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Volvo EX90 Uses AI, NVIDIA SoC to Make Automated Driving Safer

As head of software engineering at Volvo Cars, Alwin Bakkenes is involved not just with all of the software and electronics in Volvo’s vehicles but also the automaker’s...

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Design

WCX 2024: The ‘What’s Next?’ Rollercoaster Ride Can Be Problematic for Engineers

Uncertainties swirl as the automotive industry transitions to electrified and automated vehicles, and that rollercoaster ride can be very unsettling...

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Electronics & Computers

Sensor Fusion Expanding in Step with Advancing Vehicle Sophistication

When drivers of passenger vehicles change lanes, brake at stop lights, or accelerate on the highway, they’re probably not thinking about sensors. Sensors monitor,...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Tuning-Up AI’s ‘Understanding’ to Make Safer ADAS, AVs

In December 2023, Kognic, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based developer of a software platform to analyze and optimize the massively complex datasets behind ADAS and...

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Data Acquisition

CES 2024: Aeva Launches 4D Lidar for SAE Level 4 Trucks

Daimler Truck announced that Aeva will supply its latest Atlas 4D lidar for the Freightliner Cascadia truck platform and collaborate with Torc Robotics to integrate the technology....

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Test & Measurement

Porsche Engineering Turns to AI to Improve AV Simulation

Porsche Engineering has teamed with a variety of partners for a new research project seeking to enhance the data available for simulating automated driving systems’ reaction in...

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AR/AI

Taking ‘Eyes-Off’ the ADAS Future

So-called “hands-off” driver-assistance systems are now ubiquitous enough that they scarcely merit particular attention — or explanation. They’re no longer exclusive to luxury brands,...

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Articles
AR/AI

Provizio Eyes Safety with Radar, Not LiDAR

"Safety first” is more than a catchphrase. For sensing company Provizio, it’s the only way the transportation industry should introduce autonomous vehicles. In Provizio’s view, using AV...

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Imaging

Owl AI’s 3D Thermal Sensors See Further into the Dark

The race to develop low-cost and effective sensors for automated driving requires all-day effort. Getting sensors to accurately identify the world around them is easiest on a clear, sunny day, but that solves just part of the problem.

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Editorial
AR/AI

Automated Driving’s Journey: One Step Forward…

The AV sector was stunned by the late-October headline that the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended robotaxi developer Cruise’s permits for deployment and testing of...

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Articles
Software

The ‘Framework’ for AV Development

Over the last 100 years, the transportation industry has been developed primarily around human operators. For example, roadway signs were designed to be easily seen, read and interpreted by humans....

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Supplier Eye
Energy

BEV-Agnostic’ Systems Require Attention

Much has been written about battery-electric propulsion’s impact on the automotive ecosystem. The level of change moves much past an overhaul to a complete re-imagination. While it can be...

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Internet of Things

The Challenging Legal Environment of AI

“Holy cats. What happens when this stuff goes wrong?”

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Technical Innovation
Design

ZF Premieres AxTrax 2 Electric Axle Platform at ACT Expo

ZF unveiled its all-new AxTrax 2 electric axle platform at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, California. The fully integrated and modular e-powertrain...

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Test & Measurement

WCX 2023: Can You Drive like SAE J3300

A valid driver’s license from any country put attendees in the driver’s seat at SAE WCX 2023, allowing them to test their driving skills using SAE J3300, the driving skills standard used to...

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Unmanned Systems

Toyota’s Advanced R&D Puts Humans First

Gill Pratt has a gift for explaining complex topics in simple terms. And as Toyota Motor Co.’s chief scientist and CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), he also speaks frankly about the...

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Editorial
Unmanned Systems

Autonomous Trucking Hits Rocky Road

Within a four-week stretch – from roughly mid-February to mid-March – a steady stream of autonomous-trucking news hit. A quick summary: As several startups in the autonomous-truck development...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Mercedes-Benz Architecting Its Own Operating System

Mercedes-Benz revealed in late February that it is developing its own computer operating system, dubbed MB.OS, which it said will be standardized across the company’s entire model...

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AR/AI

Lidar Vs. Everybody in the Onboard Sensor Race

Despite the industrywide realization that SAE driving automation Levels 4 and 5 are not imminent and instead long-term goals, development continues on the sensors that power current and...

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News
Unmanned Systems

The Road to Zero Prototypes

The concept of designing, engineering and manufacturing a new vehicle without physical prototypes is typically viewed as either impractical or mythical. Even as virtual development processes have become...

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The Navigator
Power

Finding Range Through Compute Efficiency

This past January, I was among tens of thousands who returned to Las Vegas for CES—the show’s reawakening after the pandemic. Some definite themes emerged from the dozens of conversations I...

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Articles
Manned Systems

Tesla’s FSD Recall Impacts AV Industry

On February 16, 2023, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Tesla had voluntarily agreed to recall 362,758 Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles – the...

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Technology Report
Photonics/Optics

Lumotive’s New LCM Underpins Next-Gen Lidar

“The future happened yesterday” is an appropriate description of the rapid pace of development in automated-driving technology. The expression may be most accurate in sensor tech where,...

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News
AR/AI

Inner Visions

Evolving market realities have OEMs and automated-driving developers adjusting once-aggressive timelines for deploying high-level driving automation. But new materials and safety technology for vehicle interiors continue...

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News
Sensors/Data Acquisition

AV Life After Argo AI

The recent shuttering of Argo AI, one of the autonomous-vehicle industry’s leading tech companies, by Ford and Volkswagen might come as a surprise to commuters in San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona. Those who...

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Energy

Hopeful but Closer Scrutiny for SAE Level 4 Automation

As the auto industry and its suppliers, along with technology developers and startups, recalibrate for what appears to be a new and more pragmatic phase of automated-driving...

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News
Manned Systems

Autonomous Transit Bus Nears Its First Year of Operation

Since May 2022, Michigan State University students, faculty and staff have been able to ride within campus boundaries on an autonomous electric bus, one of the largest...

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News
Power

May Mobility Starts ADA-Compliant AV Transit for Rural Area

Automated-driving system developer May Mobility confirmed in late September that it launched what it called the first public-transit project to deploy American Disability Act...

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Software

New 300-Mm Wafer Fab Is Key to Bosch’s Chip Future

A new semiconductor plant is the single largest investment made by Robert Bosch AG in the 122-year-old company’s history. The facility, in Dresden, Germany, is welcome news to...

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