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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:54 pm

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Daimler Trucks to acquire majority stake in Torc Robotics; SAE Level 4 trucks for US roads
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/0 ... -torc.html
. . . As part of the overall agreements, the Torc team will work closely with Daimler Trucks’ developers, particularly with the Research & Development team of Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Oregon. Torc will continue to develop its Asimov self-driving software and testing at its Blacksburg facility.

At the same time, DTNA will focus on further evolving automated driving technology and vehicle integration for heavy-duty trucks at its Automated Truck Research & Development Center in Portland. The DTNA team is working on a truck chassis perfectly suited for automated driving, particularly the redundancy of systems needed to provide the maximum level of reliability and safety. . . .

Level 2 automated driving now a reality at Daimler Trucks. With Active Drive Assist (Mercedes-Benz Actros, FUSO Super Great) and Detroit Assurance 5.0 with Active Lane Assist (Freightliner Cascadia), Daimler Trucks is the first to bring partially automated driving features (SAE level 2) into series production.

The new system can independently brake, accelerate and steer. Unlike systems that only work above a certain speed, Active Drive Assist / Detroit Assurance 5.0 make partially automated driving possible in all speed ranges for the driver, also another first in a series production truck. This active lateral and longitudinal assistance package is powered by an advanced radar and camera fusion system.

Founded in 2005, Torc has integrated its self-driving solutions on ground vehicles ranging from SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks. The company employs around 100 people.

Torc has tested its on-road and traffic capabilities in demo self-driving cars that successfully logged robotic testing in more than 20 states while operating on both public roads and closed courses with zero accidents. The testing included a coast-to-coast trip across the United States and extensive driving in densely-packed streets such as those located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Torc’s inclement weather capabilities were featured at CES 2019.

Torc believes that successful commercialization of self-driving technology is best accomplished through close partnerships. Announced partnerships include Caterpillar, with mining and agriculture applications, and AAA Northern California Nevada & Utah for developing safety criteria through testing on public streets and closed courses. In January, Torc and Transdev announced a partnership integrating Level 4 self-driving technology in an i-Cristal shuttle that is currently undergoing route testing in France and scheduled for commercial operation this year.
Hey, first Tesla (Nikola), and now Isaac's getting a nod! Let's just hope they can and do comply with the 3 laws, but I think we'd better wait on the Zeroth* :lol:


* https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:01 pm

I fixed the link at the bottom.
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:49 pm

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SAIC demonstrating autonomous electric shuttle at UC Davis; data collection on behavioral response
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/0 ... -saic.html
San Jose-based Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation’s (SAIC) Innovation Center is demonstrating its automated, all-electric shuttle around a defined loop of the solar-panel-lined West Village community as part of an agreement between the auto company and UC Davis.

This arrangement provides researchers with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), and its China Center for Energy and Transportation with an opportunity to conduct perceptional and behavioral surveys among residents and shuttle riders at no cost to UC Davis.
  • We want to see how residents respond to the vehicle before and after their experience with it to see if there are attitudinal changes. We’d like to better understand how people embrace or resist vehicles like this and their potential to help with ride sharing or carpooling.

    —Yunshi Wang, director of the UC Davis China Center for Energy and Transportation[/list

    The six-passenger shuttle was built in California for a Silicon Valley subsidiary of SAIC Group, which is the largest Chinese automaker and a partner of General Motors and Volkswagen in China. The shuttle has the capability to drive autonomously, but a professional driver will be on board the vehicle ready to assist at all times.

    Operating only in daylight at a maximum speed of 25 mph, the shuttle will take a 1.3-mile route along Tilia, Sage, Hutchison and Celadon streets.

    The shuttle will initially carry SAIC personnel. Provided initial demonstrations are successful, it will expand to transporting passengers along the route. . . .

    ITS-Davis’ “3 Revolutions” initiative identifies autonomous, shared and electric vehicles as being the three synchronized revolutions needed to bring about a safer, more efficient and cheaper transportation future. The autonomous, electric shuttle incorporates each of those concepts. Researchers want to better understand the factors behind the public’s acceptance and perceptions of the new technology. . . .]
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:53 pm

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Survey: Two-thirds of Americans won't buy a self-driving car
https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1 ... riving-car
Americans aren't ready to give up their steering wheels and pedals. About two-thirds of respondents to a survey said they do not want to buy a self-driving car.

The new poll comes from Reuters, which surveyed 2,022 Americans on their thoughts about self-driving cars. Not only were respondents not interested in owning an autonomous vehicle, but they also said that they don't trust them. Half of the respondents said they think self-driving cars are less safe than a traditional vehicle with a human behind the wheel. The results underscore the challenge ahead as technology grows smarter and self-driving cars actually begin to hit the road.

Even if Americans do feel like they're ready to step into a self-driving car, 63 percent of them said they would not pay any more money to include such features in a new vehicle. The remaining respondents said they'd pay no more than $2,000 extra for self-driving capability. Today, the technology is far from being ready for commercialization. The findings are similar to a poll administered in 2018, which shows attitudes toward self-driving cars have barely shifted.

Experts said the poll still isn't a clear snapshot since very few Americans have experienced a self-driving car. If the public realizes their benefits, acceptance may start to weigh out any negative feelings. Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, said these reactions are mostly emotional as Americans react to preconceived notions or news stories about self-driving cars. . . .

