Autonomous delivery vehicles are making drop-offs in London as part of a trial program and study spearheaded by University of Oxford self-driving spin-off Oxbotica, as well as Ocado Technologies, a developmental division of the UK-based, online-only supermarket service. The project aims to test out an emission-free, electric self-driving van—dubbed the CargoPod—as a low-impact last step in the fulfillment chain to get orders to customers. The trial is limited to a few developments in the Royal Borough of Greenwich as part of the larger, government-backed GATEway Project.
Groupe PSA is rolling out its Autonomous Vehicle for All (AVA) program starting today, with the aim of offering its customers cars equipped with safe, reliable, intuitive and easily accessible autonomous functions. Early driving assistance functions are already available on the latest Peugeot, Citroën and DS models. Automated driving functions will now be rolled out, starting in 2018. From 2020 onwards, new and progressively autonomous functions will offer drivers the possibility of delegating driving to the vehicle without supervision. They will allow the driver to experience his journey differently, without constraints and fatigue, especially in monotonous driving situations. The technology will be accessible to all thanks to simple and intuitive interfaces.To meet these challenges, Groupe PSA is developing:- A new electronic architecture (NEA) – in short, the car’s central nervous system – that guarantees safe operation in all situations, passenger safety and data security. The NEA is ingenious thanks to its modularity and scalability.- Perception technologies serving to reconstruct the vehicle’s environment, backed up by automatic control algorithms integrating artificial intelligence building blocks.Groupe PSA is also actively involved in changes to regulations and standards in response to the arrival of autonomous cars, including approvals and harmonisation of infrastructure.These Innovation Days offer a chance to test level 3 (eyes off) and level 4 (mind off) Groupe PSA’s autonomous demonstrators in real traffic conditions.Participants also test the driving assistance functions that are already fitted to the new Peugeot 3008 and 5008, the Citroën C4 Picasso and SpaceTourer, and which will soon be featured on the DS 7 CROSSBACK.*Automotive World is not responsible for the content of this news release.
The trial for autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be expanded beyond one-north to neighbouring areas, including the National University of Singapore, Singapore Science Park 1 and 2, Dover and Buona Vista, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Friday (Jun 23).In a Facebook post, Mr Khaw said the trial of AVs have been taking place at one-north since July 2015 “with good results”, and it is now the time to take the next step. He added that residential areas like Dover and Buona Vista will also be included as trial sites “in time to come”. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a separate press release on Friday that the new areas will add another 55km to the existing AV trial routes.To conduct trials in the mixed-use, residential estates in Dover and Buona Vista, trial participants will first be required to demonstrate to LTA and the Traffic Police their readiness to handle more dynamic traffic environments in autonomous mode, the agency said. “The expansion will allow the AV trial participants to experience more traffic scenarios, so the scientists and designers can improve their technology. This will bring us another step closer to our vision of a future where commuters can call for on-demand, shared AVs in their neighbourhood,” the minister said.”This will make our first- and last-mile commute more comfortable, convenient and inclusive for everyone.”He added that there is “great potential” for this technology to raise the quality of life here, and to make Singapore a smart city.
Earlier this year, Arlington was one of five cities in Texas chosen for a pilot program testing the effectiveness of autonomous vehicles.Although the 12-person shuttles as part of the test program will be driverless, operators will be on board to watch over things.”One day our kids and grandkids are going to be saying, ‘Did you really drive? Wasn’t that dangerous?'” Williams said.
What’s different about this autonomous test drive is that it took place not in a prototype but in a model that began selling in Japan last year. It’s a huge bet not just for its manufacturer but for the island nation’s car industry. Nissan and other Japanese automakers have a goal to bring semiautonomous vehicles to city roads by 2020, the same year the Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo.If Japan’s auto industry misses that opportunity to show off its self-driving prowess, it could fall further behind. Once a colossus that threatened America’s image as the world’s primary industrial superpower, Japan now finds itself flat-footed in the race to develop driverless vehicles. As agile code development has supplanted lean manufacturing as the key ingredient for future cars, Silicon Valley holds a clear advantage.
At the time, the rule seemed pretty straightforward and non-controversial. But as autonomous vehicles have moved from the realm of science fiction to becoming a real thing, the law became a real roadblock. Companies like Google and Uber have been testing the technology in other states for years.But the state budget approved in April included a pilot program to allow testing of driverless vehicles under certain strict conditions.Each vehicle must have at least $5 million in insurance coverage and have a licensed driver in the passenger seat. The companies must also pay for a State Police escort while they’re testing.
Work on Ford’s autonomous technologies continues – the company is developing a Fusion self-driving prototype with highly advanced sensors, radars, and software. The Blue oval brand demonstrated what it has achieved so far at the University of Michigan and its Mcity facility.Mcity simulates urban environment which allows Ford to safely test up to Level 4-capable autonomous vehicles in “scenarios like traffic in intersections, pedestrians in crosswalks, different traffic signals, and even bicyclists.” During the demonstration earlier this week, autonomous Fusion prototypes “successfully piloted themselves around the faux city landscape, top speed around 25 miles per hour,” as Automotive News reports.