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China’s Baidu Search Engine Engages In Making HD Maps For Autonomous Cars 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, china, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


China's largest search company, Baidu, believes that, in the long term, HD maps will represent a "much bigger business" than their current online commercial activities.
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China’s Baidu Search Engine Engages In Making HD Maps For Autonomous Cars 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, china, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


China's largest search company, Baidu, believes that, in the long term, HD maps will represent a "much bigger business" than their current online commercial activities.
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China’s Baidu Search Engine Engages In Making HD Maps For Autonomous Cars 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, china, Reports, Tech on 01 19th, 2018


China's largest search company, Baidu, believes that, in the long term, HD maps will represent a "much bigger business" than their current online commercial activities.
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Mercedes S-Class To Get Level 3 Autonomous Driving Technology In 2020 18
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, mercedes, Mercedes S-Class, Reports on 01 18th, 2018


Autonomous driving technology is becoming a key differentiator in the premium luxury market and Audi took an early lead when it introduced the all-new A8 with a Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system.
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BMW iNEXT Concept To Spearhead New Family Of Autonomous EVs 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, BMW, BMW i, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 01 18th, 2018


Autonomous electric vehicles have fast become all the rage, and BMW's planning to get in on the action with a new concept. Not only that, but it wants to put it into production.
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Jaguar Land Rover Invests In Autonomous Vehicle Startup Voyage 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Reports, Tech on 01 17th, 2018


Jaguar Land Rover has announced an investment of $3 million into U.S.-based self-driving vehicle startup Voyage.
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Audi’s All-Electric E-Tron SUV Will Allegedly Be Unveiled This Fall 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Paris Auto Show, Reports, SUV on 01 14th, 2018


Audi may have started taking reservations for the all-new E-Tron SUV, but, according to reports, it won’t be revealed until this fall, probably at the Paris Auto Show in October.

Ingolstadt’s challenger to the likes of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace is an important step in the Volkswagen Group’s push for electrification, and it also represents Audi’s answer to falling diesel sales.

Previewed by the concept car shown originally in 2015, the Audi E-Tron SUV is believed to get a more toned down styling for production, similar to that of the upcoming Q6, and to be underpinned by a modified version of the MLB architecture that’s also used by the Q5 and Q7.

No details about its zero-emission powertrain have been released so far, but the show car had three electric motors that worked together to produce 429hp and more than 800Nm (590lb-ft) of torque, which allowed it to sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.6sec, and up to a top speed electronically limited at 210km/h (131mph). The electric motors will get their juice from a large capacity battery, which should give it a total range of 500km (311 miles) on a single charge.

Inside, the Audi E-Tron SUV is believed to offer seating for up to 5 and sport an interior design inspired from the latest A8, with the Virtual Cockpit taking center stage at the front. Finally, just like the flagship saloon, the zero-emission SUV is expected to feature Level 3 autonomous driving capability.

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Michigan University Students Role-Play Autonomous Car Crisis 13
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, USA on 01 13th, 2018


University of Michigan students are trying to tackle an issue that the automotive industry will need to deal with in the future: what to do in case autonomous systems fail.

In total, there are thirty teams of four to six students role-playing this crisis scenario, all gunning for a $3,000 scholarship as part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business’ annual Leadership Crisis Challenge.

According to Autonews, the students first learn the details of their crisis scenario just like a regular automaker would, through social media, e-mail, phone calls and direct meetings. Afterwards, they have 24 hours to mitigate the crisis.

“There is significant uncertainty about how the industry will take shape around autonomous vehicles, what factors will differentiate winners from losers in the marketplace, what legal and regulatory infrastructure will evolve, and how it will all ultimately impact society,” stated Brian Flanagan, an executive for the business school’s Leadership Center.

He added that in scenarios where there is no driver to blame, “the businesses and business leaders who produce the technology will be squarely in the crosshairs.”

Automakers such as Tesla have already dealt with backlash regarding their Autopilot technology back in May of 2016, when there was a fatality on board a Model S, and a number of claims that its autonomous tech isn’t exactly ready and trustworthy yet.

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GM’s New Autonomous Vehicle Has No Steering Wheel or Pedals 12
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Concepts, concepts, GM on 01 12th, 2018


While both automakers as well as suppliers are working hard on developing completely autonomous vehicles, the prototypes they’re putting out on the road still have traditional controls.

Not this one, though. What we have here is the first image of GM’s new Cruise AV, a self-driving prototype with no steering wheel, pedals, shifter, or manual controls of any kind (and not to be confused with the Chevy Cruze).

GM isn’t saying much else about it, but it’s quite obvious that we’re looking at the inside of a modified Bolt EV, missing all of its usual controls and fitted instead with a symmetrical dashboard.

Also, out the windshield you can see the skyline of San Francisco, where GM’s Cruise division is based.

The automaker says the vehicle is “production-ready” and has formally asked the US Department of Transportation for permission to start testing it on public roadways beginning next year.

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Toyota’s Self-Driving e-Palette Delivery Pod Live From CES 2018 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 01 12th, 2018


The Toyota e-Palette Concept, which is currently on display at the CES convention, is a flexible, all-electric vehicle with autonomous driving that can take on various roles.

Toyota’s versatile study can be outfitted with purpose-built interiors depending on the user’s needs, and it can fulfill different roles, from pizza delivery to ride sharing.

“The automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change as technologies like electrification, connected and automated driving are making significant progress”, said Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda. “Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond.”

The Japanese automaker’s latest venture into the future of mobility is part of an alliance that includes partners such as Pizza Hut, Uber, Amazon, and Didi, and the manufacturer plans to conduct feasibility testing all over the world, including the United States, in the early 2020s.

This means that, if everything goes as planned, it might make it into production sometime in the next decade.

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Nissan Believes We’re Heading Towards An Efficient, Zero-Fatality Future 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Videos, Tech, video on 01 11th, 2018


Are you having trouble picturing the future of the automotive world in, let’s say, two decades from now? Well, here’s what Nissan thinks it will look like.

The following video, which showcases the automotive infrastructure in the year 2040, is based on the Japanese automaker’s Intelligent Mobility philosophy, which promises to redefine the way people interact with their vehicles.

The company claims it’s not just about connectivity or automation, but also zero-emissions and even Artificial Intelligence.

One of the technologies currently under development at Nissan is their B2V tech, which stands for Brain-to-Vehicle. This technology is based on detecting and predicting what the driver means to do, so that the vehicle can take action more quickly.

The Japanese automaker also wants us to imagine a world free of traffic, with red lights being a thing of the past. Driving the road of the future could also mean recharging your all-electric car on the go, using wireless charging lanes.

The best part is that, when the driver wants to assume control and enjoy driving on a nice twisty road, he or she will still have that option. Let’s hope Nissan is right about this one.

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Honda’s CES Debuts Include Everything From A Huggable Robot To An Autonomous ATV 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda Videos, Tech, video on 01 9th, 2018


Honda has unveiled an assortment of different concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show.

First up, the 3E-D18 is autonomous ATV which is described as an “off-road workhorse” which can “support people in a broad range of work activities.” The model is based on the company’s popular ATV chassis and it features an electric powertrain, four-wheel drive, and airless tires which Honda says are “virtually indestructible.”

The 3E-D18 has been designed to accommodate an assortment of different attachments which would make the model ideal for everything from construction to fire fighting and search and rescue operations. Honda also notes the autonomous technology makes the concept perfect for performing mundane tasks or operating in dangerous environments such as a forest fire.

The 3E-B18 goes in a different direction as it looks like a futuristic wheelchair. Honda says the concept was designed for casual use and notes the model has a small radius as well as a height-adjustable seat which stays level even when the vehicle is being driven up or downhill.

The 3E-C18, on the other hand, resembles a small robotic cooler. The concept is electronically powered and features autonomous technology. Honda says the model “can learn by observing how people act” and can carry small objects in its body.

Perhaps the weirdest concept is the 3E-A18 which is a companion robot that can understand and respond to human emotions with facial expressions. Honda says the concept could serve as a guide at airports or shopping malls and the company even gave the model a “soft exterior skin” so people can hug it.

Honda also used the show to introduce the PCX Electric and 4W-Vehicle concepts. The models use portable, swappable, and rechargeable batteries which each have an output of at least 1 kWh. The vehicles have been designed to accommodate multiple batteries and Honda says drivers can simply swap them out for fully recharged batteries when needed.

