autonomous – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.13 Japanese Firm Develops Technology to Let Autonomous cars know if Driver is Holding the Steering https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/japanese-firm-develops-technology-to-let-autonomous-cars-know-if-driver-is-holding-the-steering-2/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/japanese-firm-develops-technology-to-let-autonomous-cars-know-if-driver-is-holding-the-steering-2/#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:53:14 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=28167 Sumitomo Riko Co., a Japanese company which is based in Nagoya and makes automotive components has developed a system that would make it possible for semi-automated cars to identify if the driver is holding the steering wheel. The plan is to start commercial production of the system in the 2020 financial year. This technology would […]

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Sumitomo Riko Co., a Japanese company which is based in Nagoya and makes automotive components has developed a system that would make it possible for semi-automated cars to identify if the driver is holding the steering wheel.

The plan is to start commercial production of the system in the 2020 financial year. This technology would make it easier for motorists to transition seamlessly from autonomous driving to manual control in case of emergencies.

Called the Smart Rubber sensor, the sensor is made of anti-vibration electrically conductive rubber material. It has the capability to detect changes in pressure and thus identify which part of the steering wheel a driver is holding.

Carmakers are now engaged in a fierce contest to develop technology that would make it possible to achieve conditional automation — Level 3 on the Society of Automotive Engineers International’s scale to 5.

 

At Level 3, cars are self-driving but there should be a human driver available to take over the wheel in case of an emergency or if the system requests that the driver intervene. Self-driving mode will not be turned off unless the system decides that it is necessary for the driver to intervene in order to avoid an accident.

The technology that is currently available does not make it possible for the computers to find out if the  pressure applied to the rubber on the steering wheel was from the driver or from something else. One instance is when the tire forces transmitted to the steering wheel could be mistaken to be a driver’s hands.

Sumitomo Riko’s new system can improve the accuracy of detections as it can even detect if the driver is holding the steering wheel with one hand or both hands, and how firmly.

Sumitomo Riko’s exhibited this technology for the first time at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2019 Yokohama in late May, and it attracted a lot of attention.

“We hope it will be adopted by carmakers in the development of autonomous cars,” said a Sumitomo Riko official.

The firm developed the SR sensor in 2011 by utilizing its leading anti-vibration rubber material technology that was meant to reduce vehicle vibrations transmitted to the interior of the car.

Sumitomo Riko is also working on the development of a system that could be installed in the driver’s seat and could determine the health condition of the driver by detecting his or her heart rate and breathing pattern.

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Volvo Cars Launches 360c Autonomous Concept for Long Distance Trips https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/volvo-cars-launches-360c-autonomous-concept-for-long-distance-trips/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/volvo-cars-launches-360c-autonomous-concept-for-long-distance-trips/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:07:41 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=24377 Volvo has launched its 360c autonomous concept car which visualizes a world in which long distance trips become a lot easier thanks to the use of autonomous technology. This will eliminate the need to take to flying and its attendant stress for covering long distances. The 360c autonomous concept is based on the premise of […]

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Volvo has launched its 360c autonomous concept car which visualizes a world in which long distance trips become a lot easier thanks to the use of autonomous technology. This will eliminate the need to take to flying and its attendant stress for covering long distances. The 360c autonomous concept is based on the premise of a first-class private cabin that will picks up its passengers at home and transport them from door to door on a long trip. It puts together the best features of autonomous, electric, connected and safe travel and is expected to help Volvo to expand into new markets by targeting customers who would otherwise prefer domestic air travel.

The 360c is conceptualized as a car that is fully autonomous and fully electric and does not need a human driver. Designers thus have greater leeway as there is no steering wheel or combustion engine and hence no restriction when it comes to the placement of the seats.

The 360c could serve as a pace for multiple purposes as it can be a sleeping space, an entertainment space, a mobile office or a living room. It is also expected to set a benchmark in terms of how autonomous vehicles can safely communicate with all other road users.

