Kodiak collaborates with Martin Brower to autonomously move freight for restaurant services
Autonomous trucking company Kodiak Robotics and supply chain solutions provider The Martin Brower Company have partnered to deliver time-critical refrigerated freight for quick-service restaurants, eight times per week, between Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Since the companies began working together in July 2022, Kodiak has completed over 600 autonomous deliveries for Martin Brower.
Kodiak operates what Martin Brower calls a ‘shuttle lane’, where autonomous trucks shuttle full trailers between major hubs and local drivers handle the distribution of goods to multiple restaurants.
The companies have explored additional shuttle lane opportunities to optimize and futureproof Martin Brower’s network.
Nissan plans to roll out Level 4 mobility services in Japan by 2027
Nissan Motor has announced its strategic roadmap to bring its in-house-developed autonomous-drive mobility services, equivalent to SAE Level 4, to commercialization in Japan by 2027. The journey toward this goal began in 2017, with Nissan conducting extensive testing of various mobility service business models within Japan and internationally.
In Japan, Nissan has focused its testing efforts in areas including the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama and Namie in Fukushima Prefecture.
Namie Smart Mobility, a manned mobility service, has been operational since 2021, serving as a testing ground for Nissan’s autonomous-drive technologies.
Leveraging insights gained from these testing initiatives, Nissan aims to kickstart its autonomous-drive mobility services in 2027.
Beep shuttle marks first commercial deployment of Oxa’s self-driving software
The code has hit the road for Oxa, a global provider of self-driving vehicle software, as the company launches its first commercial Oxa Driver product in passenger shuttles in Jacksonville, Florida. The services are a major investment in the city’s downtown area and are operated by US shuttle service provider Beep in partnership with the Jacksonville Transport Authority (JTA) and the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ).
The shuttles are part of an autonomous vehicle (AV) program licensed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They support the JTA and FSCJ’s ambition to become beacons for autonomous transportation as the college builds AV skills into its academic track and the city begins major investment in autonomous transportation as part of an Ultimate Urban Circulator Project.
Keysight verifies Autotalks’ 5G V2X SoC
Connected vehicle technology company Autotalks has used Keysight Technologies‘ PathWave V2X solutions to verify the TEKTON3 vehicle-to-everything (V2X) system-on-a-chip (SoC) against the physical layer specifications of the 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) Release 16 (Rel-16) Sidelink standards.
Sidelink, a feature of 3GPP Rel-16, facilitates direct communication between devices and supports next-generation 5G NR V2X Day 2 use cases, enhancing road safety through cooperative perception among vehicles.
Day 2 use cases like cooperative perception rely on robust physical layer communication, which defines the signals and channels crucial for stable and feature-rich communication. To ensure reliable and interference-free communication, physical layer testing is imperative during the SoC design and verification stage.
Harman and Qualcomm introduce Ready Connect 5G TCU
Connected vehicle solutions provider Harman has announced the launch of the Ready Connect 5G telematics control unit (TCU), leveraging Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis technology.
Based on the Snapdragon Auto 5G Modem-RF Gen 2, the Harman Ready Connect 5G TCU is designed to advance automotive connectivity, offering “rich in-cabin experiences for consumers while reducing engineering efforts for OEMs”, the company states. The TCU is currently available and is being showcased this week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
Harman says that, through the Snapdragon Modem-RF Gen 2 system, the TCU offers connectivity performance while maximizing upgradability, scalability and usability.
Ansys and Intel Foundry partner on multiphysics analysis solution
Simulation software company Ansys and semiconductor manufacturer Intel Foundry have collaborated to offer multiphysics signoff solutions for Intel’s 2.5D chip assembly technology, which uses embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB) technology. The approach is designed to enable flexible die connections without requiring through-silicon vias (TSVs).
The partnership’s goal is to expand Ansys’ single-die system-on-chip (SoC) to include EMIB assembly technology.
Ansys says its simulation engines aim to ensure higher speeds, lower power consumption and enhanced reliability in advanced silicon systems for various applications such as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, autonomous driving and graphics processing.
The company’s electro-thermal analysis tool, Ansys RedHawk-SC Electrothermal, is an electronic design automation (EDA) platform designed to facilitate the multiphysics analysis of 2.5D and 3D-ICs with multiple dies.
Chinese startup Haomo raises US$14m for autonomous driving technology
Haomo.AI, a startup that specializes in artificial intelligence for autonomous driving, has raised more than RMB 100m (US$14m) in Series B1 round from Chengdu Wufa Private Equity Fund Management Co. The funding is to be used to enhance R&D and support the development of robotics in the Wuhou district of Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan province.
“The year 2024 will witness the intelligent driving sector taking off. As a key player, Haomo will introduce products with greatest value for money to more clients to scale up,” said Zhang Kai, chairman of Haomo.
“We appreciate Wuhou leaders’ recognition and support.
Florida university offers autonomous shuttle service
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) have launched an autonomous shuttle service on FSCJ’s campus. FSCJ is reportedly the first college campus in Florida to receive autonomous shuttles for students and visitors.
In 2020, JTA and FSCJ executed a joint memorandum of understanding to explore ways to educate and transport students and improve roadway and pedestrian safety through enhanced mobility options in the City of Jacksonville.
The shuttles are operated by Beep, a Florida-based provider of autonomous shared mobility solutions, and incorporate self-driving software from Oxa, an AV software company.