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Sensors/Data Acquisition

'Boaring' in on Vehicle-To-Animal Road Safety

A wild boar can ruin a driver’s day — and a lot more. Hitting one of these fast-running (up to 25 mph/40 km/h) and heavy (up to 400 lb/181 kg in the southern U.S.) porkers when they dart...

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Connectivity

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...

Technology Report
Materials

All-Composite EV Wheel Heads to Production

Designed for EV and niche applications, the first commercially viable, low cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel moves to the next phase of development with a pilot production run. The...

Technology Report
Connectivity

Plastics Exec Calls for Standards to Drive New Material Opportunities

The plastics industry is rethinking its next generation of automotive materials to meet new demands in what it calls “the ACCESS framework” – Autonomy,...

News
Unmanned Systems

2020 Hype Cycle for Connected and Smart Mobility

Gartner Inc.’s annual Hype Cycle (below) has become a much-anticipated metric of the maturity and market viability of numerous technologies related to automated driving and new...

Supplier Eye
Unmanned Systems

Understanding the Competitive Dynamic

As summer passes, the industry still is gritting its teeth amidst the restart from months of COVID-driven paralysis. OEMs and suppliers are bracing for a potential second wave, along with the impact...

Articles
Connectivity

Training Data-Hungry AI Algorithms

Training the algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based systems for autonomous or highly automated driving requires enormous volumes of data to be captured and processed. The algorithms must be...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

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...

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Unmanned Systems

Ford, Bosch Demo Automated-Parking Project in Detroit

Ford, Bosch and real estate firm Bedrock are preparing North America’s first demonstration of automated parking in a public garage outfitted with the technology to enable a fleet...

Articles
Unmanned Systems

Autonomy Is Coming to Commercial Vehicles

Despite a pandemic that continues to punish global economic markets, not to mention vehicle manufacturers’ and suppliers’ product plans, many heavy-duty truck makers are not relaxing on...

News
Software

Simulation’s Next Generation

When in recent years it became apparent to developers of autonomous vehicles (AVs) that they could never cumulatively acquire the equivalent of billions of miles of on-road validation necessary to create...

Articles
Unmanned Systems

New Roles for Lidar in Autonomy’s Lower Levels

Laser-based li ght d etection a nd r anging (lidar) sensors were only recently thought to be applicable within the realm of fully automated vehicles (AVs). The spinning lidar...

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Materials

Directing GM’s 3D-Printed Future

Among automakers, General Motors was an early adopter of 3-D printing/additive manufacturing (AM) in the 1980s and is accelerating both its use of, and investment in, the technology. Nearly 40,000...

SAE Standards News
Regulations/Standards

SAE J3300 Pioneers Test-Driver Certification

The best part of my job as editor of SAE Standards News is engaging with the various committee members who volunteer their time for the good of industry, and the SAE staffers who support...

What We’re Driving
Lighting

What We’re Driving: 2020 Nissan Versa SR

The 2020 Nissan Sentra’s most important asset isn’t as obvious as its all-new sheetmetal, although nobody could deny the sharky new body is an immense upgrade over the dowdy previous...

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Unmanned Systems

SAE Live: TuSimple and Penske Executives to Detail the Automated Freight Network Partnership

With pressures from the COVID-19 situation pressuring U.S. business and economic structures, development and deployment of high-level vehicle...

Technology Report
Connectivity

BMW Details New Motorcycle Adaptive Cruise Control

BMW has released details about its new Motorcycle Active Cruise Control (ACC), bringing a popular automotive convenience feature to the two-wheeled realm. The new system, developed in...

News
Manned Systems

Scalable Hardware-Software Interface Answers Overlooked AV Testing Need

In 2016, Oregon-based PolySync introduced DriveKit, a set of open-source hardware and software tools that enabled skunkworks engineering teams to electronically...

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Test & Measurement

Radar Testing with an O-Scope

A new generation of compact radar sensors with long range and high resolution is under development for automated driver assistance systems (ADAS) and future fully autonomous vehicles. Operating in the...

News
Manned Systems

The Electric, Autonomous Revolution Lifts Off

Nearly a quarter-century ago, the Vertical Flight Society, a helicopter-industry group founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, published a graphic dubbed “V/STOL Aircraft and...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Alitheon’s Vision Is Easy Digital Traceability

Imagine a “no-touch” system for tagging and tracing nearly any production part. One that uses off-the-shelf imaging tools including smartphones, generates compact data that can be...

News
Design

Toyota Tops 2020 OEM-Supplier Relations Study

Toyota ranks as the top performer among the six major U.S. and Japanese automakers in all scorecard categories of an annual study focused on the OEM-supplier working relationship. “Toyota...

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
Design

Tata Steel Europe Innovates to Retain the Automotive Materials Lead

In the constantly evolving world of automaking, Dr. Karl Haider, Chief Commercial Officer of Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is certain of one thing: that steel will continue...

News
Imaging

Ford Releasing Comprehensive Dataset to Promote Autonomous R&D

Ford is releasing a comprehensive autonomous vehicle (AV) dataset to the academic and research community to help spur innovation in the field. The package includes data from...

News
AR/AI

Electrifying Opportunities at IAV

Mike Kenhard joined IAV Automotive Engineering as president in 2019, bringing a diverse career in systems engineering and “all sides of engines and engine controls” from his previous experience at...

News
Transportation

Clean Is the New Safety Paradigm for AV Development

Privately-owned vehicles were never so safe as they are today. Nor have they made so much sense. That thought hit me between the nostrils recently, as I sprayed a pungent disinfectant...

News
AR/AI

Kontron’s Embedded Boards Help Drive Autonomy Forward

Transportation technologies driven by autonomy are making partnerships an increasingly important part of vehicle-development strategies. That has created significant openings for...

Articles
Electronics & Computers

Radar’s Evolving Role in ADAS and the AV Future

Until recently, various vehicle OEMs were vying to be first to put self-driving cars on the road by the magical turn of the decade. But as 2020 arrived, the bullish tone has switched to...