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Autonomy Technician - Release Management

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At Torc, we have always believed that autonomous vehicle technology will transform how we travel, move freight, and do business. A leader in autonomous driving since 2007, Torc has spent over a decade commercializing our solutions with experienced partners. Now a part of the Daimler family, we are focused solely on developing software for automated trucks to transform how the world moves freight. Join us and catapult your career with the company that helped pioneer autonomous technology, and the first AV software company with the vision to partner directly with a truck manufacturer. This is a team of experienced engineers & Technicians that work on our autonomous trucks to integrate hardware and deploy software.


Behind the scenes of Waymo's worst automated truck crash – TechCrunch - Channel969

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Probably the most critical crash thus far involving a self-driving truck may need resulted in solely average accidents, but it surely uncovered how unprepared native authorities and legislation enforcement are to take care of the brand new expertise. On Might 5, a Class 8 Waymo By way of truck working in autonomous mode with a human security operator behind the wheel was hauling a trailer northbound on Interstate 45 towards Dallas, Texas. At 3:11 p.m., simply outdoors Ennis, the modified Peterbilt was touring within the far proper lane when a passing truck and trailer combo entered its lane. The motive force of the Waymo By way of truck informed police that the opposite semi truck continued to maneuver into the lane, forcing Waymo's truck and trailer off the roadway. She was later taken to a hospital for accidents that Waymo described in its report back to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration as "average."


Open-sourcing simulators for driverless cars

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"You put a car on the road which may be driving by the letter of the law, but compared to the surrounding road users, it's acting very conservatively. This can lead to situations where the autonomous car is a bit of a fish out of water," said Motional's Karl Iagnemma. Autonomous vehicles have control systems that learn how to emulate safe steering controls in a variety of situations based on real-world datasets of human driving trajectories. However, it is extremely hard to program the decision-making process given the infinite possible scenarios on real roads. Meanwhile, real-world data on "edge cases" (such as nearly crashing or being forced off the road) are hard to come by.


MPs launch investigation into self-driving vehicles

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This will include assessing safety issues and the perception of safety, considering the relationship with other road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and users of conventional vehicles. The committee will analyse the progress of research and trials into autonomous and connected vehicles in the UK and overseas, and the likely uses of them for private motoring, public transport and commercial driving. Required changes to regulations such as the vehicles' legal status, insurance and authorisation processes will also be investigated. Fully driverless cars are not yet legally permitted in the UK, but autonomous features are being developed by car makers. The Highway Code will be updated on Friday to state that users of self-driving cars will be allowed to watch television programmes and films on built-in screens, but using a phone will remain illegal. The code, which contains advice and rules for people on Britain's roads, will also state that users will not be responsible for crashes, with insurance companies liable for claims.


3D Machine Learning 201 Guide: Point Cloud Semantic Segmentation

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Having the skills and the knowledge to attack every aspect of point cloud processing opens up many ideas and development doors. It is like a toolbox for 3D research creativity and development agility. And at the core, there is this incredible Artificial Intelligence space that targets 3D scene understanding. It is particularly relevant due to its importance for many applications, such as self-driving cars, autonomous robots, 3D mapping, virtual reality, and the Metaverse. And if you are an automation geek like me, it is hard to resist the temptation to have new paths to answer these challenges! This tutorial aims to give you what I consider the essential footing to do just that: the knowledge and code skills for developing 3D Point Cloud Semantic Segmentation systems. But actually, how can we apply semantic segmentation? And how challenging is 3D Machine Learning? Let me present a clear, in-depth 201 hands-on course focused on 3D Machine Learning.


Study Finds That Majority Of Drivers Distrust Hands-Free Driving Systems

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Automakers are jumping into the field of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with both feet, trying to stuff as many features into their new cars as they can. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though, wanted to find out what consumers actually want. The survey shows that the majority of consumers are pretty conservative when it comes to ADAS systems. After surveying 1,000 drivers on three partially automated driving systems (lane centering, automated lane changing, and driver monitoring), the IIHS found that consumers prefer systems where they are more in control that have more safeguards. Although consumer interest in ADAS technologies is strong, they are suspicious the more hands-free the technologies become.


Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving

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VISTA 2.0 is an open-source simulation engine that can make realistic environments for training and testing self-driving cars. Hyper-realistic virtual worlds have been heralded as the best driving schools for autonomous vehicles (AVs), since they've proven fruitful test beds for safely trying out dangerous driving scenarios. Tesla, Waymo, and other self-driving companies all rely heavily on data to enable expensive and proprietary photorealistic simulators, since testing and gathering nuanced I-almost-crashed data usually isn't the most easy or desirable to recreate. To that end, scientists from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created "VISTA 2.0," a data-driven simulation engine where vehicles can learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios. What's more, all of the code is being open-sourced to the public.


Researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving

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VISTA 2.0 builds off of the team's previous model, VISTA, and it's fundamentally different from existing AV simulators since it's data-driven -- meaning it was built and photorealistically rendered from real-world data -- thereby enabling direct transfer to reality. While the initial iteration supported only single car lane-following with one camera sensor, achieving high-fidelity data-driven simulation required rethinking the foundations of how different sensors and behavioral interactions can be synthesized. Enter VISTA 2.0: a data-driven system that can simulate complex sensor types and massively interactive scenarios and intersections at scale. With much less data than previous models, the team was able to train autonomous vehicles that could be substantially more robust than those trained on large amounts of real-world data. "This is a massive jump in capabilities of data-driven simulation for autonomous vehicles, as well as the increase of scale and ability to handle greater driving complexity," says Alexander Amini, CSAIL PhD student and co-lead author on two new papers, together with fellow PhD student Tsun-Hsuan Wang.


Stellantis Ready To Launch Level 3 Self Driving Cars in 2024 Using Valeo-Supplied Lidar

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Stellantis is preparing to roll out its first cars capable of Level 3 hands-free driving in 2024 thanks to a tie-up with French company Valeo. Mercedes was the first carmaker to get legal certification for a Level 3 autonomous system, but currently no Stellantis product has Level 3 status. That will change when Stellantis starts fitting its cars with the next generation of the Valeo-developed Scala lidar system that helped Mercedes get the jump on its rivals. Level 3 autonomy means drivers can switch their attention away from the road, legally allowing them to catch up on emails, watch a movie or read a book. Sleeping is still off the menu, however; drivers must be ready to take control back from the car when commanded to do so.


Teslas running Autopilot have been in 273 crashes in less than a year

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Regulators also released data on crashes reported by automated driving systems, which are commonly called self-driving cars. These cars are far less common on roads, loaded with sophisticated equipment and not commercially available. A total of 130 crashes were reported, including 62 from Waymo, a sister company to Google. That report shows no fatalities and one serious injury. There was also one report of an automated driving crash involving Tesla, which has tested autonomous vehicles in limited capacities in the past, though the circumstances of the incident were not immediately clear.