Open source intelligent transport systems software available for download

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US DoT-linked open source software portal provides more intelligent transportation system applications 

The Open Source Application Development Portal (OSADP) has made a range of new software available for creating intelligent transport systems.

OSADP is a web-based portal that provides access to and supports the collaboration, development, and use of open-source transportation-related applications.  Continue reading Open source intelligent transport systems software available for download

Intel buys YogiTech to move into driverless car technology

Illustration of advanced driver assistance systems lane warning
Illustration of advanced driver assistance systems lane warning

Chipmaker finds a way into lucrative advanced driver assistance systems market 

An Intel senior executive has written a blog about how the company has bought its way into what is now one of the fastest-growing segments of the global auto technology market – advanced driver assistance systems.

Ken Caviasca, vice president and general manager of platform engineering and development in the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel talks of the acquisition of YogiTech, and how it will bring IoT-related market opportunities to the chipmaking giant.  Continue reading Intel buys YogiTech to move into driverless car technology

Industrial robot and automation firm Swisslog buys logistics specialist

PAS autonomous robots in a logistics wareouse
PAS autonomous robots in a logistics wareouse

Company targets logistics because it’s a fast-growing market for robotics and automation 

Swisslog has acquired Power Automation Systems (PAS), a company which specialises in pallet shuttle automated storage and retrieval systems – mostly used in logistics.

Now with offerings ranging from advanced robotics to fast case shuttles and pallet shuttles, together with Kuka, Swisslog says it continues building the “automation powerhouse chain offering clients compelling solutions”.  Continue reading Industrial robot and automation firm Swisslog buys logistics specialist

Toyota turbo-charges AI and robotics operations in the US. Looks to hire 50 experts

Akio Toyoda Dr Gill Pratt at the launch of Toyota Research Institute
Akio Toyoda and Dr Gill Pratt at the launch of Toyota Research Institute a few months ago

Toyota has decided to boost its activities in artificial intelligence and robotics in the US.

Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said the company will establish its third TRI facility in the US.

The new facility will be located in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science.  Continue reading Toyota turbo-charges AI and robotics operations in the US. Looks to hire 50 experts

Mercedes makes driverless car tech central objective

Dr Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
Picture: Dr Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, at the exhibition of the annual meeting of shareholders

Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche says the company “will continue to be the pioneers of mobility” as he announced that autonomous driving will be a central objective for the future.

Speaking at an annual meeting of shareholders, Dr Dieter Zetsche said autonomous driving will be one of the “four pillars” of Daimler, which owns the Mercedes marque.  Continue reading Mercedes makes driverless car tech central objective

Audi integrates new autonomous technologies into A3 models

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The new Audi A3, which now has lots of autonomous tech

Audi has integrated a range of new autonomous technologies into its A3 model as part of a major upgrade. 

The company says it has added new driver assistance systems and engines as well as newly designed headlights and taillights.

Also new on board is what Audi says is an “innovative operating and display concept”, the Audi virtual cockpit.  Continue reading Audi integrates new autonomous technologies into A3 models

You’re not the Bosch of me now. Humans tell driverless cars to take a hike

Bosch autonomous driving levels
Bosch imagines varying levels of autonomous driving, all of which the company is already making billions from

Exclusive interview with Bosch senior vice-president Arun Srinivasan about the growing levels of autonomy in today’s vehicles and the fully autonomous cars of tomorrow

It’s a small word. Bosch. Associated with so many things, most famously “bish bash bosch”. A meaningless phrase really, but according to the Urban Dictionary, it’s “used to describe the efficiency of a process you have just explained, often used if there are three steps to the process”. 

For example, someone might say: “So there you have it. Clutch down, first gear, handbrake off and you’e away. Simple as that, bish bash bosh.” Continue reading You’re not the Bosch of me now. Humans tell driverless cars to take a hike

Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant
A Ray robot, made by Serva Transport Systems, picks up and moves an Audi car at its Ingolstadt plant

Car giant completes tests of autonomous logistics robot at its Ingolstadt plant

German automaker Audi is to increase the productivity of robots working within its logistics operations.

The company has been conducting tests involving autonomous robots it calls “Ray” for more than a year.

In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, Audi’s project manager for driverless transport, Christine Widbiller said: “Currently we have four Rays working at the logistics department and they are fully integrated in the transporting process.”  Continue reading Audi to make Ray robot workers more productive

‘Platoons’ of autonomous trucks set for European roads

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The DAF technology challenge will see fleets of autonomous trucks take to European roads

Dutch government organising DAF technology demonstration to put fleets of autonomous trucks on European roads 

A consortium of DAF Trucks, TNO, NXP and Ricardo is working together under the name EcoTwin to participate in the European Truck Platooning Challenge being organised by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on April 6.

