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Elon Musk says Tesla is about much more than electric vehicles

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Analysts currently forecast about 742,000 vehicles to be delivered in 2021, but Mr Musk teased on Thursday’s earnings call (AEDT) that a delivery range between 840,000 to 1 million cars in 2021 was “not far off.” Formal guidance is expected in January 2021. Controversial Tesla CEO Elon Musk still maintains its energy business will be as big as its EV business one day.  APConglomerate of start-upsThe mercurial CEO who booked $US290 million in stock-based bonus payments over the quarter, also told investors to view the group as a conglomerate or entire chain of start-ups as much as an EV manufacturer under the Tesla brand.Tesla has more than a dozen start-up type business units in operation today across every major product line including; insurance, energy storage and trading, solar, battery cell technology, supercharger networks, and neural computer chips, Mr Musk said.Unlike other car companies, Tesla also owns its service and sales network in 40 countries, which Mr Musk said made that unit a start-up within itself.The autonomous driving team was also labelled a start-up on the road to success. “As the system collects more [autonomous driving] data it becomes more robust,” Mr Musk said. “So it’s like how Google as a search engine gets better, …

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Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ software is starting to roll out to select customers

tesla’s ‘full self-driving’ software is starting to roll out to select customers

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Tesla sent out the first “Full Self-Driving” beta software update to a select group of customers this week, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday. On an earnings call Wednesday, Musk said more Tesla owners would get the update as the weeks progress, with the goal of a “wide release” by the end of the year.
Only those customers in Tesla’s Early Access Program will receive the software update, that will enable drivers to access Autopilot’s partially automated driver assist system on city streets. The early access program is used as a testing platform to help iron out software bugs.

FSD beta rollout happening tonight. Will be extremely slow & cautious, as it should.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2020

Musk said that Tesla was approaching this software update “very cautiously” because the “world is a complex and messy place.” In a letter to investors, Tesla said its Autopilot team “has been focused on a fundamental architectural rewrite of our neural networks and control algorithms. This rewrite will allow the remaining driving features to be released.”
This rewrite, Musk has said, will allow Tesla’s vehicles to interpret their environment in four dimensions rather than two, which should result in a dramatic improvement …

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Benefits of Driving Autonomous Vehicles

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Though previously thought to be an outlandish futuristic concept, autonomous vehicles are quickly becoming prevalent in the present. Also referred to as self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles are advanced vehicles that utilize innovative technology and networking equipment to sense their environment and drive safely with minimal or no human input. While some people are hesitant about completely relinquishing control behind the wheel, there are numerous benefits of driving autonomous vehicles. Below, we will outline some of the many safety, environmental, and economic advantages of autonomous automobiles.Self-Driving Cars Can Reduce Traffic Accidents
Though the idea of not being in full control of your vehicle may sound a little dangerous, self-driving cars are actually much safer than traditional vehicles. Because the majority of traffic accidents are caused by human error, reducing or eliminating human input can ultimately make roads a lot safer. After all, self-driving cars won’t get distracted by their phones or drive aggressively because someone cut them off.
Autonomous Vehicles Can Reduce Harmful Emissions
In addition to improving safety, driving autonomous vehicles can also have a positive impact on the environment. By preventing bottleneck effects, inefficient merging, poorly timed lane changes, and other disruptions in traffic caused by human …

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Autonomous Vehicles Webinar Facilitates Sensor Fusion

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Data fusion from a range of sensors — GNSS, inertial, LiDAR, radar and more — to enable autonomous navigation is a highly complex operation that requires very sophisticated software stacks. A free webinar on October 27 presents leading-edge research and development in this realm that brings modular solutions ready to hand. Three expert panelists provide diverse, complementary perspectives on this dynamic, rewarding environment.Fusion with Installed SensorsSensors already installed on most modern vehicles can be exploited via the CAN-bus for positioning. These sensors include low-resolution odometry (DMI) and consumer-grade IMUs currently used for dynamic stability control and wheel slip detection. A novel approach for combining vehicle speed, steering angles, transmission settings and multiple odometry inputs demonstrates achievable results while operating under a GNSS-denied environment. A 90% performance improvement compared to a standalone GNSS/INS solution shows promise for future production models.Radar-based ParkingAn integrated radar-based localization system that supports Level 4 autonomous driving performs well in automated parking inside covered parking garages. The system integrates automotive radars and dead reckoning technologies supported by high-definition (HD) maps to offer decimeter-level positioning accuracy.What’s Out ThereSeveral sources of applicable data and versatile software are available for use in autonomous vehicle applications, including full datasets, full software …