Commenting on the 360 c concept, Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars said that the automotive business is set to change in the coming years and Volvo intends to spearhead that change in the industry. He said that autonomous drive would not only allow Volvo to take the big next step in safety but also explore new business models. It would also allow consumers to spend their time in the car doing what they want to do.

The 360c is positioned as a viable alternative to short-haul air travel especially in the case of journeys covering shorter routes where the distance is about 300 kilometers or under. This is an industry with several key players including airline companies and their service providers. In the United States alone, over 740 million travellers used domestic flights in 2017 and the domestic air travel industry is worth billions of dollars in revenue. Many of these busy routes take more time by air than by air when the time taken to travel to the airport, for security checks and waiting times are all factored in.

“Domestic air travel sounds great when you buy your ticket, but it really isn’t. The 360c represents what could be a whole new take on the industry,” said Mårten Levenstam, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Volvo Cars. “The sleeping cabin allows you to enjoy premium comfort and peaceful travel through the night and wake up refreshed at your destination. It could enable us to compete with the world’s leading aircraft makers.”

In addition to helping Volvo target new customer groups, the 360c can have an immense effect on the future of travel, city planning, infrastructure and the environmental footprint of society. It will completely transform the way people travel but the manner in which they engage with friends and family while on the move. It would also help them to make proper use of the time they spend while travelling in the cities of the future.

“Autonomous vehicle concepts have a tendency to become a technology showcase instead of a vision of how people use it,” said Robin Page, senior vice president of design at Volvo Cars. “But Volvo is a human-centric brand. We focus on the daily lives of our customers and how we can make them better. The 360c is the next iteration of this approach.”

The 360c is expected to trigger discussion about the scope for autonomous driving technology to transform society.

Mårten Levenstam said that when the Wright brothers first tried out flights in 1903, they had no idea about what modern air travel would look like. In a similar manner, Volvo too does not have much idea about what autonomous travel would be like in the future, but it is definitely expected to have a great impact on the manner in which people would travel, design their living spaces and use infrastructure in the future. His idea is that the 360c would serve as a conversation starter, with more ideas and answers turning up as Volvo learns more about the new technology.

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Survey Reveals Half of Consumers would not Use Self-Driving Cars https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/survey-reveals-half-consumers-not-use-self-driving-cars/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/survey-reveals-half-consumers-not-use-self-driving-cars/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:21:28 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=21585 Many automotive firms and even technical firms like Apple and Google are engaged in the race to develop self-driving vehicles, but are customers interested in riding them once they are developed? Researchers surveyed 1,519  consumers as part of the Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive study, and 55 percent of respondents said that they were not […]

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Many automotive firms and even technical firms like Apple and Google are engaged in the race to develop self-driving vehicles, but are customers interested in riding them once they are developed?

Researchers surveyed 1,519  consumers as part of the Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive study, and 55 percent of respondents said that they were not willing to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle. Almost 50 per cent said that they would not give up their own vehicle, even if they would save 75 percent of the costs linked to car ownership.

Commenting on the results of the study, Mike Ramsey, research director at Gartner, said in a statement that consumers fear that autonomous vehicles would be confused by complex and unexpected road scenarios, they have safety concerns about failure of equipment and systems and are also concerned about vehicle and system security when it comes to the usage of fully autonomous vehicles.

The participants in the survey were fully aware that autonomous vehicles can have a number of benefits like lower probability of being involved in accidents, better fuel economy, and the availability of free time while travelling for work and entertainment, and the ability to use such cars even when tired as they need minimal driver involvement.

Earlier this year, AAA conducted a study in which 75 percent of the respondents said that they would be afraid to ride in a vehicle that is fully automated. Only half of the participants said that they would feel safe sharing the road with an automated car.

“A great race towards autonomy is underway, and companies are vying to introduce the first driverless cars to our roadways,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations. “However, while U.S. drivers are eager to buy vehicles equipped with autonomous technology, they continue to fear a fully self-driving vehicle.”

