The Walmart pilot initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford has said it expects to launch commercial production of automated vehicles by 2021. Ford and its partners are using Miami as a testing ground for automated delivery service ideas and automated vehicle technology. The new pilot project will offer customers delivery by Postmates of goods ordered at Walmart stores. Brian Wolf, an executive of Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, wrote in a blog post that the companies will work over the next "couple of months" to figure out what goods can be delivered successfully, especially perishable groceries.
New Jaguar Land Rover technology being trialled on British roads could mean drivers never see a red light again. Using a Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) system built into the car, it connects to traffic lights and tells the driver when they're going to turn green and suggests the best speed to approach so they never have to come to a standstill. The technology, called Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) will help free up traffic flow in cities, improve road safety and potentially help you to live longer, the British car maker claims. The system is already in use and being put to the test on public roads by the vehicle manufacturer. It has fitted the V2X system to one of its Jaguar F-Pace SUVs as part of a £20million collaborative research project to determine the usefulness of the start-of-the-art tech.
Self-driving car collaborations are becoming increasingly commonplace. The latest team-up comes from Ford and Walmart -- two older-world companies using autonomous tech to combat nascent startup rivals and remain relevant in an ever-changing landscape. The eventual goal is to bring Walmart shopping items to customers in a self-driving Ford with the help of Postmates' delivery infrastructure. Initially, however, the venture will rely on human-driven cars designed to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would operate. Ford has already started testing its autonomous cars in Miami and Washington DC, with plans for commercial production by 2021.
Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday. The project is the latest to grow out of Ford s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was working with San Francisco-based Postmates already to develop delivery services that could employ automated vehicles. The Walmart pilot, which will take place in the Miami area, initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.
Uber Advanced Technologies Group has released a report that outlines the company's commitment to it's self-driving vehicle strategy and what it's doing to insure the safe development of autonomous cars. Titled'A Principled Approach To Safety', the voluntary safety self-assessment was developed in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's guidance. The 70-page document is intended to speak to multiple audiences, including the public, fellow road-users and potential users of self-driving technology, policymakers (including legislators), regulators, local officials and other self-driving vehicle developers. Uber believes that competitive pressures have made sharing information on progress in development challenging. Yet transparency into developments and progress are important to earn and increase public confidence in this technology and, in turn, its ability to deliver on the potential benefits.
Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe. Company officials acknowledge they have a long way to go to regain public trust after the March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona, that killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, as she crossed a darkened road outside the lines of a crosswalk. Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. Police said Uber's backup driver in the autonomous Volvo SUV was streaming the television show'The Voice' on her phone and looking downward before crash.
Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are in "exploratory talks" to jointly develop self-driving and electric vehicles in a far-reaching strategic alliance meant to save the companies billions of dollars, according to a person familiar with the matter. The German and U.S. automakers are expected to provide an update on the progress of the talks before year end, said the person, who asked not to be identified. Spokesmen for both automakers would only reiterate what they have said before about the companies collaborating on the development of commercial vehicles. "Our (memorandum of understanding) with VW covers conversations about potential collaborations across a number of areas. It is premature to share additional details at this time," Ford spokesman Alan Hall said.
The topic of autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars, has been at the forefront of technology news for the better part of this decade. I get the appeal, as the vision of vehicles that drive, or fly around on their own, has historically been the stuff of science fiction. Autonomous vehicles are fascinating as they use almost every kind of technology imaginable, including network connectivity, messaging, cloud services, graphics processing units (GPUs), artificial intelligence (AI), video analytics, and more. Over the past year, I've noticed the self-driving topic has become more widespread. Last month at Microsoft Ignite, we heard how the autonomous vehicle is one of the core components of Goodyear's strategy, as outlined in a previous No Jitter post.
What happens when police want to pull over a robot-driven vehicle that has no human backup driver? In their recently updated "Emergency Response Guide," Alphabet's Waymo -- which has hundreds of autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans on the road in Phoenix -- provides a protocol that may offer some glimpse of what is to come. "The Waymo vehicle uses its sensors to identify police or emergency vehicles by detecting their appearance, their sirens, and their emergency lights," the guide says. "… If a Waymo fully self-driving vehicle detects that a police or emergency vehicle is behind it and flashing its lights, the Waymo vehicle is designed to pull over and stop when it finds a safe place to do so." Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.]
Washington, D.C., is tracking more than politics. As of Monday, the nation's capital has its first self-driving cars on city streets. Ford is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami to the D.C. area. But that self-driving Domino's pizza delivery service is still only in Miami -- for now. SEE ALSO: Remember the driver disguised as a car seat?