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You likely try to keep your car in tip-top shape. You change your oil, make sure your tires are roadworthy, give your engine regular tune-ups, etc. But what most drivers don't realize is that with today's advanced motor vehicles, that's only half the job. The most crucial elements of today's cars can't be kicked, tightened or oiled. While a quick peek under the hood may have once sufficed to ensure that everything is humming along nicely, virtually all the critical functions in today's cars that were once exclusively mechanical are now controlled by hundreds of onboard computers running tens of millions of lines of code.
Waymo has ordered thousands of new Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA to help populate its autonomous ride-hailing fleet, which it will open to the public in 2018, the company says. The public launch of its Pacifica-based self-driving ride hailing service is set to occur sometime later this year, after Waymo starts testing its minivans without anyone behind the wheel, achieving true Level 4 autonomy for their designated bounded test area in Arizona. The total size of the vehicle commitment isn't exactly known as of yet, but FCA has already supplied Waymo with 500 vehicles in total at least, and now that number will cross into the "thousands" as Waymo prepares for its public launch, and for the expansion of said service beyond its initial target launch market of Phoenix, where Waymo has been conducing its first pilot trial involving members of the public as passengers and customers. The delivery of the new vehicles will begin late in the year, and the new additions to the autonomous fleet will be rolled out "across multiple U.S. cities," according to Waymo. Waymo worked directly with FCA engineers to build its autonomous driving tech into the Pacifica, a minivan with plenty of cabin comforts for rear seat passengers already built in.
As manufacturers begin the gritty development work to bring autonomous vehicle concepts to market, two paths are emerging to process the vast amounts of artificial intelligence needed to take the human out of the driver's seat. In press conferences that took place one night apart, chipmakers Nvidia and Intel outlined their platforms to power automated driving. Nvidia's approach was holistic, processing as much information as efficiently as possible, while Intel was more conservative, limiting the situations in which to use processing power. While the industry is still years away from determining a best practice for such functions, experts say this technology is necessary to move forward, and could define long-term supplier agreements. "AI is, in my opinion, a must-have when targeting advanced levels of autonomy," said Luca De Ambroggi, an analyst at IHS Markit.
Selling a concept rather than a market-ready car All throughout last year car companies spent billions on research and development (R&D) on autonomous cars and then millions marketing the result of that research at the CES this week. As yet there is no product to sell or even any indication that everyone is just waiting to buy one. You can currently purchase cars that have some basic autonomous driving software in cars by Tesla and Mercedes-Benz. Other autonomous vehicles such as tractors are further advanced. Companies tout their technological advances Ford was among those making announcements about advancements in its autonomous driving technology at CES.
CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. NVIDIA, as I've written about several times, is the company that started in gaming and graphics but which has rapidly transformed into an organization focused on AI. Nope, NVIDIA is swinging for the fences, leveraging its GPU technology, deep learning, its Volta architecture, its Cuda GPU programming platform and a dizzying array of partnerships to move beyond mere tech and become an industrial powerhouse. CEO and Founder Jensen Huang gave the Sunday night keynote at CES, an prized time slot once dominated by Microsoft.
Mobileye's acquisition by Intel provided it with the ability to produce a more complete autonomous driving solution than Nvidia, according to Mobileye senior VP and chief communications officer Dan Galves, because it has been able to bring both hardware and software together. CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. Speaking to media during CES 2018, Galves said software is the most important piece of the puzzle. Once that it written, it then needs to run on a powerful compute architecture -- and Mobileye now has both thanks to its work with the biggest chip maker in the world.
The American Automobile Association is doing work to help ensure it remains relevant in a future age of autonomous driving, and its latest partner in that effort is Torc Robotics, a self-driving technology company with loads of experience in automating heavy machinery and commercial equipment that's now applying its expertise to the consumer market. At CES 2018, AAA announced that it's going to work with Torc to help establish a set of safety criteria for using self-driving cars, and that the mechanism for making this happen will be operating the Torc testing vehicles on public streets. The intent is to build out a set of guidelines that automakers can follow in order to help coordinate efforts across the industry to ensure safety and enhance consumer trust in autonomous driving technology in general. This is one component of a broader testing program being rolled out by AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, which also includes a previously announced partnership with GoMentum Station, the autonomous vehicle proving ground and testing facility in Walnut Creek, California.
It started like any other Lyft pickup: After entering my destination in the app, a car appeared at my location several minutes later. But as I stepped inside the vehicle and shut the door, I was required to confirm my trip details on a tablet mounted near the center console facing the backseat. A driver sat in the front seat, but he took his hands off the wheel just a few moments into our drive. Suddenly, a disembodied voice announced that the car would be entering autonomous driving mode. My ride was the result of a partnership between Lyft and automotive technology company Aptiv, which are proving self-driving taxi rides during this year's CES in Las Vegas.