This kind of feedback from consumers should serve as food for thought to automotive companies who are aggressively pursuing the development of self-driving technology, investing millions of dollars in research and development. They can either slow down their efforts till this technology gains wider consumer acceptance or opt to educate consumers on the benefits of such technology.

In the Gartner study, 71 percent of those surveyed said they would not mind riding in vehicle that is partially autonomous. Safety features like lane keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control are gaining wide acceptance and this might be the path to follow, slowly introducing such technologies in the runup to the launch of fully automated vehicles.

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BMW Intel and Mobileye to Team up with Delphi as Development Partner for Autonomous Driving Platform https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/bmw-intel-mobileye-team-delphi-development-partner-autonomous-driving-platform/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/bmw-intel-mobileye-team-delphi-development-partner-autonomous-driving-platform/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:25:27 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20947 In July 2016 the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye had earlier decided to collaborate on a state-of-the art autonomous driving platform and to bring fully automated vehicles into series production by 2021. The three partners have now announced that Delphi will be the development partner and system integrator for their platform. The four companies will […]

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In July 2016 the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye had earlier decided to collaborate on a state-of-the art autonomous driving platform and to bring fully automated vehicles into series production by 2021. The three partners have now announced that Delphi will be the development partner and system integrator for their platform. The four companies will use a cooperation model to deliver and scale the solutions they develop to the broader OEM automotive industry and possibly other industries in the future.

Delphi has previously worked with the BMW Group and had provided the automotive manufacturer with a prototype computer platform. Delphi is also currently working with Mobileye and Intel on several projects related to perception, sensor fusion, and high performance automated driving computing.

From the time they started working together in July 2016, BMW, Mobileye and Intel have come up with a scalable architecture that can be modified by other automotive developers to create their very own designs and thus differentiate their brands. According to Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, the three Collaboration partners are on course to deliver 40 pilot cars in the second half of 2017. He felt that adding Delphi as an integration partner would help to expedite the introduction of autonomous cars on the streets from multiple manufacturers and would offer differentiation to customers.

The role of system integrators like Delphi is critical for the go to market strategy of the joint solution to reach multiple automotive OEMs quickly. Delphi will be tasked with integration of the solution developed by the three partners into OEM vehicle architectures. As part of the partnership, Delphi might also need to make hardware components like sensors and help the partners customize the autonomous driving platform and provide different applications to differentiate their brand from that of others.

This agreement between Delphi and the three Cooperation Partners is non-exclusive. The Cooperation Partners are currently recruiting more integration and development partners to support future OEM customer needs.

Commenting on the tie-up, Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development said, “From the very beginning we designed our cooperation on a non-exclusive platform for this technology of the future. With the onboarding of Delphi we significantly strengthen our development of the automated driving and do a future step in spreading this technology across the industry.

Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua said that with Delphi’s expertise in the field and its long history of integrating complex systems, it was an excellent choice when it comes to development partners.

Kevin Clark, President and CEO of Delphi said that the new partnership will provide Delphi with a great opportunity to use its technical depth and experience in automated driving and electrical architecture to help the cooperation develop and deploy at scale. The company already has a close working relationship with all three partners that will serve as a solid foundation for success.

 

 

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Roush Opens Engineering Center Dedicated to Electric and Autonomous vehicles https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/roush-opens-engineering-center-dedicated-electric-autonomous-vehicles/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/roush-opens-engineering-center-dedicated-electric-autonomous-vehicles/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 14:21:45 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20500 Leading automotive supplier Roush Industries Inc. has set up an engineering center in Troy, Michigan that will create 150 jobs, mostly related to data science and engineering. Currently, about 20 vacancies in the new facility have been filled. With the dawn of the electric car era, OEMs and manufacturers will increasingly rely on such centers […]

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Leading automotive supplier Roush Industries Inc. has set up an engineering center in Troy, Michigan that will create 150 jobs, mostly related to data science and engineering. Currently, about 20 vacancies in the new facility have been filled.

With the dawn of the electric car era, OEMs and manufacturers will increasingly rely on such centers to equip their models with the latest technological features.Roush is one of the key players in the industry when it comes to engineering, testing, prototype and manufacturing for the automotive industry. The company did not divulge details about the amount invested in the leased facility.

The facility which covers 44,000 feet, became operational on April 1, and focuses on areas like the development and testing of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as autonomous vehicle testing support and software and data analytics, according to Gary Rogers, vice president of advanced engineering for Roush.

According to Rogers, who is in charge of the engineering center, the facility will allow Rough to expand its technical base.

The new engineering center in Troy facility will also help Roush to be closer to some of its customers like the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center and General Motors Co. and, according to a news release.

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Volkswagen Showcases Concept Autonomous Vehicle at Shanghai Auto Show https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/volkswagen-showcases-concept-autonomous-vehicle-shanghai-auto-show/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/automotive/volkswagen-showcases-concept-autonomous-vehicle-shanghai-auto-show/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:26:51 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20424 Volkswagen had unveiled renderings of a futuristic autonomous vehicle named the Sedric back in March. The German brand used the recent Auto Shanghai 2017 show to showcase a prototype based on the rendering. There were no brakes, no controls, no pedals and no cockpit controls. The cockpit of the concept vehicle was completely removed and […]

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Volkswagen had unveiled renderings of a futuristic autonomous vehicle named the Sedric back in March. The German brand used the recent Auto Shanghai 2017 show to showcase a prototype based on the rendering. There were no brakes, no controls, no pedals and no cockpit controls. The cockpit of the concept vehicle was completely removed and the vehicle was fully capable of level 5 autonomous driving.

According to the VW Group, autonomous driving of the vehicle is so simple that all passengers have to do is press a button to start the vehicle and keep it going based on voice commands. Volkswagen recently partnered with smartwatch manufacturer Mobvoi to obtain the AI digital assistance interface needed for the Sedric, and other autonomous models the company will make in the future.

At the show, the Sedric did not have a VW badge because it represented a concept vehicle for the Volkswagen Group rather than the Volkswagen car brand. The concept car was designed and developed by the company’s Future Center Europe located in Potsdam in collaboration with Volkswagen Group Research in Wolfsburg. According to Volkswagen’s Chief designer, Michael Mauer, the vehicle was the outcome of the company’s focus on its customers, and their requirements for mobility in the future.

According to Mauer, a self-driving vehicle like this could possibly offer many benefits in the future, like picking children up from school, meeting people at the airport , dropping elderly people at the hospital and best of all, it can even park itself.

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TomTom Strengthens Self-driving Expertise with Autonomous Acquisition https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/tomtom-strengthens-self-driving-expertise-autonomous-acquisition/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/tomtom-strengthens-self-driving-expertise-autonomous-acquisition/#respond Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:05:12 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=19624 Navigation and mapping company TomTom has strengthened its expertise in autonomous vehicle technology with the acquisition of a startup named Autonomous. TomTom specializes in mapping and navigation while Autonomous is a Berlin based startup that is engaged in R&D to support several self-driving projects which are being conducted in Germany. Autonomos was set up in […]

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Navigation and mapping company TomTom has strengthened its expertise in autonomous vehicle technology with the acquisition of a startup named Autonomous. TomTom specializes in mapping and navigation while Autonomous is a Berlin based startup that is engaged in R&D to support several self-driving projects which are being conducted in Germany.

Autonomos was set up in 2012 by a group of AI and computer science specialists who were involved in driving projects at the Free University of Berlin. They had even built vehicles for the DARPA Grand Challenge contests.

TomTom said the Autonomous team will work on several projects related to autonomous driving technology like RoadDNA localization technology, map-based products for self-driving applications, including its HD map, as well as its navigation, traffic and other cloud services.

