5 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Impacting the Automotive Industry


Finding applications of artificial intelligence in the automotive industry requires only a scant reading of news headlines. From IBM Watson's partnership with the General Motors OnStar platform to Toyota's $1 billion investment in AI-based self-driving technology, the marriage of AI with automotive technology has surely been consummated. It seems that every stakeholder in the automotive industry is looking for a way to capitalize on recent advances in AI technology. While artificial intelligence automotive applications that involve driverless cars receive the most attention, this is only one of many uses for artificial intelligence in the car industry. In this article, we will look at artificial intelligence automotive industry trends to see what factors are driving this explosive new market.

Waymo hits 7 million self-driving miles, eyes Europe expansion


Waymo is still chugging along with plans to offer a truly driverless car service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area by the end of this year -- but it's also moving its self-driving sights to Europe. At the Automotive News Europe Congress in Turin, Italy, earlier this week, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said, "There is an opportunity for us at Waymo to experiment here in Europe, with different products and maybe even with different go-to-market strategies," as Reuters noted. SEE ALSO: Here's the aspect of self-driving car testing that's not dominated by Apple or Google Krafcik floated this idea a few days after Waymo demoed its Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities at Fiat Chrysler's Balocco Proving Ground in northern Italy. For the first time, a car drove itself outside the U.S. with no one in the driver's seat. At the Turin event, the CEO brought up the idea of possible partnerships in the market after crediting his European counterparts for advancing self-driving tech.

When Your Robot Car Gets Stumped, This Startup Wants To Steer It Out Of Trouble

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Phantom Auto will provide its remote driving system for Einride's cabless, self-driving T-pod electric trucks. Consumer surveys point to lingering public concerns about the safety of self-driving cars even as the technology launches this year with Waymo's robot-taxi service in Phoenix. Silicon Valley startup Phantom Auto thinks it can lessen that anxiety with a backup driver who can take the wheel remotely when a robot chauffeur needs help. "We're not trying to be an AV player. We want to be a safety solution," Shai Magzimof, Phantom's 27-year-old CEO, founder and inventor of its technology, told Forbes.

Waymo's Fleet Size Is Set To Soar

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Waymo, the self-driving subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)(NASDAQ:GOOG), took its first delivery of 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans supplied by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) in December of 2016, adding an additional 500 to its corral in April 2017. Earlier this year, the companies announced that Waymo would be adding "thousands" more minivans to its fleet, though it didn't specify how many. This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. The companies just revealed the extent of their partnership, which will see Waymo adding up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacific Hybrid minivans to its fleet, more than 100 times the 600 it currently drives. While terms of the deal weren't made public, this total could exceed $2 billion, and delivery of the cars is expected to begin later this year.

Waymo orders 62,000 Chrysler minivans, frees parents from driving kids to soccer practice


Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car company (formerly under Google), has been using modified vans for years to privately test its autonomous tech. In late 2016, Waymo announced that its first production car would be a modified Chrysler Pacifica. Now the company is looking to buy a few more minivans - 62,000, to be exact. Alphabet announced today that it struck a deal with Chrysler to buy 62,000 additional Pacifica hybrid vans for Waymo, increasing the company's number of vehicles by 100 times. Waymo is already testing a small fleet of completely autonomous taxis in Arizona.

Waymo to add 62,000 more Chrysler minivans to self-driving car fleet


Waymo and Fiat Chrysler on Thursday announced they're expanding their partnership to add as many as 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo's self-driving fleet. The two companies also said they're in discussions to potentially add Waymo's self-driving technology to Fiat Chrysler cars, possibly through a licensing agreement. "FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic," Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. "Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront." Chrysler is expected to start delivering the 62,000 vehicles to Waymo in late 2018.

Uber is 'on track' for an IPO in 2019 and is in talks with Waymo over a self-driving partnership

Daily Mail

Uber has its eyes set on going public in 2019. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the ride-hailing startup is'on track' for an initial public offering in the second half of next year, saying Uber has a'very strong balance sheet' that could position it to do so. Khosrowshahi also shed some new light into Uber's self-driving car program, which has been paused in the wake of a fatal crash involving one of the firm's autonomous vehicles. Uber has its eyes set on an IPO in the second half of 2019, with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi saying the firm's in a'good position' in terms of profitability and margins to go public'We're in a good position in terms of the company's profile, in terms of profitability and margins continue to get better,' Khosrowshahi told CNBC at Recode's Code Conference in California. Khosrowshahi said he envisions Uber becoming the'Amazon for transportation,' serving as a platform for multiple transportation modes, like buses and bikes.

Waymo will add up to 62,000 FCA minivans to self-driving fleet


U.S. drivers' fears of fully autonomous (self-driving) vehicles has risen in the past several months according to a new survey by AAA. SAN FRANCISCO -- Waymo's self-driving mission is about to mushroom. The Alphabet-owned autonomous car company announced Thursday that it is significantly ramping up its partnership with Fiat Chrysler and over time will add up to 62,000 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its fleet. That's a significant bump from a January announcement in which Waymo, which started out as Google's self-driving car project in 2009, said it would add "thousands" of new FCA minivans. The news speaks to the quickening pace of Waymo's development of fully self-driving vehicles, which have been testing around the Phoenix area for more than a year.

Uber flying taxis get a government boost


Ride-hailing service Uber announced plans for a flying taxi on Wednesday that could provide relief from road congestion for the commuters of the future. This is a rendering of UberÕs VTOL concept., flying car, an electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle. SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber executives continue to grapple with a host of challenges to their ride-hailing business, from taxi industry pushback in cities such as London to political fallout due to a self-driving car death in Arizona. But none of that has put the brakes on the company's futuristic -- and somewhat outlandish -- plans to develop a network of flying taxis, a project that gained a bit more altitude at Tuesday's kickoff of the two-day Uber Elevate conference in Los Angeles. Uber announced new partnerships with government officials and aircraft manufacturers aimed at further developing eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) craft, which use wing-mounted propellers to provide lift, as with a helicopter, and a tail-mounted propeller to generate forward thrust, as with a plane.

Alibaba announces AI deal with Audi, Daimler and Volvo -


Alibaba Group Holding Ltd announced three partnerships on Monday with leading carmakers on artificial intelligence-backed connected vehicle services, cementing its commitment to the auto sector. Under the cooperation, owners of Daimler, Audi and Volvo cars in China will be able to remotely access information about their vehicles, such as location, engine status and fuel checks, using Alibaba's voice assistant service. AliGenie, the AI platform powering Alibaba's iconic smart speaker Tmall Genie, enables voice enquiries that unlock doors and turn on air conditioning before the driver even reaches the car, said Chen Lijuan, head of Alibaba AI Labs, an in-house AI research unit. The tie-up will also help enrich the in-car infotainment portfolio based on Alibaba's content offerings from access to video site Youku and music streaming service Xiami. "You can check the best route via Tmall Genie at home and send that information to your car," Chen told a media event in Beijing, citing the example of turning on the car's heater in winter as soon as the owner wakes up.