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Baidu, BAIC adding autopilot to electric cars in 2018, L3 self driving in 2019 and L4 in 2021
brian wang | November 26, 2017 |
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Beiqi, Baidu and Beiqi Automobile announced a strategic cooperation to make Level 4 self driving cars by 2021.

They will create a comprehensive “AI + car” ecosystem in areas such as autonomous driving, car networking and cloud services .

They will explore intelligence upgrades for the auto industry.

Beiqi Group (aka BAIC) is sells the most popular electric car model in China with over 11,000 sold in the month of October.

BAIC has five lines of electric cars and some cars can go up to 400 km on a charge.

 

https://www.nextbigf...l4-in-2021.html


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G.M. Unveils Its Driverless Cars, Aiming to Lead the Pack
Source: New York Times

By BILL VLASIC | NOV. 29, 2017

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On Thursday, G.M. will demonstrate its growing fleet of computer-operated, battery-powered Chevrolet Bolts in San Francisco to dozens of investment analysts, who are eager to evaluate the automaker’s advanced test vehicles.

The event represents a critical step for G.M. as it seeks to establish leadership in the hotly contested race to bring driverless cars to market.

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To emphasize the company’s progress, Mr. Ammann said the cars would be ready for consumer applications in “quarters, not years.”

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So far, the partnership between G.M. and Cruise has produced about 180 autonomous Bolts, which are constantly being tested in San Francisco, as well as in Arizona and Michigan. The company

 

plans to begin tests in Manhattan early next year.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes....rless-cars.html


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128-laser LiDAR sensor significantly sharpens autonomous cars' vision
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In what promises to be a big step forward in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, Velodyne has announced a new 128-channel LiDAR sensor that boasts the longest range and highest-resolution on the market.

LiDAR sensors are used to provide real-time 3D mapping and object detection in many autonomous driving systems. Velodyne LiDAR developed and patented the world's first 3D real-time rotating LiDAR sensor for advanced automotive safety applications in 2005. Its first application was during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge that year, in which autonomous vehicles competed to complete a course through a mock urban environment.

 

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Volvo will sell tens of thousands of self driving cars to Uber between 2019-2021
brian wang | December 5, 2017 |
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There are currently about 100 self-driving Volvos self-driving Volvos on Swedish roads.

In November, 2017, Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 midsize SUV.

 

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General Motors will self driving ride sharing service with electric cars in 2019
brian wang | December 5, 2017 |
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General Motors plans to introduce an autonomous ride-sharing service to several big cities in 2019.

GM outlined its vision to reinvent itself. GM wants a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.

GM sells 2.7 million cars a year and sodl 150,000 electric vehicles. GM has the Bolt electric car.

GM bought self-driving startup Cruise in 2016. The GM self driving division went from a staff of 90 in 2016 to 1,200 today and will be 2100 in 2018. GM hired Uber’s CTO, Netflix’s chief HR officer and Google’s head of mapping operations.

GM says it can reduce the average cost of ride-sharing services from roughly $2-3 a mile to “well under” $1 a mile by 2025 with in-house production of LIDAR sensors and battery cells. GM cars will help create the world’s largest internet of things platform.

 

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Nissan to conduct public field tests of robo-taxis in Japan next year
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Nissan has made no bones about its plans for autonomous cars, boldly stating its intent to bring several self-driving vehicles to market by 2020 and recently testing a prototype on the streets of Tokyo. Now the Japanese automaker has announced it will be kicking off public field tests of a newly unveiled robo-vehicle taxi service in 2018.

Announced this week, the Easy Ride mobility service was jointly developed by Nissan and DeNA, a Japanese company that builds mobile and e-commerce websites. The partnership aims to dovetail DeNA's AI and internet experience with Nissan's technical expertise in autonomous driving technologies.

 

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Insurance Companies Are Now Offering Discounts if You Let Your Tesla Drive Itself

 

In Brief Self-driving cars are expected to make our roads safer. Now, UK insurance company Direct Line is offering a discount to customers who use Tesla Autopilot to facilitate research into its effects.
 
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Lyft puts driverless cars to work in Boston
December 6, 2017
 

Autonomous cars developed by the US tech firm nuTonomy, such as one seen here in Singapore in 2016, will be hitting the streets of Boston as the ridesharing group Lyft deploys self-driving vehicles

Lyft on Wednesday began rolling out self-driving cars with users of the smartphone-summoned ride service in Boston in a project with technology partner nuTonomy.

 

Read more at: https://phys.org/new...boston.html#jCp


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China’s JD.com investing $1.5 billion in self-driving cars
brian wang | December 7, 2017 |
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Chinese online retailer JD.com has entered the autonomous driving fray and will invest 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) in a project in Changsha, an equipment-manufacturing hub in Hunan province.

The Beijing company, founded by internet entrepreneur Richard Liu Qiangdong, joins the ranks of technology giants Google and Baidu, which have been pumping billions into the development of self-driving technology along with established car makers.

JD.com has been investing heavily in an automated fleet to boost efficiency and cut costs.
The online retailer has been using drones for delivery and runs unmanned sorting centres. In September, it said it was building two electric van models with SAIC Motor and Dongfeng Motor, respectively, which would operate between the company’s distribution centres and future delivery stations in urban areas.

 

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Self driving trucks, trains and drilling save costs and boost mine production
brian wang | December 10, 2017 |
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The mining company Rio Tinto has been running robotic trucks for over ten years. Seventy-six of their 400 mining trucks are robotic.

The robotic self driving trucks are 15% cheaper to run.

Robotic drilling can run for almost a third longer on average than with manned rigs, and to churn through 10% more meters per hour.

 

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Elon Musk updates timeline for a self-driving car

Speaking at a conference on artificial intelligence yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk updated his timeline prediction for a fully self-driving car  to 2 years. He also predicts that  another year after that cars will be significantly better drivers than humans.
Now it’s interesting to look into how Tesla’s self-driving effort plays into this prediction.

There’s no doubt that Musk is pushing back his timeline on fully autonomous driving.
Almost exactly two years ago, Musk predicted that autonomous driving would be ready in two years– though he emphasized that it wouldn’t necessarily be commercialized due to regulation.
Now at the conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) yesterday, Musk said that they could achieve some level of full self-driving within two years, but that the more important timeline would be 3 years, at which point self-driving capabilities would be significantly better than human drivers.


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