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From: Sam4/11/2020 7:27:04 AM
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Chinese self-driving start-up AutoX sets up ‘Asia’s largest robotaxi operations centre’ in Shanghai

The 80,000 square feet Shanghai RoboTaxi Operations Center houses tools for operating a large fleet of self-driving cars, AutoX saysThe Chinese autonomous driving start-up got approval from Shanghai authorities in September to launch 100 self-driving ride-hailing cars in Jiading district

Sarah Dai in Beijing
Published: 6:00pm, 10 Apr, 2020

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From: Sam4/11/2020 8:49:33 AM
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Aceinna claims its new $150 navigation chip rivals $10,000 alternatives
April 10, 2020
by David Edwards Leave a Comment

Aceinna has launched a $150 high precision navigation chip for autonomous vehicles that it claims rivals the performance of $10,000 systems.

The new Aceinna OpenRTK module is said to be “highly accurate, extremely reliable, smaller, easier to integrate, and far less expensive”.

Aceinna says its OpenRTK330L is the only solution on the market to integrate a triple-band RTK/GNSS receiver and a triple-redundant inertial sensor enhancing the safety of autonomous systems.

The company says the system greatly reduces the cost for developers creating mission-critical guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles – robots, drones, industrial, construction, and agricultural machinery.

Aceinna says the OpenRTK330L can replace the expensive and bulky precision RTK/INS systems used in today’s autonomous systems. Available in quantity for about $150 each as compared to $10,000-plus systems currently utilized to generate the same result.

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From: Sam5/17/2020 10:13:40 AM
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Every Company Working On A Self-Driving Car Right Now

The race to put the first fully autonomous vehicle on the street has been heating up in the past few years.
by Jeffrey HarperMay 15, 2020

I am sure that there are smaller companies working on this but this list is probably a reasonable list of the major companies and alliances.

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From: Savant5/18/2020 9:54:20 AM
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AI/Deep Learning for self driving and other

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From: kidl6/22/2020 2:13:24 PM
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New Flyer to deploy first automated heavy-duty transit bus in North America; supporting Connecticut's pursuit of integrated mobility

Canada NewsWire

ST. CLOUD, Minn., June 22, 2020

ST. CLOUD, Minn., June 22, 2020 /CNW/ - (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. ("New Flyer"), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. ("NFI"), one of the world's leading independent global bus manufacturers, announced it will deploy North America's first automated heavy-duty transit bus with the Connecticut Department of Transportation ("CTDOT").

The automated driving demonstration project will include the deployment of three forty-foot battery-electric, Xcelsior CHARGE™ heavy-duty transit buses. The zero-emission deployment supports CTDOT's demonstration project, funded by the Federal Transit Administration's ("FTA") Integrated Mobility Innovation ("IMI") initiative, which supports projects demonstrating innovative and effective practices to enhance public transportation effectiveness, efficiency, quality, safety and transit rider experience.

This marks the first time an automated heavy-duty transit bus will be deployed in revenue service in North America. The project team is led by the CTDOT and consists of New Flyer, New Flyer's technology partner Robotic Research, and the Center for Transportation and Environment ("CTE"), a nonprofit with extensive experience supporting FTA projects.

"This is an incredible moment for the advancement of automated technology in public transit, and for the continued development of safe, smart, sustainable, and connected mobility across North America," said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. "For decades, New Flyer has led the public transit industry with innovative firsts. We are proud to work with CTDOT, Robotic Research, and CTE – not only in demonstrating mobility solutions for growing cities – but in showing the world that mitigating climate change, improving safety, and advancing technology can occur in harmony."

The project is focused on the successful demonstration of automated technology on public roads, collection of relevant data to inform future policymaking, and advancement of Advanced Driving Assist System (ADAS) technology for enhanced safety. The zero-emission electric buses will demonstrate Society of Automotive Engineers ("SAE") J3016 Level 4 technology with an on-board safety attendant to operate on the CTfastrak bus rapid transit corridor, a dedicated nine-mile-long facility for exclusive use by CTtransit buses.

New Flyer will integrate the Robotic Research automated driving technology into the Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses, CTE will serve as project manager and technical consultant for the program, and New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™ will support the installation and integration of the electric bus charging equipment. Robotic Research will supply, configure, and support the automated driving systems integrated in the Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses.

The announcement follows New Flyer's May 2019 launch of an Automated Technology Program and partnership with Maryland-based Robotic Research. For nearly 20 years, Robotic Research has been a leader in autonomous system development and deployment.

New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™ is dedicated to providing safe, reliable services for smart, sustainable mobility projects. Its full-suite services include support, planning, optimization, and transition to help ensure successful transition to battery-electric mobility, while working closely with leading firms including Siemens, ABB, ChargePoint, Burns & McDonnell and Black & Veatch. For more information, visit To learn more about the FTA IMI program, visit To learn more about Robotic Research, visit

New Flyer has been leading innovation in mobility for nearly 90 years, and today supports growing North American cities with sustainable buses, technology, and infrastructure. It also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus technology and providing essential workforce development through electric bus training. New Flyer was the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, and is developing automated bus technology to improve safety in public transit.

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From: Sam6/26/2020 5:01:48 PM
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from Axios:

2. Amazon buys Zoox in big AV deal

Zoox self-driving test vehicle. Photo: Andrei Stanescu/Getty Images

Amazon said this morning it is buying the self-driving taxi startup Zoox, its biggest move yet into autonomous vehicle technology. Amazon is paying around $1.2 billion, according to a source familiar with the price.

Why it matters: While Amazon's previous auto-related investments seemed focused on building its own third-party logistics network, Amazon made clear today it will help bring Zoox's ambitious robotaxi plan to fruition.

Zoox CEO Aicha Evans and co-founder and chief technology officer Jesse Levinson will continue to lead the company as a standalone business.

Yes, but: It's still possible Amazon would use Zoox's technology for self-driving delivery or warehouse vehicles.
Morgan Stanley analysts have estimated automated delivery could save Amazon more than $20 billion a year in shipping costs.

Last year, Amazon invested along with Sequoia Capital in self-driving startup Aurora Innovation.

Amazon has also backed Rivian Automotive, the electric pickup and SUV maker, and placed an order for 100,000 of its electric delivery trucks.

Background: Founded in 2014, Zoox has always been more ambitious than most, with plans to develop AV technology, design and build a robotaxi, and operate its own ride-hailing network.

3. Waymo and Volvo to develop electric robotaxi

Photo: Karol Serewis/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Waymo is teaming up with Volvo Cars to develop a self-driving electric vehicle platform for ride-hailing services.

Why it matters: Volvo, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is the fourth major automaker to align with Waymo.

This partnership is different from the others, however, because instead of supplying cars to be outfitted with Waymo technology, the two companies will work together to design a new robotaxi platform.

The intrigue: Waymo will be Volvo's exclusive partner for Level 4 autonomy, but the deal won't affect Volvo's agreement to supply vehicles to Uber's Advanced Technology Group, which is also working on self-driving systems.
Of note: Volvo Cars, and its Chinese-Swedish sister brands, Polestar and Lynk & Co., are included in the Waymo partnership.

What they're saying:
"This key partnership with Volvo Car Group helps pave the path to the deployment of the Waymo Driver globally in years to come, and represents an important milestone in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle industry," said Adam Frost, Waymo's chief automotive officer.

"Our global partnership with Waymo opens up new and exciting business opportunities for Volvo Cars, Polestar, and Lynk & Co.," said Volvo's chief technology officer Henrik Green.

