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Google's Waymo Using Intel Chips For Its Self-Driving Minivans

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Waymo--the Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet--said Monday it's using Intel chips as part of a compute platform that allows its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to process huge amounts of data so it can make decisions in real time while navigating city streets. "As the most advanced vehicles on the road today, our self-driving cars require the highest-performance computers to make safe driving decisions in real time," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in an emailed statement. However, it wasn't until Waymo started the Chrysler Pacifica minivan project that it began working more closely with the chipmaker. "By working closely with Waymo, Intel can offer Waymo's fleet of vehicles the advanced processing power required for level 4 and 5 autonomy."


Apple's 'Star Wars' self driving car spotted

Daily Mail

The roofracks contains dozens of sensors, but primarily uses Lidar to'see' their surroundings, and Apple is now using Lexus SUV's, rather than the minivans that have previously been spotted In lidar -- or light detection and ranging -- scanning, one or more lasers sends out short pulses, which bounce back when they hit an obstacle, whether clouds, leaves or rocks. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Apple cuts back its ambitions for a self-driving car

Daily Mail

Chief Executive Tim Cook has suggested that Apple wants to move beyond integration of Apple smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Apple could take on Uber with self driving car

Daily Mail

Disagreements among Apple's top brass have led to a dramatic scaling back of the firm's plans for a self-driving car, industry insiders have claimed. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles

MIT Technology Review

Before autonomous trucks and taxis hit the road, manufacturers will need to solve problems far more complex than collision avoidance and navigation (see "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Self-Driving Trucks"). These vehicles will have to anticipate and defend against a full spectrum of malicious attackers wielding both traditional cyberattacks and a new generation of attacks based on so-called adversarial machine learning (see "AI Fight Club Could Help Save Us from a Future of Super-Smart Cyberattacks"). When hackers demonstrated that vehicles on the roads were vulnerable to several specific security threats, automakers responded by recalling and upgrading the firmware of millions of cars. The computer vision and collision avoidance systems under development for autonomous vehicles rely on complex machine-learning algorithms that are not well understood, even by the companies that rely on them (see "The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI").


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving car alliance

USATODAY

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is joining a partnership that includes German automaker BMW and U.S. tech giant Intel to develop self-driving car technology. "In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers," Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. BMW, Intel and self-driving car tech firm Mobileye formed the partnership in 2016, saying they'd welcome others to join to help accelerate and spread the technology. In April, Fiat Chrysler announced that Waymo had ordered an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids that it will modify for its self-driving fleet.


Waymo patents auto-softening self-driving car shell

Daily Mail

In the event of a collision, the vehicle's sensors trigger the release, cutting or loosening of these cables to collapse parts of the car. In the event of a collision, the car's sensors trigger the release, cutting or loosening of these cables to collapse parts of the vehicle. Different car components, such as the hood, bumper or side panels, could soften depending on the speed, direction and even classification of the object. 'For example, if it is determined that a bicyclist is about to strike the hood and front bumper of the vehicle, the tension may be reduced for the tension members associated with the hood and front bumper, so as to reduce the rigidity of those surfaces,' the patent says.


Lincoln Laboratory enters licensing agreement to produce its localizing ground-penetrating radar

MIT News

The LGPR has been used for lane keeping even when snow, fog, or dust obscures aboveground features. "Most autonomous vehicles rely on optical systems that'see' road surfaces and surrounding infrastructure to localize themselves. Even in fair conditions, having an independent sensor to rely on when your optics aren't working could add several orders of magnitude to the reliability of current autonomous lane keeping systems. Assessments of LGPR's accuracy over six- and 12-month periods show that the maps of primary roads remain valid; less stable are maps of some minor roads whose subsurfaces may be degraded by poor drainage.


How to make self-driving cars safe. Rules and regulations.

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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.


Regulators scramble to stay ahead of self-driving cars

USATODAY

"If you had 50 different requirements for 50 different states, each state (might do it) different," said Chan Lieu, an adviser to the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, whose members include former Google driverless car project Waymo, automakers Ford and Volvo and ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft. "That has been our challenge since Day One," said Jessica Gonzalez, spokesperson for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which recently proposed revised rules in a state home to several tech giants that are developing self-driving car technology, such as Google, Apple, Uber and Tesla. So we see all the advantages to it, but at the same time we're tasked with making sure this technology is safe," In March, California regulators introduced a pathway to obtain permits for driverless car testing after initially signaling last year that it would require a steering wheel and brake pedals in all test vehicles. "The U.S. still runs the risk of slowing down the development and introduction of autonomous driving technologies by making it difficult for carmakers to test, develop, certify and sell" self-driving cars, said Anders Karrberg, Volvo's vice president of government affairs.