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New Software Increases Safety of Autonomous Vehicles in Traffic Situations

new software increases safety of autonomous vehicles in traffic situations

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Phil Duffy,  is the VP of Product, Program & UX Design at Brain Corp a San Diego-based technology company specializing in the development of intelligent, autonomous navigation systems for everyday machines.
The company was co-founded in 2009 by world-renowned computational neuroscientist, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, and serial tech entrepreneur, Dr. Allen Gruber. Brain Corp’s initial work involved advanced R&D for Qualcomm Inc. and DARPA. The company is now focused on developing advanced machine learning and computer vision systems for the next generation of self-driving robots.
Brain Corp powers the largest fleet of  autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with over 10,000 robots deployed or enabled worldwide and works with several Fortune 500 customers like Walmart and Kroger.
What attracted you initially to the field of robotics?
My personal interest in developing robots over the last two decades stems from the fact that intelligent robots are one of the two major unfulfilled dreams of the last century—the other dream being flying cars.
Scientists, science-fiction writers, and filmmakers all predicted we would have intelligent robots doing our bidding and helping us in our daily lives a long time ago. As part of fulfilling that vision, I am passionate about developing robots that tackle the repetitive, dull, …

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Hands Free: Transportation ministry details regulations for autonomous vehicle experimentation

hands free: transportation ministry details regulations for autonomous vehicle experimentation

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In the case of a “serious safety event,” the experiment will be immediately frozen, says ministry document Tomer Hadar 11:1631.08.20 Future experimentation of autonomous vehicles in Israel is set to be accompanied by a series of reservations and special definitions, including specific reference to what the Ministry of Transportation calls a “serious safety event,” according to draft legislation distributed by the ministry.

 Two weeks ago the ministry announced its plan to regulate the experimentation in law due to the fact that there are dozens of companies developing solutions for autonomous vehicles in the country.

 
A driver lets go of the steering wheel in an autonomous vehicle experiment. Photo: Bloomberg Though a special autonomous vehicle testing ground is set to be established in the coastal city of Ashdod, the draft legislation addresses experiments set to take place on public roads. The definitions in the draft reveal that not all the vehicles taking part in the experiments will be fully self-driving, but rather split into four categories depending on the level of vehicle autonomy.

 The most autonomous vehicles, those that come from the manufacturing plant fully self-driving, will be defined as “independent vehicles” and receive a note to that effect in the vehicle …

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Uber safety driver in autonomous car charged in 2018 fatality – France 24

uber safety driver in autonomous car charged in 2018 fatality – france 24

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An Uber safety driver at the wheel of an autonomous car during a 2018 accident in Arizona that killed a pedestrian has been charged with negligent homicide, prosecutors said.The Maricopa County prosecutor’s office said in a statement Tuesday that 46-year-old Rafaela Vasquez had been indicted in the death of Elaine Herzberg on March 18, 2018.Vasquez was behind the wheel of the Uber self-driving car operating in autonomous mode when it struck and killed Herzberg, who was pushing a bicycle across an unlit section of roadway at night.No charges were filed immediately after the incident, but a National Transportation Safety Board investigation found that Vasquez, who was able to take the controls from the autonomous car at any time, “was visually distracted throughout the trip by a personal cell phone.””Distracted driving is an issue of great importance in our community,” said Maricopa prosecutor Allister Adel.”When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they have a responsibility to control and operate that vehicle safely and in a law-abiding manner.”Officials said Vasquez pleaded not guilty and was released with an ankle monitor.The incident halted Uber’s testing and raised questions …

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Uber Driver Charged in Fatal 2018 Autonomous Car Crash

uber driver charged in fatal 2018 autonomous car crash

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An Uber backup driver who was behind the wheel of Volvo XC90 autonomous prototype in March 2018 when the vehicle struck and a killed pedestrian has been charged with negligent homicide, Reuters reports. Rafaela Vasquez was charged by prosecutors and released months ahead of a trial scheduled to start in February 2021, after pleading not guilty to the charge.

Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a road in Tempe, Arizona, became the first person to be killed by an autonomous vehicle, an event that took place after over three dozen other crashes by Uber vehicles testing autonomous technology between September 2016 and March 2018. Most of those other incidents involved other vehicles hitting Uber prototypes, 25 of which involved vehicles rear-ending Uber prototypes, as the company pointed out at the time. While the charges against Vasquez were not an entirely unforeseen development in the case, the timing is unusual in that it has taken two and a half years for prosecutors to decide to charge the driver. In most cases, this would have happened much sooner and would have also likely been resolved sooner, both in regards to criminal charges and likely also the civil charges. This is not the only litigation tied …

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Global ADAS & Autonomous Driving Technology Report 2020-2040: Current Effect of COVID-19 on Development of Autonomous Driving Technologies and its Future Impact

global adas & autonomous driving technology report 2020-2040: current effect of covid-19 on development of autonomous driving technologies and its future impact

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DUBLIN, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Edition 2020, ADAS & Autonomous Driving Technology – Market & Industry Analysis, Forecast – 2020 – 2040” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
By the end of 2020, the global passenger vehicle demand is predicted to plunge by 11% due to Covid-19 pandemic and commercial vehicle industry is expected to witness a fall in the demand for the first time in the decade. All the major markets are estimated to witness sharp decline, while, the countries including the U.S., Italy, India, France, South Korea, Japan, China, United Kingdom, and Spain are expected to witness fall of more than 10%. From a more optimistic perspective, the year 2021 could see a positive growth- curve in terms of passenger cars demand; however, the auto industry would at least need minimum of 5 years’ time to regain the sales volumes of 2019. The publisher predicts that passenger vehicle demand is expected to grow by 1.9% between 2020 to 2030 with more than 56 million cars equipped with some level of autonomy. The penetration rate of level 1 and level 2 autonomy would be highest during these years; while, level 3 autonomy will take slower pace. Besides, as per the current industry developments from tech companies and traditional OEMs, level 4/5 AVs for ride-hailing or …

