AAA survey shows drivers want ADAS that works – full autonomy can wait
The American Automobile Association’s (AAA) latest survey of attitudes to autonomous vehicles has shown that US drivers overwhelmingly want auto makers to improve the performance of existing driver support features rather than develop self-driving cars.
The organization notes that this desire is backed by another round of AAA testing that revealed that inconsistent performance remains a problem with available driving assistance systems, resulting in crashes with a car and a cyclist. The failures occurred regardless of vehicle make and model. It is the third time AAA has studied the performance of these systems and the organization is urging auto makers to listen to consumers and improve what is currently available before focusing on future technology.
Waabi details key tech personnel signings
Autonomous trucking technology developer Waabi has revealed some of the key engineering signings to have recently joined its engineering team. These include Eyal Cohen, head of hardware, who arrived at the company at the start of the year and was formerly director of engineering at Uber ATG, before which he worked in Apple’s Special Project Group.
Cohen has been joined by Jorah Wyer, Waabi’s hardware technical program manager. Wyer has over 20 years of industry experience in the industry having worked with a variety of startups and established companies. He has developed key technology for autonomous vehicle programs at Apple and Uber ATG.
New study investigates impact of ridesharing and autonomous vehicles on city traffic
A new report based on a simulation model provided by software and consulting provider PTV Group has explored the potentials and risks of electric, shared and self-driving vehicles in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
The research analyzed how self-driving vehicles will affect the city by modeling different scenarios using Gothenburg’s multimodal modeling platform in PTV Visum software. The project brought together researchers and traffic analysts from Trivector and the Swedish knowledge center for public transport, K2. In the virtual environment of PTV Visum, the researchers examined numerous possible developments. They focused on two forms of AV usage: carsharing, where people use self-driving services privately, like today’s cars; and ridesharing, where AVs are shared with other passengers who have a similar destination.
US manufacturer invests in two ViLS for EV and AV development
Test and measurement company Toyo Corporation has announced that a major US automotive manufacturer recently selected its vehicle-in-the-loop simulator (ViLS) to test and validate its next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles.
The ViLS allows automotive engineers to perform a wide variety of vehicle, environmental and road testing under real-world conditions but in a more cost-effective and safer lab-controlled setting. Toyo notes that the ViLS supports the CASE paradigm: ‘Connected’ cars, ‘Autonomous/Automated’ driving, ‘Shared’ and ‘Electric’.
The ViLS incorporates Rototest Energy chassis dynamometers, in addition to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and True Sim, a professional-grade driving simulator co-developed by Toyo and Iwane that features augmented reality functionality.
Aurora details autonomous fleet management platform
Aurora Innovation says that development is underway of the Aurora Beacon platform, its cloud-based mission control system designed to enable customers to optimize operations of autonomous vehicles for 24/7/365 operation. The company says the platform will help customers of Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect, Aurora’s trucking and ride-hailing products, realize the full potential of their Aurora Driver-powered vehicles.
“Self-driving vehicles will provide much-needed capacity to carriers, networks and fleets, allowing them to respond to unmet demand and grow their business. Unlocking their full potential to go beyond what conventional vehicles can do, requires the right operational tools. We’re designing those tools in the Aurora Beacon platform,” said Sterling Anderson, chief product officer and co-founder at Aurora.
White paper lays out importance of automotive cybersecurity validation and verification
European engineering consultancy Horiba MIRA has published the third in a series of white papers focusing on automotive cybersecurity. The freely available paper, titled Automotive Cybersecurity Verification & Validation – Striking the Balance Between Risk and Cost, explains why cybersecurity must be treated differently from other automotive engineering attributes. It lays out guidance and recommendations for lifecycle testing and considers the reputational risks associated with under-engineered solutions and the costs and commercial liabilities of over-engineered responses to new regulations.
The company’s previously published paper – Why Automotive Cybersecurity is Different – explores the threat landscape, why automotive is a unique use case, best practices in implementing proactive engineering design and reactive operational responses, approaches to cybersecurity testing and achieving cybersecurity assurance.
Kodiak Robotics demonstrates safety fallback system
Autonomous trucking developer Kodiak Robotics has publicly demonstrated its fallback system, which can autonomously pull a self-driving truck over to the side of the road in the event of a truck or system failure. The ability to perform a safe, reliable fallback, otherwise known as having the vehicle assume a minimal risk condition, is critical to safely deploying driverless trucks on public roads.
“To launch an autonomous vehicle without a human driver, you must ensure the vehicle will protect motorists in the case of a truck or autonomous system failure,” said Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak. “Implementing a fallback system is a fundamental necessity to achieving that level of safety.
Oxbotica and NEVS partnership targets self-driving fleet on European roads by 2023
AV software company Oxbotica and Swedish EV manufacturer NEVS have signed a long-term strategic partnership to develop a fleet of shared self-driving, all-electric vehicles, with an aim to deploy them on public roads by the end of 2023. The. Project will see the Oxbotica Driver autonomy system integrated with the NEVS ‘Sango’ vehicle.
An initial fleet will initially be deployed on geofenced public roads, followed by multiple projects in Europe in 2024. From 2025 onward, the solution will be scaled across the globe as part of the NEVS mobility ecosystem, which comprises the ‘Sango’ vehicle, a fleet management system and an app as the user interface.