Jump to content

Welcome to FutureTimeline.forum
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

These ads will disappear if you register on the forum

Photo

Autonomous Vehicles News and Discussions

Tesla autonomous vehicles self-driving cars passenger drones AVs Google Uber Autopilot driverless car self-driving truck

  • Please log in to reply
480 replies to this topic

#381
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Baidu, BAIC adding autopilot to electric cars in 2018, L3 self driving in 2019 and L4 in 2021
brian wang | November 26, 2017 |
1Save

 

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


  • Casey likes this

#382
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

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

By BILL VLASIC | NOV. 29, 2017

~ snip ~

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.

~ snip ~

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

~ snip ~

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.

~ snip ~

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


  • Casey likes this

#383
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

128-laser LiDAR sensor significantly sharpens autonomous cars' vision
Automotive

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.

 

https://newatlas.com...8-sensor/52453/



#384
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Volvo will sell tens of thousands of self driving cars to Uber between 2019-2021
brian wang | December 5, 2017 |
1Save

 

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.

 

https://www.nextbigf...-2019-2021.html


  • Casey likes this

#385
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

General Motors will self driving ride sharing service with electric cars in 2019
brian wang | December 5, 2017 |
1Save

 

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.

 

https://www.nextbigf...rs-in-2019.html


  • Casey and Alislaws like this

#386
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Nissan to conduct public field tests of robo-taxis in Japan next year
Automotive

 

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.

 

https://newatlas.com...xi-japan/52495/



#387
Jakob

Jakob

    Russian Bot

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,815 posts
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.
 
  • Casey, Yuli Ban, mik1192 and 1 other like this

#388
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

The future is here jakob. That is amazing news!



#389
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

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



#390
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

China’s JD.com investing $1.5 billion in self-driving cars
brian wang | December 7, 2017 |
1Save

 

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.

 

https://www.nextbigf...iving-cars.html



#391
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Self driving trucks, trains and drilling save costs and boost mine production
brian wang | December 10, 2017 |
1Save

 

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.

 

https://www.nextbigf...production.html



#392
Yuli Ban

Yuli Ban

    Born Again Singularitarian

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 18,979 posts
  • LocationNew Orleans, LA

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.


And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


#393
Yuli Ban

Yuli Ban

    Born Again Singularitarian

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 18,979 posts
  • LocationNew Orleans, LA


And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


#394
Yuli Ban

Yuli Ban

    Born Again Singularitarian

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 18,979 posts
  • LocationNew Orleans, LA

 

 

If that's true, I'll soon have my "who's laughing now" moment towards anyone who calls it stupid that I won't get my driver's license or invest in a regular car because of upcoming autonomous cars.

 

Looking back, it does feel odd to think that at one point (~2014) I thought I'd never actually need to get a driver's license because AVs were surely on their way. I wonder how many other people currently feel the same way. I want to make a thread on Futurist Impatience (with a better name, obviously), but it's most blatant in this case because of how useful cars are for people in modern society. It's like a high school freshman deciding not to get a job because robots are going to take all of them by the time he or she graduates college. That's a real bold strategy, Cotton.

 

If you're a lurker reading this thread getting excited about the thought of forgoing a driver's license because you'll have an AV in no time— stop reading this.

Don't inflate your expectations to the point where you think the apple tree will be fully grown the day after it sprouts. At no point in the next ten years will you not need a driver's license for medium-to-long distance travel unless you're willing to pay for bus, train, and ride-sharing fares. Now these means of transportation will likely see high levels of automation, especially the further into the 2020s we get. And I'm not saying that you won't be able to buy an AV— most major car manufacturers are chasing after the dream. 

 

But there are many hurdles we have left to clear before we're able to make this a fully mainstream, widespread feature in vehicles. The soonest we can clear them and achieve Level 5 autonomy (i.e. 100% autonomy)  will no strings attached for a fully commercial, fully private car/truck/SUV/whathaveyou that you own is likely not for another decade at the earliest. What Tesla has right now is Level 2 autonomy. What many car companies are aiming for in the short term is Level 4 autonomy. Right now, the best we have is Level 3 autonomy, and that's a damn expensive luxury. Think of each level as being exponentially more difficult to achieve, essentially balancing out exponential growth of computing power and AI capability.

