Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

 

Continental, a developer of advanced driver assistance systems, has developed a new human-machine interface which places the control of a vehicle at the user’s fingertips, says the company.

The HMI – which is designed to be integrated into a vehicle dashboard (as pictured above) – provides a central input device for maneuver control in the center console as an element of the holistic human-machine dialogue, says the company.

Continental says the input element increases the mode awareness when moving from manual to automated driving mode.  Continue reading Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

BMW partners with Amazon to integrate Alexa artificial intelligence into its cars

 

BMW is to integrated Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence into its in-car systems.

Amazon Alexa will be available in BMW and Mini vehicles starting in mid-2018.

Users can ask Alexa in-car to get directions, call a business, play music or Audible content, control your smart home, check the news, and so on – without downloading a separate app.  Continue reading BMW partners with Amazon to integrate Alexa artificial intelligence into its cars

Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

 

Renesas Electronics India, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Singapore, has showcased its latest solutions for the automotive and smart cities segments at Electronica India.

Sunil Dhar, president, Renesas Electronics India, says: “The Indian market is rapidly adopting new technologies and we will be unveiling exciting additions to our portfolio at electronica India.

“Our solutions reduce the time spent on developing embedded systems software and accelerate the development process, allowing internet of things and automotive system developers to focus on creating differentiated products.”  Continue reading Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

Samsung strengthens interest in autonomous driving with $300 million investment fund

Samsung has created a $300 million fund to build on a number of earlier investments in auto-related startups and technologies. 

Earlier this year, the electronics giant bought Harman, a premier supplier to original equipment manufacturers in the automotive sector.

The two companies have now jointly launched a new strategic initiative, focused on developing innovations for next-generation, smart, connected vehicles.

The main area of interest in autonomous driving, or advanced driver assistance systems, which are referred to in the auto trade as ADAS.  Continue reading Samsung strengthens interest in autonomous driving with $300 million investment fund

Teamsters boss files objections to driverless trucks

Teamsters general secretary-treasurer Ken Hall testified yesterday at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on self-driving technology, urging for the exemption of commercial vehicles from pending legislation and the need for further analysis of the safety, jobs and cybersecurity impact of developing technologies.

“It is incumbent upon the members of this committee to help ensure that workers are not left behind in this process. It is essential that American workers are not treated as guinea pigs for unproven technologies that could put their lives at risk,” Hall said.

Hall noted the Teamsters Union is concerned about the impact of advanced automated technologies on highway safety.  Continue reading Teamsters boss files objections to driverless trucks

US Department of Transportation releases automated driving systems guidance

The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0.

This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, says: “The new Guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services.

“The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans.”  Continue reading US Department of Transportation releases automated driving systems guidance

NXP and Hella Aglaia expand advanced driver assistance platform

Hella Aglaia and NXP are expanding their current advanced driver assistance system platform with artificial intelligence capability in 2018.

Hella Aglaia’s ADAS platforms include NXP’s S32 and i.MX auto-grade processors, enabling a safe, scalable and complete range of front vision NCAP safety functionality, allowing manufacturers to utilise in the volume car segment.

The next step in the cooperation is to add artificial intelligence for automated driving to this innovative modular setup, say the companies.  Continue reading NXP and Hella Aglaia expand advanced driver assistance platform

Ericsson and Zenuity to create network for self-driving cars

Networking company Ericsson is partnering with Zenuity, an automotive software development joint venture between Autoliv and Volvo, to develop a connectivity platform for cars.

Ericsson says the “end-to-end” platform will be for connected safety, advanced driver assistance systems, and autonomous driving software and functions.

In the first phase of the collaboration, Ericsson and Zenuity will work closely together to develop the Zenuity Connected Cloud – powered by Ericsson internet of things accelerator.  Continue reading Ericsson and Zenuity to create network for self-driving cars

Nissan integrates ProPilot autonomous tech in Leaf electric vehicle

Nissan has launched the new version of Leaf, which the company claims is “world’s most advanced mass-market electric vehicle”. 

The new Nissan Leaf is the company’s first car in Europe that will embrace the early steps of advanced driver assistance, and is packed with cutting-edge innovations such as e-Pedal, allowing humans to drive and brake in “a totally new and seamless way”.

