‘Virtual dashboard’ sounds better than ‘human-machine interface’

A human-machine interface is a computer screen through which a human can control a machine. It can be a screen on a tablet computer or a desktop computer, or even a wearable, like a smartwatch.

The majority of HMIs in the industrial sector take the form of tablet computers, though there are also many desktop HMIs, and an increasing number of developers are releasing wearable HMIs, although they are few in number at the moment.

The reason why mobile HMIs seem to be favoured is that they can be located near the machine, or the user can be near the machine when using the device, to either directly control it in realtime or programme it to perform whatever operations at a subsequent time.  Continue reading ‘Virtual dashboard’ sounds better than ‘human-machine interface’

Audi to showcase autonomous driving technology at Frankfurt motor show

Audi is to showcase its autonomous driving technology at the Frankfurt motor show, IAA 2017, staring later this week.

The auto giant says it has been making progress on many levels and is concentrating on providing level 3 automation as standard on its luxury A8 model.

Level 3 is what is called “conditional automation” on the SAE’s five levels of automation. It means the car can manage itself but can notify the human driver when they are required to intervene.  Continue reading Audi to showcase autonomous driving technology at Frankfurt motor show

Volkswagen and Kuka research ways to use robots for future electric and autonomous cars

Volkswagen’s new concept autonomous and electric car, Sedric
Volkswagen self-driving concept car, which it calls Sedric

The Volkswagen Group is researching ways in which robots can be used in the future when cars become more electrified and computerised as a result of increasing demand for clean and autonomous vehicles. 

The German automaker, which owns the Audi, Bentley, Seat, Porsche and Lamborghini brands among others, is working one of the world’s largest industrial robotics and automation providers, Kuka, to research and develop a number of ideas.

The current area of interest for the strategic partnership between Kuka and Volkswagen is the area of service concepts for vehicles of the future, and the two companies have agreed a contract to jointly develop robot-based innovation concepts for vehicles of the future.  Continue reading Volkswagen and Kuka research ways to use robots for future electric and autonomous cars

Audi autonomous car tech boss chats with humanoid robot as though it were entirely natural

Audi has demonstrated its autonomous car – which it calls “Jack” – in a road test featuring a humanoid robot called Sophia, developed by Hanson Robotics.

Audi’s head of concept development, automated driving, Klaus Verweyen, was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, while Sophia was in the passenger seat.

Verweyen chatted away to Sophia as though it was the most normal thing in the world. Meanwhile, Jack drove itself from Audi’s facility onto a main highway and back again.  Continue reading Audi autonomous car tech boss chats with humanoid robot as though it were entirely natural

US government set to change driverless vehicle regulations under pressure from automakers

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US President Donald Trump is set to announce “within the next few months” new regulations that will eliminate the barriers to autonomous cars on the roads, according to a report on Reuters

The current transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, acknowledged that automakers have been calling for rule changes which will give them more freedom to test and develop autonomous cars.

Chao says: “The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something. We don’t want rules that impede future technological advances.”  Continue reading US government set to change driverless vehicle regulations under pressure from automakers

Audi obsessively improving its logistics robot

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Audi is continuously obsessing about how to improve its Ray autonomous logistics robot, which is used to lift and move cars, and park them in specified places. 

The company says the Ray driverless transport system is “continuously being developed further – their weather resistance, for example” and in other ways.

Developed in partnership with Serva Transport Systems, Audi currently has a total of 18 of the parking robots.  Continue reading Audi obsessively improving its logistics robot

Audi demonstrates autonomous driving tech with AI

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Piloted driving with artificial intelligence: Audi says it is partnering with top companies in the electronics industry

Audi has been showcasing its latest innovations in autonomous driving in collaboration with Nvidia. 

The auto giant and chip maker call the system “piloted driving with artificial intelligence.

