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

Audi says autonomous cars could cut traffic accidents by 90 per cent

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Autonomous and connected cars have the potential to reduce the number of traffic accidents by up to 90 percent, according to Audi’s chairman.

In a report about corporate responsibility, Professor Rupert Stadler says Audi will be making driving a car “much safer” in the future with the help of algorithms.

Prof Stadler says: “Piloted driving has the potential to cut the number of accidents and road deaths by up to 90 per cent in the long term.”  Continue reading Audi says autonomous cars could cut traffic accidents by 90 per cent

BMW chairman places autonomous driving, AI and connectivity at centre of company’s targets

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BMW chairman Harald Krüger has listed three new technologies as the main priorities for the company going forward. 

Describing the race towards a new, technologically advanced motoring future, includes technologies such as:

  • enhanced connectivity;
  • the use of artificial intelligence; and
  • the development of autonomous driving.

Krüger was speaking at the automaker’s annual general meeting, where he told the audience the company was growing in high-margin segments, particularly its BMW i range in electric vehicles, where it plans to expand.

“We are further expanding the BMW i line-up. In just a few weeks, we will offer an i3 with 50 per cent more battery capacity,” said Krüger.  Continue reading BMW chairman places autonomous driving, AI and connectivity at centre of company’s targets

Denso, eSol, and NEC form joint venture for connected cars

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Denso is teaming up with eSol and NEC to develop superfast networks for connected cars. 

The three companies will form a joint venture to develop basic software that can support high-speed data communication, high-quality security, and high-performance microcomputers, in order to advance in-vehicle systems used for automated driving and other control actions.

The joint venture will provide easy-to-use basic software to help automakers and electronic control unit suppliers increase their quality and efficiency when developing products.  Continue reading Denso, eSol, and NEC form joint venture for connected cars

Jaguar XFL: hand-built by 300 robots and featuring driverless car technology

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Jaguar is rolling out its ‘all-new’ XFL model and says it features the latest in autonomous technology 

The new Jaguar XFL is to feature a range of autonomous technologies that the automaker says bring “unparalleled luxury and technology to the business segment”.

The XFL will feature a host of advanced and autonomous technologies including adaptive full-LED headlights, a laser head-up display, all surface progress control, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, lane keep-assist, reverse traffic detection and park-assist.  Continue reading Jaguar XFL: hand-built by 300 robots and featuring driverless car technology

Caterpillar to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

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That’s not a toy truck… a Caterpillar autonomous truck next to a real truck

Caterpillar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, much of which is robotic or autonomous, is to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience software. 

Dassault says the industrial giant has chosen the platform because its powerful 3D mock-up capabilities and product lifecycle management (PLM) features were essential to its requirements.

Dassault has been particularly keen to demonstrate its software’s simulation capabilities, having launched “single source for speed” system, featuring Simulia applications. These will enable enable Caterpillar to virtually evaluate the performance, quality and durability of future products before committing to physical prototypes, says Dassault.  Continue reading Caterpillar to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

SAE issues new technical standards for connected car technology

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Global association of engineers publishes guidelines on vehicle-to-vehicle technology 

SAE International has published two new technical standards that standardize the data message sets used in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and establish the parameters for a vehicle communication system to receive and transmit the message sets.

In a statement, SAE says these new “cross-cutting” industry standards allow vehicle OEM’s and other developers to build interoperable V2V systems that will ensure that vehicles from different manufacturers are able to successfully communicate with each other.  Continue reading SAE issues new technical standards for connected car technology

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

Mercedes makes driverless car tech central objective

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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

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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

‘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

BMW celebrates 100 years by entering autonomous car race

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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