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GM Hits Road With New Fleet of 130 Fully Autonomous Bolt EVs

Company plans to test them in Michigan, California and Arizona.

by on Jun.14, 2017

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra shows off one of the 130 new self-driving Bolt EVs produced at its Orion Assembly plant.

General Motors announced it has finished building 130 self-driving vehicles for its San Francisco-based Cruise Automation unit to test its system for automated driving on roads in California, Arizona and Michigan.

“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

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The new batch of Chevrolet Bolt electric test vehicles built at its Orion Assembly plant outside Detroit is equipped with the latest generation of self-driving technology and will join the more than 50 Bolt EVs with an older version of the system GM now has operating in test fleets in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Detroit, GM officials said. (more…)

Delphi, Trasdev Plan to Launch Driverless “Mobility On-Demand Service”

Pilot programs to begin late this year in Paris and Normandy.

by on Jun.07, 2017

Delphi's a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, but now looks to partner with Transdev to be THE leader.

They may not be household names like Google, General Motors or Tesla, but automotive supplier Delphi and mobility technology firm Transdev are joining forces in a project that could position them at the head of the line in efforts to bring autonomous driving systems to the real world.

The two companies announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to start testing a driverless “mobility-on-demand” service in two parts of France beginning late this year. If the pilot programs in Paris and Normandy prove successful, the partners plan to launch commercial service by 2019.

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“We believe that autonomy will bring a lot of social benefits,” said Yann Leriche, chief performance officer of Transdev, during a conference call with reporters. “Our mission is to leverage those benefits to provide attractive shared transportation options to our clients. The asset can be shared, for example on-demand cars, or the ride can be shared, for example, buses.” (more…)

“Passenger Economy” Will Grow to $7 Trillion by 2050, Forecasts Intel

Ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles likely to “a massive reconfiguring of the U.S.”

by on Jun.02, 2017

Waymo recently launched a pilot ride-sharing program in Phoenix using autonomous Chrysler minivans.

Two new automotive technologies are likely to not only transform the way we get from Point A to Point B but impact virtually every aspect of our daily lives, according to a new study from computer chip giant Intel.

In the process, autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing will create a market for new goods and services likely to reach $800 million by 2035 and then climb, by 2050, to a staggering $7 trillion – more than a third the size of the American economy last year. And those figures don’t even include the actual cost of the new generation of vehicles that will dominate, perhaps even completely take over, U.S. highways.

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We are heading towards a situation where “we humans become riders, instead of drivers,” said Doug Davis, an Intel vice president and co-author of the new study which looks at what the chip manufacturer is calling the “passenger economy.” While there are many unknowns, Davis says that, “At the end of the day, this presents a huge opportunity.”

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Autonomous Vehicle Passengers Getting Motion Sickness

Carmakers may draw inspiration from RV industry for solution.

by on May.10, 2017

Waymo is now offering to let the public check out its autonomous vehicles in Phoenix.

In addition to overcoming all of the negative connotations that self-driving cars already carry, car makers and suppliers are also going to have to find a way to protect passengers in autonomous vehicles from motion sickness.

Jim Hotary, director of xWorks Innovation Center at Faurecia North America, noted during a panel discussion at the annual Wards Auto Interior Conference that motion sickness is definitely a concern in autonomous vehicles.

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“There are a lot people for whom driving themselves is a way to avoid motion sickness,” Hotary said. (more…)

PSA Group Partnering with nuTonomy in Singapore

Boston-based company aims to help PSA with autonomous technology.

by on May.09, 2017

PSA Group is partnering with nuTonomy to develop autonomous vehicles. They will test the Peugeot 3008 in Singapore.

The French automaker PSA Group and nuTonomy of Boston, Massachusetts, a developer of software for self-driving cars, have formed a strategic partnership for testing autonomous vehicles on roads in Singapore.

During the initial phase of the partnership, nuTonomy will install its software, along with specialized sensors and computing platforms, into Peugeot 3008 vehicles that have been customized by PSA’s innovation teams.

