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Bosch’s Connected World conference opened with a demo of its automated valet technology. Though the firm’s chief exec, Volkmar Denner, drove the car up to its drop-off point, the self-parking mode failed to engage. That hitch aside - clearly the backup plan of cutting to a prepared video had been well rehearsed*, and if you …
" the self-parking mode failed to engage"
I'm surprised this is even a thing to show off. I'm not an avid follower of all things automotive, but I believe self-parking has been in production cars for a couple of years now, I know for sure at least the latest Qashqai, and Fords for a year or two ago have it, so I would sort of assume that the higher-end cars like Mercedes have already had this for 2-3 years now. Any petrolhead on the forum who can clarify?
“Say you wanna make a casserole but you don’t have bacon, you want to make it with lamb,” said Bosch’s Stefan Hartwig. “Mykie can adapt your recipe for you. It can set the oven to the right temperatures.” ®
You mean Bosch don't produce a connected fridge that will re-order provisions automatically via your usual online grocery?
Or perhaps Mykie could instruct your self-driving car to make a stop at the local grocery store when you are coming back from work, and email you a shopping list...
OMG. Did I hear right? You step out of your car and then it drives off to find a parking spot on its own?
Given many people have trouble finding their car even if they parked it themselves, this will definitely be fun. Not.
(On the bright side, there might be a new business opportunity: "We find your car - call 123456")
Waymo and Uber announced on Tuesday a "long-term strategic partnership" promising to work together to deploy autonomous freight trucks on US roads, years after both companies fought bitterly over self-driving technology.
The collaboration will see Waymo retrofitting trucks with its AI-powered driving software operating on Uber's logistics and network infrastructure. Shippers can tap into the Uber Freight service to connect with truckers willing to deliver their goods across the country. Vehicles running the Waymo Driver software will be able to complete part of the journey autonomously, although human drivers will still need to be present.
"With trucking, we plan to first tackle highway driving," a spokesperson from Waymo told The Register. "It's a natural environment to start this deployment due to the large number of highway miles, which are often the most tiring stretches for humans to drive, and which are a large opportunity to improve efficiency in the industry."
First-of-its-kind research on advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) involved in accidents found that one company dominated with nearly 70 percent of reported incidents: Tesla.
The data was presented by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), the conclusion of the first round of data it began gathering last year of vehicle crashes involving level 2 ADAS technology such as Tesla Autopilot. Of the 394 accidents analyzed, 270 involved Teslas with Autopilot engaged.
"New vehicle technologies have the potential to help prevent crashes, reduce crash severity and save lives, and the Department is interested in fostering technologies that are proven to do so," said NHTSA administrator Dr Steven Cliff.
An investigation into the safety of Tesla's so-called Autopilot has been upgraded from a preliminary peek to a formal engineering analysis, a step that could put the Musk-owned motor company on the path to a recall of nearly one million vehicles.
The investigation, being conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), began last year following a series of crashes in which a Tesla with Autopilot engaged crashed into other vehicles on the road or with roadside emergency vehicles responding to other accidents.
The NHTSA's investigation is limited to 2014-2022 Tesla Y, X, S and 3 vehicles, of which it estimates 830,000 have shipped.
Microsoft is pumping supercomputing oomph as well as funds into a British-born autonomous vehicle startup.
On Wednesday Wayve, the upstart in question, confirmed it has struck a deal with Microsoft – not surprising since Redmond has already sunk a chunk of change into the business – to use Azure to train next-gen self-driving machines from data collected from human drivers out on the road. Richard Branson, Meta AI Chief Yann LeCun, and other heavyweights are also early investors alongside the Windows giant.
"Joining forces with Microsoft to design the supercomputing infrastructure needed to accelerate deep learning for autonomous mobility is an opportunity that we are honored to lead," said Alex Kendall, CEO of Wayve.
Autonomous cars may be further away than believed. Testing of three leading systems found they hit a third of cyclists, and failed to avoid any oncoming cars.
The tests [PDF] performed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) looked at three vehicles: a 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe with Highway Driving Assist; a 2021 Subaru Forester with EyeSight; and a 2020 Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot.
According to the AAA, all three systems represent the second of five autonomous driving levels, which require drivers to maintain alertness at all times to seize control from the computer when needed. There are no semi-autonomous cars generally available to the public that are able to operate above level two.
Residents of Chinese metropolises Guangzhou and Beijing may be in for a surprise the next time they hail a cab – some of them are now self-driving.
Autonomous driving company Pony.ai is the operator, and the only business of its kind granted a license to run driverless cabs in China, the company said. It has tested vehicles, including a driverless semi truck, in all four of China's tier-one cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen), and actual service in Guangzhou marks its first formal deployment.
According to Pony.ai, it had to meet stringent licensing requirements that included 24 months of testing in China or abroad, at least 1 million kilometers of driven distance, at least 200,000 of which must be driven in Guangzhou's automated driving test area. During the test period, Pony.ai also had to maintain a flawless driving record without any active liability accidents.
The UK government has confirmed planned revisions to the Highway Code to accommodate self-driving vehicles, including allowing drivers to watch TV while an AI takes the wheel.
In a moment history may judge as legislative hubris, the Department for Transport (DfT) said the modifications would include "allowing drivers to view content that is not related to driving on built-in display screens, while the self-driving vehicle is in control."
However, somewhat counterintuitively, the Department added it would "still be illegal to use mobile phones in self-driving mode, given the greater risk they pose in distracting drivers as shown in research."
Volkwagen Group’s automotive software subsidiary CARIAD has picked Qualcomm to provide system-on-chip modules (SOCs) for its automated driving software platform.
The company has chosen Snapdragon Ride Platform portfolio as its hardware, projected to be available as of “the middle of the decade” according to CARIAD.
Volkwagen CEO Herbert Diess said its project Trinity – the next generation of electric vehicles which will require "high performance chips" – will be ready for Level 4 automated driving in 2026. Level 4 automation means cars can handle most tasks without human intervention, but people can still take the wheel if they wish.
Intel has shed some light on its participation in a DARPA program set up to aid the development of autonomous combat vehicles that can go off road.
The x86 giant on Tuesday outlined its involvement in the US government agency's Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency – Simulation (RACER-Sim) project.
RACER-Sim is part of DARPA's wider RACER program to foster the advancement of self-driving machines that can keep up with human-controlled vehicles over tough terrain amid conflict and other real-world situations. RACER-Sim, as its name suggests, involves the creation of simulations in which these autonomous systems can be developed and tested before being tried out in the real world. That's useful because it's a good idea to perfect the code as much as possible in a virtual world, where it can do no actual harm or damage, before putting it behind the wheel of pricey and dangerous hardware.
Chipmaker Qualcomm is set to acquire Swedish automotive technology company Veoneer next week in a complex deal to bolster Qualcomm’s driver assistance and autonomous vehicle portfolio.
It appears that Qualcomm's actual target is Veoneer's share of Arriver, a collaboration that was set up between the two firms that centers on autonomous driving technology.
In a statement Veoneer announced that all parties to the agreement had settled on a closing date for the sale of April 1, barring regulatory objections, and announced a new post-merger CEO for the company - Jacob Svanberg, Veoneer's Senior Vice President of the Lidar Product Area.
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