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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:22 pm

My city has just added a security robot to one of the parking garages downtown. Looks the same as this: https://www.knightscope.com/knightscope-k5/

There's a portable inductive charging pad that it sits on when not making its rounds; I'm considering moving the pad the next time I see it in motion to see if it can find it on its own. I've been seeing it immobile for a couple of days, but last night walking back from the grocery store I finally saw it moving around, followed by a crowd of teens/20-somethings who were taking selfies with/videos of it. It's a multi-story garage, and I doubt it can make it up the ramp to the 2nd or 3rd floors, but it circuited the ground floor okay, kind of like a slower Roomba without the bumping into things. I walked in front of it a couple of times and it detected me okay and stopped. I think it looks pretty top heavy, and can easily see the next urban version of cow-tipping involving these (now that tipping over Smart cars seems to have died down); balaclavas/face masks required.

Added: Last night I saw it start up the ramp to the second floor, but it stopped about 1/3rd of the way up, possibly due to lack of battery power, but IMO more likely due to the large transverse joint in the concrete that spans full width of the ramp, and which might cause it to get stuck or else topple.
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:11 pm

Via GCC:
Bosch IAA CV survey: Germans would increasingly feel safer with autonomous trucks on the road
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/09/20180914-bosch.html

. . . While almost 40% of respondents would rather that trucks have a human driver at the wheel, already more than one in three (37%) no longer have a preference for a human over a machine. One in four respondents would have more confidence in an autonomous truck than in a human driver.

For now, driverless trucks are still an unrealized vision. But the survey shows that in Germany, people increasingly favor automated trucks when it comes to safety. The intelligent technology on board such trucks could prevent a large number of accidents; nine out of ten accidents are due to human error. . . .

At present, most people stuck in traffic find trucks and vans rather annoying. According to 57% of respondents, Germans feel particularly unsafe in critical situations involving trucks—for instance, when merging onto the freeway or when a truck is turning.

More than one in two (56%) believe that there are too many road freight vehicles on the road. Around half of respondents said their biggest complaint is when trucks block traffic while parking. Other annoyances include commercial-vehicle emissions (50%) and truck noise (43%). Only one in five respondents said that truck traffic didn’t bother them.

What the survey also highlights is that very few people are willing to do anything themselves to relieve delivery traffic on the road. Three-fourths of Germans (73%) don’t want to shop less online. Few of them (49%) are willing to compromise by accepting longer waiting times for parcel deliveries as a way to relieve traffic—having parcel delivery just once a week instead of every day.

However, one in four respondents (27%) did say that they would reduce delivery traffic by returning fewer goods, while 36% would have their parcels delivered to a central parcel station or collection point and then pick them up themselves.

Paying more for parcels to be delivered—to have, say, more evening deliveries so as to spread traffic throughout the day—is something only 15% of respondents would consider.

Of course, the first time such a vehicle causes a serious or fatal crash the public will likely lose a lot of confidence in them, just as has happened here (e.g. Uber crash in Arizona), so slow and cautious introduction is the way to go.

Also GCC:
Volvo Trucks presents Vera autonomous electric vehicle for future transport solutions
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/09/20180913-vera.html

. . .Vera is controlled and monitored via a cloud-based service, and has the potential to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient. The driveline and battery pack are of the same type that are used in Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks.

Volvo’s long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today’s offerings.

Growing world population and increasing urbanization are leading to significant challenges to solve environmental issues such as congestion, pollution and noise. Rising consumption, the fast growth of e-commerce and the wide-spread shortage of drivers put higher demands on efficient transport solutions. . . .

Volvo Trucks’ Vera future transport solution is intended to be used for regular and repetitive tasks characterized by relatively short distances, large volumes of goods and high delivery precision. Transports between logistic hubs are typical examples, but additional use cases could also be applicable. . . .
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 pm

Via GCC:
Daimler and Bosch jointly premiere Automated Valet Parking in China
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2018/09/201800915-daimlerbosch.html

Daimler and Bosch announced the successful premiere of their joint Automated Valet Parking pilot in Beijing. The infrastructure-supported driverless parking technology, which made its debut in the parking garage at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart in 2017 (earlier post), marks the first pilot of its kind in China.

Automated Valet Parking, to the extent legally allowed where used, enables vehicles to proceed to an assigned space and for the user to retrieve the vehicle via their smartphone. This will undergo further testing by Daimler and Bosch at the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Center. . . .

Automated Valet Parking begins when the user parks the vehicle in a designated drop-off area before sending it to be parked using a smartphone app. After being registered by the intelligent system infrastructure installed in the car park, the vehicle is started and guided to an assigned parking space.

Sensors installed in the car park monitor the driving corridor and its surroundings while steering the vehicle. The vehicle’s onboard technology safely maneuvers it in response to commands from the intelligent car park infrastructure, stopping the vehicle in good time when necessary. When a user is ready to pick up the car, it can be called through a smartphone app, after which it rolls to the pick-up area without a driver.

The pilot in Beijing demonstrated Automated Valet Parking’s upgraded and more practical, real-world functionality. At the event, two vehicles were tested simultaneously to mirror the unique and complex traffic conditions found in contemporary Chinese cities.

Both vehicles were also able to successfully navigate to a service area that could be equipped with a diverse range of facilities in the future. These might include charging infrastructure, car washing stations, express package pick-up and other features designed to meet the unique needs of Chinese customers.

Automated Valet Parking is an efficient solution for both car park management and vehicle users. Car parks equipped with this intelligent infrastructure as far as legally allowed can potentially accommodate up to 20% more vehicles, while users save time and enjoy greater convenience. . . .

While I can see humans doing the charging in areas with low wages, in the developed world it seems almost guaranteed that charging will be automated, either through inductive charging or else the robot conductive charging that Tesla and others have been working on. I have little faith in the latter method becoming both reliable and cheap enough to commercialize any time soon.
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:26 pm

Via ABG:
VW trying to get automakers to agree on self-driving car standards
Meeting an industry standard could reduce liability for accidents
https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/14/vw-automakers-self-driving-car-standards/

. . . The Volkswagen Group is discussing the initiative with more than 15 potential partners, according to the report, which cited an anonymous company executive. It did not identify any of the other companies involved.

Carmakers, suppliers and technology companies are already investing more than 55 billion euros ($64 billion) globally in autonomous driving, consulting firm AlixPartners estimates.

Manufacturers including BMW have indicated they would welcome common standards on aspects of self-driving cars including the configuration of their sensors.

By pooling such blueprints, they could hope to reduce costs as well as their individual accident liabilities in relation to shared technological choices.

"When you are involved in an accident, you have a better chance in court when you can prove that your car adheres to the latest technical standard," an industry executive told Automotive News. . . .
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