Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘self-driving car news’

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.

News You Can Trust!

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

Google Focusing Solely on Autonomous Technology

Tech giant spins off new unit called WAYMO.

by on Dec.13, 2016

It appears that Google will no longer be producing a full self-driving car instead focusing on developing the technology for other companies.

Google is getting out of the automotive game, well, at least the part of it where it makes actual self-driving cars. The tech giant confirmed today it’s restructuring its auto business to focus on developing autonomous technology alone.

As part of the effort, it will be split off from Google and called WAYMO, according to John Krafcik, who took over Google’s self-driving car project earlier this year. Called “Chauffeur” internally, is focusing exclusively on incorporating its sensors into traditional vehicles.

Tech News!

“It’s sort of the best of both worlds,” Krafcik said, according to the Detroit News, while announcing the news at the tech giant’s office in San Francisco. (more…)

Deal to Make Arsenal of Democracy the Vanguard of Autonomy Complete

Former Willow Run plant site will used to develop autonomous vehicles.

by on Nov.07, 2016

A rendering shows part of the planned layout for the new American Center for Mobility.

A 300-acre portion of Michigan’s historic manufacturing past is taking another step toward the auto industry’s technological future.

The Willow Run Arsenal of Democracy Landholdings Limited Partnership just completed the $1.2 million purchase of the former Willow Run Assembly Plant near Detroit from RACER Properties LLC, which will allow for the construction of the autonomous testing and development facility of future mobility named the American Center for Mobility.

The Journal of Record!

The site churned out thousands of bombers during World War II as a key component of the Arsenal of Democracy is now part of an $80 million investment to bring viable autonomous vehicles to the U.S., starting with the use of this site as a testing facility starting in 2018. (more…)

Qualcomm Pays $38B to Get into Autonomous Vehicle Game

Allure of self-driving vehicles bringing about new deals.

by on Oct.27, 2016

The deals to get to the top of the autonomous vehicle market are picking up with Qualcomm's $38 billion deal with NXP following others like, GM's investment in Lyft.

Automakers have been scrambling to gain an edge over one another to bring the first viable autonomous vehicle to the market. Already tough competition has been made more difficult with tech behemoths like Google and, potentially, Apple in the fray.

Add in Qualcomm now after its announcement that it agreed to acquire NXP Semiconductors for about $38 billion. NXP owns about 14% of automotive semiconductor sales globally and those semiconductors are crucial to the advent of the self-driving car.

Tech News!

“With innovation and invention at our core, Qualcomm has played a critical role in driving the evolution of the mobile industry,” Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement. (more…)

Tesla Updating Autopilot Within Two Weeks, Musk Says

CEO claims Autopilot-equipped models safest cars on road.

by on Sep.12, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the new version of Autopilot will be updated within two weeks.

Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot will be the safest cars on the road once the company completes the over-the-air update to the program in the next two weeks, according to CEO Elon Musk.

“The Model S and X are by far the safest car on the road. I don’t think there is another car that’s within a multiple of the S and the X,” he said during a press conference announcing the upgrade.

The Journal of Record!

The upgraded version of Autopilot required new software to allow the system to become more reliant on the systems radar-based sensors. Prior to the new system, the semi-autonomous program relied on camera-based sensors to recognize objects on the road. (more…)

Three of Four Drivers Want Autonomous Vehicles

AlixPartners believes autonomous vehicles will save $325 billion.

by on Jun.30, 2016

Google continues to expand its ongoing testing program for self-driving vehicles and its recognition as the leading autonomous vehicle company in the U.S.

As many as 73% of American drivers are willing to slide behind the wheel, or big red button, of an autonomous vehicle, according to a new survey by AlixPartners, marking a significant uptick in the level of acceptance of the self-drivers.

Not only are more U.S. motorists ready, they’re willing to pay for it. In fact, 80% of those surveyed said they’d pay more for one. In fact, 10% claimed they would shell out an additional $5,000 for a self-driving vehicle that they would use in all facets of their lives.

Autonomous News!

On the surface, this level of acceptance appears to be a striking shift in attitudes about level of trust drivers are willing to place in autonomous vehicles, despite the fact that 96% of drivers surveyed have no experience with these vehicles. However, Mark Wakefield, head of AlixPartners automotive practice, noted that difference was in the questions. He noted that as part of the process, the respondents were given specifics about autonomous vehicles and then asked questions about that information. (more…)

Dubai Pushing For Autonomous Transportation by 2030

City looks to save billions of dollars through self-driving transportation.

by on Apr.29, 2016

Just your typical parking lot in Dubai ... now. However, by 2030, a quarter of all transportation is expected to be autonomous.

Initiatives or promotions involving self-driving vehicles continue to proliferate around the globe. Volvo, for example, is embarking on a test of self-driving vehicles in London, while the Beijing Auto Show, which was virtually surrounded by the city’s infamous traffic congestion, also sparked talk of the China’s desire for autonomous vehicles to help mitigate the problem.

Also this week, the Middle Eastern principality of Dubai unveiled broad plans for using self-driving cars in its futuristic urban landscape.

The Leader in Global Automotive News!

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of a strategy to bring “smart, self-driving transport” into the city. (more…)

Foes and Friends Offer Opinions at Autonomous Car Hearing

Google exec pushes for federal rules as watchdog tells him to take the wheel.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Consumer Watchdog wants federal rules mandating steering wheels as well as brake and gas pedals for autonomous vehicles.

Friend and foe alike finally got to put in their two cents worth about the future of autonomous driving and the vehicles that will be careening down U.S. roadways at a forum in California today.

Federal officials are holding several of these events as they seek opinions from the public about self-driving vehicles. The event came just a day after Google, Uber and Lyft have joined forces with Volvo and Ford in establishing “The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets,” which has recruited David Strickland, long-time safety watchdog and former head of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the Know!

“Self-driving vehicle technology will make America’s roadways safer and less congested,” Strickland said in a statement. “The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles.” (more…)

Google, Volvo Expand Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Swedish maker looks to China, while tech giant goes to Arizona.

by on Apr.07, 2016

Google is expanding its testing areas to Phoenix, Arizona, and its suburbs.

As the proponents of autonomous vehicles in Washington D.C. gird themselves for an onslaught of dissension at public hearings later this week, the automakers developing the vehicles continue about the work of improving them.

Google’s just been cleared to run a fleet of self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding suburbs while Volvo is preparing a gaggle of as many as 100 vehicles to test in China.

News Now!

The tech giant has been expanding its test environments in recent months, including adding Austin, Texas, and Kirkland, Washington, to its home base of Mountain View, California. Google is already mapping the Phoenix area in anticipation of the self-driving testing. (more…)

Feds Expecting Pushback on New Autonomous Vehicle Rules

Despite advocates’ claims, some question safety of self-driving vehicles.

by on Apr.07, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosakind is an advocate for autonomous vehicles, believing they can improve safety on U.S roadways.

With the first semi-autonomous vehicles already on the road, industry watchers suggest fully self-driving vehicles could start rolling into showrooms by 2020, perhaps even sooner. But there are some key obstacles in the way, and not all of them are technological.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to address one of the most significant roadblocks by introducing new federal guidelines overseeing development of automated vehicles, and it will hold a first public hearing on Friday.

Auto Safety News!

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has suggested that the use of autonomous vehicles could eventually eliminate highway deaths in the U.S., and wants the agency to help promote development of the technology. But there are plenty of skeptics who plan to attend this week’s meeting, including some safety experts who want to slow the process down. (more…)