Nissan says the new vehicle can also go further, with a range of 378 km on a single charge, and has been redesigned for a new generation, with a sleeker look inside and out.  Continue reading Nissan integrates ProPilot autonomous tech in Leaf electric vehicle

Dekra takes over Lausitzring race track to turn it into an autonomous vehicle testing circuit

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The Lausitzring race track has been the venue for many races

A company called Dekra will take over the Lausitzring race track on November 1, 2017, and turn it into an autonomous vehicle testing ground.

Together with the Dekra Technology Center, in immediate proximity to the race track in Klettwitz, Brandenburg, since 2003, the site will be made into the innovation center for the testing of the mobility of the future.

It will become a central component of the international testing network for connected and automated driving, which Dekra is establishing in Europe and Asia, and will bring “new, high-quality jobs to the region”, says the company.  Continue reading Dekra takes over Lausitzring race track to turn it into an autonomous vehicle testing circuit

Baidu opens up its software to accelerate development of self-driving technology with 50 other companies in ‘autonomous driving ecosystem’

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Baidu self-driving car being showcased at a recent company conference

Baidu, which is China’s equivalent of Google, has accelerated the development of its self-driving technology by opening up its software to outside companies. 

The Chinese internet search giant has been building its autonomous vehicle operating system for quite some time, testing it on a variety of vehicles in China.

Now it will give away that software for free, probably in an effort to steal a march on global competitors such as Google, Apple and a growing number of other tech companies which are developing artificial intelligence systems which can drive cars all by themselves.  Continue reading Baidu opens up its software to accelerate development of self-driving technology with 50 other companies in ‘autonomous driving ecosystem’

Nvidia partners with Hella and ZF to improve safety of self-driving vehicles

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Nvidia has formed a strategic partnership with ZF and Hella to deliver AI technology with the New Car Assessment Program safety certification for the mass deployment of self-driving vehicles. 

ZF, one of the industry’s largest automotive suppliers, and Hella, a leading tier 1 supplier of camera perception software and sensor technologies, will provide customers with a complete self-driving system that integrates front camera units, as well as supporting software functions and radar systems.

Using the Nvidia Drive PX AI platform, the partnership aims to produce the highest NCAP safety ratings for passenger cars, while also addressing commercial vehicle and off-highway applications.  Continue reading Nvidia partners with Hella and ZF to improve safety of self-driving vehicles

Growing market for advanced driver assistance systems brings big bucks for Bosch

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Dirk Hoheisel, Bosch board member responsible for mobility solutions, making his presentation

The demand for advanced driver assistance systems is surging, according to Bosch, which says it pocketed almost $4 billion last year from supplying the technology. 

The company is developing a range of hardware and software solutions for what it calls automated driving, and one of them is an onboard artificial intelligence-driven computer, which will go into production within the next few years.

ADAS is often seen as autonomous – or driverless – car technology, except it’s integrated into cars already being purchased in large numbers today.  Continue reading Growing market for advanced driver assistance systems brings big bucks for Bosch

Volkswagen buys D-Wave quantum computers which sell for $15 million each

D-Wave’s quantum computing system

Volkswagen has become a customer of D-Wave Systems, which builds quantum computers that cost $15 million each. 

Martin Hofmann, VW’s chief information officer, told New York Times that the investment in quantum computing technology is a sign of things to come. “For us, it’s a new era of technology,” he said.

VW is claimed to have used a D-Wave computer to steer the movements of 10,000 taxis in Beijing simultaneously, optimising their routes and reducing congestion, according to the report in NYT.  Continue reading Volkswagen buys D-Wave quantum computers which sell for $15 million each

World’s largest automotive companies and an intro to their autonomous and electric vehicle tech moves

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A picture of a car production line, this one in an Audi factory

In the first of a series of articles about large industrial companies, we list 20 of the leading automakers in the world in order of their last reported annual revenue amount, and highlight some of their more interesting developments in autonomous technologies. 

Automakers are have long been the largest market for industrial robotics and automation systems, but also, more recently, the vehicles they produce have become more robotic.

The design and development of road vehicles are becoming increasingly an exercise in developing computing technology – both hardware and software. Add to that the growing importance of artificial intelligence to run the advanced driver assistance systems that many new cars already have. Continue reading World’s largest automotive companies and an intro to their autonomous and electric vehicle tech moves