29 août 2017

Google's driverless cars make progress

Google's driverless cars make progress The number of human interventions in journeys made by driverless cars from Google company Waymo in California more than halved in 2016. There were only 124 "disengagement" incidents last year, where a driver had to take control of a test vehicle on public roads, down from 341 in 2015. The cars drove nearly 636,000 miles last year, compared with just over 424,000 in 2015. Other states in the US do not require such reporting. The California Department of Motor Vehicles published... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2017

Why trucks are leading the way when it comes to autonomous technology

Why trucks are leading the way when it comes to autonomous technology Carmakers are making incredible advances when it comes to autonomous technology, but the first fully autonomous vehicles to hit the roads may actually be trucks, with the transport behemoths proving naturally suited to self-driving technology. Packaging Self-driving vehicles cram in an incredible amount of technology. There’s LiDAR, radar, a huge array of different cameras and other sensors, mapping and GPS and a computer that has to make sense of it all. If it’s... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2017

The futuristic tech coming to a motorbike near you

The futuristic tech coming to a motorbike near you Cars and trucks may seem like the most obvious platforms when it comes to autonomous and other futuristic technology, but what about our friends on two wheels? Some amazingly innovative technology is also available or heading to motorbikes in the not too distant future, from bikes that can balance without your help to heads-up displays, so read on as we take a look at some of the best. BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 As you can probably guess from the incredibly futuristic looks, the... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2017

The future of motor insurance : How car connectivity and ADAS are impacting the market

The future of motor insurance : How car connectivity and ADAS are impacting the market (A joint whitepaper by HERE and Swiss RE) For the automotive industry, relatively little has changed over the past three decades – until now. New driver assistance technologies and connected services are ushering in a whole new world of mo - toring. In this new world, the driver hands over ever greater responsibility for his or her driving decisions to the vehicle. On the road today there are already cars with advanced driver assistance systems... [Lire la suite]
25 août 2017

13 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

13 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Automotive safety technology is pretty easy to wrap your head around, but advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are a little harder to pin down. At this point, the debate over whether anti-lock brakes are really necessary is pretty much nonexistent, but most technologies classified as ADAS are still seen as luxuries or even amusing curiosities. The issue is that advanced driver assistance systems are systems and features that provide a driver with essential information, automate difficult... [Lire la suite]
24 août 2017

The future of automotive is coming faster than you think

The future of automotive is coming faster than you think As excitedly as we talk about it, you’d think the promise of fully autonomous vehicles is right around the bend, just another few miles and we’ll pull into our destination. In truth, we’re not there yet, and a few sceptics even suggest we’ll never get there — too many bumps in the road ahead. As engineers, we know that we’ll get to the holy grail of autonomous driving. The key questions are how long will it take, what’s the best route and how much will it cost? Let’s pull out... [Lire la suite]

23 août 2017

What is diving risk : key notion for car insurance (prevention, UBI), fleet management, and ADAS

What is diving risk : key notion for car insurance (prevention, UBI), fleet management, and ADAS The French High-Tech startup NEXYAD has been developing a disruptive software API that estimates driving risk in real time : SafetyNex  But to understand what driving is, it is important to watch the three following anime videos : indeed, you can see 3 driving situations and above the car, you can see the risk estimated by SafetyNex (NEXYAD).  unlucky risky driver :  Lucky risky driver : Cautious driver : Note :... [Lire la suite]
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22 août 2017

printed and reprintable tire to improve safety

printed and reprintable tire to improve safety The Vision made its US debut last week, but it's not a prototype of a wheel that will hit production lines anytime soon. Instead, this is a demonstration of the features that will eventually trickle down into mass-market tires of the future. Importantly, the Vision is both a wheel and airless tire in one. That means there is no need for inflation or rims; the entire mechanical structure is sturdy enough to support the vehicle but still flexible enough to absorb impact and pressure.... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2017

Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map

Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map AS THE VEHICLE navigated the labyrinthine streets of London and headed for the countryside of Surrey with uncommon speed, the passengers must have felt a bit unnerved. Having selected their destination, they’d relinquished control. They had no communication with the driver, but they could check their progress on a map. The map must have been reassuring, says Peter Skillman, lead designer for Nokia HERE, the maps division the Finnish communications company. Skillman... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2017

Can in-car electronics catch up to consumer tech?

Can in-car electronics catch up to consumer tech? Smartphone functions and capabilities don’t necessarily translate directly to in-car electronic systems, and the two sectors have very different demands and characteristics. Vehicle manufacturers have a number of extra factors to consider, such as safety, driver distraction, and the methods with which we interact with in-car tech. These are challenges for the industry to grapple with, but from a consumer point of view these issues are perhaps of less concern. How can this be... [Lire la suite]