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Anne Laliron, head of the Business Lab, PSA Group, said, “This collaboration is a significant step towards fully autonomous vehicles, which will enable us to offer different mobility solutions to our customers. We are excited to work together with nuTonomy’s team of software and robotics experts to make the concept of self-driving PSA cars more and more concrete.” (more…)

Apple Asks California to Change Autonomous Testing Rules

Ford, Tesla, Waymo and Uber on board with requested moves.

by on May.01, 2017

Apple asked for and received permission to test autonomous vehicles in California, but it's requesting some rules changes.

For a company that is supposed to have ditched the idea of developing a self-driving vehicle, Apple Inc. is certainly taking an active role into the research autonomous vehicles.

Apple, along with several other companies actively working on autonomous technology, such Ford Motor Co. Tesla, Waymo and Uber, is asking California to alter policy on testing self-driving cars.

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In a letter, Apple recommended a sequence of changes to the draft policy that is still in development and stated that it looks forward to working with California and others “so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public.” (more…)

Amazon Investigating Development of Autonomous Technology

Company has team looking at impact of self-driving vehicles on business.

by on Apr.24, 2017

Might Amazon join the ranks of Uber, Waymo and others in the autonomous vehicle market?

Amazon is looking at more than just drones to help deliver tomorrow’s books, shoes and electronics: it’s got a team of a dozen people investigating autonomous vehicles.

Before the folks at General Motors, Ford, Waymo or Uber get nervous, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company is really looking into how it can best exploit the technology for its delivery services.

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The team is really an investigative unit to see how it can best take advantage of the technology rather than a group of engineers looking to build a working model. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to story. (more…)

Volvo Autonomous Driving Software Venture With Autoliv Comes to Life

Zenuity will license software to customers.

by on Apr.21, 2017

Jan Carlson, chairman, CEO of Autoliv with Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson.

Zenuity, a 50/50 joint venture between Volvo Cars and Autoliv Inc., has begun operations, developing leading advanced driver assist systems and autonomous driving technologies.

“Volvo Cars combined its know-how with Autoliv’s to create a world leader in autonomous driving safety systems. With Zenuity starting operations we move a step closer to delivering this exciting technology,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars.

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Autoliv is perhaps best known as an airbag supplier, and in recent times, for being the company jumping into help Takata produce replacement kits to replace the Japanese suppliers faulty airbags that have killed nearly a dozen people in the U.S. (more…)

Chinese Investment Firm Takes 5% Stake in Tesla

Tesla Autopilot car hits police officer, adding new concerns about autonomous vehicles.

by on Mar.28, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company needed an infusion of cash, and it got it, from Tencent, which now holds 5% of Tesla stock.

One of China’s largest technology investment firms has taken a 5% stake in the U.S. battery-electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla.

In a public filing, Tencent Holdings said it has purchased nearly 8.2 million shares of Tesla stock. The automaker’s shares have been on a roller-coaster ride in recent months as the company struggled to fund the development of its critical Model 3 battery sedan.

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The automaker’s shares surged on news of the Chinese investment. (more…)

Drivers Think Autonomous Vehicles will End Distracted Driving

New study shows drivers need a primer on self-driving vehicles.

by on Mar.28, 2017

A new study shows that drivers believe autonomous vehicles will cut down on distracted driving.

As the theory that is self-driving vehicles moves closer to reality, drivers clearly have mixed feelings on what it means for them; however, a new study shows that most think a major benefit will be substantial reduction in distracted driving.

According to a new survey released by Erie Insurance, 59% of drivers believe automated vehicles will eliminate distracted driving. In fact, 66% of the men firmly believed this while just a little more than half, 52%, of the women felt this way.

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However, those results there reveal that consumers don’t have a clear picture on what the role of the driver is when behind the wheel, or big red button depending upon which automated vehicle is being driven. (more…)