Posts Tagged ‘self-driving cars’

Toyota Throws Cold Water on Rapid Autonomous Roll-Out Plans

Drivers will still be needed for many years, cautions Pratt.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Gill Pratt heads up Toyota's autonomous vehicle program. He believes it will take longer than current estimates to produce viable self-driving vehicles.

Autonomous vehicles have gone from science fiction to everyday reality, or so one might think, listening to the many automotive news conferences at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas.

Hyundai’s vice chairman Eui-sin Chung arrived at his event at the Mandalay Bay Resort in an autonomous Ioniq prototype, reading over his notes along the way. Start-up Faraday Future unveiled its new FF91 battery-car by having it park, and later drive onto the stage, with no one in the vehicle at all.

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Yet, even as more and more autonomous prototypes start testing on public roads, a few skeptical voices can be heard, notably including Gill Pratt, an early pioneer in autonomous technology and now head of the Toyota Research Institute, the recently formed unit charged with overseeing Toyota’s self-driving development program. (more…)

Autonomous Cars, Battery Vehicles and Record Sales: a Look at 2016’s Top Auto Stories

Industry at “an inflection point.”

by on Dec.29, 2016

Ford's next-generation autonomous Fusion prototype. Self-driving cars were a hot story in 2016.

Barring an unexpected, December surprise, 2016 will go out like a lion for the U.S. auto industry, automakers collectively racking up their third consecutive year of record sales. That’s an all the more massive achievement considering the decade began with the worst downturn the U.S. car market had suffered since the Great Depression.

What’s ahead for the industry is far from certain, demand showing signs of losing momentum in recent months. But what’s clear is that 2016 will not only go down in the record book from a sales perspective but that the year could be seen as marking a series of major transitions – “an inflection point,” in the words of John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, Google’s recently renamed autonomous vehicle subsidiary.

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What was once the stuff of science fiction began shifting into everyday reality this past year, with hundreds of self-driving vehicle prototypes taking to public roads across the country – some even being used as part of ride-sharing pilot programs in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.


Microsoft, TomTom Partnering Up for Azure

The pairing aids automakers with autonomous vehicles.

by on Dec.15, 2016

Microsoft and TomTom are partnering up to bring more capability to the Azure platform.

The ability to read a sophisticated digital map is critical to the future of autonomous vehicles, experts suggest.

Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft managing director of discrete manufacturing, says building the capability into a motor vehicle will require collaboration, which requires a variety of different partners.

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Thus, Microsoft has reached out to a number of different partners such as TomTom, Here and ESRI to build the capability of Azure, an open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform. Using Azure enables automakers to build the quick, nimble systems need to power an autonomous vehicle. (more…)

Delphi Looking to Get Intel Inside its Autonomous Tech

Tech giant supplying computer chips for self-driving system.

by on Nov.30, 2016

Delphi plans to show off its new CSLP system featuring new Intel computer chips at the upcoming CES in January in Las Vegas.

Pretty soon your car may be “intel inside” as Delphi and Mobileye N.V. are partnering with Intel to use the company’s computer chips for its in-development autonomous vehicle system.

The new system, which is called Centralized Sensing Location and Planning, is expected to be available by 2019, according to Delphi officials. Intel is slated to deliver the chips late next year. Able to handle processing more than 12 trillion operations a second, they are the final piece to autonomous puzzle.

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“We think they will be a great supplier for us,” Glen DeVos, vice president of Delphi’s services business unit told Automotive News. “For us, it’s a big step forward. It will allow us to accelerate development.” (more…)

NuTonomy Brings Self-Driving Auto Testing to Boston

Company's investors include Bill Ford's Fontinalis Partners.

by on Nov.21, 2016

The nuTonomy autonomous car, a Renault Zoe, will soon be buzzing Boston city streets..

The field of self-driving vehicles being tested on American roadways just got a little larger as nuTonomy, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based start-up company, plans to run its Renault Zoe around Boston.