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The objective of the DAF test is to obtain permission from governments to perform large-scale, pan-European testing of truck combinations that are linked wirelessly – or “platoons”, as the consortium is calling them.  Continue reading ‘Platoons’ of autonomous trucks set for European roads

Clearpath Robotics adds small self-driving vehicle to its logistics product line

Clearpath’s new Otto 100 self-driving robot
Clearpath’s new Otto 100 self-driving robot

Company says new Otto 100 provides light-load material transport for today’s modern factories and warehouses 

Clearpath Robotics has expanded its Otto line of self-driving vehicles with Otto 100. The vehicle is designed for autonomous light-load material transport in factories and warehouses.

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“The Otto 100 takes the high quality and reliability of the Otto 1500 and puts those advanced capabilities into a smaller form factor,” said Matt Rendall, chief executive officer at Clearpath. “This enables new self-driving services in distribution, e-commerce, and manufacturing.”

The Otto 100 system delivers dynamic and efficient light-load transport in increasingly congested industrial operations. Traditional material handling systems require costly and rigid changes to infrastructure, often cannot adapt to a changing environment, and are not always safe for collaboration with warehouse personnel.  Continue reading Clearpath Robotics adds small self-driving vehicle to its logistics product line

Nissan to launch car with self-driving tech next year

The Nissan Qashqai will have self-driving features from next year
The Nissan Qashqai will have self-driving features from next year

Nissan is planning to integrate the Qashqai with autonomous features by next year, making the “crossover” model the first of its cars in Europe to feature its new self-driving technology. 

After a decade of what the car maker calls “unprecedented customer demand”, Nissan says it intends to increase Qashqai capacity and further strengthen its position as what the company claims is the “best-selling crossover in Europe”.

Nissan says it “still cannot keep pace with the continued growth of the crossover market” it claims to have created with Qashqai, despite record volumes of 300,000 cars every year on Line 1 at the company’s UK Sunderland Plant, round-the-clock production and a build rate of one car every minute.  Continue reading Nissan to launch car with self-driving tech next year

TransCore to develop intelligent traffic system for Washington

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Washington, DC’s District Department of Transportation (DDoT) has selected TransCore to develop and integrate an advanced software solution that enables District traffic management personnel to more effectively manage congestion, roadway incidents, and special events.

Known as the TransSuite Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), TransCore’s software applications will be integrated with the DDoT’s existing signal control system and other systems, forming the Capital Traffic Operation Platform (CapTOP) ATMS.

“As our nation’s capital, Washington, DC is challenged with managing both local traffic and highly visible special events. These activities can change traffic flow in an instant and for long periods of time. That’s why real-time information sharing is so critical,” said Michael Mauritz, TransCore’s senior vice president for intelligent transportation systems solutions. “We’re excited to work with DDoT in developing a comprehensive traffic management and communications network.”  Continue reading TransCore to develop intelligent traffic system for Washington

BMW celebrates 100 years by entering autonomous car race

BMW Vision vehicle
BMW Vision vehicle starts symbolic world tour

Describing it as a fast learner, the CEO of BMW announced that the company, which is celebrating its centenary, is looking to build the ultimate self-driving machine.

BMW has long been celebrated for its innovative and technologically advanced vehicles, but until now it had appeared reluctant to pay any attention to the hype about autonomous cars.

But in a statement released by the German automaker, Harald Krueger said: “Soon, our cars will be digital chauffeurs and personal companions. They will anticipate what we want to do and make our lives easier for us.”  Continue reading BMW celebrates 100 years by entering autonomous car race

Norway’s railroad network replaces 40-year-old technology with new automation software

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Norway has integrated an automation solution from COPA-DATA into the national rail network

The rail travel network in Norway has taken its very own “great leap forward” in technological terms with the introduction of new automation software.

The Norwegian National Rail Administration (NNRA, also known as Jernbaneverket) decided to perform a major upgrade to its infrastructure in order to modernize rail service delivery and optimize maintenance and performance.

The technology for controlling the power transformer stations throughout its nationwide operations was more than forty years old in some areas, so a modern solution for controlling and monitoring these stations was required. The decision was made in favor of zenon, the HMI/SCADA software from COPA-DATA. Continue reading Norway’s railroad network replaces 40-year-old technology with new automation software

The car of the future: Think concierge on the move

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In the 1970s, if you had a car with air-conditioning, you’d probably have been the envy of all your friends, and you’d even have gotten more for your car on the second hand market. Today, it’s pretty much impossible to buy a new car that doesn’t have air-conditioning.

You’re more likely to find that you new car offers not just air-conditioning, but also heated seats (that you can control remotely with your smartphone), climate control, heated windscreens and a whole lot more.

Product innovation has always been top priority for car manufacturers, which is why they are among the top spenders in research and development. The question now is whether this is enough. Product innovation is taking place at such speed that a unique innovation today can easily be copied and manufactured by a rival firm tomorrow.

Product specifications and feature lists no longer offer that unique reason for the customer to choose one car model over another.So where does that leave car manufacturers? How can they find that X-Factor that will make customers desire one of their cars more than their competitors?  Continue reading The car of the future: Think concierge on the move