• U.S. Groups release outline for autonomous vehicle legislation

    U.S. Groups release outline for autonomous vehicle legislation

    Groups advocating for shopper and vehicle security on Monday launched an outline for autonomous vehicle legislation that prioritizes security, fairness, accessibility and sustainability. The numerous coalition consists of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Center for Disability Rights, Transportation for America, Consumer Reports and different stakeholders which can be urging federal lawmakers to make use of the framework as a information to make sure public security. In the outline for AV legislation, the coalition highlights a set of tenets for lawmakers to make use of as a “GPS,” or a method to “guarantee public safety,” in response to the doc. The tenets embrace: Requiring all ranges of automated autos to be “subject to comprehensive and strong federal standards” that handle recognized and foreseeable issues of safety. Making positive security and efficiency knowledge is made accessible to key stakeholders. Guaranteeing accessibility for all, particularly older adults and people with disabilities. Preserving shopper and employee rights. Ensuring native management by enabling the federal authorities to manage the efficiency of those autos however leaving regulation of their operation to the states. Directing the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a complete examine on how AVs will affect transportation programs and the setting. The tenets additionally direct the Transportation Department to make use of its authority to situation motor vehicle security requirements for all ranges of automated autos as a substitute of pursuing a voluntary or hands-off method. Other actions by the Transportation Department and NHTSA, in response to the tenets, ought to embrace issuing a federal security normal requiring all autos to be geared up with expertise that captures all obligatory knowledge on the efficiency of AVs on the highway in addition to requiring producers to supply knowledge on the protection and efficiency of check autos and programs, together with safety-critical occasions comparable to crashes. House lawmakers have said they’re set on prioritizing an AV invoice early within the 117th Congress after earlier makes an attempt at passing legislation stalled within the Senate. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a consortium of shopper, medical, public well being and security teams in addition to insurance coverage firms, has lengthy insisted “commonsense safeguards” have to be a part of any AV legislation thought-about by Congress. “Requiring that AVs meet minimum standards and that operations are subject to adequate oversight throughout development and deployment will save lives as well as costs for both the consumer and the manufacturer,” the group mentioned within the outline for AV legislation. “Moreover, on the path to AVs, proven solutions are currently available that can prevent or mitigate the exorbitant death and injury toll now while laying the foundation for AVs in the future.” ——
  • Is Self-driving Car Really Safe

    Is Self-driving Car Really Safe

    In the past five years, autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) have been booming in various countries. In addition to the investment of resources and technology by car manufacturers, the government also cooperates in the development. But is it really safe? According to the American SAE International ‘’Levels of Driving Automation’’ Standard for Self-Driving, the most common Tesla is classified into Level 3, which means that the vehicle can complete most of the driving operations, but the driver still needs to keep his attention and take over at any time in case of emergency. In order to achieve full driving of the vehicle and be able to cope with various road conditions, it can only be achieved at Level 5. There are still many problems to be solved before the autonomous cars go on the road. During the test, the car accidents are frequently spread, and the safety is questioned, that makes the public trust in self-driving reduced. In terms of safety performance, self-driving cars have a complete automation system, which can detect the driving environment through various sensors and the existing ADAS system design, and cooperate with 5G Internet of vehicles (IoV) technology, so that the vehicle can drive completely without control. At present, Taiwan mainly focuses on developing Autonomous bus, driving at bus lanes to reduce the rush with ordinary cars, and test the performance safety at night, so as to make up for the gap of public transport at night and serve as a tourist connection in the future. Although the technology of autonomous car is not mature yet, with the rapid progress of science and technology, enterprises and the government cooperate with each other to promote self driving safety on the road. In the future, the vehicle system and relevant laws and regulations would be more perfect, and the traffic safety would be higher.
  • UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030

    UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030

    Boris Johnson due to outline move to bolster electric vehicle market LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce this week a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. Britain had originally planned to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040, as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in February Johnson brought this forward to 2035. Citing unidentified industry and government figures, the FT said Johnson now intended to move the date forward again to 2030 in a speech on environmental policy he is expected to give this week. The BBC reported a similar plan earlier on Saturday, without giving any sources. A Downing Street spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports or the content of Johnson's upcoming speech. The FT said the new timetable was not expected to apply to some hybrid cars which use a mixture of electric and fossil fuel propulsion and could still be sold until 2035. An end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would mark a huge shift in Britain's automotive market. Industry figures show that petrol and diesel powered cars accounted for 90% of new car sales so far this year, while just 1.4% of sales were for pure electric vehicles, which are typically more expensive. Hybrid vehicles of various types made up the remaining sales. ——
  • Why autonomous trucks are carrying serious weight