 

By 2025, Level 3 autonomy will almost certainly be a common luxury in most new vehicles, if not already a standard, while Level 4 will be the expensive new thing. When Level 4 autonomy becomes a cheap luxury is when you can reasonably expect to never need a driver's license to sustain yourself in modern life.

 

2025 is still about 7 years off. Starspawn0 believes that Level 4 autonomy is close, but not immediately close.

 

So tldr, if you think that you're off the hook for getting a driver's license (or getting a job or a degree) anytime soon, turn off your brain for a while.


And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


#395
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Rio Tinto Expanding Autonomous Truck Fleet In Australia As Part Of Cost-Cutting Measures

 

December 18th, 2017 by James Ayre

One of the top mining firms in the world, Rio Tinto, has been operating a fleet of autonomous trucks in various parts of Australia as part of its operations there. Building on these earlier and current deployments, the company is now planning to greatly increase the size of the autonomous truck fleet working in Australia’s Pilbara iron-ore region, according to recent reports.

 

https://cleantechnic...tting-measures/



#396
Alislaws

Alislaws

    Democratic Socialist Materialist

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,181 posts
  • LocationLondon

 

 

 

If that's true, I'll soon have my "who's laughing now" moment towards anyone who calls it stupid that I won't get my driver's license or invest in a regular car because of upcoming autonomous cars.

 

So tldr, if you think that you're off the hook for getting a driver's license (or getting a job or a degree) anytime soon, turn off your brain for a while.

*Only applies in the united states, because efficient transportation = socialism. 

 

Here in London its perfectly possible not to have a car. To the point where we charge people for driving in the city centre, because its stupid and they're in the way. (also pollution?)

 

And keep in mind British public transport is considered pretty horrible by European standards. Of course soon London will be a ghost town when everyone leaves after Brexit. 

 

I'd advise you spend a week in the Netherlands, without a car, and see how you do. 

 

Trains, Buses, Trams, Bike Lanes, the occasional boat, they have it all, and since I was last there Uber is now a thing, so its probably even easier to get places. 



#397
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

125 Tesla Semi Trucks Ordered By UPS (New Record)

   

December 19th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

UPS owns a lot of trucks. According to Quora, as of 2015, it had “104,926 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles.” Of that total, 7,200 were “alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.” It also has about 25,000 trucks dedicated to its supply chain delivery operations.

 

https://cleantechnic...ups-new-record/



#398
wjfox

wjfox

    Administrator

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,969 posts
  • LocationLondon


  • Yuli Ban likes this

#399
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Resolution of self driving car sensors improved 1,000-fold to detect objects through fog
brian wang | December 27, 2017

1Save

 

The MIT Camera Culture group present a new approach to time-of-flight imaging that increases its depth resolution 1,000-fold. That’s the type of resolution that could make self-driving cars practical.

The new approach could also enable accurate distance measurements through fog, which has proven to be a major obstacle to the development of self-driving cars.

At a range of 2 meters, existing time-of-flight systems have a depth resolution of about a centimeter. That’s good enough for the assisted-parking and collision-detection systems on today’s cars.

 

https://www.nextbigf...hrough-fog.html



#400
Sciencerocks

Sciencerocks

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,569 posts

Qualcomm Self-Driving Tests Start In California

 https://cleantechnic...rts-california/

December 29th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart

Qualcomm is not sitting idly as the electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle (AV) revolution marches onward. The company has been active with inductive wireless charging and is also present in the AV field, with the Californian Department of Motor Vehicle recently giving it a go-ahead to test self-driving cars.Qualcomm Self-Driving

From chipsets to wireless charging to AV, Qualcomm is a company that covers a lot of technology. Its latest foray into mobility includes testing its self-driving technology on Californian roads. Following Nvidia, Waymo, Baidu, and many others, Qualcomm just got the DMV’s okay to test AVs on its San Diego County roads. It appears to have one vehicle and three drivers for this testing.

 







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Tesla, autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars, passenger drones, AVs, Google, Uber, Autopilot, driverless car, self-driving truck

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users