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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:47 am

Aptiv’s self-driving cars have given 100,000 paid rides on the Lyft app
https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/11/aptiv ... -lyft-app/

I found https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/new ... es-on.html from Dec 5, 2019. Here are a few bits:
Waymo One year in review:

1,500-plus monthly active riders.
Tripled the number of weekly riders since January 2019.
More than 100,000 total rides served since launching the early rider programs first in Phoenix in April 2017.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:32 am

Ex-Waymo driver arrested for causing one of its vans to hit his car
Waymo called him a 'disgruntled' former contractor.
https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/13/way ... eliberate/

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Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:27 pm

GCC:
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics expand public road testing in the US for automated truck technology
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... rtorc.html


. . . The team completed initial mapping of additional routes in January. These public road testing efforts allow the teams to collect data from real-world traffic scenarios beyond what can be learned from computer simulations and closed road courses.

Initial public road testing started in southwest Virginia last year, where Torc is headquartered. The supportive state and local governments, combined with the well-developed infrastructure and highway systems allow the teams rigorously to test, to develop and to deploy the automated system.

The Autonomous Technology Group will continue to test the next generation of automated driving software in Virginia and will add the upcoming new routes to the data collecting. This extensive testing is part of Daimler Trucks’ and Torc’s comprehensive validation approach to bring safe highly automated trucks to the road. . . .

In joining their extensive testing experience, Daimler Trucks and Torc have developed a comprehensive validation approach and safety protocols for automated driving and are completely aligned with the federal framework policy for testing and commercial deployment of SAE Level 4 automated trucks.

All automated runs require both an engineer overseeing the system and a highly trained safety driver certified by Daimler Trucks and Torc. All safety drivers hold commercial driver’s licenses and are specially trained in vehicle dynamics and automated systems. . . .
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Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:25 pm

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detai ... eport_2019

I haven't had a chance to look thru most of it but Tesla finally filed something recent that was non-zero. They did 12.2 miles of autonomous testing on CA public roads during the ~2019 period. Was in April 2019 which happens to be the same month as "autonomy day".

I found a summary at https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... port-2019/.

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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:34 am

cwerdna wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:25 pm
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detai ... eport_2019

I haven't had a chance to look thru most of it but Tesla finally filed something recent that was non-zero. They did 12.2 miles of autonomous testing on CA public roads during the ~2019 period. Was in April 2019 which happens to be the same month as "autonomy day".

I found a summary at https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... port-2019/.
Thanks for sharing. We all know price and range are talked all of the time but I think Autonomous is going to become huge it the next 5 years.

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Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:44 pm

GCC:
Consumer Reports calls for major safety improvements across auto industry after NTSB findings in Tesla investigation
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... 26-cr.html


In light of new findings by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) related to investigation of a fatal Tesla crash in 2018 related to Tesla Autopilot, Consumer Reports called for manufacturers to include key safety features in any vehicle that has an active driving assistance system and for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that is the case.
  • This shouldn’t be considered optional. Manufacturers and NHTSA must make sure that these driver-assist systems come with critical safety features that actually verify drivers are monitoring the road and ready to take action at all times. Otherwise, the safety risks of these systems could end up outweighing their benefits.

    The evidence is clear, and continuing to pile up, that if a car makes it easier for people to take their attention off the road, they’re going to do so—with potentially deadly consequences. So far, federal safety regulators have done little to reduce these risks, and the NTSB makes clear that NHTSA’s hands-off approach is far too weak. It’s time for NHTSA to go beyond mere words and take some real, forceful action to keep people safe.


    —Ethan Douglas, senior policy analyst for cars and product safety at Consumer Reports. . . .

Also see this and subsequent posts in the "Tesla's Autopilot - on the road" topic, which includes a link to the NTSB report: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=22213&start=600#p579678
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Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:13 am

Waymo brings in $2.25 billion from outside investors, Alphabet
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/02/waymo ... -alphabet/
Waymo, the former Google self-driving car project that is now a business under Alphabet, said Monday it raised $2.25 billion in a fundraising round led by Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Mubadala Investment Company.

