Musk called the upcoming vehicle a'beast' and'unreal,' so the upcoming vehicle is expected to compete with large rigs. Tesla has accommodated its battery in place of the regular engine in its cars, but the frame of a truck and its engine are designed differently and Tesla's design is expected to be interesting. But to compete with traditional long haul trucks, the Tesla Semi trucks will need to boost this range to 1,000 miles as regular long haul trucks have a range of 600-900 miles at least. But that brings up a quagmire -- the company will need a larger battery to provide the truck with an extended range, but if the battery is too big, it could actually interfere with the truck's weight carrying capacity.
It will focus on three categories -- conditional assistance, high assistance and fully automated self-driving. Forward Collision Warning: Sensors will detect and warn the car's systems of a potential collision and help minimize loss of life. Automatic Emergency Braking: In case of an imminent collision, the car's systems will apply brakes automatically. Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking: The cars' sensors will especially detect pedestrians and warn the human driver inside, along with the car's systems and brakes will be automatically applied to ensure the pedestrians' safety.
Dash cams on cars might not be limited to just law enforcement officials' cars -- a new app can transform your smartphone into a dash cam and will also provide additional features such as crash warnings, auto-detection of events on the roads and even modes for hailing cabs. Nexar actually sources crash warnings from a community of connected drivers and issues real-time warnings about dangers on the road based on such alerts. It also utilizes the camera vision -- the view of the field of vision from a connected smartphone's camera to assess the difference between two vehicles and issue such alerts, which can make the driver brake and potentially save lives. Although, the app will need a slew of connected vehicles around for it to work -- in case a Nexar driver in front of the user is applying the brakes of his car, the app will issue a collision warning as soon as you are 10 feet away from the vehicle.
It is an industry that has functioned largely without changes for the past hundred years, but with the emergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, self-driving and robotics, the basic paradigm of the industry is expected to change. While the Tesla Gigafactory 1 is just one of many examples of auto companies increasingly employing robots in production, it is the strongest indication that as the auto industry moves toward automation and robotics, human employment in the industry is set to decrease. According to the Information Handling Services (IHS) Technology's Automotive Electronics Roadmap Report, the use of AI based driver-assistance systems in vehicles is set to jump from 7 million a couple of years ago to 122 million by 2025. Since cars are increasingly expected to be equipped with hardware such as camera-based machine units, radar-detection units and driver evaluation units, AI will serve as the connecting interface between the regular car machinery and such hardware -- e.g., advance brake warnings using object detection feedback from the onboard cameras.
A new vendor-neutral vulnerability discovered by security researchers affects a number of smart cars and could put drivers and passengers in the vehicle at risk of "dangerous" or "fatal" outcomes if exploited. By standardizing how certain systems within smart cars operate, it makes it possible for vehicles from different manufacturers to communicate with one another. Typically in order to exchange information, the communications systems write a frame--a message encoded in binary, a series of ones and zeros. Trend Micro researcher Federico Maggi warned the attack could be used to shut down operations like antilock braking systems or the car's accident responses like deploying airbags.
According to the patent titled, "Removable Steering Wheel and pedals for autonomous vehicle," the steering would remain only for development purposes and be available as a customer-requested option. A new Ford patent has hinted at a removable steering wheel and pedals in self-driven cars. What this means, in simple terms, is that the ability of a self-driven vehicle response in an emergency, such as making rapid lane changes to avoid a collision cannot be fully assessed without a human at the wheel ready to take over when needed. The steering one will deploy when the car is under human control, while the dashboard one will deploy when the car is driving autonomously.
According to a study titled, "Automated vehicle crash rate comparison using naturalistic data" by researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, in the current scenario using the available technology, while humans were involved in 4.2 crashes per million miles, self-driven cars were involved in 3.2 crashes per million miles. Furthermore, the severity of accidents involving human-driven cars was higher than self-driven cars. In simple terms, the increasingly capable safety features of self-driven cars and even adaptable features such as the one being explained by the patent will help improve safety features of self-driven cars further. Self-driving is already at a higher level than human driving, but this is expected to improve even more in coming years, especially with companies such as Waymo coming up with innovative solutions to maximize human safety.
However, the company did not implement the update and in less than a year, it has already started equipping all its vehicles in the production stage, including the Model 3, with the new HW 2.5 hardware, Electrek reported Wednesday. According to the Electrek report, the company has opted for an upgrade as the HW 2.0 was not capable of enabling Level 5 autonomy -- fully autonomous driving with no need of human interference. Tesla's vehicles are based on Nvidia's Drive PX2 platform for autonomous driving. The company is also getting its cars ready for the day it can actually issue an over-the-air software update and enable full autonomy on its vehicles.
The technology has attracted not just the likes of ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, but even automotive companies such as General Motors (GM) and Ford and tech companies such as Apple and Nvidia. Tesla is not the only company working on autonomous trucks, Uber-owned Otto has already showcased the technology while Google-owned Waymo has revealed that it is in the early stages of developing driverless truck technology. Self-driven cars are expected to disrupt the existing vehicle ownership and driving patterns. Currently diesel trucks can travel up to 500 miles on a single tank while electric trucks travel just about 80 miles on a charge.
While Tesla rolls out its Model 3 with autonomous hardware, a new survey found more than half of Americans say they would buy a self-driving vehicle for their next car purchase. Although the majority of Americans are optimistic about self-driving cars, auto companies will have to work past safety concerns among drivers. The survey found 59 percent of respondents don't think automated public transportation will happen in the future. When it comes to owning a self-driving car or using autonomous public transportation, 65 percent of respondents say they prefer their own car, while 35 percent say they would rather use a self-driving car through a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft.