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.

BlackBerry Awarded U.S. $814,868,350.00 in Arbitration Against Qualcomm

John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are pleased the arbitration panel ruled in our favor and look forward to collaborating with Qualcomm in security for ASICs and solutions for the automotive industry.”

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It’s pretty amazing how a supplier like Qualcomm could have ever captured nearly $1B from Blackberry when their phones barely dented the market on shipments. Imagine how much cash flows from serious phone makers like Samsung who also buy QCOMM parts in massive volume. Does the automotive business prepare for this next?

On a clear day you can see … the future of automated cars

What companies will bring new vehicles using electronics and software to make them safer? I would bet on suppliers with decades of experience, not newcomers, since the auto industry cannot produce failures that people die or get hurt in.

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I will be at SAE WCX’17 giving demos of the Renesas Skyline car, text me at (248) 345-7947 to get a glimpse of the future.