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CES 2018: Toyota e-Palette Concept Is The Future Of Service Vehicles 8
Jan
Posted by Sean Szymkowski in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, MSPF, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 01 8th, 2018


Toyota provided a glimpse into the future of mobility with the e-Palette concept, which made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday.

The study imagines a future where Toyota merely manufactures the hardware and other companies provide the software to operate the vehicle.

The automaker also announced the e-Palette Alliance alongside the physical concept. The Alliance encompasses a host of launch partners, including Pizza Hut, Amazon, Mazda, and Uber, which will all leverage Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF). The goal is to develop the right mobility services for the future alongside the appropriate vehicle.

As mentioned, that vehicle is the e-Palette. Toyota said the concept boasts an open interior ripe for customization. For example, the automaker imagines the concept vehicle as a package delivery van, a ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle.

The open interior design allows for purpose-built interiors to suit each of the mobility needs specifically. Thus, the e-Palette can shift from one service to the other and companies can ultimately share the platform. Pizza delivery vehicle by day, Uber ride-sharing vehicle by night.

Additionally, the automaker envisions the concept will come in three sizes to meet the needs of all businesses in the budding world of mobility services.

Various companies would take delivery of the e-Palette and provide their own self-driving-car software, while Toyota’s “Guardian” technology works to ensure proper operation. The same MSPF can also provide over-the-air updates for self-driving systems.

The concept isn’t quite a reality yet, however. The automaker’s president and namesake, Akio Toyoda, said the e-Palette concept and Alliance is a stepping stone for a new business model that balances traditional vehicle sales and new mobility services. Toyota hopes to conduct the first vehicle tests in the early 2020s and potentially provide mobility solutions for athletes competing in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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CES 2018: VW To Use Nvidia’s AI In Future Models, Including Electric Microbus 8
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Autonomous, CES, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tech, VW on 01 8th, 2018


Volkswagen and Nvidia outlined their collaboration for the development of the new generation of VW models at the CES in Las Vegas.

Nvidia’s artificial intelligence technologies will play a crucial role in creating autonomous VWs such as the upcoming production version of the I.D. Buzz concept.

“Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car,” Herbert Diess, VW’s CEO said. “Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”

VW says that the addition of AI into its future models includes the so-called “intelligent co-pilot” capabilities, a range of systems that will combine convenience and driver assistance features based on data from both inside and outside the vehicle. The “intelligent co-pilot” will receive over-the-air updates, thus gaining new capabilities as autonomous technology progresses.

Thanks to the AI’s deep learning process, the system will be capable of accurately assessing situations and analyse the behaviour of others on the road, enabling it to make the right decisions.

At its core sits Nvidia’s Drive IX computer, which also will allow for things like facial recognition for unlocking the car from the outside, driver alerts for bicycles, gesture recognition for onboard systems and natural language understanding for voice control among others.

VW’s future electric lineup of models will be based on the new EV-only MEB platform, including the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept. The company is planning to launch more than 20 electric vehicles by 2025 while they also plan to gradually introduce autonomous driving technologies by 2020.

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InnovizPro Claims Its New LiDAR Sensor Is The Best, Will Debut At CES 6
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, CES, Gadgets, Tech, video on 01 6th, 2018


Innoviz Technologies will be unveiling a new solid-state scanning LiDAR (laser radar) sensor during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.

According to the tech company, the InnovizPro will offer the “most accurate and reliable performance of any LiDAR sensor” available today, delivering groundbreaking 3D sensing at a much lower cost.

It boasts a detection range of 150 meters (492 feet) and a frame rate of 20 FPS to go with a high angular resolution and wide field of view. The result of this is a dense 3D point cloud with high accuracy, even at night, during bright sunlight, changing weather or when the vehicle is traveling at high speeds.

“InnovizPro provides immediate accessibility to our advanced LiDAR technology and marks a giant leap forward for the entire autonomous vehicle market,” said the company’s CEO and Co-Founder, Omer Keilaf. “We are addressing a major need for high-resolution scanning technology at lower cost, with no minimum order required. While we continue to work towards automotive-grade LiDAR with InnovizOne, our partners can order InnovizPro now in order to gain access to the most advanced LiDAR currently available.”

Innoviz will integrate its LiDAR into the autonomous driving systems of market leaders and suppliers such as Aptiv (Delphi Automotive) and Magna International. After CES, the InnovizPro will be demoed at Automotive World Japan in Tokyo, January 17-19.

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