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Latest from AutonomouStuff | November Newsletter

Latest from AutonomouStuff | November Newsletter | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

"AutonomouStuff is your SINGLE SOURCE supplier for LIDAR, RADAR, VISION, GPS and Computing products."

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If you seek technical detail, here's a monthly newsletter you can use to observe the kind of sensors and electronic equipment that is available to put in automated vehicles.

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U.S. DOT issues Federal Policy for safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

U.S. DOT issues Federal Policy for safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

Policy includes a 15 Point Safety Assessment, model state policy, NHTSA’s current regulatory tools, and a description of modern regulatory tools.

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Amazon has set up a think tank dedicated to driverless technology

Amazon has set up a think tank dedicated to driverless technology | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
The Seattle-based company won't build its own delivery vehicles but will invest in existing robotics, it is rumoured. Amazon could use driverless trucks and drones to deliver parcels.
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I attended the Amazon 'Radical Urban Transportation Salon' on April 21 and there was no mention made of an Amazon think tank on driverless technology.
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Secretive Robotaxi Startup Zoox Prepares for Real-World Testing

Secretive Robotaxi Startup Zoox Prepares for Real-World Testing | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Exclusive update on Zoox’s plans for a fully autonomous taxi
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Vehicle is being configured for supplementary operation by remote human control, as well as by whatever autonomous robotic operating characteristics it may have.
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Safety Assurance for Highly
Automated Driving – The
PEGASUS Approach (pdf)

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Presented in a workshop at the January 2017 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Describes a sophisticated approach to ensuring that automated driving, SAE Level 3, is going to be a safety improvement.
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Uber’s self-driving cars start picking up passengers in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars start picking up passengers in San Francisco | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
The autonomous cars won't operate completely driverless, for the time being – as in Pittsburgh, where Uber launched self-driving Ford Focus vehicles this..
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Permit for operation from State of California was claimed by Uber not to be needed since two Uber staffers are sitting in the front seat monitoring and ready to take over control, which happens frequently.  However, the State of California disagreed on December 14 and ordered Uber to stop automated vehicle operations until a permit is obtained.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/california-dmv-calls-uber-s-san-francisco-self-driving-cars-illegal
Uber as of December 16 is refusing to comply with State DMV order.  "Uber's position is that the semi-autonomous car system it is testing here is really no different from current advanced driver assistance systems available now for owners of Teslas and other cars that help with parking and collision avoidance."  -- http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/16/uber-says-its-self-driving-cars-dont-need-calif-permit/95534976/

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Local, foreign researchers warn: Roadway automation will bring on fresh problems

Local, foreign researchers warn: Roadway automation will bring on fresh problems | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

"...the transition [from robotic control] back to driver-controlled driving could be an especially risky time."

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What a Trump presidency means for the future of self-driving cars

What a Trump presidency means for the future of self-driving cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Carmakers and tech companies working on self-driving cars are pushing back against the Obama administration’s request to share data and safety specifications with the federal government. 
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Just Eat completes 'world’s first' takeaway delivery by a ROBOT

Just Eat completes 'world’s first' takeaway delivery by a ROBOT | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Online takeaway ordering service Just Eat claims to have made the world's first robot delivery of an online food order - a Turkish meal of falafel and lamb - to a woman in Greenwich, South London.
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University Of Waterloo Researchers Will Test Self-Driving Cars In Ontario

University Of Waterloo Researchers Will Test Self-Driving Cars In Ontario | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Road testing of self-driving cars on the public roads of Ontario will commence soon, following researchers at the University of Waterloo being granted approval for this by the Ministry of Transport…...
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U.S. transportation officials looking for driverless car proving grounds

U.S. transportation officials looking for driverless car proving grounds | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a competition to identify proving grounds for the development of self-driving cars, and the new American Center for Mobility in Michigan could be a contender.
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Apple Tells The NHSTA They’re Excited About Self-Driving Cars | Tech | Geek.com

Apple Tells The NHSTA They’re Excited About Self-Driving Cars | Tech | Geek.com | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Apple has finally shed some light on their self-driving car plans. Not a particularly bright light, mind you, but that wouldn’t have been very Apple-y, would it?
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Ford’s autonomous cars are rolling into Europe next year

