NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars


Engineering teams from the two companies are already developing sophisticated software on NVIDIA’s high-performance AI platform that will enhance the capabilities of Toyota vehicles

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An unimaginable amount of software will be needed to put production autonomous cars on real roads. It is a good thing for all technology companies to contribute to the effort since automakers like Toyota are determined to make driving safer through automation. Industry collaboration is a key to meet the scale of effort needed.

Electronica: Renesas invests big in driverless cars

In the Smart City you won’t allow any driven cars. You will park and use your credit card to hire an autonomous vehicle which will run along dedicated tracks.
One advantage of this is that there will be no need for precise digital road mapping and another advantage is that, as Kure puts it “when you’re hit on the train track it’s your fault not the train’s fault.”

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By far the most sensible explanation of how autonomous cars will save lives and money – there will be no pedestrians and no drivers to worry about hitting.

GM to boost its self-driving cars efforts, to add 1100 jobs | Telematics Wire

GM is testing more than 50 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco, the Detroit metropolitan area and Scottsdale, Arizona

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Just hiring “drivers” (safety driver and onboard engineer) for these 50 self-driving Chevy Bolts will require almost 500 people if they run the cars 24×7. I suppose the rest will do the back end analysis and feed data to the developers back in Detroit.

Intel’s Mobileye deal marks an inflection point in automotive electronics

It will be interesting to watch how Intel executes this crucial bet on automotive electronics

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In this case, it is more like Mobileye acquired Intel (automotive BU) which may offer a chance for success. Otherwise, Intel’s history of destroying 8 or of 10 of those acquired will likely result. Intel cannot succeed as a Tier1 supplier to automakers, but maybe Mobileye can.


Velodyne LiDAR Announces New “Velarray” LiDAR Sensor

“The Velarray enables not only fully autonomous vehicles, but also ADAS systems such as adaptive cruise control, while at the same time providing a miniature form factor and mass production target prices,” said Mike Jellen

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Now let’s not forget design, software development, systems integration, validation and testing are just a few more steps before you get a fully autonomous vehicle. Also add a few other sensors and partners for silicon and manufacturing.

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