Category: autonomous vehicle trial

UK's Leading Autonomous Vehicle Show

Autonomous cars given ‘human-like’ reactions to prevent crashes on shared roads

Autonomous vehicles reacted to potential collisions in ‘human-like’ ways thanks to new sensors and algorithms used in a research project. Aimed at “radically” reducing the number of multi-vehicle crashes on motorways, the Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA) R&D project used AI and vehicle-to-vehicle communications to instruct autonomous vehicles to cooperatively make decisions to avoid potential collisions.…
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27th March 2020 0

Tesla files patent for sourcing self-driving training data from its fleet

  Tesla has filed a patent on how to source training data from its large fleet of customer vehicles in order to train its self-driving neural network. The patent was filed for Tesla, but Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s head of AI and Autopilot software, is named as the sole inventor on the application. He describes the…
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26th March 2020 0

Cars with no steering wheels? How to convince people to adopt new tech

With large swathes of the public still uncertain about riding in self-driving cars, what lessons can automakers learn on why a sceptical public is happy to adopt other new technologies? A generation ago we didn’t expect watches to become do-everything computers yet today smartwatches are commonplace. So, what’s next? A car without a steering wheel?…
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25th March 2020 0

New LiDAR Technologies Boosting Autonomous Driving

Autonomous self-driving cars, enabled by Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, are fast becoming a reality on many roads in the developed world. LiDAR acts as the ‘eye’ of self-driving vehicles by providing them with a 360-degree view of its surroundings. The LiDAR system continuously rotates sending thousands of laser pulses every second. These pulses then collide with any surrounding…
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23rd March 2020 0

Are Cameras The Right Answer For Autonomous Vehicles ?

The use of wireless technologies is an integral part of modern life.  Radio, TV, Wi-Fi and Cellular technologies are part of the backbone of the economy. However, even with these established technologies, there are issues with providing adequate coverage. Interference from both man-made and natural sources is a concern.  Today, when issues occur, the result is…
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20th March 2020 0

Lyft ramps up self-driving program

A year ago, Lyft submitted a report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles that summed up its 2018 autonomous vehicle testing activity in a single, short paragraph. “Lyft Inc. did not operate any vehicles in autonomous mode on California public roads during the reporting period,” the letter read. “As such, Lyft Inc. has no autonomous mode…
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10th March 2020 0

Autonomous Nissan Leaf: riding in Britain’s self-driving trailblazer

  The organisers of a record-breaking drive by an autonomous car on UK roads have hailed the event as a major step forward for the technology. A modified self-driving Nissan Leaf travelled 230 miles from the Japanese car maker’s technical centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, to its factory in Sunderland on a trial dubbed the Grand…
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6th March 2020 0

Autonomous flying taxi Cora set for passenger trials in New Zealand

Companies have been saying for years that flying taxis are on the agenda. Now it looks like they’re finally set to take flight. Wisk — a joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk — has signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand government to begin passenger trials of its electric, autonomous aircraft Cora.…
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4th March 2020 0

MIT researchers create new self-driving system that can steer in low visibility settings, including fog and snow

Researchers from MIT have developed a new self-driving car system capable of navigating in low visibility settings, including in fog and snow. The system relies on Localizing Ground Penetrating Radar (LGPR), which takes readings the shape and composition of the road directly below and around the car with electromagnetic pulses. Other self-driving car systems use…
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3rd March 2020 0

Apple Car could make road hazards brighter and easier to see for drivers

Apple’s long-rumoured car could have a headlight system that provides drivers with more awareness of the road, by highlighting areas of interest ahead of the vehicle by making the light shining from the headlights brighter specifically in those regions. While most of the speculation of what Apple’s ongoing automotive efforts have come up relate to…
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20th February 2020 0