Although Waymo's test fleet has logged 5 million miles driving in autonomous mode on public roads, it still may be far from what it needs to do.
A 2016 study by RAND Corp determined that demonstrating the reliability of autonomous vehicle technology to handle anything that could happen on public roads, in terms of reducing traffic fatalities and injuries, could require hundreds of millions or even hundreds of billions of test miles.
“They do have a meaningful lead – nobody else comes close to the millions of miles Waymo has driven on roads over the past decade,” said Nidhi Kalra, a San Francisco-based RAND scientist who was the lead author of the 2016 report. “It means they are finding the rarer and trickier situations and learning more and more. There’s just no true substitute for this.”
Read the article at Forbes.
At Nuance Communications’ Drive Lab in Farmington Hills, you will hear terms like “cognitive arbitrator” and “gaze detection” as engineers take voice recognition into new areas.
By creating a system that links the ability to recognize spoken commands to gaze detection, the driver will be able to ask about signs, businesses and attractions along the road and receive suggestions based on his or her preferences.
“The idea is to be able to make anything a designer can draw,” said Bob Kinney, Faurecia vice president of engineering and R&D.
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.
ARI’s team of truck and supply chain specialists set to discuss the latest fleet management challenges as well as the company’s ongoing Amazon Alexa pilot program
ARI® will once again exhibit at NTEA’s annual Work Truck Show held March 6-9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Located at booth #4784, ARI’s team of truck and supply chain specialists will be on hand to explore solutions for some of today’s most critical fleet challenges.
ARI will also host a press conference on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in room #242 that will provide an overview of the company’s ongoing Alexa integration pilot program which allows fleet managers to request fleet data with simple voice commands from any Alexa-enabled device.
As the industry and government were pushing diesel vehicles on the promise of cutting carbon dioxide emissions, the world is now more urgently addressing its NOx emissions which have fouled urban areas and contribute to 40,000-50,000 premature deaths a year in the UK alone from air pollution.
This week, judges decided that German cities in the heart of Europe’s biggest car market, have the right to ban diesels on their streets, and Rome’s mayor proposed an outright ban from 2024, a year before Paris expects the same.
"The bottom is falling out of the diesel car market, to the point where one of Mark Lavery, chief executive of Cambria Automobiles managing directors couldn’t persuade his own mother to buy one: “His mum is 74, has driven a diesel for the last 15 years and has now changed it for a petrol one – a higher carbon-emitting, more polluting car.”
Read the article at The Guardian.
Autoweek Following automakers such as Tesla and Volvo in introducing a semiautonomous system, Cadillac took its time in the rollout of Super Cruise, beating out other companies to demonstrate the first coast-to-coast hands-free drive in a production vehicle on U.S. freeways last year. Super Cruise enables hands-free driving by tracking facial expressions to detect whether […]
FLEXY Awards honor High-Impact Fleet Professionals
NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces that finalists for NAFA’s 2018 Fleet Excellence Awards have been chosen. Winners will be named during the Sixth Annual Fleet Excellence Awards presentation on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. during NAFA’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E).
The Fleet Excellence Awards (or FLEXY for short) shine a spotlight on those who have impacted fleet management in both the corporate and public fleet segments during the previous year. Three finalists were chosen for each of the seven categories.
Although Lord Nicholas Stern is "more worried that I was a decade ago," technological advances in the auto industry offer some hope for the future against the impact of climate change.
Ford Motor Company says it is planning to build 40 electrified vehicles for its global lineup by 2022. Sixteen of the new vehicles will be fully electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids, executives said.
“No one can predict the consequences of climate change with complete certainty; but we now know enough to understand the risks. Mitigation – taking strong action to reduce emissions – must be viewed as an investment, a cost incurred now and in the coming few decades to avoid the risks of very severe consequences in the future,” the Stern Review noted.
“If these investments are made wisely, the costs will be manageable, and there will be a wide range of opportunities for growth and development along the way,” it added.
Stern said this week the challenges remain daunting. The world will be required, by population growth, the size of global economy is likely to double in the next 20 years and the urban population around the world in the next 35 years.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
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