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Delphi Looking to Get Intel Inside its Autonomous Tech

Tech giant supplying computer chips for self-driving system.

by on Nov.30, 2016

Delphi plans to show off its new CSLP system featuring new Intel computer chips at the upcoming CES in January in Las Vegas.

Pretty soon your car may be “intel inside” as Delphi and Mobileye N.V. are partnering with Intel to use the company’s computer chips for its in-development autonomous vehicle system.

The new system, which is called Centralized Sensing Location and Planning, is expected to be available by 2019, according to Delphi officials. Intel is slated to deliver the chips late next year. Able to handle processing more than 12 trillion operations a second, they are the final piece to autonomous puzzle.

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“We think they will be a great supplier for us,” Glen DeVos, vice president of Delphi’s services business unit told Automotive News. “For us, it’s a big step forward. It will allow us to accelerate development.” (more…)

Budweiser Cans the Driver; Turns to Autonomous Truck to Haul Load of Beer

A sign of things to come?

by on Oct.25, 2016

Autonomous trucking start up Otto broke new ground today by delivering a truckload of beer in Colorado.

Drinking and driving don’t go together. But what if you’re just hauling a load of beer from the brewery?

In a potentially groundbreaking first, Otto, a self-driving truck start-up, delivered a load of 45,000 cans of Budweiser to a warehouse in Colorado with no one behind the wheel. The 120-mile run is being hailed as the first in what could begin a routine way of life in the not-too-distant future as autonomous and fully driverless vehicles take over the highways.

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The early morning delivery was set in motion by Budweiser parent Anheuser-Busch working with Otto, the start-up recently purchased by Uber. The ride-sharing giant has become a leading proponent of autonomous and fully driverless technologies, arguing that these systems will eventually make American roadways safer, faster and cleaner – while also lowering the cost of driving. (more…)

Tesla’s Musk Claims Autonomous Car Critics Are “Killing People”

Too much attention to crashes scares off the public, CEO claims.

by on Oct.20, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the media is complicit in the 1.2 million global traffic deaths each year because it writes stories about autonomous vehicle crashes.

Critics of self-driving cars may be “killing people” by building consumer resistance to the technology, said Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

Proponents of autonomous vehicles – including not only Musk but also U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx – contend the technology could eventually result in the elimination of most, perhaps all, highway deaths. But early prototypes, as well as vehicles equipped with semi-autonomous systems, have been involved in a number of crashes, including a May 9 accident in Florida in a Tesla Model S that resulted in the death of a former Navy SEAL.

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Nonetheless, the South African-born Tesla founder, said that reporting on such events is counterproductive because when, “you write an article that effectively dissuades people from using an autonomous car, you’re killing people.” (more…)

Faraday Future Set to Reveal First Car at CES

LeEco’s autonomous debut short-circuited when its car wouldn’t run.

by on Oct.20, 2016

The LeEco LeSee concept.

Tesla Motors isn’t the only automotive upstart attempting to make news about electric and autonomous vehicles. Several potential competitors have their own, futuristic models to reveal – though, as Chinese-owned LeEco demonstrated Wednesday, there are plenty of pitfalls along the path.

With billionaire investor Jia Yueting on hand for a public unveiling in San Francisco, LeEco’s event went off the rails when the LeSee, its prototype autonomous electric vehicle, couldn’t drive down the runway, forcing Jia to run down the ramp on his own.

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Jia, who made a fortune in the Chinese electronics industry, is clearly hoping to do better with a second automotive start-up he is funding, California-based Faraday Future. That company made its debut last January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will be back at the 2017 CES in less than three months to unveil its first production model.

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Obama Administration Setting New Policies for Autonomous Vehicles

Guidelines try to make testing safer while melding state and federal interests.

by on Sep.20, 2016

The Obama Administration is releasing new policies for autonomous vehicle development and testing.

The Obama Administration, which has played an active role in the car business since taking office, is releasing a new policy initiative to promote the development of automated vehicles in hopes of making American roads and highways safer and more efficient.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Automated Vehicle Policy was devised to insure that automated vehicles or vehicles that can take over some or all of the driving task can pass a series of uniform tests to ensure the safety of the public, according to information supplied by The White House.