The company, which counts Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Partners equity firm as an investor, has already been running its “robo taxi” all over Singapore for several months now. In fact, it offered users free rides to encourage riders to give it a try.

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Riders don’t hop into an empty car, an engineer mans the wheel in nuTonomy vehicles right now, ready to take over in the event of an emergency. While Singpore presents a unique area for development, Boston affords the company’s technology new challenges it hasn’t faced yet: mainly cold, ice and snow. (more…)

Budweiser Cans the Driver; Turns to Autonomous Truck to Haul Load of Beer

A sign of things to come?

by on Oct.25, 2016

Autonomous trucking start up Otto broke new ground today by delivering a truckload of beer in Colorado.

Drinking and driving don’t go together. But what if you’re just hauling a load of beer from the brewery?

In a potentially groundbreaking first, Otto, a self-driving truck start-up, delivered a load of 45,000 cans of Budweiser to a warehouse in Colorado with no one behind the wheel. The 120-mile run is being hailed as the first in what could begin a routine way of life in the not-too-distant future as autonomous and fully driverless vehicles take over the highways.

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The early morning delivery was set in motion by Budweiser parent Anheuser-Busch working with Otto, the start-up recently purchased by Uber. The ride-sharing giant has become a leading proponent of autonomous and fully driverless technologies, arguing that these systems will eventually make American roadways safer, faster and cleaner – while also lowering the cost of driving. (more…)

Autonomous Vehicle Expected to be $560B Industry

Self-driving vehicles will save lives, cut traffic and reduce pollution.

by on Aug.12, 2016

Uber has already started testing autonomous vehicles with an eye toward using them in their regular ride-sharing fleet someday.

During the next two decades, autonomous vehicles will grow into $560 billion industry, according to a new report from a prominent consulting firm.

AT Kearney interviewed 150 executives from the automotive, tech and communications industry in preparing the study, which estimates that it will take up to two decades for fully autonomous driving to emerge.

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“While industry players have already developed or tested many of the technological building blocks, tough and tricky legal challenges remain, including new laws on accident liability, on where self-driving cars may operate, and on who may have a license,” the comprehensive study noted. (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…)

Technology Shaping Search and Performance for New Vehicles

Surveys show tech drives buying and driving experience.

by on Jun.28, 2016

Self-driving vehicles may improve the mobility of baby boomers some day, if they learn to trust the vehicles.

Technology is playing a bigger role than ever in the car-buying experience, whether it’s the technology on the car making it safer or easier to drive or the technology used to determine what vehicle is best for the buyer.

In today’s highly connected lifestyle, new vehicles are laden with more and more safety and convenience features. However, according to a new study from Jumpstart Automotive Group, many of those digital mavens rate state-of-the-art technology and infotainment as “nice-to-have” feature versus a “must have.”

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This may be because the bar is higher. Consumers’ expectations are much more advanced today—they expect their vehicle to be an extension of their connected live, the study notes. This is especially true of Bluetooth, which many list as a favorite technology that they would be unwilling to give up. (more…)

Millennials Interest in New Vehicles Rises with Technology Available

Self-driving cars appealing to younger drivers.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Self-driving vehicles may improve the mobility of baby boomers some day, if they learn to trust the vehicles.

While self-driving cars are expected to increase the mobility of aging baby boomers, but they are still skeptical about the technology that piloting those vehicles. Conversely, younger drivers are seemingly enthralled by the possibilities the cars represent, a new study finds.

Gen Y or “Millennials” between the ages of 21 and 34 and younger Gen Z, which is just getting driver’s licenses, have substantially more interest in automated driving, according to the 2016 edition of the Tech Choice Study that J.D. Power presented to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

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“You often hear that younger people aren’t interested in driving. Maybe it’s just the Millennials don’t have the baggage about driving that Baby Boomers do,” said Kristin Kolodge, director of driver interaction and HMI at J.D. Power who supervised the study. “The just have a fresh perspective,” she said. (more…)