BOTS HAVE AWKWARD SIDEWALK INTERACTIONS, TOO

 Credit : Wired Self-driving cars have it rough. They have to detect the world around them in fine detail, learn to recognize signals, and avoid running over pets. But hey, at least they’ll spend most of their time dealing with other robot cars, not people. Now, a delivery robot, on the other hand, it roams sidewalks. That means interacting with people—lots of people—and dogs and trash and pigeons. Unlike a road, a sidewalk is nearly devoid of structure. It’s chaos. Block by block, a San Francisco startup called Marble has... [Lire la suite]
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06 mai 2018

Business models will drive the future of autonomous vehicles

Business models will drive the future of autonomous vehicles   “The technology is essentially here… We have machines that can make a bunch of quick decisions that could drastically reduce traffic fatalities, drastically improve the efficiency of our transportation grid, and help solve things like carbon emissions that are causing the warming of the planet.” Interestingly, this statement didn’t come from a futurist like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos; this was President Obama discussing autonomous vehicles in an... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2018

Who Is Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Has an Accident?

Who Is Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Has an Accident? Two recently reported crashes involving cars with autonomous driving systems have re-raised a key question. Who is at fault — the driver or the car? COLLISION ETHICS Two separate incidents in California involving self-driving vehicles have recently gotten attention. One accident involved a Tesla Model S, the other, a Chevrolet Bolt that was using General Motors’ Cruise Automation technology. In both cases, the vehicles were reportedly using their... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2018

Volvo Trucks plans to share electric truck battery tech across brands

  Credit : Volvo Trucks TOKYO - Volvo Trucks plans to share battery technology across its brands to tame development and production costs for the crucial but expensive component, as the world's second-largest truck maker ramps up electric offerings, the company told Reuters on Monday. As vehicle makers face growing costs to develop lower-emission vehicles and automated driving capabilities, Volvo Trucks, owned by Sweden's Volvo AB, said it would "absolutely" make sense for its brands - which include Japan's UD... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2018

Self-driving cars face type approval standards hurdle

Self-driving cars face type approval standards hurdle Audi's new A8 may be the only series production car capable of piloting itself along highways while the driver watches the on-board TV, but it may take until the end of the decade before countries can agree on how to validate and approve its Level 3 self-driving system. The German government was the first worldwide to broadly legalize self-driving cars with a new law that came into effect June 21 that allowed automated driving as long as a driver is behind... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2018

Experts say Tesla has repeated car industry mistakes from the 1980s

  Credit : Maurizio Pesce Production had been halted for much of last week in Tesla's car factory in Fremont, California, and its battery factory near Clark, Nevada. In a Tuesday note to employees, CEO Elon Musk said that the pause was necessary to lay the groundwork for higher production levels in the coming weeks. Musk said he wants all parts of the company ready to prepare 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of June, triple the rate Tesla has achieved in the recent weeks. The announcement caps a nine-month period of... [Lire la suite]
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03 mai 2018

Are Government Officials Souring On Automotive Autonomy?

Credit : Ford Motor Company Thanks to the incredibly lax and voluntary guidelines outlined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, automakers have had free rein to develop and test autonomous technology as they see fit. Meanwhile, the majority of states have seemed eager to welcome companies to their neck of the woods with a minimum of hassle. But things are beginning to change after a handful of high-profile accidents are forcing public officials to question whether the current approach to self-driving cars is the... [Lire la suite]