    Why autonomous trucks are carrying serious weight

    The race is on to meet demand for autonomous trucks Since 2013, venture capital investment in trucking and logistics-related technologies have soared from just over US$100 million to what, in 2020, seems to set surpass US$2 billion. The innovation associated with autonomy – and the fabled self-driving truck, above all – has attracted the most interest. Their proponents point to perks around delivery times, costs, and the counteracting of a truck driver shortage. With 65% of consumable goods in the US trucked to market, a report by McKinsey & Company said autonomous trucks would change the cost structure and utilization of trucking. This is compounded by ever-greater pressure from e-commerce. Automation at every point in the supply chain is proving vital to cope with demand— autonomous trucks are estimated to save 45% in operating costs (between US$85 billion and US$125 billion) for the US for-hire trucking industry. The fledgling industry is attracting the keen interest and convergence of a strange combination of cutting-edge start-ups and age-old, well-oiled stalwarts. Back in ’17, Elon Musk rolled out Tesla’s fully electric semi-truck, capable of 500 miles between charges and 80,000 pounds in carrying capacity. Every step of the way, its Autopilot technology has been developed, nudged, and rivaled by a smorgasbord of competitors, one of which – Nikola – has claimed Tesla’s creation infringes its own patents. Last year, Daimler bought autonomous vehicle firm Torc Robotics, acquiring “advanced, road-ready technology” for level 4 autonomous driving, while last year, Plus.AI conducted the first real-world commercial freight delivery by a self-driving truck, carrying 40,000 pounds of Land O’Lakes butter in a three-day trip across the United States. What will change? For starters, as the race for autonomous trucking passes the finishing line, and all starters are joined by more and more competitors, daily operating times will increase. This necessitates the surrounding supply chain to shift, expand, and mold to new reality of operation. Such a shift will be incremental, and won’t be seamless. Companies working in logistics and dealing with goods across the supply chain will need to put a renewed onus on flexibility and around-the-clock operations, which is no mean feat. Ultimately, capturing economic gains from autonomy requires mastering an (almost) entirely new set of processes and systems, designed to keep vehicles rolling in a manner that not only assures safety – for any inefficiency will be exposed and scrutinized – but also provides a positive return on investment. Over time, we would expect to see a more balanced utilization of routes, as well as a reduction in mixed traffic and commuter congestion. If the technology is nailed, then peak hours of travel can be circumnavigated to provide greater assurance on cargo arrival times, partnered with improved safety of fellow road-users. Then there are the drivers. Though decreasing in popularity...
  • The future of truck safety systems

    The future of truck safety systems

    Most common safety features on a commercial vehicle today provide warning capabilities, through functionality such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. These systems provide audible and/or visual alerts in the vehicle cab to alert the driver about an impending incident. The next evolution of safety systems involves system intervention, where the safety system will react if the driver does not. One example is automatic emergency braking. With this functionality, the system will apply brakes automatically in the event an object is detected and the driver does not actively engage the brake. Kary Schaefer, general manager of product strategy and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America, discussed the evolution of commercial vehicle safety technologies during a General Session of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Safety and Security Conference. The 39th annual conference, held June 23-25, has been offered to attendees virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session, titled "Safety Truck of the Future," provided attendees information on current safety systems available for commercial trucks, how those safety systems have evolved, and what fleets can expect regarding truck safety systems in the future. “Research shows that the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents are tied to human error, and safety systems that are available on the market today save lives and can reduce damage,” Schaefer said. She advised that specing safety systems on commercial vehicles can mitigate the instances and cost of crashes, help to increase vehicle uptime by reducing damage and repair times, and can improve driver comfort and safety. Continued sensor and camera integration in safety systems The next evolution of vehicle safety systems, which has allowed the commercial vehicle to intervene on behalf of the driver when an object is detected, includes object recognition through camera and sensor technology that works together, known as “fused technology.” “Fused technology uses information from the radar and camera to detect, to classify and determine what objects are in the truck's path,” Schaefer advised. “When the camera and the radar work together in fusion, or in conjunction, object recognition is greatly increased. And this increase in object recognition can improve the braking, performance and object detection on moving or stationary vehicles, as well as moving pedestrians.” Schaefer expects camera technology to advance to the point where driver-facing cameras will be integrated into the safety systems, in addition to surrounded view cameras and backup cameras integrated into commercial vehicle safety systems as well. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), developed from active safety systems, have provided safety technology focused on offering an improved driver experience and comfort. Common ADAS features available on commercial vehicles today include: Active steering, a safety and fatigue-reducing featur...
  • Project Endeavour – the UK’s first multi-city autonomous vehicle demonstration begins in Oxford

