Posts Tagged ‘autonomous news’

VW Using Deal With Didi to Aid Autonomous Development

Automaker gets access to data from 3M rides daily.

by on Apr.30, 2018

VW's new CEO Herbert Diess is pushing to cut costs and accelerate the development of new technologies.

Volkswagen’s pending partnership with Didi Chuxing to build and maintain a fleet of vehicles not only gives the Chinese behemoth a tighter grip on the ride-share market in its home country, it will accelerate VW’s development of autonomous vehicles.

As part of the deal, which is expected to be finalized next month, the German automaker will initially manage a fleet of about 100,000 new vehicles for Didi, of which two-thirds will be Volkswagen Group cars, according to Reuters.

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Volkswagen will also be part of an alliance of 31 companies, including Toyota and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, to develop cheap, electrified vehicles for China. (more…)

Uber Unleashes Driverless Test Fleet in Pittsburgh

Ride-sharing service ready for real-world testing.

by on Sep.14, 2016

Uber unleashed its fleet of autonomous Ford Fusions on the city today, hoping to gain valuable real-world data.

The Steel City is now home to what may be the most technologically advanced ride-sharing fleet in the U.S. courtesy of Uber.

The ride-sharing company began testing a small fleet of autonomous Ford Fusions today, picking up Uber users who opted into a test program. The cars are fully autonomous, although an Uber engineer sits in the driver’s seat to take control if something goes wrong.

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The competition among ride-sharing companies is heating up. NuTonomy beat Uber to the punch on a worldwide level last month in Singapore when it began picking up passengers in self-driving taxis. The company said Tuesday that its six taxis — with backup drivers — haven’t had any accidents since the service launched. (more…)

Denso, Toyota Strengthen Ties with Autonomous Tech Supplier

Trio hopes to accelerate self-driving car development.

by on Sep.13, 2016

Toyota's auto-brake system relies on the pairing of laser and artificial vision sensors.

The competition among automakers and suppliers to produce a viable autonomous vehicle is leading companies down a variety of paths, including some automakers going it alone while others seek to leverage relationships with other companies.

Toyota and one of its largest and most important suppliers, Denso Corp., are preparing to take a bigger stake in company that furnishes the equipment needed to build autonomous vehicles.

In announcing that Denso will have a bigger stake in Fujitsu Ten, a supplier of advanced electronic components, all three companies noted that interplay between the driver and vehicle is about to undergo a dramatic change.

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“Against this backdrop, Denso has agreed with Fujitsu and Toyota to review specific changes to make Fujitsu Ten a group company within the Denso Group and enhance cooperation between the two companies in developing in-vehicle ECUs, millimeter-wave radar, advanced driver assistance/automated driving technologies and basic electronic technologies, among others,” the announcement said. (more…)

Uber, Volvo Team Up for Free Autonomous Rides

Companies kicking off program in Pittsburgh.

by on Aug.18, 2016

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars for Pittsburgh.

If you’re looking for a ride home from an early season Pittsburgh Steelers game and looking for a new experience, try using Uber. Not the regular Uber, but the self-driving Uber, and for while, it’ll be free.

That’s right, starting this fall, Uber is allowing its users to call for rides in autonomous vehicles. The program, which will be limited to Pittsburgh, features Volvo XC90s that have humans behind the wheel … they just don’t use it.

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The specially outfitted Volvo sport utes are laden with sensors, cameras, radar and GPS receivers to help the vehicle navigate the streets of the Steel City. While there are currently just a few of the vehicles roaming the streets there are scheduled to be 100 by the end of this year, according to reports. (more…)

China Shuts Down Autonomous Testing on Highways

Government finalizing rules for testing self-driving vehicles.

by on Jul.20, 2016

No Teslas will be running on Autopilot in China as the government has just issued a moratorium on on-highway testing.

The Chinese government has seen enough and the only autonomous vehicle testing activity it’s going to allow for now near the public is self-parking.

Officials warned automakers that there should be no on-road testing of self-driving vehicles until the rules for those exercises are finalized. Currently, the Ministry of Information Technology and police have an early draft of potential regulations, but nothing has been finalized, said She Weizhen, head of the ministry’s auto department, recently. There is no deadline set for when those rules should be ready, according to Bloomberg News.

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China’s move comes as the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced plans to release new guidelines for the ongoing development of self-driving vehicles later this summer. (more…)

Competition Heating Up to Develop Autonomous Big Rigs

Declining number of drivers provides impetus for development.

by on May.17, 2016

Otto is looking to produce a fully autonomous big rig to help with need for long-haul drivers.

Until recently, much of the focus on autonomous vehicles zeroed in on Google’s efforts with its little marshmallow-shaped car and some of the plans by automakers like Tesla, Cadillac, Audi and others, and now add Otto to the list.

Otto is the brainchild of three former Google engineers who felt that while an autonomous car was fine, self-driving heavy duty trucks could be really revolutionary.

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The three former Googlers, Anthony Levandowski, Lior Ron and Don Burnette, have been joined by another robotics expert, Claire Delaunay, to launch Otto, which aims to make America’s hundreds of thousands of miles of highways safer by perfecting autonomous trucks. (more…)