Transportation


Autonomous Driving Levels 0–5 Implications

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Autonomous driving systems are changing the way we think about the future of personal transportation. How soon will we have access to vehicles that don't require human control? Are driverless cars just around the corner? What will our travel be like if we're spending a lot less time behind the wheel? What technology actually makes autonomous driving possible?


Volvo looks to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

The Japan Times

STOCKHOLM/SAN, FRANCISCO – Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. The nonbinding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving division in Silicon Valley's race to perfect self-driving systems. Combining Volvo's cars with Uber's self-driving system builds on their nearly three-year relationship and comes as Uber's autonomous driving unit has been hit by a lawsuit over trade secrets and the departure of top talent. Automakers, ride-hailing firms and tech start-ups have been forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business. Geely-owned Volvo said in a statement on Monday it would provide Uber with its flagship XC90 SUVs equipped with autonomous technology as part of a nonexclusive deal from 2019 to 2021.


Volvo to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

Daily Mail

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. The non-binding framework deal could offer San Francisco-based Uber a way to overcome setbacks at its autonomous driving division in Silicon Valley's race to perfect self-driving systems. Combining Volvo's cars with Uber's self-driving system builds on their nearly three-year relationship and comes as Uber's autonomous driving unit has been hit by a lawsuit over trade secrets and the departure of top talent. Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. Automakers, ride-hailing firms and tech startups have been forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business.


Apple co-founder 'The Woz' slams Tesla's Autopilot

Mashable

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is super keen on futuristic electric cars, but doesn't yet trust Tesla's autonomous driving technology. "The Woz," who drives a Tesla Model S, is concerned some people are mistaking Tesla's current Autopilot system as a completely capable self-driving program. In reality, Tesla's Autopilot feature is classified by the federal government as a "level two" autonomous driving system, which means the car is only partially automated, meaning it will steer itself, accelerate, and decelerate -- but the driver must always be prepared to take control of the vehicle. "Tesla has in people's mind that they have cars that will just drive themselves totally, and it is so far from the truth, so they have deceived us," Wozniak told CNBC at this week's 20/20 Money conference in Las Vegas. To Wozniak, the word "autopilot" is deceiving and potentially dangerous.


Comma AI's dash cams are a stepping stone to autonomous driving

Engadget

I'm never sure what to expect when I walk up the steps of Comma AIs office (which is actually a house in a San Francisco neighborhood). Its founder and all-around rabble-rouser George Hotz (the iPhone and Playstation hacker more commonly known as geohot) has strong opinions about the automotive industry and how he can fix it. The company's "ghost riding for the masses" tagline won't win over regulators, but Comma AI's longterm goal of running your car's operating system seems doable. But first, it's concentrating on dash cams that tap into your car's data. Comma AI's latest piece of hardware is the EON dash cam developer kit.


How do we use AI for our automated vehicles? Very carefully.

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Specifically how Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a part in the development of autonomous vehicle technology (AVT). There are three main types of sensors -- vision (cameras), radar and LiDAR. You can't make a rule for every situation the car will encounter and AI helps us solve those corner cases. This hybrid approach, using AI based modules within a deterministic framework gives us the best of both worlds: clear generalized rules and policies governing the overall behavior of the vehicle and AI based algorithms to help us solve the most complex corner cases.


BMW-FCA autonomous alliance wants third major partner

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BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are seeking one more automaker to join their autonomous driving partnership. If the technology develops fast enough, BMW is open to selling a Level 3-equipped iNEXT to retail consumers and Level 4 or 5 cars to ride-sharing fleets, Frickenstein said. Project partners are driving the vehicles, developing software algorithms and collecting data from cameras, radar and lidar technology. That data are being crunched at a separate autonomous driving data center that opened near Munich.


GM boss: Elon Musk's autonomous car claim's 'full of crap'

Daily Mail

In the last year, Elon Musk has made ambitious claims about the capabilities of Tesla's electric vehicles, even revealing that all cars will now be built with the hardware to support full autonomy. Elon Musk has made ambitious claims about the capabilities of Tesla's electric vehicles, even revealing that all cars will now be built with the hardware to support full autonomy. But, according to General Motors' director of autonomous vehicle integration, Musk is'full of crap' The first models of the $35,000 (£27,000) electric vehicle began production last month. Tesla has remained tight-lipped as to the purpose of the cameras, and made no mention of the devices during the firm's launch of the Model 3 (pictured) last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk, 46, told the launch event that he expects to churn out 500,000 Model 3s a year.


Samsung secures self-driving car permit in California

Daily Mail

The South Korean electronics maker has recently been approved to test it deep-learning based autonomous vehicles on public roads in Korea. Samsung received approved to test it deep-learning based autonomous vehicles on public roads. For the small companies and students, the race course offered a large, safe testing environment. For the small companies and students, the race course offered a large, safe testing environment.


Building the Best Autonomous Brain

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With a flexible, scalable architecture of CPUs, Intel Arria 10 FPGAs and other accelerators, our Intel GO automotive solutions portfolio leads the industry with a diverse range of computing elements that support all three stages of driving. But autonomous driving is much more than just in-vehicle compute; that's why we offer a full car-to-cloud solution including 5G connectivity, data center technologies and software development tools to accelerate autonomous driving. Whether it's to incorporate new algorithms or completely rethink compute to accommodate new workloads, system designers will need a flexible, scalable architecture. With a flexible architecture of CPUs, FPGAs and other accelerators, future-ready solutions offer a diverse range of computing elements that can accommodate designs that may change long after hardware and vehicle design decisions have been made.