Self-steering Volvo truck set to increase Brazil’s sugar-cane harvest

Volvo Trucks has developed a new self-steering truck that it says could become a significant productivity booster for Brazilian sugar-cane growers.

The truck, which is used to transport newly harvested sugar-cane, is steered with “great precision” through the fields in order to avoid damaging the young plants that will form the following year’s crop.

At present, about 4 per cent of the crop is lost as young plants are run over and the soil is compacted by moving vehicles. This can translate into tens of thousands of US dollars in lost revenue per truck per season.  Continue reading Self-steering Volvo truck set to increase Brazil’s sugar-cane harvest

Volvo and Autoliv to create joint venture to develop autonomous driving technology

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Autoliv, a provider of advanced driver assistance systems, and Volvo Cars, the car maker, have agreed to form a new jointly-owned company to develop next generation autonomous driving software.

The planned new company will have its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an initial workforce taken from both companies of around 200, increasing to over 600 in the medium term. The company is expected to start operations in early 2017.

Once finalized, the joint venture will be a new entrant in the growing global market for autonomous driving software systems. It will mark the first time a leading premium car maker has joined forces with a tier one supplier to develop new advanced driver assist systems and autonomous driving technologies.  Continue reading Volvo and Autoliv to create joint venture to develop autonomous driving technology

Volvo claims to be ‘first in the world’ with self-driving truck in underground mine

Swedish automaker determined to take the lead in autonomous car technology

Volvo’s fully autonomous truck is the first in the world to be tested in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine, in Sweden, according to the company.

The self-driving truck is part of a development project aimed at improving the transport flow and safety in the mine.

The truck will cover a distance of 7 kilometres, reaching 1,320 metres underground in the narrow mine tunnels.  Continue reading Volvo claims to be ‘first in the world’ with self-driving truck in underground mine

Volvo and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

Volvo Cars, the Swedish car maker, and Uber, the ride-sharing company, are to join forces to develop next-generation autonomous driving cars.

The two companies have signed an agreement to establish a joint project that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in advanced driving technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars.

The base vehicles will be manufactured by Volvo Cars and then purchased from Volvo by Uber. Volvo Cars and Uber are contributing a combined $300 million to the project.  Continue reading Volvo and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

Volvo Cars to launch UK’s ‘largest and most ambitious’ autonomous driving trial

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Volvo Cars is to begin what the company is calling “the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial” next year to speed up the introduction of a technology.

Volvo says autonomous car technology “promises to massively reduce car accidents” as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time.

The Swedish company, which has been known for automotive safety ever since it invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, is pioneering the development of autonomous driving systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.  Continue reading Volvo Cars to launch UK’s ‘largest and most ambitious’ autonomous driving trial

Volvo to launch China’s ‘most advanced’ driverless car experiment

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Volvo carrying out what it says is China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment

Series of tests will involve 100 cars, and are likely take place in several cities across the country

Volvo says it will launch China’s “most advanced autonomous driving experiment” in which local drivers will test driverless cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions.

Volvo expects the experiment to involve up to 100 cars and will in coming months begin negotiations with interested cities in China to see which is able to provide the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead.  Continue reading Volvo to launch China’s ‘most advanced’ driverless car experiment

Nvidia profits from growing market for artificial intelligence systems

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Facebook’s open sourced AI hardware project, Big Sur

Chipmaker Nvidia claims it has earned record-breaking revenues in the last quarter thanks to its achievements in a range of newfangled technologies, such as driverless cars and deep learning.

Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Nvidia, says: “Nvidia is at the center of four exciting growth opportunities – PC gaming, VR, deep learning, and self-driving cars.

“We are especially excited about deep learning, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence algorithms that takes advantage of our GPU’s ability to process data simultaneously. Continue reading Nvidia profits from growing market for artificial intelligence systems

Chicago Auto Show: Robots rev up their engines in preparation for final victory over human drivers

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Chicago Auto Show

Autonomous cars have already taken over the world and are on the verge of making their final, decisive manoeuvre to eject humanity out of the driving seat. The machines have achieved their domination by using the humble and unsuspecting traditional car as their primary instrument of deception.

That’s according to David Sloan, Chicago Auto Show general manager, although he may not have put it in those exact words. Speaking to Chicago Sun-Times, Sloan says: “People might be surprised to know that most of the technology that will be used to make car autonomous in the future is already in cars today on our show floor.”

Surprised? Try shocked and terrified.

Sloan goes on to say: “All the safety technology that allows cars to automatically brake or park, even adaptive cruise control, is there. Vehicles are now safer, cleaner and more efficient than they have ever been and automakers are still able to make them perform really well. The technology is rapidly advancing, and we’re ready for it.”  Continue reading Chicago Auto Show: Robots rev up their engines in preparation for final victory over human drivers