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Three Quarters of Americans “Too Afraid to Ride” in Self-Driving Vehicles

As more problems reported, acceptance declines, finds new AAA study.

by on May.23, 2018

A fatal March crash involving a Tesla Model S in Mountain View, California. Pic courtesy KTVU.

They’re expected to flood our roads by the millions over the next decade, and Congress is currently working on legislation that would expand testing on public roads – but a new AAA study reveals that the American public is, if anything, growing more concerned about the safety of autonomous and fully driverless vehicles.

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. drivers would be “afraid” to ride in one today, up from 63% when the AAA last polled American motorists in late 2017. The decline in confidence appears to follow an array of incidents involving prototype autonomous vehicles, including the first-known fatal crash near Phoenix when a hands-free SUV being tested by Uber slammed into a pedestrian.

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“Despite their potential to make our roads safer in the long run, consumers have high expectations for safety,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations. “Our results show that any incident involving an autonomous vehicle is likely to shake consumer trust, which is a critical component to the widespread acceptance of autonomous vehicles.”

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Magna, Lyft Pairing Up to Develop Self-Driving Technology

Magna takes $200 million equity stake in Lyft.

by on Mar.15, 2018

Lyft and Magna are partnering up to develop self-driving vehicle technologies.

Magna is purchasing a $200 million equity stake in ride-sharing behemoth Lyft as part of a multi-year plan to develop a self-driving vehicle platform together.

The collaboration calls for the two companies to jointly fund, develop and manufacture self-driving systems. The establishment of this partnership subject to regulatory approval. This partnership positions Magna and Lyft to enable the development and manufacturing of self-driving systems at scale.

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In addition to self-driving vehicles that will be deployed on Lyft’s own ride-sharing network in the coming years, Magna can deploy the technologies across a wide range of uses to benefit the entire global mobility ecosystem. (more…)

Toyota Creates $2.8B Company to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Aisin Seiki, Denso founding partners of new venture.

by on Mar.02, 2018

Toyota debuted its updated autonomous vehicle, Platform 3.0, at the 2018 CES.

Around the world, automakers, suppliers and tech companies are scrambling to put a reliable, effective autonomous vehicle on the road. There is no clear path to the finish line, as such, Toyota is joining forces with two other suppliers to form a new $2.8 billion company to get the job done.

Called Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, or TRI-AD. The Japanese automaker is starting the company in conjunction with automotive suppliers Aisin Seiki and Denso. In addition to the $2.8 billion investment, the company plans to hire around 1,000 employees to develop software systems that can power fully self-driving vehicles.

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Toyota is in the process of selecting a location in Tokyo that is competitive in terms of accessibility and recruitment. (more…)

GM Sued After Accident with Autonomous Chevy Bolt

Motorcyclist blamed for minor collision with the Bolt.

by on Jan.25, 2018

GM is being sued after an autonomous Chevy Bolt was involved in an accident with a motorcycle in San Francisco.

General Motors Co. is facing a lawsuit by a motorcyclist, who says he was hit by a Chevrolet Bolt, which was operating in autonomous mode with a backup driver behind the steering wheel.

The motorcyclist claims the Chevrolet Bolt operated by Cruise, GM’s self-driving car subsidiary, “suddenly veered back into motorcycle’s lane, knocking the bike to the ground.”

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The accident happened on Dec. 7, in heavy traffic in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco, with the GM vehicle reportedly travelling at 12 mph and the motorcycle 17 mph. The accident report filed after the accident contradicts the claim made in the lawsuit. (more…)

VW, Hyundai Team Up With Former Google Autonomous Chief

Aurora and partners aim to bring self-driving tech to market “quickly, safely and broadly.”

by on Jan.04, 2018

W and Hyundai are teaming with former Google autonomous vehicle guru Chris Urmson to develop self-driving technologies.

Volkswagen and Hyundai have formed a new partnership with Aurora, an autonomous vehicle start-up founded by former Google self-driving vehicle chief Chris Urmson, with a goal of getting the technology to market “quickly, safely and broadly.”

The announcement serves as something of a redemption for Urmson who left Google in 2016 without a formal plan. Ultimately, he decided he wanted to run his own show and formed Aurora Innovation in Pittsburgh, also home to Carnegie Mellon University, where Urmson was before joining Google, now Waymo.

