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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:18 pm

GCC:
Phoenix Motorcars, EasyMile win grant for development of first FMVSS-compliant autonomous shuttle bus in US

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... oenix.html

The city of Houston is set to receive the first Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Buy America-compliant mid-size autonomous bus in the US.

Jointly developed by Phoenix Motorcars and EasyMile, the EZ Zeus self-driving bus will be deployed in real-life traffic conditions. Furthering its success in powering traditional medium-duty shuttles and trucks with its cutting-edge electric drivetrain technology, Phoenix Motorcars will integrate EasyMile’s driverless technology to its range of zero emission vehicles.

The news comes as part of Houston Metro being selected among projects to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grant of nearly $1.5 million. It will develop an autonomous vehicle technology prototype for private or public roads at 12-15 mph in 12 months from launch date, with further operation for 12 months of testing.

The autonomous bus will serve Texas Southern University, the University of Houston, and Houston’s Third Ward community connecting to Metro buses and light rail. . . .
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:55 pm

Waymo starts to open driverless ride-hailing service to the public
https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/08/waymo ... he-public/
Waymo, the Google self-driving-project-turned-Alphabet unit, is beginning to open up its driverless ride-hailing service to the public.

The company said that starting today members of its Waymo One service will be able to take family and friends along on their fully driverless rides in the Phoenix area. Existing Waymo One members will have the first access to the driverless rides — terminology that means no human behind the wheel. However, the company said that in the next several weeks more people will be welcomed directly into the service through its app, which is available on Google Play and the App Store.

Waymo said that 100% of its rides will be fully driverless — which it has deemed its “rider only” mode. That 100% claim requires a bit of unpacking. The public shouldn’t expect hundreds of Waymo-branded Chrysler Pacifica minivans — no human behind the wheel — to suddenly inundate the entire 600-plus square miles of the greater Phoenix area.

Waymo has abut 600 vehicles in its fleet. About 300 to 400 of those are in the Phoenix area. Waymo wouldn’t share exact numbers of how many of these vehicles would be dedicated to driverless rides. However, Waymo CEO John Krafcik explained to TechCrunch in a recent interview, that there will be various modes operating in the Phoenix area. Some of these will be “rider only,” while other vehicles will still have train safety operators behind the wheel. Some of the fleet will also be used for testing.

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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:37 am

Self-driving cars can be forced to brake by hijacked billboards
https://www.zdnet.com/article/self-driv ... illboards/
Light projections spanning only a few frames and displayed on an electronic billboard could cause cars to "brake or swerve," security researcher Yisroel Mirsky told the publication, adding, "so somebody's car will just react, and they won't understand why."
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Tests were performed on a vehicle using Tesla's latest version of Autopilot, and MobileEye. According to Wired, a phantom stop sign appearing for 0.42 seconds fooled the Tesla, whereas only 1/8th of a second was enough to dupe MobileEye.

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