    Project Endeavour – the UK’s first multi-city autonomous vehicle demonstration begins in Oxford

    Project Endeavour has reached a key milestone as the first live trials of its autonomous vehicle fleet begin this week on roads in Oxford. The development brings the deployment of commercial autonomous vehicles in the UK one step closer. Project Endeavour – a Government-backed R&D project – will run until Autumn 2021 with live tests in three major UK cities. The trials will demonstrate autonomous driving in a variety of urban and city environments and will develop engagement models with local authorities and communities to help them prepare for the future launch of autonomous vehicle services. The consortium, part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, is using a combination of advanced simulations and on-road demonstrations to help accelerate and scale the deployment and adoption of autonomous vehicles. A fleet of six Ford Mondeo vehicles, enabled by Oxbotica to be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, will complete a nine-mile round trip from Oxford Parkway station to Oxford’s main train station. Trials will be run at all times of day and night, allowing Oxbotica’s autonomous vehicles to experience a range of traffic scenarios from morning commutes to school runs, in a range of weather conditions. Launched in September 2019, the project has brought together Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous software, urban innovators DG Cities and Immense, a leading transport simulation company. Ahead of the public trials, three new consortium partners have been added to Project Endeavour: the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Oxfordshire County Council. The trio of new partners will focus on the development of a new safety assurance assessment scheme against PAS 1881 standard for public autonomous trials, helping inspire trust and define a consistent approach to safety that will enable future deployments to happen efficiently without slowing down the rate of innovation. Camilla Fowler, Head of Automation at TRL, said: “Trials of Level 4 vehicles are an important milestone, keeping the UK at the head of the field in bringing the benefits of this technology into mainstream use. These exciting trials, and what we learn about assuring safety and encouraging interoperability will open up new opportunities for many more research demonstrations across the UK, which are the forerunners to the full-scale public trials so eagerly awaited.” Matt Page, Managing Director UK and Ireland, Assurance at BSI, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this collaborative project, where we’ll be applying our expertise in certification to research an assessment methodology for the safe trialling of connected and autonomous vehicles on public roads. This technology presents a huge opportunity for the automotive sector and we’re committed to working together with industry to help accelerate innovation whilst ensuring safety.” Laura Peacock, Innovation Hub M...
  • ADAS sensor market expected to attain valuation of $40.8 billion by 2030: Report