Ford’s autonomous cars are rolling into Europe next year | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
As part of its ambitious plan to have a self-driving car ready for ride-hailing services in 2021, Ford has announced it's expanding its autonomous technology testing to European roads next year.
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Delphi and Mobileye to Conduct Automated Driving’s Most Complex, Real-World Demonstration at CES 2017

Delphi and Mobileye to Conduct Automated Driving’s Most Complex, Real-World Demonstration at CES 2017 | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Electronic mapping described as unnecessary for functionality in a Delphi-Mobileye combination.
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Automated Driver Assistance Systems are advancing rapidly toward more capability to handle complex driving environments.
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HR3388.pdf

Bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives about highly automated driving systems, which are defined.
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This is the text of a prospective law passed by one of the two U.S. legislative chambers.  Before the ideas in the bill can take effect, the Senate needs to pass a bill like this; agreement needs to be achieved on a common bill; and President Trump needs to sign it into law. This is likely to happen, because of bi-partisan support for U.S. technology progress
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Waymo seeks Arizona volunteers for rides in self-driving cars

Waymo seeks Arizona volunteers for rides in self-driving cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Eight years and two million miles after Google began to build self-driving car technology, it's ready for passengers.
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The volunteering riders in this service do not sit in the operator position of the vehicle. A Waymo employee sits behind the steering wheel as a driver to oversee the automated system and intervene a bit of human control if necessary. 
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Paris experiments with driverless buses

Paris experiments with driverless buses | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Paris began its first experiment with driverless buses on Monday, with city officials saying they were eager to prepare for the coming "revolution" of autonomous vehicles.
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A simple way to begin completely driverless transit operations.
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USDOT Announces New Federal Committee on Automation

New Federal Committee on Automation
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First meeting held on a Federal holiday!  Established under a Federal law; likely to continue in the new administration.
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Google’s self-driving car unit spins out as Waymo

Google’s self-driving car unit spins out as Waymo | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Google is spinning out its self-driving car unit as a separate company called Waymo, the company announced today. The name is derived from its mission of..
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Interesting details provided on the testing on public streets so far.
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Uber in Artificial-Intelligence Drive After Buying Startup

Uber in Artificial-Intelligence Drive After Buying Startup | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Uber is creating a new division to develop artificial intelligence technology, after agreeing to acquire Geometric Intelligence, a New York-based artificial intelligence startup founded by academics.
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According to this report, the new acquisition will become a new Uber organizational unit called "AI Labs" with the mission "to develop technology that makes self-driving cars more efficient. That includes improving traffic prediction, language comprehension and visual understanding. Of late, machines have become adept at characterizing objects, said [Geometric Intelligence CEO Gary Marcus], but they’re not so good at understanding the changing conditions of a scene—a capability that will be crucial to achieving fully autonomous driving."
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Baidu Begins Public Self-Driving Vehicle Testing In Wuzhen, China

Baidu Begins Public Self-Driving Vehicle Testing In Wuzhen, China | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
The Chinese tech giant Baidu has begun public testing of its self-driving vehicle technology along a 2 mile (3.16 kilometer) stretch of road in Wuzhen, China.
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BMW to start testing self-driving vehicles in 2017

BMW to start testing self-driving vehicles in 2017 | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
In a statement release today, BMW said it will begin test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms like Uber and Lyft.
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Nissan to sell self-driving option on some 2017 models

Nissan to sell self-driving option on some 2017 models | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Nissan will include a self-driving option with the 2017 Qashqai for “around £1,500 ($1,910) in the U.K.”, according to Takashi Shirakawa.
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Uber Bets on Artificial Intelligence With Acquisition and New Lab

Uber Bets on Artificial Intelligence With Acquisition and New Lab | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
With the Geometric Intelligence deal, Uber wants to make major advances in how the computers behind self-driving vehicles think and make decisions on the road.
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Intel Is Getting Serious about Autonomous Car Technology

Intel Is Getting Serious about Autonomous Car Technology | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Intel announced the formation of an Automated Driving Group to help it research self-driving vehicles.
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How self-driving buses could help fix the Seattle region’s traffic mess

How self-driving buses could help fix the Seattle region’s traffic mess | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Transit policy analysts say self-driving buses could play a role in easing congestion, alongside mass transit and driverless cars.
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CATES is working to make the Seattle region more open to pilot projects demonstrating driverless transit.
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