Waymo said it will continue working with Fiat Chrysler, Jaguar Land Rover and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

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From: Sam7/12/2020 8:47:54 AM
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Russian Military to get Unmanned Trucks
July 11, 2020 Christina Kitova
  • It is already known that Kamaz will not have a cab, and will be equipped with an electric motor.
  • The truck has front and rear lighting, bumpers with platforms for registration plates, and ventilation grilles in the body.
  • The Russian military will use them in the Far North and Far East to navigate difficult terrain and road conditions.
The Russian army will have unmanned vehicles in service by next year. The vehicles are made by legendary Soviet auto maker, Kamaz. The new self driving military trucks are currently going through final testing in the Arctic. According to Kamaz representatives, the new model has shown successful performance results.

The Soviet leaders mandated the creation of the Kamaz automaker in 1967. The first Kamaz truck was produced in 1968. During Kamaz’s 50 year history, close to 2.3 million trucks and 2.7 engines were produced on the famous factory. In 2018, Daimler Chrysler built an additional hangar to produce frames for the buses. Such venture is geared for the exports to the Western markets.

It is already known that Kamaz will not have a cab, and will be equipped with an electric motor, although the company does not yet provide technical details. The car looks like a two-axle trailer with a low clearance. Most likely, the possibility of remote control and management of such drones will be implemented.

The truck has front and rear lighting, bumpers with platforms for registration plates, and ventilation grilles in the body. The truck is also equipped with lidar, radar and positioning systems from Continental, Quanergy, and Trimble.

Lidar is a method for measuring distances by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflection with a sensor. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths can then be used to make digital 3-D representations of the target. It has terrestrial, airborne, and mobile applications

The first phase of testing has been completed this spring. The results proved the need for such trucks in the Russian military arsenal. Next year, they will be delivered to the Northern regions of Russia. The Russian military will use them in the Far North and Far East to navigate difficult terrain and road conditions. The testing was under Russian Lieutenant General Andrey Toporov.

At the final phase, they are being tested at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field. Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field is located in the Tazovsky district of YANAO, 340 km North of Novy Urengoy. This is the northernmost onshore oil field in Russia that is being developed. The launch into commercial operation took place on September 21, 2016.

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From: Sam7/12/2020 8:54:29 AM
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This looks like it could be an interesting article but it requires a subscription which I am unwilling to do for one article. So I'll put this teaser here for now and ask Mr. Google for more information later.

Toyota moves Lexus LS to a higher level of automation

Automotive News

The lidar-based Lexus Teammate automated driving system will debut this year on the LS.

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. will deploy its most advanced ...

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To: Sam who wrote (365)7/12/2020 9:02:23 AM
From: Sam
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What is Lexus Teammate?
Beverly Braga | Jul 09, 2020

Lexus Teammate is an all-new advanced driving assistance technology, and the Japanese luxury brand’s first true foray into the realm of semi-autonomous driving. Beyond using radar, lidar, sensors, and cameras, Lexus Teammate also utilizes artificial intelligence to learn a driver’s habits and road conditions. This machine learning, coupled with other vehicle performance data, helps the system predict and react to a multitude of driving situations and environments.

Although its purpose is to provide an extra layer of safety and peace of mind during the driving experience, as with many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), Lexus Teammate will complement comfort and convenience factors as well.

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This article gives an overview of where Toyota is at with Lexus automated systems that is accurate as of July 9. Guardian, Chauffeur, Advanced Park and Advanced Drive modes.

Lexus Teammate will debut in the upcoming 2021 Lexus LS due out in Japan later this year. Availability will eventually expand to other global markets, but the company is mum regarding specific timing for the U.S. Nevertheless, the Lexus LS is the flagship vehicle that launched Toyota’s luxury division back in 1989. North America remains an important market and consumers shouldn’t have to wait long to enjoy the latest Lexus technology.

Worth skimming. A little sparse but gives a quick summary of where they are at.

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From: Savant7/14/2020 12:49:36 PM
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AI device identifies objects at the speed of light: The 3D-printed artificial neural network can be used in medicine, robotics and security, *AND automotive* Science Daily
They say $50

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