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Autonomous Driving May Help Save Fuel

U-M teaming with two labs to conduct study.

by on Nov.19, 2015

By 2017, the Cadillac CTS will be equipped with V2V technology. Might that technology not only improve safety, but also save fuel?

Adding autonomous driving and vehicle-to-vehicle communication capability is expected to make driving safer and shorten commuting times.

But now the University of Michigan and the Argonne National Laboratories outside of Chicago and Idaho National Laboratory are teaming up to see if the V2V technology also can help motorists save fuel.

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The university and two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories plan to collaborate on a study to determine if connected and automated vehicles could help people drive more efficiently. (more…)

Navigating Tokyo in Nissan’s Autonomous Leaf

Self-driving system evolving fast, but can it make Nissan's 2020 target?

by on Oct.27, 2015

Just in case: Chief Engineer Tetsuo Ijima is always ready to take control in an emergency.

It takes a moment for Ijama-san to squeeze out into the heavy Tokyo traffic. To be more precise, it takes a moment for the Nissan Leaf to sense a good opening a pull out. Tetsuya Ijima, the senior engineer overseeing the company’s autonomous vehicle program is, like the rest of us in the little battery-car, just along for the ride.

Two years after announcing plans to put a fully self-driving vehicle into production by the beginning of the next decade, Nissan is holding to that timetable, offering a small group of journalists a chance to see how far its program has progressed.

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While Ijima cautioned that there is plenty more to do before a vehicle like the Nissan Leaf really will be ready for consumers, the nearly hour-long drive on some of the world’s busiest streets showed just how fast the project is moving – while also revealing some of the many challenges yet to be resolved.


Toyota Developing Autonomous “Highway Teammate”

Japanese maker still skeptical about self-driving technology.

by on Oct.07, 2015

"Look ma, no hands," as Toyota demonstrates its new Highway Teammate technology.

Toyota plans to roll out new technology that will allow its vehicles to autonomously navigate limited-access roadways. Dubbed “Highway Teammate,” and set to go into production by 2020, the system will be able to change lanes, merge with traffic and overtake slower vehicles.

Toyota is the latest automaker to lay out plans for the fast-emerging world of self-driving vehicles. But while its announcement is meant to underscore the maker’s technical prowess, it also reveals Toyota’s “cautious” nature, the Japanese giant still skeptical about the pace at which high-tech automobiles will be able to take over driving duties from humans.

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Toyota’s system is less an auto-pilot than co-pilot, designed to handle relatively mundane chores as an assistant to a human driver who will remain in control, especially on more crowded urban roads. Some competitors, notably including Nissan, hope to have fully autonomous products that can navigate all roads on sale by as early as 2020.


New Driver Aid Prevents Accidents

Testing shows errors can be eliminated before they happen.

by on Apr.20, 2015

Researchers have developed technology that monitors a driver's movements and warns them when they are about to make a mistake.

No one has come up with a foolproof system for autonomous driving but driver assistance programs that help motorists control their vehicles are becoming more sophisticated all the time.

Cornell and Stanford University researchers have developed a system that anticipates what a driver is going to do a few seconds before it happens using cameras and a new computer algorithm.

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Some cars are already equipped with safety systems that monitor a car’s movement and warn if there is an unsafe turn or lane change, the researchers noted. But the warning comes too late, after the driver has acted. (more…)

Hyundai Leads Automakers in Auto Technology Patents

Google gets headlines, but Korean maker boasts technology lead.

by on Jan.21, 2015

Google might garner the headlines, but it's Hyundai leading the way when it comes to automotive technology patents.

A new study of patents reflected just how quickly interest driver assistance and telematics technology that can help inform drivers of road and traffic conditions has grown in recent years.

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor posted the biggest gains in the number of patent filings over the past five years, narrowing the gap with industry leader Toyota, according to the report by Thomson Reuters IP & Science.

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The automotive sector saw the number of patent filings around the world grow by double digits year-on-year during the past five years, the report said. (more…)

Motorists Like Concept but Still Wary of Autonomous Vehicles

Less than a third of U.S. drivers want to own a self-driving car.

by on Dec.03, 2014

Less than one in three drivers are interested in owning a self-driving vehicle, but of those who want one, they're will to pay an extra $4,000.