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ADAS and Autonomous Driving Components Market Size Worth USD 118.03 Bn by 2027 | CAGR of 21.9%: Emergen Research

adas and autonomous driving components market size worth usd 118.03 bn by 2027 | cagr of 21.9%: emergen research

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Vancouver, B.C., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Market Size – USD 24.05 Billion in 2019, Mark3et Growth – CAGR of 21.9%, Market Trends – Growing automotive industry has proliferated the rising need for safety of the vehicle as well as the passengers, in turn fostering the growth of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems market.
Rising number of government initiatives relating to vehicle safety coupled with the rising demand for safe and efficient vehicles are the major factors adding impetus to the growth of ADAS and autonomous driving components market over the forecasted period.
VNCOUVER, B.C., September 16, 2020 – The Global ADAS and Autonomous Driving Components Market is projected to reach USD 118.03 billion in 2027. Rising concern for safety, ongoing development of automotive electronics sensors technology, demand of concept cars from high-income consumers increasing demand of automation in automobiles, and increasing use of sensors in hybrid and semi hybrid and electric cars are boosting the demand of ADAS and autonomous driving components market growth.
Usage of sensors have been enormous in automotive. Sensors are being used in almost all parts of the vehicle like chassis, engines, clutch, brakes, transmission, control, and safety. Automotive sensors are majorly used in powertrains to monitor speed, position, pressure, gas, and temperature …

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Uber’s self-driving operator charged over fatal crash

uber’s self-driving operator charged over fatal crash

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*:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;}]]> img{overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:center;-webkit-justify-content:center;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;-webkit-align-items:center;-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;width:100%;height:100%;object-fit:cover;}]]> image copyrightRetuers *:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;}]]>The back-up driver of an Uber self-driving car that killed a pedestrian has been charged with negligent homicide.Elaine Herzberg, aged 49, was hit by the car as she wheeled a bicycle across the road in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018.Investigators said the car’s safety driver, Rafael Vasquez, had been streaming an episode of the television show The Voice at the time.Ms Vasquez pleaded not guilty, and was released to await trial.Uber will not face criminal charges, after a decision last year that there was “no basis for criminal liability” for the corporation. The accident was the first death on record involving a self-driving car, and resulted in Uber ending its testing of the technology in Arizona. ‘Visually distracted’Lengthy investigations by police and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that human error was mostly to blame for the crash. …

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High speed MIPI specification for automotive camera designs

high speed mipi specification for automotive camera designs

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The A-PHY v1.0 specification provides an asymmetric data link in a point-to-point topology, providing high-speed unidirectional data, embedded bidirectional control data and optional power delivery over a single cable. It features an ultra-low packet error rate of 10-19 which translates into particularly reliable data connections.At the same time, it offers a high immunity to EMC effects in the notoriously demanding automotive environments. Its reach up to 15 meters should cover the very most automotive requirements even at data rates of up to 16 Gbps; the roadmap provides for further development of up to 48 Gbps. Version 1.1 which is already under development will double the data rate to 32 Gbps and increase the uplink data rate to 200 Mbps.At the same time, the MIPI Alliance introduced MIPI Automotive SerDes Solutions (MASS).  MASS will provide automotive OEMs and suppliers with end-to-end high-performance connectivity solutions for the growing number of cameras, sensors and displays that enable automotive applications such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), connected in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and, ultimately, fully autonomous vehicles. These solutions, with focus on even higher functional safety and security built in at the protocol level, will help automakers integrate new and emerging safety features such as low-latency backup cameras, lane-keeping and …

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Safety driver in autonomous Uber crash charged with negligent homicide

safety driver in autonomous uber crash charged with negligent homicide

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With the ongoing legal clash between California officials and rideshare leaders Uber and Lyft over the classification of their workers, many are left wondering whether these companies will reclassify their workers or leave the state. Will Swaim, the President of the California Policy Center, discusses the latest on what is happening with Uber and Lyft in California.The Uber safety driver involved in a fatal autonomous crash pleaded not guilty after being charged with negligent homicide.Continue Reading BelowA Maricopa County, Ariz., Grand Jury announced on Tuesday that Rafaela Vasquez was charged on Aug. 27 for her alleged role in the 2018 accident that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.“Distracted driving is an issue of great importance in our community,” County Attorney Allister Adel said in a statement. “When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they have a responsibility to control and operate that vehicle safely and in a law-abiding manner.”DOJ LOOKING INTO NIKOLA OVER CLAIMS IT DECEIVED INVESTORS: REPORTVasquez’s trial is scheduled for February.Vasquez told investigators that she didn’t use her cell phone before the crash.But the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Vasquez’s failure to …

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Beijing to Build the World’s First High-Level Autonomous Driving Demonstration Zone

beijing to build the world’s first high-level autonomous driving demonstration zone

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On September 11, city official stated that Beijing plans to build the world’s first high-level autonomous driving demonstration zone, which allows large-scale operation of autonomous vehicles above L4 level and accommodate “cars, roads, clouds, networks, and maps”. The demonstration area will allow self-driving taxis and buses, and autonomous valet parking to operate. (Source)

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