Summary: With only slight tongue in cheek about the road ahead we report on the just passed House of Representative's new "Federal Automated Vehicle Policy" as well as similar policy just emerging in Germany. Just today (9/6/17) the US House of Representatives released its 116 page "Federal Automated Vehicles Policy". Equally as interesting is that just two weeks ago the German federal government published its guidelines for Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV being the new name of choice for these vehicles). On the 6 point automation scale in which 0 is no automation and 5 is where the automated system can perform all driving tasks, under all conditions, the new policy applies to level 3 or higher (though the broad standards also apply to the partial automation in levels 1 and 2).
This company is taking its buses to a new level by developing self-driven, mass transit vehicles. The purpose of operating the self-driven electric buses in various traffic situations is to figure out the changes needed in the city's infrastructure to prepare for autonomous public transportation. Proterra's self-driving bus study is said to be a yearlong phase that tests the functionality of the sensors through different road conditions such as weather changes and traffic on the road. The technology is leading to a radically different future, but it is imminent that there will be a significant number of manned and unmanned public transport vehicles that will hit the roads in the future.
Goodyear is teaming up with car service Tesloop to test a new breed of sensors that monitor a tire's condition. While many vehicles today are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that tell you how low on air your tire might be, this system represents a step toward a more sophisticated approach that will be critical once fleets of self-driving cars hit the roads. Goodyear is testing a new tire condition sensor with Tesloop, a car service that offers rides in Tesla Model S cars. Initially, he adds, Goodyear smart tires are likely to roll out as part of a new car from a major automaker.
As it stands, analytics companies like Tarantino's--ones that collect information about driver behavior and share it with insurance providers--rely entirely on devices embedded into vehicles to gather data. But since that information is only about what happens inside a vehicle, insurance companies still have a somewhat limited understanding of their drivers' patterns of behavior, especially when it comes to traffic accidents. Gathering data from environmental sensors--those on the road, not in the car--could also notify insurance providers exactly when an accident happens, allowing them to be more responsive to client in the event of an emergency. It will be tricky for insurance companies to figure out what causes accidents among driverless cars unless they have environmental data at their disposal.
Daimler has announced its self-driving electric Smart car (pictured), geared toward urban car sharing, will debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany The vehicle's side doors open upwards over the rear axle and will display news and weather updates. Devil Wears Prada deleted scene changes fans' views on Miranda Inside the car, a digital screen sits in place of the dashboard, which Daimler says can display various things depending on the riders' preferences A lounge-like bench seats up to two people, and if single riders want to share a ride with a stranger, the vehicle will even suggest an extra passenger. The vehicle's side doors open upwards over the rear axle and display news, weather updates and whether the car is in-use or free to hail If the ride-sharing setting is activated, once both passengers are seated the car's internal screen will display shared interests (pictured), such as sports they enjoy or concerts they both attended Two compact 4-in displays angled outward allow the car to communicate with passengers when necessary, starting with a simple welcome message. The car's external display screen can show welcome messages to riders, destinations (left), and even messages or warnings pedestrians crossing the road (right) In Daimler's futuristic vision, each car would drive itself to a wireless, solar-powered charging station when not actively providing a ride to passengers Suggestions for ride-share passengers will be based on the new passenger's location relative to the original trip's route as well as information on each rider's personal profiles The EQ Fortwo's functions and settings can be altered through voice-control or through an app, which can also be used to hail vehicles for trips and select extra passengers The car's can internal display can show a variety of things, from the news and weather to the location and interests of nearby people in need of a ride The EQ ForTwo's (pictured) electric motor will be powered by a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery, and the vehicle is designed specifically for urban car-sharing The EQ ForTwo fleet that Daimler envisions would use'swarm intelligence' to concentrate in areas of high demand, helping to shorten pick-up times and improve overall system convenience The futuristic vehicles retractable console armrest can serve as a passenger divide and storage area, while extra storage space can be found under the bench.
With the rapid increases in computing power, it's easy to get seduced into thinking that raw computing power can solve problems like smart edge devices (e.g., cars, trains, airplanes, wind turbines, jet engines, medical devices). In chess, the complexity of the chess piece only increases slightly (rooks can move forward and sideways a variable number of spaces, bishops can move diagonally a variable number of spaces, etc. Now think about the number and breadth of "moves" or variables that need to be considered when driving a car in a nondeterministic (random) environment: weather (precipitation, snow, ice, black ice, wind), time of day (day time, twilight, night time, sun rise, sun set), road conditions (pot holes, bumpy, slick), traffic conditions (number of vehicles, types of vehicles, different speeds, different destinations). It's nearly impossible for an autonomous car manufacturer to operate enough vehicles in enough different situations to generate the amount of data that can be virtually gathered by playing against Grand Theft Auto.
Meanwhile, water scarcity and draughts present serious problems, which AI can help solve through specific voice-activated devices enabling irrigation or dyke management at a distance. IoT enables vehicle to vehicle communications (V2V), allowing cars to communicate with one another and making the whole driving experience a lot safer. Moreover AI-powered park assistants support drivers while parking and help avoid collision, whereas environmental sensors detect environment conditions, thus adapting headlights levels or adapting windscreen wipers to them. To find out more about the future of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things in specific industries, please visit our website.
Autonomous driving experts have previously said that driver-facing cameras would be needed for any vehicles performing level three autonomous driving. Tesla has previously stated that future software updates to its fleet of vehicles will enable level three to five autonomy on existing hardware in its cars. Autonomous driving experts have previously said that driver-facing cameras will be needed for any vehicles performing level three autonomous driving. Tesla has previously stated that future software updates to its fleet of vehicles will enable level three to five autonomy on existing hardware in its cars today.
Last year, a Florida man became the first person to die in a crash involving autonomous driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to write what are known as federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS). According to Husch, state regulations cover vehicle use, including licensing, registration, traffic safety, law enforcement, and insurance liability. To prevent this, the NHTSA last year issued a report, "Federal Automated Vehicle Policy," that lays out guidelines for the states to follow in crafting their rules.
As part of that, they've promised to "bring highly automated driving functions to market as a core competency from 2021." They announced they're rolling out "Level 3" automation--which means a car that can drive itself some of the time--in the A8 model this year with promises to bring fully autonomous vehicles to market in 2020. On the electric side, the company has promised a sporty little electric vehicle called the I.D. Instead, the company's engineers had built them to run artificially well under testing conditions (and only under testing conditions).