From the Editors
Automakers, Tier1s and AV Developers
Delphi has joined hands with BMW, Intel and Mobileye amid talks
over AVs. Delphi is expected to provide help to integrate the
autonomous driving systems. BMW, Intel and Mobileye had already
entered into a partnership in July 2016, and it will be
interesting to see how this new development solidifies the
position of each of the companies in the AV sector.
In the Uber vs Waymo court
the court has told Uber to return the stolen files to Waymo.
Uber is also required to have the employee in question, Anthony
Levandowski, move away from Uber’s AV work involving LiDAR
systems. Uber is complying with the ruling and
has threatened to fire Levandowski if he refuses to turn over any
files he stole from Google.
NVIDIA has developed its own AI-backed
supercomputer that is designed to learn to drive by observing
humans. The supercomputer, named Xavier, is grabbing a lot of
attention and a number of automakers – Tesla, Audi, Volvo, Honda
are on-board with using AI to accelerate the development of their
So far, Apple had been keeping a low profile
when it comes to company's AV operations. However, things seem to
This Engadget article reported a Lexus SUV coming out of an
Apple facility in Silicon Valley.
The company also recently obtained its permit to test AVs on
public roads in California.
The battle of the
smartphones carries on into the AV space.
Samsung is now ready to take on rivals Google and Apple in the
self-driving car race. The company has received permission
from the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and
Transport to test its vehicles on public roads. It appears that,
for now, Samsung does not plan to make its own vehicles and will
be using Hyundai’s vehicles for the testing. “Samsung Electronics
plans to develop algorithms, sensors and computer modules that
will make a self-driving car that is reliable even in the worst
weather conditions,” said a Samsung spokesperson.
Earlier in the year, Samsung also acquired US automotive and audio
supplier Harman International.
A consortium of
British companies, led by Oxbotica, has unveiled a plan to test
driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. The tests,
the first ones of its kind on public roads in UK, will include a
fleet of autonomous vehicles traveling between London and Oxford.
One of the project objectives is to find out the circumstances and
kind of data that the vehicles share with each other.
The UK Government. has a fund of £55 million for projects to
develop connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing
infrastructure. Businesses and research organizations are
welcome to apply for funding in this competition. The
competition’s instructions explain that proposals should integrate
existing proving grounds and public road test sites across the
UK’s existing automotive and technology heartlands. The link above
provides other details include the dates and deadlines for the
Disney World is planning to test autonomous shuttles to carry
passengers through parking lots. After a successful pilot
program, where the plan will be to transport park employees only,
Disney plans to use the shuttles for visitors. Disney is in talks
with 2 manufacturers: Phoenix-based Local Motors (the Olli
shuttle) and Paris-based Navya - both of whom can carry up to 15
Tesla is making consistent improvements in its AV
In the latest version update, the speed limit of Autosteer has
been increased to 90mph on highways. The speed limit off
highways has been removed and the vehicle will now be able to move
at any speeds up to 5mph above the detected speed limit.
Canadian startup, X-MatiK, is aiming to bring autonomous vehicle
technology to your cars. The company plans to bring Level 3
automation feature to the cars you already own through its first
product, LaneCruise (the product is to be available from 2018).
This is further evidence of an increasing interest in AVs in
Canada. Here’s the
company’s website to learn more .
here is an infographic by Silicon Republic that lists the top
startups to watch out for in the AV business.
Amazon could very well be working on its own self-driving
technology that can assist the company with its logistic
operations. However, for now, the company does not seem to be
looking into developing its own vehicles.
Canada’s AV ecosystem is
Ontario is investing CAN$80 million over five years to create the
Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Innovation Network in partnership with
Ontario Centres of Excellence. The network will capitalize on the
economic potential of AVs and help the province’s transportation
systems and infrastructure adapt to AV technology. Ontario’s
investment will support industry-led AV R&D projects; create sites
across the province to develop, test and validate new technology,
demonstration zone in Stratford ON, and attract and grow
talent in the AV sector.
Georgia becomes the latest US State to legalize AV testing on
public roads. The bill requires the vehicle to be registered
as an automated vehicle by DMV, maintain a valid insurance policy
and follow local speed limits. However, humans inside the vehicle
will not be required to have a driving license.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has now released the
written comments submitted in connection with its formal
rule-making on proposed updated regulations governing autonomous
vehicles. The comments cover a range of topics, from proper
definition of driverless cars, to working with local authorities
for smoother AV testing, to reporting disengagements of the AV
mode in the vehicle, to deploying these vehicles, among others.
A recent research report by the University of Illinois shows that
the presence of only a few AVs on a road can help reduce the
accident risk and improve fuel efficiency of the vehicles on road
by reducing the stop-and-go behaviour of human driving. The
research team conducted field experiments in which a single AV was
driving along with 20 cars with human drivers on a circular track.
In the situation where all cars are driven by humans, a
stop-and-go traffic jam inevitably begins to happen in such a
situation. However, with the presence of a single AV, a smoother
traffic flow pattern was observed. “Our experiments show that with
as few as 5% of vehicles being automated and carefully controlled,
we can eliminate stop-and-go waves caused by human driving
behaviour,” noted Daniel B Work, assistant professor at University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a lead researcher in the
Other AV Articles
Urmson is back.
gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, in which he
talked about a number of discussion points around AVs. His
take on the no-win, life threatening situations, in which an AV
would have to make a choice between choosing the vehicle’s
passengers and pedestrians on road, is. He compares the situation
to “let the perfect be the enemy of the great.” Urmson also
discussed that the deployment of this technology could well be
within the next 5 years. However, that would only be the case for
communities with the best of weather conditions.
country with one of the worst traffic situations and congestion
issues, is now preparing for AVs and EVs on its roads. The
Government.of India plans to have public transportation modes
(two-wheelers, three-wheelers and non-air conditioned buses) ready
for selling without batteries in the coming years. Discharged
batteries could be swapped by recharged ones at low costs. There
are tax incentives for the local AV and EV manufacturers as well.
This Economic Times article provides further details about
India’s plans and vision.
Jun 7-8, 2017:
Detroit 2017; Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jun 20-22, 2017:
Vehicle Test & Development Symposium; Stuttgart, Germany.
Registrations are now open.
Jul 1-2, 2017:
IMCreate: Autonomous and
Connected Vehicle Hackathon; Milton Keynes, UK.
5-6, 2017: The
Future of Transportation World Conference; Cologne, Germany.
Jul 5-6, 2017:
4th International VDI Conference Automated Driving 2017;
Jul 11-12, 2017:
Vehicle ADAS Japan 2017; Tokyo, Japan.
Automated Vehicles Symposium; San Francisco, California, USA.
Sep 19-21, 2017: AutoSens;
Sept 25-28, 2017: IEEE Vehicular
Technology Conference; Toronto, Canada
Oct 5-6, 2017:
Simulation World Congress; Tokyo, Japan.
Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress 2017;
Novi, Michigan, USA.
Oct 29-Nov 2, 2017:
ITS World Congress;
Nov 16-17, 2017:
Tech.AD 2017; Detroit, Michigan, USA.