This is the company’s first external investment, which also included Magna, Andreessen Horowitz and AutoNation and its parent company Alphabet.

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Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:46 pm

ABG:
Autonomous delivery bots are roaming the streets of Michigan
The Rev-1 robot is bringing food to the people of Ann Arbor
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/03/05/rev ... ous-robot/

Autonomous delivery bot working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Refraction AI is currently testing its autonomous REV-1 robot. REV-1 is a cargo bot designed to make deliveries in urban areas. It has a delivery radius of one mile and can be loaded with up to 80 pounds of groceries, food, or medicine. REV-1 can operate in both car or bike lanes and is designed to operate in all weather conditions. It has a top speed of 12 mph. Once REV-1 has arrived at a customer’s home, a notification is sent so the items can be retrieved from the cargo bay. REV-1 is currently making food deliveries in Ann Arbor.
There's a video.
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Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:09 pm

GCC:
USDOT releases report on automated vehicles and adverse weather
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... usdot.html

. . . Vehicles with automated features to assist the driver in a variety of driving tasks, including steering and braking, are increasingly available on the road. Although these vehicles are manufactured with sensors, perception systems, and software to allow them to drive in various environmental conditions, most of the currently available systems are not designed to operate in all adverse weather conditions.

Like other vehicles, AVs must perform in a variety of adverse weather conditions. The report summarizes the findings of a Federal Highway Administration project that conducted 1) a literature review; 2) two experiments to observe the performance of AVs and their sensor systems under controlled conditions; and 3) three listening sessions with stakeholders. The report also provides background information on AVs and outstanding research needs.

Key findings of the report include important guidance for the future of AVs and AV research. For example, the limitations of AVs are not fully understood. Some of the vehicles studied for the report were challenged when exposed to adverse weather, and the team observed a significant amount of performance inconsistency from vehicle to vehicle. Some tested vehicles used different approaches to automation and driver assistance.

The report found that advancements in data connectivity, infrastructure support, and rulemaking are needed to improve safety and achieve higher levels of automation. In addition, state and local agencies must be better equipped to provide advice on AV use in adverse conditions.

Direct link to the 83 page report, which while long is well worth the read:
Automated Vehicles and Adverse Weather: Final Report
https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/43772

It's a bit odd that the report date is 2019-06-01 and we're only seeing it now, but maybe they've updated it for the "Final" version. They ran tests on five vehicles with L2 ADAS, all but one 2018 cars, with one 2016 for comparison. While they don't identify them, people with experience of how their ADAS-equipped vehicle display info will probably be able to recognize their model.
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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:14 pm

GRA wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:46 pm
ABG:
Autonomous delivery bots are roaming the streets of Michigan
The Rev-1 robot is bringing food to the people of Ann Arbor
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/03/05/rev ... ous-robot/

Autonomous delivery bot working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Refraction AI is currently testing its autonomous REV-1 robot. REV-1 is a cargo bot designed to make deliveries in urban areas. It has a delivery radius of one mile and can be loaded with up to 80 pounds of groceries, food, or medicine. REV-1 can operate in both car or bike lanes and is designed to operate in all weather conditions. It has a top speed of 12 mph. Once REV-1 has arrived at a customer’s home, a notification is sent so the items can be retrieved from the cargo bay. REV-1 is currently making food deliveries in Ann Arbor.
There's a video.
An area sorta near where I live had these robots delivering groceries from a local supermarket: https://www.starship.xyz/.

The posts on Nextdoor were pretty amusing about how some of them would dangerously cross the street. I think someone posted a video of getting stuck unable to climb a sidewalk. Someone posted about how one of them almost became their new hood ornament. I talked to a worker from that company at CES a few months ago at a sub-booth of https://www.tdk-ventures.com/news. Apparently, TDK Ventures funded them.

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