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Ford outs 4th-gen self-driving platform with better sensors, cleaning tech, and improved batteries

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Ford and Argo AI today released details about its fourth-generation self-driving test vehicle. Built on the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, the vehicle has everything needed to standup a self-driving service, the Detroit automaker said. It’s equipped with an improved battery system, new sensors, and sensor cleaning technology.
The previous three generations of test vehicles used the Ford Fusion sedan.
For this latest platform, Ford upgraded the LiDAR sensor suite with an all-new system that sports a higher resolution 128-beam array to provide a 360-degree view. Ford says this helps the test vehicle better detect fix and moving objects closer to the vehicle. Near-field cameras and short-range LiDAR look ahead and to the vehicle’s side while rear-facing sensors help with objects behind the SUV.
The Escape Hybrid’s platform better serves the self-driving technology with improved battery cooling. Ford says that modified high voltage batteries help supply the self-driving system while also reducing the gasoline consumed by the vehicle.
Ford is rolling out this new testbed to its testing cities of Austin, Detroit, Miami, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. And in each of these regions, the improved sensor cleaning technology should help the vehicle in its self-driving efforts.

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Facilitating Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Vehicles

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Autonomous vehicle applications rely on a range of sensors for positioning and navigation. Data fusion from these sensors is a highly complex operation that requires very sophisticated software stacks. Much research and development has already taken place in this realm so that modular solutions are ready to hand.
On October 27th, NovAtel is sponsoring a webinar focusing on exciting new developments in sensor fusion for autonomous vehicles. Register Here.
Fusion with Installed Sensors
Sensors already installed on most modern vehicles can be exploited via the CAN-bus for positioning. These sensors include low-resolution odometry (DMI) and consumer-grade IMUs currently used for dynamic stability control and wheel slip detection. A novel approach for combining vehicle speed, steering angles, transmission settings and multiple odometry inputs demonstrates achievable results while operating under a GNSS-denied environment. A 90% performance improvement compared to a standalone GNSS/INS solution shows promise for future production models.
Radar-based Parking
An integrated radar-based localization system that supports Level 4 autonomous driving performs well in automated parking inside covered parking garages. The system integrates automotive radars and dead reckoning technologies supported by high-definition (HD) maps to offer decimeter-level positioning accuracy.
What’s Out There
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Ford unveils new self-driving test vehicle for 2022 launch

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Ford Motor plans to launch its self-driving vehicle businesses in 2022 with vehicles based on its Escape Hybrid crossover.FordFord Motor plans to launch its self-driving commercial business in 2022 with vehicles based on the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover, the company said Tuesday.The vehicles are the automaker’s fourth-generation self-driving test vehicles in partnership with Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle start-up. Ford and German automaker Volkswagen AG split an 80% majority stake in the company earlier this year.Ford said the vehicles will begin testing this month alongside its current fleet of roughly 100 autonomous test vehicles that are based off the Fusion Hybrid sedan, which the company is no longer producing.The next-generation vehicles include “launch-intent” technologies that are needed to support commercialization, according to John Davis, chief engineer of Ford’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary.”With our fourth-generation test vehicle, we have everything we need from a vehicle to stand up our self-driving service,” Davis wrote in a Medium post TuesdayThe upgrades include higher resolution cameras, more capable radar sensors and more advanced Lidar technology, which uses lasers to map surrounding areas.Ford plans to integrate the new vehicles into test fleets in Austin, Texas; Detroit; Miami; Palo Alto, California; Pittsburgh and Washington, …

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Germany plans to legalise self-driving cars

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An EasyMile car is driving autonomously at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, September 10, 2019. Photo: Wolfgang Rattay/ReutersMoreGermany’s Ministry of Transport is moving ahead to draft legislation that would allow driverless vehicles to operate on the streets, not just in special test areas, as is currently the case.In a draft document seen by Reuters news agency, the transport ministry writes that “initially, driverless vehicles should be able to be deployed in defined operating zones,” which would give municipalities completely new opportunities for public transport.The paper notes that in urban areas, driverless vehicles could potentially be used for deliveries, services, as shuttle services for company staff, or to transport people between medical centres and nursing homes.Creating binding legal regulations around autonomous driving, which currently don’t really exist, is the next big step. One aspect would be what technical specifications the autonomous vehicles need to adhere to, as well as rules on where they can operate.Overall, however, the transport ministry believes that driverless cars will be safer on the roads than those driven by people, noting that “the vast majority of all traffic accidents in Germany are based on human error.”Chancellor Angela Merkel said in …

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