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Energy

Platooning Still Promising for Trucking

There is “no business case” for platooning, or the electronic coupling of two or more trucks in close formation. That was the assessment of Daimler Trucks in 2019 when it decided to pause its...

News
Software

In-Vehicle Software and Services Are Transforming the Industry

The auto industry is undergoing its most dramatic transformation in more than a century, and tomorrow’s vehicles will not only be electrified but as directly linked to the...

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Regulations/Standards

C-2VX Is Finally Gaining Momentum in the U.S.

Vehicle to everything (V2X) communications has had a rough go in North America. After more than a decade of development on the Wi-Fi-based dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)...

Articles
Transportation

Truck Platooning an Evolving Pathway to Full Autonomy

“We are tantalizingly close,” a recent blog post by Pittsburgh-based Locomation asserted regarding true driverless vehicles navigating public roadways. “But the challenges that...

The Navigator
AR/AI

The Navigator: Mapping the Way to Safe Automated Driving

When it comes to automated driving systems (ADS), Tesla CEO Elon Musk often runs counter to the consensus of almost everyone else in the sector. His disdain for lidar sensing is...

Articles
Regulations/Standards

'Level 2+': Making Automated Driving Profitable, Mainstream

Soon after SAE International released its J3016 “Levels of Automated Driving” standard in January 2014, engineers and product planners working in automated-vehicle...

News
Unmanned Systems

Smart Tech Revolutionizing the Traffic Light

Every motorist has experienced the frustration of waiting at a red light when there is no traffic in sight. These days, countless household devices use sensors, cameras and connectivity to...

News
Connectivity

Illuminating New Roles for Vehicle Lighting

Vehicle lighting used to be about seeing and being seen, but Audi has much larger ambitions for automotive illumination. New LED and digital control technologies are moving the humble headlamp...

News
Unmanned Systems

Volvo Cars Mixes Virtual with Real-World Testing

Volvo Cars engineers who do a lot of test-track driving are trading their typical street-clothes attire for some serious “tech style.” They’re getting behind the wheel wearing a...

Articles
Unmanned Systems

Accelerating AV Training Data and Testing

Generating reliable training data to support deep learning for autonomous vehicle (AV) artificial intelligence (AI) via real-world recorded scenarios can be expensive, time inefficient and...

News
Connectivity

Cellular V2X Pilot Launching in Virginia

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology is going live via a pilot program in Virginia, with the specific goals of improving work-zone and traffic-signal safety. The Virginia Department...

Articles
Manned Systems

Special Delivery – by ‘Bot

When road users and pedestrians in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, first view the REV-1 in action, they see a funky little electric three-wheeler quietly navigating the city’s streets on its own. Observers...

Briefs
Materials

Retroreflective Material for Nighttime Color-Changing Road Signs

The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.

SAE Standards News
Connectivity

New Cooperative Driving Automation Standard Provides Clarity to Support Advancement of Full Automation

In May, amid quarantine and lockdowns for the Coronavirus pandemic, SAE International published SAE J3216 Standard: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Cooperative Driving Automation for On-Road Motor Vehicles. The new standard...

News
Data Acquisition

Speeding AV Testing with a Digital Twin

A European company has developed time-saving simulation software for users of the University of Michigan’s Mcity CAV (connected and autonomous vehicle) testing facility in Ann Arbor. It has...

News
Power

New EU Patent System Could Unify and Simplify Process

To engineers who are developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, the legal landscape around innovation can look increasingly complex. And the patent path may seem daunting. But...

News
Software

CES 2020: Cartica AI’s Simpler Solution for Autonomous Vision

The wide rollout of autonomous vehicles (AVs) will require advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and significant computing horsepower. The efficiency and effectiveness of...

Q&A
Manned Systems

ZF Advancing ADAS, Autonomy with Next-Gen Sensors

Together with its many partners, ZF supplies camera and radar technology and advanced components for both the passenger car and truck markets, the latter being especially suited for the...

News
Test & Measurement

New Proving-Ground Tools Needed to Manage AV Testing

According to Dr. Richard Simpson, principal systems engineer at test systems’ supplier AB Dynamics, a universal command and control system for test-track operators is vital to...

Articles
RF & Microwave Electronics

Mapping Canada — Centimeter by Centimeter

Fully-automated vehicles will only be as smart as the datasets they use to determine their driving pathways. Jakarto Cartographie 3D, a young company based in Montreal, is working on...

News
Manned Systems

AirMap and Skyguide Deploy Swiss National Flight Information Management System for Drones

Swiss air navigation service provider, skyguide, AirMap, Inc. – the leading global airspace intelligence platform for drones, and the Swiss...

Articles
Manned Systems

Trucks with Intuition

The automotive and commercial vehicle industries are working on answers to a tremendous number of questions no one bothered to ask before. Volvo, for example, wants to know if vehicles can have human intuition.

Q&A
Test & Measurement

Peloton CEO Talks Level 4 ‘Automated Following’

Daimler Trucks abruptly hit the brakes on its platooning activities, announcing at CES 2019 in January that analysis of its years-long testing on U.S. roads showed no business case for...

News
Connectivity

Qualcomm Ready with Next-Gen Mobility Connectivity Hardware

If you start doing the modem math on the “everything-connected-to-everything” world swiftly headed our way, you could be in a worse position than the San Diego-based comm...

News
Connectivity

2019 World Traffic Safety Symposium Focuses on AV Regulation

How should automated vehicles (AV) avoid erroneous traffic tickets? How can highway work zones be standardized to enable safe AV use? Are bridges structurally sound enough to...

Briefs
Test & Measurement

Developing Knowledge and Understanding for Autonomous Systems for Analysis and Assessment Events and Campaigns

There are many challenges in developing complete performance ontologies and test methodologies to define and evaluate the...

News
Connectivity

'Road Race' for AV Testing May Be Slowing

Chris Hoyle, Technical Director of software specialist rFpro, believes the race by auto and technology companies to be ahead of competitor programs involving autonomous vehicle (AV) testing on...

Articles
Connectivity

Computer-Generated Scenes Provide Virtual Testing for Autonomous Vehicles

The next million miles of autonomous-vehicle test roadways await in a start-up company’s virtual -orld toolbox that is targeting its next release for early...

Articles
Connectivity

Extending EV Range with AV Programming

Increasing the range of electric vehicles (EV) in a practical cost-effective way has become a primary challenge for the industry. However, current efforts to increase EVs’ market acceptance, via...