How soon before cars start driving themselves on race tracks? Maybe it’s in the cards, based on this Ford patent application for “Selectable Autonomous Driving Modes.” One of these modes was called “racecar” mode, and it’s exactly what you think it is.Over on Oppositelock, DCCarGeek was digging around in what I’m assuming was a big, damp box of patents when he found something very interesting from Ford. The basic idea behind this really isn’t too radical, but apparently it’s enough for Ford to apply for a patent.Basically, they want the passenger in an autonomous car to be able to select a “personality” for the car, and that includes a number of characteristics. As Ford describes in the patent: The user interface device 110 may adopt the “personality” of the selected driving mode. For instance, the user interface device 110 may communicate using one of the voices discussed above. Additionally, the user interface device 110 may adjust a color scheme to fit the “personality.” The color scheme for the “chauffeur” mode may include mostly black and white while the color scheme for the “sport” or “racecar” modes may include bright colors or the color schemes of well-known racecars. The color scheme for the “eco-friendly” mode may include green, which is sometimes associated with environmentally friendly objects.
ord CEO Mark Fields says the 112-year-old company is tripling its investment in new technologies that will ultimately lead to self-driving vehicles — but will make sure to keep making cars for drivers who want to keep their hands on the wheel.Fields said it was no coincidence that Ford chose the Mobile World Congress, a massive technology trade show in Barcelona, to unveil its new Kuga SUV [pictured above], which features its latest connectivity and driver-assisted technology.”We are really emphasizing our transition from an auto company to an auto and mobility company,” Fields told The Associated Press in an interview Monday at Ford’s stand, which stood out in a sea of smartphone and gadget makers.
CityMobil2, the autonomous transport vehicle developed as part of a European project, will soon be tested in the Côte d’Azur region by CASA.From January to March 2016, the Sophia Antipolis Agglomeration Community will test three electric autonomous vehicles capable of transporting nine people within an urban environment. From Monday to Friday, three vehicles will follow a test route on Roumanille Avenue in Biot, taking passengers to five stops. A technician on board will collect feedback from the passengers. EasyMile, a joint venture of the French Manufacturers Robosft and Ligier, designed the EZ10 model to include an obstacle detection system that functions through utilizing laser and GPS technology.The CityMobile2 project has already been tested in Rochelle Lausanne (Switzerland), Trikala (Greece), and Vantaa (Finland). The project is positioned as a recommended method of urban European transportation.To learn more about CityMobile2, go to citymobil2.eu
Without delving into any specifics, Fields said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the company was finalizing a traffic jam assist and a “fully active” auto-parking system that can shift, brake, and steer into a spot. The traffic jam assist is an auto pilot that combines the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist for a few seconds of no-hands driving. Currently, no Ford or Lincoln offers these kind of capabilities. Fields offered no timeline on when he would unveil them.
In 2003, Moravec founded Seegrid, a robotics company that uses “vision guided vehicles” (VGVs)—thus “see” and “grid”—to navigate warehouses. They unveiled their first VGV, a truck that could move through its environment autonomously, in 2008. TechRepublic caught up with Moravec and Jim Rock, Seegrid’s CEO, to learn how the technology works, and why the self-driving car industry should take notes.
Auto parts maker Denso Corp. and mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo Inc. will work together in developing a vehicle control system for automated driving and advanced driver assistance.They said Monday that the LTE and next-generation 5G mobile standards will be used to develop a system that lets vehicles merge onto expressways and cross intersections with poor visibility.