Newsletter #52 - June 2020

Ford, VW finalize autonomous vehicle deal with Argo AI  06/02/2020:  Read more
Ford and Volkswagen finalized a deal Tuesday with Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to introduce autonomous vehicle technology to the United States and Europe. In a statement, Ford said Volkswagen would join in its investment in Argo AI in an effort to improve "cost and capital efficiencies." Ford and Volkswagen will spend more than $4 billion through 2023 in developing the self-driving service. (...)

While the World Works from Home, NVIDIA’s AV Fleet Drives in the Data Center  05/19/2020:  Read more
NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation enables high-fidelity, end-to-end simulation for development and validation of autonomous vehicles. As much of the world continues to conduct business from home, NVIDIA’s autonomous test vehicles are hard at work in the cloud.(...) 

GM is working on a hands-off advanced driving system for city streets  05/19/2020:  Read more
GM has a “big team” working on an advanced version of its hands-free driving assistance system, Super Cruise, that will expand its capability beyond highways and apply it to city streets, the automaker’s vice president of global product development Doug Parks said Tuesday (...)

CVS Pharmacy partners with Nuro to test self-driving vehicle prescription delivery 05/28/2020:  Read more
CVS Pharmacy plans to test delivering prescriptions using self-driving vehicles next month as part of a pilot program in Houston. The health-care company partnered with Nuro, a Silicon Valley tech company that’s been developing autonomous driving technology, for the initiative. (...) 

Clover: Adient Creates an Interior for the CASE Future 06/01/2020:  Read more
Connected, automated, shared and electric (CASE) is the near-future—and Clover has an interior execution that is just as advanced and almost ready to go.  When you walk through the Adient Plymouth Development Center it isn’t at all surprising to see seats. After all, the company provides some 23-million seat sets per year (on a global basis, of course)

Toyota Looks Pretty Smart Right Now On Autonomous Vehicles06/10/2020:  Read more
The automobile world is in quiet retreat on the topic of fully autonomous vehicles (AVs). As an excellent article by Steve LeVine in Marker described, vehicle autonomy is closely linked with ride-sharing, and in the pandemic era we’re going through, nobody wants to share cars much anymore. (...) 

The Autonomous Systems Pattern Of AI  05/30/2020:  Read more
One of the ultimate goals of artificial intelligence is the ability for machines to operate on their own, with little or any human interaction. This idea of autonomous systems makes up one of the seven patterns of AI that represents the common ways that organizations are applying AI. (...)

Amazon in talks to buy driverless-technology startup Zoox05/26/2020:  Read more Inc. is in advanced talks to buy Zoox Inc. in a move that would expand the e-commerce giant’s reach in autonomous-vehicle technology. The companies are discussing a deal that would value Zoox at less than the $3.2 billion it achieved in a funding round in 2018, according to people familiar with the matter.(...) 

Making Teleop Safe – 06/16/2020:  Read more
A truck glides down the interstate.  Drivers speeding by look up and are shocked - there’s no driver in that autonomous truck! Up ahead a deer jumps into the trucks lane and hundreds of miles away a teleoperator is asked to take control of the vehicle. (...)

Will First Autonomous Vehicles Deliver Packages, Not People? 06/10/2020:  Read more
With no one in a self-driving delivery vehicle, there are no airbags, seatbelts or comfort issues, says analyst Colin Langan. “Bags of potatoes don’t care if it’s a bumpy ride..  (...)

Market research: Semi-Autonomous & Autonomous Truck Market By Level of Automation, Propulsion, Application, Truck Class, ADAS Features, Sensor And Region - Global Forecast to 2030   Read more
The global semi-autonomous truck market size is projected to reach 3,254 thousand units by 2025, from an estimated 948 thousand units in 2020, at a CAGR of 28.0%. The global autonomous truck market size is projected to reach USD 1,550 million by 2030, from USD 460 million in 2024, at a CAGR of 22.4%. The advent of autonomous technology will have a significant impact on commercial vehicles, including trucks.(...)

Velodyne Lidar Announces Multi-Year Partnership Agreement with OUTSIGHT06/16/2020:  Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Velodyne Lidar, Inc. today announced a multi-year partnership agreement with Outsight, the company that is a leading innovator in Smart Cities monitoring. Outsight uses Velodyne Lidar sensing technology in its 3D Semantic Camera system that helps businesses and governments improve the analysis and management of people flow and assets in large crowded environments(...)

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CAR MBS is an exceptional forum to hear from industry visionaries as they deliver thought-provoking talks and engage in lively panels about the future of the global automotive industry (...)

AUG 18-20, 2020 – NOVI, MI
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The Automotive Technology industry is in a state of motion. Never has the industry been on the verge of such change. With new technology emerging daily, we are getting closer to the Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric era of mobility. (...)

OCT 27-29, 2020 –NOVI, MI
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Are you in search of leading-edge innovators that potentially hold the building blocks of autonomous vehicle architecture or are you looking for test systems and testing protocols for autonomous vehicle testing and validation? If you answer yes to one or both questions, then step this way into the world of Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, Novi, Michigan 2020. (...)

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