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Teamsters Pushing for Role in Shaping Autonomous Truck Laws

Union pushing for local sovereignty for self-driving truck laws.

by on Jun.30, 2017

A pair of autonomous Otto trucks carrying prototype autonomous Volvos being tested by Uber. The Teamsters are watching autonomous laws carefully.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is zeroing in on federal legislation regarding ‘self-driving’ technology.

The union, which represents thousands of truck drivers and package delivery drivers employed by companies such as UPS, says any legislation must take into account public safety and the safety of working Americans employed in transportation and related industries.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have begun discussing 14 pieces of draft legislation on self-driving vehicles that are at center of a technological revolution that would eliminate the need for drivers either behind the wheel or in the front seats of vehicles, ranging from tractor-trailers to small delivery vans. (more…)

Baidu Partners with Continental, Bosch for Autonomous Tech

Conti inks separate deal with EV maker NIO.

by on Jun.02, 2017

Baidu is already entrenched in the autonomous vehicle market through its deal with NVIDIA.

Baidu, one of China’s largest and wealthiest technology companies, has signed agreement with Continental AG and Robert Bosch Gmbh, two of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, suggesting it is preparing to enter the now global race to build an autonomous vehicle.

Continental AG, one of the world’s top suppliers of automotive technology as well as other key components such as tires, signed a strategic cooperation agreement the Chinese internet company.

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Baidu also signed a similar agreement with Bosch, a major supplier to components to a host of carmakers around the world, adding to its ability to construct a complete vehicle. (more…)

Finger-Pointing: Tesla and Mobileye Shift Blame Over Autopilot Problems

Who catches blames for Autopilot failures?

by on Sep.16, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trading barbs with former supplier Mobileye.

With one death clearly linked to the semi-autonomous Autopilot system and investigations underway in connection with several other crashes, one fatal, battery-carmaker Tesla has found itself under the microscope. So has Mobileye, the Israeli tech start-up that has been providing the camera-on-a-chip system used on Tesla Model S and X battery-electric vehicles.

Following the revelation of the first fatal Autopilot crash, Tesla and Mobileye announced they were parting ways, and that separation is growing anything but amicable. The battery carmaker has said the Tel Aviv-based Mobileye “could not keep pace” with advances in autonomous technology. But Mobileye founder and CEO Amnon Shashua is now firing back in words that almost call out Tesla for being reckless.

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The battery carmaker, he declared in an interview with the Reuters news service, has been “pushing the envelope in terms of safety” with its Autopilot system. (more…)

NVIDIA, Baidu Team Up on Services for Autonomous Vehicles

New technology available for makers around the world.

by on Sep.08, 2016

NVIDIA and Baidu are partnering to develop autonomous parking technologies for vehicles.

Baidu, one of China’s leading tech companies, is teaming up with NVIDIA, a Silicon Valley stalwart, to develop a platform that will utilize artificial intelligence, or AI, to provide cloud-based services to autonomous vehicles.

The Baidu-NVIDIA partnership was announced at the Baidu World Conference in Beijing, Baidu CEO Robin Li together with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the partnership plans to offer the service to both Chinese and global carmakers.

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The partnership will combine Baidu’s cloud platform and mapping technology with NVIDIA’s self-driving computing platform to develop solutions for HD maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control, which requires some input from a driver and automated parking. (more…)

Michigan Set to Approve Driverless Vehicle Testing

Bill would make state the first to approve driverless cars on public roads.

by on Sep.07, 2016

This could become a common sight on Michigan roads if a a new bill passes.

Michigan motorists may soon be in for an unexpected sight: the state has taken steps to become the first in the country approving the testing of fully driverless vehicles on public roads.

Michigan, along with six other states, has already authorized automakers and suppliers to test hands-free vehicles, but the bill that has gotten its first nod from state legislators, would take things a big step further. Entirely driverless vehicles could potentially revolutionize transportation, and has already generated strong support from car-sharing services, such as Uber, while shipping companies have also expressed interest.

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“We’re moving into the next century,” Republican Sen. Mike Kowall told fellow lawmakers considering a measure he is sponsoring. “With your assistance, we’re going to secure Michigan’s place … as the center of the universe for autonomous vehicle studies, research, development and manufacturing.” (more…)

Global Survey Finds Strong Interest in Autonomous Vehicles

But serious doubts about safety linger.

by on Nov.24, 2015

Drivers continue to express an increasing interest in autonomous vehicle technology.

As automakers get closer to putting the first autonomous vehicles on the road they’re finding growing interest in the new technology, a new study of potential buyers in the U.S. and nine other major markets revealing that 60% of consumers would be willing to travel in a fully self-driving car.

Consumers expect some significant benefits from the new technology, including easier parking and the ability to multitask, according to the report being released today by the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.

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But while many proponents of autonomous technology expect the biggest payoff to come in the form of improved safety – some predicting a world where highway fatalities become a rare, rather than routine, occurrence – a majority of those surveyed admit being worried about the safety of driverless vehicles. (more…)

To Connect or Not to Connect? Federal Regulators Disagree Over New Car Tech

Connected-car systems could save lives – but might also open motorists up to privacy problems.

by on Oct.23, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is pushing for more V2V and V2I based safety technologies on U.S. roadways in the near future.

Maybe they need a better connection. Several senior government regulators have taken what appears to be opposing positions on the need to mandate connected-car technology in the next few years.

While the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week said he favors the use of the technology, believing it could reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities, a senior official with the Federal Trade Commission warned Congress this week that rushing connected cars to market could compromise privacy.

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Connected-car rules proposed by the Department of Transportation falls short of “providing any substantive protections for consumer data,” warned Maneesha Mithal, associate director of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. (more…)

Mercedes Lurches Toward Autonomy with New E-Class

German maker aims to relieve stress of driving.

by on Jul.10, 2015

Soon the Mercedes E-Class will come with an updated driver-assistance system that makes the vehicle nearly autonomous.

Drivers of the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class due out next spring will be able to travel at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, using the car’s automated driving features, according to technical papers released by Daimler AG, which emphasized the the new driver assistance features in the car will increase the comfort and relieve stress.

Based on an enhanced version of the Intelligent Drive system, which Mercedes-Benz has rolled out on the current E-Class and the new S-Class, the new system prepared for the 2017 E-Class will come with a Distance Pilot Distronic function. It automatically maintains the correct distance from vehicles in front of it by adjusting the car’s higher desired speed to that of a slower-moving vehicle ahead before accelerating back up to the desired speed once the way ahead is clear again – it can also follow traffic ahead in its lane at speeds from 0 to 120 mph, Mercedes-Benz said in the information it released to the press.

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Despite active longitudinal and lateral guidance with significantly enhanced steering assistance, which gives the vehicle the ability to essentially drive itself in short spurts, the next level Intelligent Drive remains a semi-automated system in which the driver’s hands still need to be on the steering wheel. (more…)