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“Realizing the full potential of automated vehicles requires Americans to be confident that they will be safe – and the federal government has a critical responsibility on that front,” a White House briefing paper circulated prior to the official announcement noted. (more…)

‘Nu’ Autonomous Taxi Service Beats Uber to Punch

Singapore-based service using nuTonomy produced self-driving taxis.

by on Aug.25, 2016

Starting today in Singapore, nuTonomy's robo-taxis will offer free rides as part of the company's ongoing research and development.

Just days after Uber announced it would be encouraging folks to get free rides in its autonomous ride-share vehicles in Pittsburgh, another company, nuTonomy, began a limited public trial of its “robo-taxi” service in Singapore: For free.

Using a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEv electric vehicle – with an emergency “engineer” behind the wheel – a select group of users are being offered free rides as part of the company’s ongoing research and development, which began in April.

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“This is really a moment in history that’s going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings,” nuTonomy executive Doug Parker told Reuters. (more…)

Apple Loses Autonomous Vehicle Leader

Faraday Future nabbed Bart Nabbe from the company's Project Titan team.

by on Aug.17, 2016

Just after it brought one of its top execs back for Project Titan, Apple lost another one: Bart Nabbe.

The war over talent in the burgeoning competition for bringing autonomous vehicles, in all their complexity, to the market during the next decade has flared again.

Apple, which has been an aggressor in the war for talent, hiring personnel from other companies, such as Tesla, Ford and Mercedes-Benz, has now apparently lost a key researcher to Faraday Future, the ambitious startup, which recently began construction of a billion-dollar plant in Nevada desert.

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Faraday has apparently lured away Bart Nabbe, an integral part of Apple’s Project Titan team for the last two years. Nabbe noted on his updated Linked In profile that he is the director of strategic partnerships. (more…)

Autonomous Vehicle Expected to be $560B Industry

Self-driving vehicles will save lives, cut traffic and reduce pollution.

by on Aug.12, 2016

Uber has already started testing autonomous vehicles with an eye toward using them in their regular ride-sharing fleet someday.

During the next two decades, autonomous vehicles will grow into $560 billion industry, according to a new report from a prominent consulting firm.

AT Kearney interviewed 150 executives from the automotive, tech and communications industry in preparing the study, which estimates that it will take up to two decades for fully autonomous driving to emerge.

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“While industry players have already developed or tested many of the technological building blocks, tough and tricky legal challenges remain, including new laws on accident liability, on where self-driving cars may operate, and on who may have a license,” the comprehensive study noted. (more…)

China Shuts Down Autonomous Testing on Highways

Government finalizing rules for testing self-driving vehicles.

by on Jul.20, 2016

No Teslas will be running on Autopilot in China as the government has just issued a moratorium on on-highway testing.

The Chinese government has seen enough and the only autonomous vehicle testing activity it’s going to allow for now near the public is self-parking.

Officials warned automakers that there should be no on-road testing of self-driving vehicles until the rules for those exercises are finalized. Currently, the Ministry of Information Technology and police have an early draft of potential regulations, but nothing has been finalized, said She Weizhen, head of the ministry’s auto department, recently. There is no deadline set for when those rules should be ready, according to Bloomberg News.

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China’s move comes as the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced plans to release new guidelines for the ongoing development of self-driving vehicles later this summer. (more…)

Technology Shaping Search and Performance for New Vehicles

Surveys show tech drives buying and driving experience.

by on Jun.28, 2016

Self-driving vehicles may improve the mobility of baby boomers some day, if they learn to trust the vehicles.

Technology is playing a bigger role than ever in the car-buying experience, whether it’s the technology on the car making it safer or easier to drive or the technology used to determine what vehicle is best for the buyer.

In today’s highly connected lifestyle, new vehicles are laden with more and more safety and convenience features. However, according to a new study from Jumpstart Automotive Group, many of those digital mavens rate state-of-the-art technology and infotainment as “nice-to-have” feature versus a “must have.”

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This may be because the bar is higher. Consumers’ expectations are much more advanced today—they expect their vehicle to be an extension of their connected live, the study notes. This is especially true of Bluetooth, which many list as a favorite technology that they would be unwilling to give up. (more…)