Motional begins first robotaxi service on the Uber network
A public robotaxi service has been launched in Las Vegas, USA by Motional and Uber, marking the first time that Uber’s customers can hail an autonomous ride in Motional’s all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5-based robotaxis. The vehicles will be available on UberX and Uber Comfort Electric.
The new service is being launched with vehicle operators on board to lay the foundations for a fully driverless commercial service, with the aim of launching the driverless service to the public in 2023.
This service is the first in the pair’s 10-year commercial partnership that will result in Motional’s Level 4 autonomous vehicles being deployed for ride-hail and deliveries on the Uber network in major US cities.
IonQ and Hyundai announce expansion of partnership to improve quantum computing
A collaboration between the Hyundai Motor Company and IonQ will see the latter’s quantum computer machine vision algorithms being further developed. The system can conduct object detection on 3D data from autonomous vehicles. The pair will also use IonQ’s quantum computers to simulate electrochemical reactions of varying metal catalysts.
The newly announced projects build on previous work carried out by the two companies, increasing the role that quantum computers play in the development of smart, environmentally friendly vehicles.
To design and develop reliable, autonomous vehicles, IonQ and Hyundai are applying quantum machine learning to image processing.
Major financing package secured by Einride to speed up deployment of sustainable freight mobility
Freight mobility technology company Einride has secured US$500m in financing, including a Series C equity raise and a debt facility.
The debt financing – stated to be the largest asset-backed facility to date for heavy-duty electric vehicles – will provide funding for Einride’s fleet of electric vehicles globally. The Series C will deliver funding necessary for Einride to develop and deploy new autonomous and digital solutions in addition to expanding its products to new markets and customers.
The US$300m in debt financing, which consists of an initial facility rollout of US$150m beginning in January 2023, is signed with Barclays Europe and will ensure long-term funding for the technology company’s current and future electric, heavy-duty vehicle fleets.
In this Issue – January 2023
The January 2023 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:
INTELLIGENT SPEED ASSIST (ISA) : Mandatory intelligent speed assistance systems in Europe could lay the foundations for more advanced automated driving features – but they’re also highlighting the challenges ahead.
SYNTHETIC DATA : As the market for self-driving cars continues to mature, many companies and researchers are leveraging advances in synthetic data and generative machine learning models to complement real-world data.
TESTING STANDARDS : Leading regulators and experts share their understanding of the emerging regulatory landscape for the ADAS/AV industry, and the implications for testing standards.
Ambarella reveals centrally processed 4D imaging radar architecture for AVs
Edge AI semiconductor company Ambarella has announced the release of its centralized 4D imaging radar architecture for autonomous mobility systems.
The company’s latest solution, which it states is a world’s first, enables the central processing of raw radar data in addition to deep, low-level fusion with other sensor inputs such as cameras, lidar and ultrasonics. The architecture delivers greater environmental perception and safer path planning in AI-based ADAS and L2+ to L5 autonomous driving systems, as well as autonomous robotics.
The 4D imaging radar architecture features Ambarella’s proprietary Oculii radar technology and includes AI software algorithms which dynamically adapt radar waveforms to the surrounding environment.
e.GO and Sibros form partnership to deliver technologies for e.wave X urban EV
Urban electric vehicle manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile SE (e.GO) has formed a strategic partnership with connected vehicle platform business Sibros to deploy connected mobility solutions in e.GO’s new vehicle models.
In October 2022, e.GO announced the start of sales for its e.wave X, the company’s latest electric vehicle purpose built for use within the urban environment. The EV features spaceframe technology and has been produced using sustainable materials and production processes unique to e.GO. Furthermore, to ensure the longevity of the vehicle, replaceable and recyclable polymer skins have been used on the exterior in addition to exchangeable batteries.
e.GO chose Sibros’s Deep Connected Platform for vehicle-wide data management and over-the-air (OTA) software to improve the customer experience.
Fully automated parking system from Mercedes-Benz and Bosch approved in Germany
An automated driverless parking system – claimed to be the world’s first – has been officially approved for commercial use in Germany by the country’s Federal Motor Transport Authority. The Mercedes-Benz and Bosch automated parking system has been granted the approval it needs for use within a parking garage at Stuttgart Airport.
“Mercedes-Benz continues to break new ground in Germany with this announcement following approval of its L3 Drive Pilot system,” said Matthew Avery, chief research strategy officer at Thatcham Research. “Since the car is doing all the unsupervised driving, the Intelligent Park Pilot function effectively delivers full L4 automation for the first time anywhere in the world.
Einride launches in Benelux with AB InBev to improve electric transportation
Digital, electric and autonomous freight mobility and shipping company Einride has announced that it will launch in Benelux with brewing company AB InBev. By utilizing Einride’s fully electric fleet of connected, heavy-duty trucks, the companies estimate they can reduce CO2 emissions by several tons each year.
Starting in early 2023, AB InBev and Einride will begin the at-scale deployment of heavy-duty electric transportation within Belgium. For the first phase, Einride’s ecosystem consisting of the company’s freight mobility platform and six connected electric Einride trucks will be deployed, and charging infrastructure will be developed, built and installed.
The Einride smart trucks will be deployed in the Leuven and Brussels areas, supporting AB InBev’s aim of becoming net zero across its supply chain by 2040.