When autonomous cars do begin to proliferate, two-thirds of those surveyed also said they should be held to a higher safety standard than conventional cars and they believe the U.S. government should play an important role in regulating them. . . .
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Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:41 pm

LOL!

Elon Musk says Tesla's self-driving tech is 'vastly ahead of everyone'
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/elon ... ving-tech/

Got it... if it's vastly ahead, they should be able to meet or exceed Waymo's 2018 results: https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... l-results/ instead of reporting a 0 for 2017 and 2018 for autonomous testing on CA public roads.

One can look at previous results near the bottom of https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detai ... us/testing.

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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:21 pm

cwerdna wrote:LOL!

Elon Musk says Tesla's self-driving tech is 'vastly ahead of everyone'
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/elon ... ving-tech/

Got it... if it's vastly ahead, they should be able to meet or exceed Waymo's 2018 results: https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... l-results/ instead of reporting a 0 for 2017 and 2018 for autonomous testing on CA public roads.

One can look at previous results near the bottom of https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detai ... us/testing.
Not to mention accepting full responsibility for any at-fault accidents when the car's driving itself. After all, full-self-driving is more than technical capability, it's also adequate reliability that makes the car safer than if a human is driving. What that level should be is still being discussed, but one book on AVs suggests that all of them should be tested and certified with a 'Human-Safe' rating, and that a Human-Safe rating of 2.0 (twice as safe statistically as a human) would be a good place to start. Manufacturers could then advertise the Human-Safe rating, with higher values presumably leading to more sales.

Of course, such figures may well need to be revised, as pre-production testing and certification of automation doesn't necessarily ensure that everything works as planned all the time, a fact most recently demonstrated by Boeing. Fortunately, A/C accidents tend to draw a lot more public attention than cars, so Boeing can't get away with putting their customers at risk for long, unlike Tesla. Both companies have suffered two virtually identical fatal accidents due to the same cause over a period of time, but so far no regulatory action is being taken to make Tesla fix the problem, even though the fix is far easier in Tesla's case.
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Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:43 pm

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California DMV proposes regulations for autonomous light-duty delivery vehicles
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/04/20190413.html
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) released proposed regulations that establish a path for companies to test or to deploy light-duty autonomous motor trucks (delivery vehicles) on the state’s public roads. The release of these regulations marks the start of a 45-day public comment period, which ends 27 May 2019.

Under the proposed regulations, companies can test autonomous delivery vehicles weighing less than 10,001 pounds with an approved permit from the DMV—provided they do not charge a delivery fee.

Companies must apply for a deployment (public use) permit to make their autonomous technology commercially available. The DMV’s regulations continue to exclude the testing or deployment of autonomous vehicles weighing more than 10,001 pounds.

Following the comment period, the DMV will hold a public hearing at its Sacramento headquarters on 30 May to gather input on the regulations. The DMV previously held a public workshop on 19 October 2018 to gather and to discuss input on the development of the regulations. . . .
Direct link to proposed regs: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/conne ... ERES&CVID=
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:30 pm

PBS Newshour:
How drones are delivering lifesaving medical supplies in Rwanda
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-d ... -in-rwanda

There's been a lot of talk about using quad-copters for this sort of thing in urban areas, but here they're using fixed-wing AV BEVs to service rural areas (they can't land, so airdrop the meds/blood (payload 1.8 kg/3.96 lb.), with accuracy said to be "two parking spaces": https://flyzipline.com/ Radius 50 miles/80km, shortens delivery times from 90 min - hours by ground to as little as 15 minutes. The company's a California startup (HQ in Half Moon Bay, production in South S.F.).
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Mon May 20, 2019 5:41 pm

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DHL launches its first regular fully-automated and intelligent urban drone delivery service
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/0 ... 7-dhl.html
DHL Express and intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang entered into a strategic partnership to launch a fully automated and intelligent smart drone delivery solution to tackle the last-mile delivery challenges in the urban areas of China.

The new customized route, which has been exclusively created for a DHL customer, covers a distance of approximately eight kilometers between the customer premises and the DHL service center in Liaobu, Dongguan, Guangdong Province.

Using the most advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in EHang’s newly-launched Falcon series, featuring the highest level of intelligence, automation, safety and reliability, the new intelligent drone delivery solution overcomes the complex road conditions and traffic congestion common to urban areas. It reduces one-way delivery time from 40 minutes to only eight minutes and can save costs of up to 80% per delivery, with reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint compared with road transportation.

The EHang Falcon smart drone, with eight propellers on four arms, is designed with multiple redundant systems for full backup, and smart and secure flight control modules. Its high-performance features include vertical take-off and landing, high accuracy GPS and visual identification, smart flight path planning, fully-automated flight and real-time network connection and scheduling.

As a fully-automated and intelligent solution, the drones, which can carry up to 5kg of cargo per flight, take off and land atop intelligent cabinets that were specifically developed for the fully autonomous loading and offloading of the shipment. The intelligent cabinets seamlessly connect with automated processes including sorting, scanning and storage of express mail, and will feature high-tech functions such as facial recognition and ID scanning. . . .

DHL said it will continue to identify new routes that can be developed for clients in need of tailored customer services and logistics solutions and will work closely with EHang to create a second generation of drones in the near future that will further improve capacity and range in drone-operated express delivery.
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Mon May 20, 2019 10:21 pm

Hand Gestures And Horses: Waymo’s Self-Driving Service Learns To Woo The Public
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsma ... ing-future

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