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Rise Of The Machines: Understanding The Autonomy Levels Of Self-Driving Cars

Forbes Technology

Automakers are moving at a frenzied pace to add more and more intelligence to their vehicles. However, as cars get smarter and smarter consumers struggle to understand the latest innovations. To help eliminate some of the confusion, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International has developed a scale to describe the six different levels of automation for self-driving cars. These are the cars we all know and love. The driver actually steps on the gas to go faster, steps on the brake to slow down and uses the steering wheel to turn.


Bosch, Daimler will bring self-driving taxis to Silicon Valley

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The hardware in charge of processing data is just as important as the hardware used to collect all that data in the first place. Silicon Valley will soon have even more autonomous vehicles littering its landscape. Bosch and Daimler announced this week that they will work to bring self-driving taxis to the Silicon Valley area, Automotive News reports. It was part of a discussion of a growing partnership that will see the supplier and automaker team up with chipmaker Nvidia for its future self-driving vehicles. The autonomous taxis will reportedly arrive next year and will be capable of proper autonomy.


Tesla goes big in China with Shanghai plant

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Tuesday landed a deal with Chinese authorities to build a new auto plant in Shanghai, its first factory outside the United States, that would double the size of the electric car maker's global manufacturing. The deal was announced as Tesla raised prices on U.S.-made vehicles it sells in China to offset the cost of new tariffs imposed by the Chinese government in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump's heavier duties on Chinese goods. Musk was in Shanghai Tuesday, and the Shanghai government in a statement said it welcomed Tesla's move to invest not only in a new factory in the city, a center of the Chinese auto industry, but in research and development, as well. China has long pushed to capture more of the talent and capital invested by global automakers in advanced electric vehicle technology. Tesla plans to produce the first cars about two years after construction begins on its Shanghai factory, ramping up to as many as 500,000 vehicles a year about two to three years later, the company said.


Mercedes Will Launch Self-Driving Taxis in California Next Year

WIRED

Like in a Tough Mudder, you've got a few strategies when it comes to the race to launch a taxi-like service with autonomous vehicles. You can start early and keep a slow but steady pace. You can show up a bit late, then try to sprint through it. Or you can hold back, see what trips up other contenders, and then slowly work your way through the obstacles. The big automakers tend to fall into the third category.


Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to launch self-driving car service in Silicon Valley

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Daimler's, the makers of Mercedes-Benz, and automotive supplies Bosch are soon to join the race of the self-driving cars market. Maria Mercedes Galuppo (@mariamgaluppo) has more. As self-driving vehicle experiments are launched in a few cities around the U.S., Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and a prominent auto supplier are launching a new one in the place that would seem most receptive: Silicon Valley. Daimler and auto components maker Bosch will start a self-driving vehicle shuttle service in one of the cities south of San Francisco that comprises the heart of the nation's tech industry beginning in the second half of 2019. The move marks a concrete step forward for a partnership announced in April 2017 with the ultimate goal of delivering a self-driving car by 2021.


Automakers must decide how much uncertainty is acceptable for autonomous vehicles

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To meet the goal of autonomous vehicles that can operate safely and without any need for human input -- that is, L5 automation -- automakers must train AI systems to navigate myriad conditions they'll run into in the real world so that they don't actually run into anything in the real world). Our highways and roads are, as we all know from experience behind the wheel, wholly unpredictable places, and they'll continually require self-driving cars to instantly interpret and react to "edge case" scenarios. While machine learning can guide AI to develop a recognition of, and reaction to, scenarios that it has seen many times before, there's an immense hurdle in training AI for one-in-a-million (or billion) situations. For example, AI may be well-versed in basic freeway driving, or identifying pedestrians under expected circumstances. Freeways may be littered with everything from tire scraps to sofas to grandmothers chasing after ducks; Halloween costumes can make pedestrians difficult to detect; you can set traps for autonomous vehicles; and even electric scooters can prove problematic for AVs.


Xilinx And Daimler AG Team Up For AI-Based Automotive Applications

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The Autonomous Vehicle of the future is getting incrementally closer, with technological advances in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features such as emergency braking, lane keeping, pedestrian warnings, sign reading, and adaptive cruise control. While Intel's Mobileye is the market leader today for auto vision processing, many automakers are opting for more flexible and open technology from Xilinx for sensor data processing and control systems. Now Daimler AG and Xilinx have announced a collaboration to advance in-car systems with AI in automotive applications. Xilinx also shared some interesting adoption data on its success in the ADAS market, touting deployment in over 110 models, from 29 automakers--doubling its share. I spoke last week with Willard Tu, Senior Director of Automotive at Xilinx, about the company's momentum in the auto segment.


7 Connected Car Trends Fueling the Future

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Innovative automakers, software developers and technology companies are leading a radical transformation in the automotive industry. They are refining and redefining existing technologies and introducing new, exciting concepts like artificial intelligence and the connected car to give us a driving experience that will be like nothing we've ever known. Let's look at that future: An entirely autonomous car transports a person to their destination without any need for driver oversight – attention to the road is not required. Inside the vehicle is all the entertainment, information, and connection with the outside world that someone would have in their home, office, or even favorite coffee shop. Every aspect of personal comfort is taken into consideration, from the temperature of the interior to the tinting of the windows to prevent glare or even the personalized adjustment of ambient lighting to create the perfect mood to go with the music playing through the satellite radio station.


The Model X vs the I-Pace: A luxury electric SUV face-off

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It's impossible not to compare the new Jaguar I-Pace with the Model X. BMW and Audi are both working on getting their electrified vehicles to market. But let's look at the differences between --not just two of the best EVs on the market -- but really two great vehicles overall. Pricing out cars can be tricky because of trim levels, options etc. The base level I-Pace S, starts at $69,500. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model X 75D will set you back $79,500.


Work for Elon in SV? Or Bill Ford in Downtown Detroit? Decaying Train Station Might Decide It

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 13: A general view of the abandoned Michigan Central train station on August 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Ford Motor Company's purchase and proposed renovation of Detroit's leading eyesore – the abandoned Michigan Central Train Station – promises to lend momentum to a city on the comeback trail, as well as to a vehicle company at an existential crossroads. Bill Ford Jr. says the real estate venture is about "inventing the future," creating an urban home for the automaker's mobility services business and the electrification of its vehicles, two prominent trends that promise to transform the way ordinary citizens think about their cars and their daily travel. The four-year project promises to be costly, according to initial reports, while attracting talent (read: young talent otherwise headed for Silicon Valley) to Ford and to Detroit, suddenly a cool place to live, work and play for many. Many young software engineers and artificial intelligence jocks dream of working for Elon Musk and Tesla: Ford wants to make a bid for them.