    ADAS sensor market expected to attain valuation of $40.8 billion by 2030: Report

    Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Sensor Market Research Report: By Type (Radar, LiDAR, Camera, Ultrasonic), Vehicle Autonomy (Semi-Autonomous Vehicle, Fully-Autonomous Vehicle), Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, Commercial Vehicle), Application (ACC System, AEB System, BSD System, LKAS, AFL System, CTA System, DMS, IPA System, NVS) - Industry Size, Trend, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2030. NEW YORK, March 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From $11.5 billion in 2019, the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) sensor market is predicted to grow to $40.8 billion in 2030, at an 11.7% CAGR between 2020 and 2030 (forecast period). Among all sensor types, radar sensors dominated the market during 2014–2019, in value terms. During the forecast period, the light detection and ranging (LiDAR) category would observe the fastest progress, on account of the increasing sale of fully autonomous vehicles. A key trend in the ADAS sensor market share is the increasing research and development (R&D) activities in the automotive sector, which have made possible the production of better autonomous vehicles. For instance, the U.S. government sanctioned $100 million for autonomous vehicle R&D, in 2018, and supplemented it with another funding, of $60 million, the next year, for a project to test the feasibility and safety of such automobiles. The most prominent growth driver for the ADAS sensor market is the various government regulations being introduced that encourage the manufacturing and sale of autonomous cars. Every year, an increasing number of such regulations are being passed and policies introduced. While 33 U.S. states introduced such bills in 2017, an additional 15 tabled a total of 18 bills in 2018. Similarly, the Spanish Directorate General of Traffic partnered with Mobileye NV to create infrastructure and regulatory policies for the usage of autonomous cars in the country, in 2017. Fully autonomous cars would experience higher CAGR in the ADAS sensor market, based on vehicle autonomy, during 2023–2030. This is because compared to level 1,2, and 3 semi-autonomous cars, level 4 and 5 fully autonomous cars require ADAS sensors more. The passenger car category, under the vehicle type segment, dominated the market in 2019, as such cars account for a higher production volume than commercial vehicles. Additionally, any automotive technology is first experiment on passenger cars, which is another reason for their leading position. Adaptive cruise control (ACC) is predicted to be the largest application category during the forecast period, as the system has increased in demand, with a decline in its costs. During the historical period, Europe was the largest ADAS sensor market. Asia-Pacific (APAC) would grow the fastest during the forecast period, with China witnessing the highest CAGR in the region. The robust growth of the Chinese market is attributed to its heavy automobile production volume and constant evolution in the automotive technology, which i...
  • Global ADAS & Autonomous Driving Technology Market Report

    Global ADAS & Autonomous Driving Technology Market Report

    By the end of 2020, the global passenger vehicle demand is predicted to plunge by 11% due to Covid-19 pandemic and commercial vehicle industry is expected to witness a fall in the demand for the first time in the decade. All the major markets are estimated to witness sharp decline, while, the countries including the U.S., Italy, India, France, South Korea, Japan, China, United Kingdom, and Spain are expected to witness fall of more than 10%. From a more optimistic perspective, the year 2021 could see a positive growth- curve in terms of passenger cars demand; however, the auto industry would at least need minimum of 5 years' time to regain the sales volumes of 2019. The publisher predicts that passenger vehicle demand is expected to grow by 1.9% between 2020 to 2030 with more than 56 million cars equipped with some level of autonomy. The penetration rate of level 1 and level 2 autonomy would be highest during these years; while, level 3 autonomy will take slower pace. Besides, as per the current industry developments from tech companies and traditional OEMs, level 4/5 AVs for ride-hailing or car sharing are likely to be on streets by 2025. The trend shows that AVs for shared mobility would see larger scale deployment from 2025, across big cities with connected infrastructure and with high population density. The current effect of COVID-19 on auto sales, development of autonomous driving technologies and its future impact have been considered in the market analysis of the study. The autonomous shuttles and good-delivery autonomous vehicles have been deployed in few countries during this pandemic time which is expected to further give a push to this market. A separate analysis on these autonomous commercial vehicles and the competition between the players have been included in the study. Autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) has been a trending topic and automakers are promoting driverless ridesharing as low-cost transit option that has potential to change the transportation system. Car sharing is great opportunity particularly for the companies having hands-on autonomous vehicles such as Tesla, Daimler, Waymo, and others. Driverless ridesharing is expected to become future of intelligent transportation. The early deployment of robotaxis is expected in the countries of Western Europe, the U.S., China, and Japan. However, post 2030, the deployment in Chinese market is anticipated to overtake the Western markets of the U.S. and Europe. The study has also focused on these potential markets and anticipated the demand for this way of commute in near future. By 2025, the commercial vehicle industry is expected to get disrupted largely by autonomous and connected vehicle technology. This penetration of autonomous driving in trucking industry is expected to bring multiple changes in the operations of OEMs and tech players. ——
  • Augmented Reality HUDs Will Make Vehicles Safer, But There’s a Catch

