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Toyota Steers $5M to New Autonomous Vehicle Test Center Near Detroit

Japanese automaker becomes first car co. to support American Center for Mobility.

by on Aug.01, 2017

Gill Pratt heads up Toyota's efforts to produce an autonomous vehicle. He's enthusiastic about partnering with the American Center for Mobility.

Toyota will contribute $5 million to sponsor the new American Center for Mobility, a 335-acre center in the Detroit suburbs that will be dedicated to the development and testing of autonomous and fully driverless vehicles.

While AT&T announced plans to become the first corporate sponsor of the center back in January, Toyota is the first automaker to publicly commit funding for the facility which is being developed on the site of an old World War II bomber plant in the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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“We are excited to be the first automaker joining this effort to create a test ground for advanced vehicle technologies in our backyard,” Toyota Vice President Jeff Makarewicz, said ahead of an appearance at an industry conference in Traverse City, Michigan. “Together with industry and government partners, we would like to set a direction to realize connected and automated vehicles to help improve safety and mobility.” (more…)

Republicans Looking to Establish Self-Driving Vehicle Rules

Move would eliminate a state’s ability to establish different laws.

by on Jul.11, 2017

U.S. House Republicans plan to eliminate a state's ability to establish different autonomous driving rules than the federal government.

We’re with the government and we’re here to help … with those pesky rules for autonomous vehicles anyway.

It appears Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to ensure states cannot establish their own rules for self-driving vehicles with a new bill expected to be unveiled later this week.

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The move comes after the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held a hearing on a package of 14 draft bills that would allow U.S. regulators to exempt as many as 100,000 vehicles per manufacturer per year from federal safety rules preventing the sale of autonomous vehicles without operating controls, such as a steering wheel or brake pedal, according to Reuters. (more…)

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…)