Audi says AI is a “key technology” for piloted driving, which is why the company has form what it says are strong partnerships in the electronics industry and is jointly developing “game-changing know-how” in the field of machine learning.  Continue reading Audi demonstrates autonomous driving tech with AI

Consortium of car companies to build massive power network for electric vehicles

A consortium of companies which includes some of the leading automakers has agreed to build what they say will be an “ultra-fast, high-power” charging network along major highways in Europe. 

The joint venture includes BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen, which owns the Audi and Porsche brands.

The group says it will build a direct current network of approximately 400 charging points for battery electric vehicles.

In a joint statement, the consortium says this is an “important step” towards facilitating mass-market battery electric vehicle adoption.

The network itself will be based on the Combined Charging System standard technology, and will expand the existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Europe.

Individual charging points will enable motorists to use DC current to fast-charge their vehicles with 350 kW of power, say the companies.

At the moment, the country with the highest number of charging points is the United States, followed by the Netherlands and Germany.

This is according to OpenChargeMap.org, which says there are approximately 80,000 charging stations across more than 40,000 locations around the world.

Audi smart factory ushers in new era of manufacturing

Audi has opened what it calls a “smart factory”, in Mexico, the first such plant opened by a leading automaker in that country.

Professor Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi, says: “The plant in Mexico is a milestone in the history of our company and an important step in our internationalization.

“It is one of the most modern factories on the American continent. With this facility, we have established an important site for the export of our automobiles to customers all over the world.”  Continue reading Audi smart factory ushers in new era of manufacturing

Audi shows off its smart factory technologies

Virtual assembly technology at Audi’s smart factory
Virtual assembly technology at Audi’s smart factory

Audi has been demonstrating its advanced manufacturing technologies, much of which went into building its newly opened smart factory in Mexico, where the automaker’s Q5 vehicle is being produced.  Continue reading Audi shows off its smart factory technologies

Audi to test new autonomous driving technology

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German automaker calls its autonomous technology “piloted driving”

Twelve months after the launch of the “Digital Motorway Test Bed”, Audi has presented new technologies for what it calls “piloted driving” and connected cars at the German Federal Ministry of Transport. 

The connected car aspect of the presentation will deal with car-to-x technology, with the “x” denoting anything – other vehicles and infrastructure, for example.

Audi says it will concentrate on “online variable message” road signs and infrastructure measures. One of the more difficult problems for autonomous car developers is teaching machines how to tell the difference between traffic lights and other lights, for example.  Continue reading Audi to test new autonomous driving technology

Smart factory: Audi opens advanced manufacturing plant in Mexico

Audi bigwigs opened what the company claims is the first manufacturing plant to be opened in Mexico by a premium automobile manufacturer. 

Moreover, the company says the facility is one of the most advanced in the world, and is classed as a “smart factory”.

The company says the new development represents the further expansion of its worldwide production network and enables Audi to continue along its path of global growth.  Continue reading Smart factory: Audi opens advanced manufacturing plant in Mexico

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

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

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Audi has published its Corporate Responsibility Interim Report. The focus is on climate protection, digitization and the modern world of work. Experts from the company discuss these topics for the future with driving forces from the fields of research and economics.

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

Audi opens research facility to study bees with a robot

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The robot arm in the Smart Hobos high-tech beehive is fitted with state-of-the-art camera systems: 3D sensors as well as infrared and heat-sensitive cameras record the bees and their activities

Audi is using robots to help bees from going extinct 

Bees pollinate about 80 percent of our agricultural plants and wild vegetation, so life without bees is almost impossible.

Too little pollination would have severe consequences – both environmental and economic. With the worldwide unique “Smart Hobos” (HoneyBee Online Studies) project, the Audi Stiftung für Umwelt (Audi Environmental Foundation) and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg are working to protect these vital and fascinating insects.

Audi today opened a research station at its production site in Münchsmünster. The first bees will soon move into their new home. Continue reading Audi opens research facility to study bees with a robot