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“Our priority at Aurora is to make self-driving cars a reality quickly, broadly and safely, and we know we will get there faster by partnering with innovative automakers like the Volkswagen Group,” said Urmson, a pioneer in self-driving technology who co-founded Aurora. “This partnership establishes a deep collaboration using Aurora’s self-driving technology, and together we will bring self-driving vehicles to market at scale.” (more…)

Lyft Launches Autonomous Test in Boston

Long-term goal is to go fully driverless.

by on Dec.08, 2017

An autonomous prototype developed by nuTonomy, one of the models Lyft will begin using in Boston.

Lyft has become the latest ride-sharing service to begin testing autonomous vehicles.`

The pilot program, launched in Boston this week, is being run in partnership with self-driving tech firm nuTonomy. Lyft has also been working with both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, two carmakers that share its long-term goal of going completely driverless in a bid to slash costs while also improving safety.

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“Based on feedback from pilot participants, nuTonomy’s engineers will adapt and improve our system, so that we can deliver an autonomous transportation experience that is extremely safe, efficient, and comfortable,” nuTonomy said in a statement.

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Magna Joins BMW-Led Autonomous Car Consortium

Canada-based supplier customizing computer systems.

by on Oct.11, 2017

Magna International's Swamy Kotogiri outlines the parameters of the autonomous vehicle deal with BMW, Intel and Mobileye.

Magna International Inc., one of the world’s largest auto-parts suppliers, is joining the consortium launched by BMW AG, Intel Corp. and Mobileye to develop fully automated driving systems by 2021.

Ontario, Canada-based Magna will help customize computing systems designed by the partners to integrate technology and customize the controller designed by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye.

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“Many of the autonomy challenges the industry is facing can’t be handled in isolation,” said Magna’s Chief Technology Officer Swamy Kotagiri. (more…)

Trump Administration Releases New Guidance on Autonomous Testing

Guidelines to be used until legislation passes Senate.

by on Sep.13, 2017

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the new "guidance" for autonomous vehicle testing will help improve safety on U.S. roadways.

The Trump administration released its guidelines for testing and developing self-driving cars on U.S. highways and they were met with almost universal approval from automakers, industry observers and safety organizations.

Though federal legislation on the matter awaits approval by the U.S. Senate, the federal Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s updated “guidance,” as described by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, gives automakers and suppliers the green light to continue the development of automated system.

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Chao said the updated parameters, dubbed “Automated Driving Systems – Vision 2.0,” build on the previous policy released by the Obama administration and incorporates feedback received through public comments and Congressional hearings. (more…)

Autonomous Vehicle Development Gets Boost From FCC

More spectrum aid safety and self-driving technology growth.

by on Jul.13, 2017

Collision avoidance technology like Toyota's Radar Cruise Control moved a step closer to becoming standard equipment with the new FCC ruling.

The development of autonomous vehicles just got a boost with the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of a larger section of spectrum to be used by radar systems, which are integral to the growth of self-driving vehicles.

Prior to the latest approval, motor vehicles were confined to 1 GHz of spectrum for the introduction and development of collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control and, down the line, self-driving vehicles.

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The ruling expands the band that vehicle radars can operate to 5 GHz of spectrum. This will improve lane departure warning, blind spot detection systems, automatic braking and pedestrian detection, the FCC said. (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Teaming Up With Lyft

British automaker to provide cash, cars for ride-sharing service.

by on Jun.12, 2017

JLR's deal with Lyft could see vehicles like the Jaguar F-Pace show up in the ride-sharing fleet.

Customers of ride-sharing service Lyft could be in for a pleasant surprise in the months to come: instead of the typical mainstream vehicle, they could find a more luxurious sedan or SUV pull up when they call for a ride.

British automaker Jaguar Land Rover will become the latest automaker to team up with Lyft, announcing Monday a $25 million cash investment and plans to provide a fleet of its vehicles to the ride-sharing service. JLR’s move comes a little more than a year after General Motors agreed to invest $500 million in Lyft and create a special lease program for the service’s drivers.

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The partnership with Jaguar Land Rover comes at a time when Lyft is making an aggressive push to catch up to key rival Uber, taking advantage of a series of problems that have hammered the bigger ride-sharing service in recent months.

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