Anki Overdrive launches toy robotic supertrucks

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Company regarded as one of the most innovative startups extends range of robotic autonomous toy vehicles 

Anki Overdrive, a robotics and artificial intelligence company, has launched a new range of toy autonomous vehicles which the company says takes its hit battle-racing game “to the next level”.

The company already had an array of toy autonomous cars in its line-up, but now it has added what it calls “robotic Supertrucks” to the mix.

The new “battle rigs”, as the company calls them, Freewheel and X52, supersize the racing experience with an “intimidating frame that’s nearly triple the size of other Anki Overdrive Supercars, commanding a big presence on the battlefield”.  Continue reading Anki Overdrive launches toy robotic supertrucks

Old folks up in arms against autonomous technology, according to new survey

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Rebellious older people ready to rage against the machines

Millions of elderly people are shaking their walking sticks at driverless cars and other autonomous machines, according to a new survey by MIT

The New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) and MIT AgeLab say the results of their joint survey of consumers on autonomous technology and transportation alternatives shows that older consumers are resistant to allowing artificially intelligent machines complete control.

Bryan Reimer, research scientist MIT AgeLab and associate director of the New England University Transportation Center, says: “Penetration of fully automated vehicles into the mobility space is going to take time and will vary greatly across different regions of the world.  Continue reading Old folks up in arms against autonomous technology, according to new survey

Some people say they won’t buy a car unless it’s compatible with their smartphones – and Nissan is taking them seriously

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Patrick Keenan, Nissan engineer and smartphone fanatic

Nissan has taken to heart research suggesting that people can love everything about a car, but won’t buy it if it doesn’t pair with their smartphone

Just how much our smartphones rule our lives has been revealed, if a report by McKinsey is anything to go by.

The management consulting company did a survey which found that car buyers admit they can like everything about a new model – the styling, price, fuel economy and how it drives – yet will still walk out of the showroom because it won’t connect properly with their beloved mobile phone.

Now, Nissan is using the study to understand the importance of developing infotainment systems in crossovers such as the Qashqai, Juke and X-Trail.  Continue reading Some people say they won’t buy a car unless it’s compatible with their smartphones – and Nissan is taking them seriously

General Motors claims highest number of connected vehicles

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General Motors says it has the largest number of connected vehicles in the world, with almost 3 million currently on the road – far more than any other automaker. 

General Motors claims it “started the connected car revolution 20 years ago” with the launch of OnStar and continues to deliver innovative solutions at a scale unmatched by anyone in the industry.

OnStar is the enabler for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall to introduce new technology features across a broad range of drivers. Today, the blue button brand delivers services in four continents, 18 countries, 10 languages and 13 time zones, with more than a billion customer interactions.

While emergency and security services remain a staple of OnStar, the company has expanded to offer customer-driven mobility solutions that create a personalized experience for GM and Maven customers.  Continue reading General Motors claims highest number of connected vehicles

Toyota partners with KDDI to develop global connectivity platform for autonomous vehicles

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Toyota and KDDI jointly promote establishment of global communications platform to support car connectivity 

Toyota has set out on a mission to prepare the world for connected and autonomous vehicles by partnering with telecommunications provider KDDI to establish a global connectivity network.

Toyota says the platform will bring “greater connectivity” to its vehicles throughout the world.

The company says the network will need to be “a broad-reaching, robust communications platform and the use of a uniform data communications module (DCM) will be essential”.  Continue reading Toyota partners with KDDI to develop global connectivity platform for autonomous vehicles

Audi boasts its piloted driving tech is the best in the world

Audi is claiming its autonomous driving technology is the best in the world. The company says a recent test of one of its autonomous cars “once again confirms its leading role in the field of piloted driving”.

Audi was testing its latest research car, the Audi A7, and the piloted driving concept which for some reason it has called “Jack”.

Apparently “Jack” has “not only learned how to autonomously perform all of its driving manoeuvers on the expressway”, but also…  Continue reading Audi boasts its piloted driving tech is the best in the world

Japan leader promotes robot revolution at G7 Summit

Local automakers take G7 Summit opportunity to show off new autonomous car technology 

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe claims autonomous car technology will be safer than the human motorists of today, according to an official translation of his comments.

Abe, a fanatical supporter of artificial intelligence who recently launched a “robot revolution” to accelerate the robot takeover of the world, made his remarks at the G7 Summit, where leaders of the seven most powerful trading nations in the world were given a closer look at the latest in autonomous car technology, as well as more environmentally friendly fuel systems.

The G7 Summit was held last week in Ise-Shima, Japan, and local carmakers Toyota, Honda and Nissan took the opportunity to unveil some new innovations in their autonomous product range.  Continue reading Japan leader promotes robot revolution at G7 Summit

Honda presents autonomous car tech at G7 Summit

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Honda presented its latest autonomous car technology, as well as its environmentally friendly vehicles, to G7 leaders at the summit in Japan. 

Honda showed off its Clarity Fuel Cell, its fuel cell vehicle, and Automated Drive, an autonomous development vehicle, for the G7 Summit 2016 Japan in Ise-Shima, which was held on May 26 and 27, 2016.