    Augmented Reality HUDs Will Make Vehicles Safer, But There’s a Catch

    It’s only a matter of time before people view augmented reality (AR) as an expected, even irreplaceable, part of vehicle operation. That’s because the auto industry is continuously striving to make the car safer and save lives, not only for the driver and passengers, but for pedestrians, cyclists, animals and the occupants in oncoming vehicles. The move toward semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles will even further accelerate the need for AR-based safety features. If you think advanced technology can’t become a necessity, consider that only half of all U.S. car models had rear-facing safety cameras in 2012. By 2018 they were required equipment. AR has the ability to enhance the driving experience in ways that other technologies simply cannot match. From hazard avoidance to location-based updates, augmented reality is unequaled for the speed and relevance in which it can deliver important driver information. What’s more, HUDs are the natural place for AR to make its mark. A few vehicles offer some form of AR in the dashboard, but this can be problematic if it distracts from driving. For most drivers, information presented in their direct line of sight is far safer. Important design principles are required for AR-enhanced HUDs. Some developers have imagined entire windshields as canvases for AR information, but this is not a good idea. It’s possible to overstimulate the driver with advisories, warnings, readouts and the like. Excessive information density requires a degree of mental effort that can overwhelm decision-making and actually decrease reaction time. The correct discipline when designing AR in HUDs lies in managing cognitive load. Driving is a complex task, with input coming from dozens of sources. As information density increases, so does the cognitive load. Information cannot be allowed to interfere with the normal demands of driving. AR-enhanced HUDs require the responsible incorporation of techniques that manage the driver’s cognitive load. Cueing, for example, allows a designer to increase information while simultaneously lowering task load and reaction time. Three-dimensional route cues in the HUD quickly indicate which way to turn, and how soon. This has an Eyes-on-the-Road Benefit (ERB), eliminating the time required to target a turn compared with looking at SatNav in the dashboard area. AR cueing can also be used to highlight obstacles (e.g., an unexpected pedestrian in the car’s path). When milliseconds count, such cueing can make all the difference. AR HUDs must also be contextually aware; in other words, they must be aware they are “drawing” in the real-world space. Graphical signifiers should be presented only when needed in critical situations, hidden when not needed and expressed using a familiar design language (i.e., shapes, colors, even sounds) operators are conditioned to recognize. Multi-modality, another design concept, ensures drivers have multiple ways in which to interact with what is in the HUD. Voice reco...
  • China announces NEV development plan

    China announces NEV development plan

    China's state council has outlined a development plan for the country's new energy vehicle industry, aiming to accelerate technological innovation and infrastructure construction. This comes after Beijing announced new development plans for strategic industries, including electric vehicles (EVs), new energy resources and technology infrastructure, in response to the impact of the Covid-19 economic downturn and trade tensions with the US. The latest plan seeks to ensure a more orderly development of China's NEV sector, promote the establishment of a unified national market and boost industry integration and market competitiveness. Infrastructure strategy The government will encourage manufacturers to innovate and make technological breakthroughs in NEV operating systems and power batteries. Efforts to further integrate the new energy vehicle industry with the energy, transportation, information and communication sectors will also be supported. Beijing announced at the end of September that it would reward innovations in the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) industry, in an effort to make breakthroughs in key technologies and build a complete industry chain in four years. The government wants to also speed up efforts to upgrade infrastructure, such as building more charging points and hydrogen refuelling stations. It will accelerate the formation of public networks to provide fast-charging services to NEV drivers near expressways and in urban and rural areas. Several major cities in China have taken the lead in developing NEV infrastructure. Shanghai plans to add 100,000-200,000 of public and private NEV charging points over the next three years. China's industry and information technology ministry announced a campaign in mid-July to promote the use of NEVs in rural areas. It added more NEV models to its campaign earlier this month, with more commercial vehicles to meet various needs. International cooperation The plan also aims to promote closer cooperation between Chinese NEV firms and international partners. European carmaker Volkswagen invested in China's major battery manufacturer Gotion (Guoxuan) Hi-Tech and domestic automobile manufacturer Anhui Jianghuai Automobile in May. US EV manufacturer Tesla is the only wholly owned foreign automaker in China, with its factory in Shanghai expected to meet a production target of 1mn units/yr in the longer term from current capacity of 200,000 units/yr. Policy support The Chinese government will come up with more supportive policies to promote the use of NEVs in the public service sector, according to the latest plan. It is aiming for at least 80pc of such vehicles to be used in areas such as public transport, taxi services and logistics in the country's "ecological civilisation" pilot zones, as well as in key regions to prevent and control air pollution. China at the end of June revised its NEV credit score programme for 2021-23 to reshuffle the country's automotive manufacturing industry by encouragin...
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