Speaking about the deal, Tinosch Ganjineh, CEO and co-founder of Autonomos said that the company was proud of being selected for acquisition by TomTom, which is considered as a world leader in map making. The two companies will collaborate on taking autonomous driving to the next level. TomTom is known for its technology while Autonomous has expertise in intelligent driving.

Many tech companies like Apple and Google, automotive majors like Daimler, Audi and Nissan and even ride-sharing companies like Uber are venturing into the field of self-driving technology. Given the costs and the level of technical expertise needed, many companies are collaborating in this regard and working with several partners.

Harold Goddijn, CEO and co-founder of TomTom, commenting on the Autonomous acquisition said that this is an important development for TomTom as it will go a long way towards strengthening the company’s capabilities in this area. He added that TomTom is cementing its position as one of the frontrunners in autonomous driving with this deal.

TomTom has been working extensively on incorporating its GPS technology which is used as the basis of its mapping devices in autonomous vehicles. As part of this effort, TomTom charted over 200,000 kilometers of roads in Germany, France and the United States with highly automated driving (HAD) maps. HAD maps. HAD maps are made with a 3D mapping technology that is used by automated driving vehicles to drive from point A to point B, and are used in tandem with other sensors to detect objects around and in front of the car. Autonomous has dealt with several tricky aspects of self-driving technology in projects involving digital image processing, 3 D sensor technology and has developed a full demonstration-level autonomous driving software stack. They have built a self-driving car that has successfully handled traffic in Berlin and operated as a taxi, a car that could be controlled with your brain, a car that could controlled by your eye, and even one that could be controlled using an iPhone.

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Continental Joins Hands with Oxford University to Research Artificial Intelligence https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/continental-joins-hands-oxford-university-research-artificial-intelligence/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/continental-joins-hands-oxford-university-research-artificial-intelligence/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:33:29 +0000 http://tiresandparts.net/?p=18580   Leading tire manufacturer, Continental AG has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Oxford University to conduct joint research in the field of artificial intelligence. Continental will work with Oxford’s Engineering Science department to conduct a study focusing on the possible uses and development of artificial intelligence algorithms that can have an impact on mobility […]

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Leading tire manufacturer, Continental AG has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Oxford University to conduct joint research in the field of artificial intelligence. Continental will work with Oxford’s Engineering Science department to conduct a study focusing on the possible uses and development of artificial intelligence algorithms that can have an impact on mobility applications in the future. Using deep-learning algorithms could potentially enhance  highly-reliable visual object detection and human–machine dialogue in the future to facilitate applications like autonomous driving. The first stage of the three-year partnership will involve new postdoctoral research positions at Oxford, and the research scope and the timeframe are likely to be extended at a later date.

Commenting on the agreement, Kurt Lehmann, corporate technology officer at Continental said that working with leading research institutions is of great importance to the company. Such collaborations can play a crucial role in helping the company to meet persistent requirements from customers to shape the mobility of the future.

Eventually, Continental is expecting the joint effort to yield findings on the use of artificial intelligence methods, especially in the areas of driverless driving, intelligent warning systems to reduce the scope for accidents, systems for future vehicle access systems, and facilitation of driver-vehicle dialogue.

Lionel Tarassenko, head of the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford said that he was delighted with this new, important collaboration between Continental and the university’s world-leading vision and information engineers as he said the partnership would serve to underpin technology developments for mobility of the future.

Demetrio Aiello, head of Artificial Intelligence & Robotics at Continental said that Continental’s vision is a world in which the transportation of people and goods is fully automated and seamless, thus allowing people more time and mental resources for other tasks. Continental will bring its deep technological expertise and competence to the partnership while Oxford will offer best-in-class algorithmic competence and an extremely innovative environment. This will help to transform Continental’s vision into reality. With Continental’s help Oxford can see how their research can be translated into new products and services for mobility of a future world.

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