Honda, the developer of the Asimo robot, has been providing support to the Japanese government’s plans to showcase the attractiveness unique to Japan at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, including high-tech products and innovations that it says “will convey such attractiveness of Japan to the world”.  Continue reading Honda presents autonomous car tech at G7 Summit

Toyota showcases new autonomous driving system at G7

Toyota showcases new autonomous driving system at G7

Toyota offered test drives of an experimental vehicle featuring a newly developed automated driving system, Urban Teammate, during the 42nd G7 Summit in Ise-Shima, held on May 26 and 27.

In keeping with the philosophy behind Toyota’s Mobility Teammate Concept ― which the company claims is a unique approach to automated driving that “stresses the importance of a partner-like relationship between people and cars” – the Urban Teammate system was created to test the application of automated driving technologies on ordinary roads.

Urban Teammate is Toyota’s successor to Highway Teammate, which was unveiled in October last year. Highway Teammate was developed exclusively to enable vehicles to handle every aspect of highway driving without assistance, including negotiating on-ramps and exit ramps.

Continue reading Toyota showcases new autonomous driving system at G7

Nissan demonstrates autonomous car technology at G7 Summit

Nissan ProPilot autonomous technology applied to a Nissan Leaf car, seen here at Ise-Shima G7 Summit
Nissan ProPilot autonomous technology applied to a Nissan Leaf car, seen here at Ise-Shima G7 Summit

Nissan has shown off its ProPilot autonomous drive technology at the G7 summit, which is currently being held in Ise-shima, Japan.

European Council President Donald Tusk had a front-seat view, as his car was among a cavalcade of Group of Seven next-generation vehicles.

The Nissan autonomous drive road session was one of a number of events planned during the Japan-hosted G7 Summit on May 26 and 27. Continue reading Nissan demonstrates autonomous car technology at G7 Summit

New poll finds majority of people would be reluctant to be a passenger in a driverless car

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers/ICM Unlimited survey of 2,002 people finds 55 per cent would be unlikely to want to be a passenger in a driverless car

UK Government and companies such as Google, Ford and Uber are all championing driverless car technology, but according to this latest public survey much more work is needed to convince the public of the benefits of driverless vehicles.

According to the survey, carried out by ICM Unlimited on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 55 per cent of the 2002 people surveyed said they were unlikely to want to be a passenger of a driverless car, with 40 per cent said they were very unlikely to want to be a passenger. Just 21 per cent of the people surveyed said they would be happy to ride in a driverless vehicle.  Continue reading New poll finds majority of people would be reluctant to be a passenger in a driverless car

Toyota teams up with Uber with a view to driverless taxi future

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Toyota and Uber have entered a partnership with a view to developing driverless taxis of the future, although the initial developments will be in ridesharing services. 

The two companies say they will explore collaboration, starting with trials, in the world of ridesharing in countries where ridesharing is expanding, taking various factors into account such as regulations, business conditions, and customer needs.

As part of the partnership, Toyota Financial Services Corporation and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership are making a strategic investment in Uber.  Continue reading Toyota teams up with Uber with a view to driverless taxi future

nuTonomy raises $16m funding to develop self-driving car software

Startup company nuTonomy has raised $16 million is initial funding and plans to offer world’s first fully autonomous taxi service in 2018.

nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, says it has completed its $16m Series A funding led by Highland Capital Partners.

The funding included significant participation from prior investors Fontinalis Partners and Signal Ventures. In Singapore, where nuTonomy has strong governmental support, the round included participation from EDBI, the dedicated corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Samsung Ventures also participated in the Series A round.  Continue reading nuTonomy raises $16m funding to develop self-driving car software

TU-Automotive Detroit conference and exhibition returns for 2016

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Sensors in a connected car. Picture courtesy Here 360.

Penton’s TU-Automotive has announced the agenda and speaker line-up for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 (June 8-9, Nov, MI), the world’s largest conference and exhibition dedicated to innovation in automotive technology, covering connected cars, autonomy and mobility.

At TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, the city’s automakers (Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) will join international OEMs such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz to discuss their vision for how the car can become the leading “node” of the Internet of Things.

Leading technology disruptors such as Zipcar, Amazon, Via and Renovo Motors will also take center stage during discussions as the ecosystem widens to embrace new players.

The 80+ session agenda and 150+ speaker line-up can be viewed at TU-Automative Continue reading TU-Automotive Detroit conference and exhibition returns for 2016

Engineers’ institute welcomes laws requiring driverless vehicles to have certificates

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Driverless car software will require certificates from the Ministry of Transport before being allowed on the road. Picture courtesy: E&T IET

The UK is to introduce laws and regulations that will require driverless vehicle software makers to obtain Ministry of Transport certificates 

New laws announced in the Queen’s Speech recently will allow fully autonomous vehicles to be insured under normal policies in the UK.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) says the announcement is an “important step forward” which will ultimately improve road safety and reduce congestion. 

But the IET adds that the Government also needs to introduce legislation to improve cyber security in autonomous vehicles.  Continue reading Engineers’ institute welcomes laws requiring driverless vehicles to have certificates