The vast majority of American motorists are aware that a new generation of autonomous vehicles will soon take to the highways. While they like the idea of being able to lay back and relax, less than one in three drivers say they actually would want to own a self-driving car.

Those that would want to buy one would be willing to pay as much as a $4,000 premium, according to a new study by AutoPacific, Inc.

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“Consumers are divided on autonomous driving, just as they are on many other issues facing society,” explained George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “For some, this technology can’t come soon enough. Others appear to dread it.” (more…)

Audi Secures First Driverless Car Permit in California

The Golden State rolls out new regs for autonomous vehicles.

by on Sep.16, 2014

Audi is the first company to receive an autonomous driving permit issued by California

California’s fabled automotive culture passed another milestone today as the state’s new law governing autonomous driving went into effect, leaving the road open to pilotless cars though they aren’t expected to turn up on the 405, the Pacific Coast Highway or the Golden Gate Bridge anytime soon.

Audi, the ever-eager German carmaker, is the first company to receive an autonomous driving permit issued by California. The maker has conducted research over tens of thousands of miles in Europe and various U.S. states, where such testing is permitted.

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The research is aimed at preparing a highly automated piloted driving system for freeway traffic conditions. Audi envisions this technology could be ready for consumer introduction within five years. (more…)

Say Goodbye to the Steering Wheel

Experts anticipate autonomous vehicles will soon take over.

by on Jul.18, 2014

An endangered species?

Google will soon begin rolling out the first of 100 self-driving microcars, most of which will have some familiar features missing, namely such traditional necessities as a steering wheel, brake and gas pedal. And while the Google vehicles will just be prototypes designed to test the tech firm’s autonomous driving technology, a survey of industry experts anticipates that the basic design could soon become the norm, rather than the exception.

The majority of the 200 respondents surveyed for this month’s Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, or IVS, anticipate vehicles being mass produced by 2035 won’t have steering wheel, gas or brake pedals, even rearview mirrors or horns.


That’s in line with a separate study by Navigant Research that predicted about 95 million autonomous vehicles a year will be sold by 2035.

That figure is “reasonable to me,” said Alberto Broggi, a professor at the University of Parma, in Italy, a leading researcher on autonomous vehicles, and a key participant in the IVS conference — which was sponsored by the IEEE. But he questions whether all of those vehicles will be fully autonomous or still allow motorists to take control if they want – or need – to.


California Questions Regulating Driverless Cars

Does a driver even need to be in the vehicle?

by on Mar.14, 2014

California-based Google already operates a fleet of prototype autonomous vehicles.

At this month’s Geneva Motor Show, Swiss design firm Rinspeed is showing off an autonomous concept vehicle that would allow the driver and front seat passenger to swivel their seats 180 degrees to commune with those in back, much like a living room on wheels.  Others have begun to imagine the idea of taxis and trucks that can wander the roads without a driver at all.

And that has regulators racing to catch up.  Several states have already passed preliminary rules for manufacturers testing their early prototypes.  And in Nevada and Michigan, that means there still needs to be a licensed driver sitting behind the wheel ready to take control in an instant if there’s a problem.  There’ll be no texting, reading, shaving – or drinking, for that matter.

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But California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to look beyond and ask what happens when autonomous vehicles are actually on the road and in the hands of consumers, whether being operated by a commuter, a taxi driver or a truck fleet operator.  And the questions are taking on an air of increasing urgency considering that Nissan last year said it hopes to quickly take the technology out of the realm of science fiction and make it a reality by 2020.


Nearly 9 in 10 Americans Would be “Worried” About Riding in Driveless Cars

Concerns include software glitches, government spying.

by on Feb.03, 2014

A Nissan Leaf autonomous prototype negotiates an urban intersection, complete with cross traffic.

Nearly nine out of 10 American adults say they would be worried about riding in a driverless car, a finding that could throw a dash of cold water on the auto industry’s race to bring autonomous vehicles to market – perhaps as soon as the end of the decade.

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Put another way, only 12% of those responding to a new Harris Poll said they would not worry about letting their cars do the driving. It’s the latest in a series of studies that suggest motorists are far from convinced the new technology will be safe and reliable.

And, at a time when government spying has become a headline issue, many Americans also worry about the issue of privacy.