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Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2021 5:14 pm
by GRA
Both GCC:
Toyota and partners launching public autonomous shuttle service in Indiana
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/1 ... 2-tmf.html

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the City of Fishers have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to inaugurate a free, public autonomous shuttle service on 20 December 2021 to serve the area surrounding the Nickel Plate Cultural District in Fishers, Indiana.

The AV shuttle service is part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative announced earlier this year by TMF and ESN that previously provided a similar autonomous shuttle service in downtown Indianapolis for six months.

May Mobility will manage a fleet of autonomous, shared vehicles that will operate along a three-mile fixed-route loop with nine designated stops to service the live, work and play districts of downtown Fishers. The hop-on, hop-off service connects the residential area at Pullman Pointe and South Pointe Village apartments to the commercial district along Commercial Drive and Fishers Corner Boulevard, Municipal Drive and 116th Street, including a stop along the new Nickel Plate Trail. Each route stop is identifiable by a sign with route information and a QR code with more information about May Mobility’s technology. . . .

The free service will feature five hybrid Lexus RX 450h vehicles and one wheelchair-accessible Polaris GEM fully electric vehicle and is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., with shuttles arriving every 10- to 15-minutes on a rotating loop. Riders can see live updates of the shuttle’s locations on the Together in Motion Indiana website. . . .

May Mobility established its regional office in Fishers, Indiana, in early 2021. Fishers will be its ninth shuttle deployment since the company began operations. May Mobility recently completed shuttle operations in Indianapolis, Indiana, providing Hoosiers with more than 3,400 rides to school and work from June to November 2021. May Mobility conducts shuttle services in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Arlington, Texas; Hiroshima, Japan; and Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well.


7-Eleven and Nuro launch first commercial autonomous delivery service in California
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/1 ... -niro.html

In collaboration with Nuro, a robotics company transforming local commerce with autonomous vehicles, 7-Eleven is launching the first autonomous commercial delivery in the state of California, enabling its customers in the Mountain View, California service area to order through the 7NOW delivery app to have their products delivered via bot.

Here’s how it works:

Download the 7NOW delivery app through Google Play, the Apple App Store or visit 7NOW.com.

Browse the app . . . Add items to your shopping cart, begin the checkout process, and choose autonomous delivery. Autonomous vehicle deliveries are available daily from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. PT at no additional charge for customers in Mountain View, CA.

The 7NOW delivery app will send updates as the order is processed, and orders will arrive in approximately 30 minutes. Simply meet the autonomous vehicle outside, grab your items from the back of the vehicle and enjoy.

Nuro will begin this delivery service with its autonomous Priuses and later introduce R2 bots, the company’s autonomous robots that are custom-built to transport products and goods without any occupants in the vehicle.

All of Nuro’s Priuses will include an autonomous vehicle operator in the driver seat to monitor the technology and ensure an optimal delivery experience as the service is introduced in the Mountain View area.

Nuro became the first autonomous vehicle company to receive a deployment permit from the California DMV in December, 2020, enabling the launch of this inaugural commercial delivery service in the state in collaboration with 7-Eleven. . . .

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 2:54 pm
by cwerdna
Baidu, Pony.ai Approved for Robotaxi Services in Beijing
https://www.usnews.com/news/technology/ ... in-beijing

California suspends Toyota-backed Pony.ai's driverless testing permit
A Pony.ai vehicle crashed into a road center divider
https://www.engadget.com/california-sus ... 14859.html

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:52 pm
by cwerdna
China’s robotaxis charged ahead in 2021
But their announcements, dotted with regulatory jargon and flowery language, needs a closer look
https://techcrunch.com/2022/01/14/2021-robotaxi-china/

I've only had time to briefly skim bits of the above.

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:02 pm
by gcrouse
https://www.currentaffairs.org/2022/01/ ... -and-tesla

It's a fairly lengthy interview, but worth the read- but there's a decent amount of discussion on autonomous vehicles as a whole when they are trying to put context around Tesla FSD.

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:07 am
by cwerdna
Apple’s self-driving car project hits another speed bump as engineering manager departs
https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/23/apples-s ... r-departs/

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:36 am
by gcrouse
cwerdna wrote: Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:07 am Apple’s self-driving car project hits another speed bump as engineering manager departs
https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/23/apples-s ... r-departs/
I'm curious what Apple's end game, if it's intended more as something for extending their consumer electronics brand or if they are targeting something like robo-taxis ala Tesla and whatever that company is in Phoenix I'm forgetting now.

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 11:48 am
by cwerdna
Waymo?

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 12:29 pm
by knightmb
cwerdna wrote: Mon Jan 24, 2022 11:48 amWaymo?
I believe a remember a video about them. :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrPeC1ez-M4

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:03 pm
by Nubo
gcrouse wrote: Mon Jan 24, 2022 10:36 am
cwerdna wrote: Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:07 am Apple’s self-driving car project hits another speed bump as engineering manager departs
https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/23/apples-s ... r-departs/
I'm curious what Apple's end game, if it's intended more as something for extending their consumer electronics brand or if they are targeting something like robo-taxis ala Tesla and whatever that company is in Phoenix I'm forgetting now.
Just another company fallen sway to the siren-song of "The Next Killer App".

Re: Autonomous Vehicles, LEAF and others...

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 3:06 pm
by LeftieBiker
I'm curious what Apple's end game
They figure that the only way they can charge more for their phones than they do now is if they come with a self-driving car attached.