Waymo is one of the biggest players in the self-driving development race, but it’s not equipped to service its rapidly growing number of driverless vehicles. As the Google spinoff increases operations beyond its limited pilot programs in California, Arizona, and Michigan, it’ll need some help maintaining its fleet of autonomous vehicles. Today, the driverless car company announced a multi-year service agreement with national automotive retailer AutoNation, which will provide maintenance and repair support to extend Waymo’s vehicle lifecycles. AutoNation will initially be tasked with servicing Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica minivans, but the agreement clearly states that the companies expect the fleet to grow. More automotive partners could add Waymo’s platform to their vehicles, and AutoNation’s new and used car dealerships across the U.S. will make expansion an even easier process for Waymo
Sony’s concept vehicle is all about entertainment on the go. Naturally. Its SC-1 (translated) is more or less a shuttle outfitted with high-res image sensors, displays, AI, 5G data connectivity via Docomo, alternative fuels, LIDAR and a bevy of ultrasonics onboard. It can be operated autonomously, or driven, and Sony claims that the image sensors placed around the car are sensitive enough (and the displays inside high-quality enough) that you could drive the buggy at night without headlamps.
HART officials plan to have the AVs running for the NHL All-Star Game happening the weekend of January 27, in hopes that the vehicles will allow fans to park downtown and ride the driverless vehicles towards Amalie Arena to alleviate traffic.
Autonomous driving cars will appear first in autonomous cargo transportation or autonomous taxi fleet, later in autonomous cars owned by individuals.First we will see autonomous cars in restricted areas then the cars will appear in highways, country roads, in cities and then the whole world.By training the car with the right data we teach it to make it on decisions based on a situation; like it had a brain.The race between car manufacturers is all about collecting as much data as possible in order to get insights about the rare cases and situations that an autonomous car can be facing.Challenges for all car manufacturers are that a lot of data is needed and that it is expensive and time-consuming to collect it.Autonomous driving enables new types of applications like trajectories planning when you don’t drive buy yourself – finding the most effective and smooth path from one destination to another destination.All types of personalization apps like learning driver behavior that is making intelligent suggestions.
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a joint venture with Emaar Properties to study the launch of autonomous vehicles in Downtown Dubai.The vehicles will use smart traffic signals as crossings between the Dubai Mall and Boulevard areas, a statement said.The initiative will seek to link various landmarks in Downtown Dubai with autonomous vehicles including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, Souq Al Bahar and hotels.“The self-driving vehicles had brought new challenges and perceptions to our road infrastructure, which warrants upgrading the existing technology in an innovative manner to mark the world’s first autonomous vehicles initiative,” said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency.“The joint venture between RTA and Emaar is a fruitful outcome of the study of autonomous vehicles plying the Dubai Mall and the Boulevard areas using, in the initial phase, smart interactive systems between these vehicles and traffic signals on some intersections, controlled by signalized traffic lights.”
There was (relative) uproar amongst the AD media this week in reaction to an Op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled: “Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.” Why? Because the author didn’t try one. Because they don’t exist outside testing scenarios.