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PennDOT Announces Achievements in the Realm of Highly Automated Vehicles – MyChesCo

penndot announces achievements in the realm of highly automated vehicles – mychesco

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced recent achievements reflecting leadership in the realm of Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) in Pennsylvania and the nation.

“As automated and connected vehicle technologies advance, it’s critical that we ensure they develop safely and in partnership with these companies,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “I’m proud of the leadership that we and our partners at the state, in academia and the industry are showing as we move Pennsylvania into the future.”
At the center of the department’s efforts is the development of testing guidance for automated vehicle stakeholders. Following discussions and meetings with the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force and more than a dozen automated vehicle technology companies, PennDOT issued updates to its guidance to enhance safety oversight of HAVs in Pennsylvania.
READ:  PennDOT Resumes Issuance of REAL ID; Federal Enforcement Begins October 1, 2021This months-long effort included several rounds of internal and external reviews, and roughly 40 hours of discussions with the testers. The changes reflect advances in the industry and best practices.
PennDOT was tapped by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to join nine companies and seven other states as the first participants in a …

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Autonomous Vehicle Market Size is Projected To Reach $556.67 Billion 2026, High Demand From Self-Driving Systems & RADAR

autonomous vehicle market size is projected to reach $556.67 billion 2026, high demand from self-driving systems & radar

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The global autonomous vehicle market. On the other hand, high manufacturing cost and several data management challenges hamper the growth to some extent.
PORTLAND , OREGON, UNITED STATES, September 22, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to Allied Market Research, the global autonomous vehicle market is estimated to garner $556.67 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 39.4% during period 2019–2026. The recent investments and surge in R&D are bound to propel the market growth even further. For instant, Hyundai and Aptiv are joining forces to focus on AVs and placing a $4 billion bet on the development of the technology. On the other hand, Ford announced that it would bring its AV technology to Texas and will start mapping street of downtown Austin this NovemberAutomation is the new paradigm for tech giants such as Google, Tesla, Amazon, and Uber. In fact, an autonomous vehicle is a shared dream for these companies. Although the last few years have been favorable for AV technology, there remains the question. When will we have fully-autonomous?Request Sample Report at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/4649The fully-developed AV technology is still at the testing stage, but partially automated technology has been around for a few years now. The factors …

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Hawaii OKs autonomous vehicles for public roads | StateScoop

hawaii oks autonomous vehicles for public roads | statescoop

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Written by Ryan Johnston Sep 22, 2020 | STATESCOOPJust weeks after committing to a four-year long pilot project to turn Hawaii’s highways into data-collecting laboratories, Hawaii Gov. David Ige approved autonomous vehicle testing on public roads throughout the state until at least 2023.
Ige signed Act 021, first introduced in January as HB2590, last week to open up the state for autonomous vehicle testing with a human driver in the vehicle. Effective immediately, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation can issue autonomous vehicle manufacturers permits to test, but the HDOT will be required to submit a progress report in 2023 that determines whether testing has been successful or not, and whether more legislation is required to ensure that AVs are safe on Hawaii roads.
The policy makes Hawaii the 29th state to legislate autonomous vehicle testing, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, but it’s been a long time coming for Ige, who first signed an executive order in 2017 to establish an administrative role in the governor’s office to act as a liaison between AV manufacturers and the state. Ige told Hawaii’s Pacific Business News in 2017 that he’d spoken with Google, formerly the parent company of AV technology company Waymo, and …

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PennDOT highlights achievements of highly automated vehicles – Pennsylvania Business Report

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently highlighted leadership in Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contacted PennDOT to join seven other states and nine companies to participate in a U.S. Department of Transportation initiative to improve the safety and testing transparency of automated driving systems.
The initiative covers safety testing and Automated Vehicle Transparency.
PennDOT also joined the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education’s Public Sector Advisory Council. The group of public sector organizations will educate consumers about automated vehicles and their impact on society.
After several months, PennDOT issued updates to its guidance to enhance safety oversight of HAVs. The agency met with Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force and more than a dozen automated vehicle technology companies before updating its guidance.
“As automated and connected vehicle technologies advance, it’s critical that we ensure they develop safely and in partnership with these companies,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “I’m proud of the leadership that we and our partners at the state, in academia, and the industry are showing as we move Pennsylvania into the future.”
Pennsylvania’s Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee also recently published its first annual …

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Uber investors push for new self-driving strategy – Bloomberg (NYSE:UBER)

uber investors push for new self-driving strategy – bloomberg (nyse:uber)

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Bloomberg sources say SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF, OTCPK:SFTBY) and Benchmark have advised Uber (NYSE:UBER) CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to find more investors for the company’s self-driving unit and reconsider strategy.
SoftBank and Benchmark are Uber’s largest investors.
Uber’s self-driving unit is expected to run out of money at the end of next year.
Options on the table reportedly include making Uber’s project open source to accelerate innovation and building an autonomous vehicles with money from existing partners and potential new infusions.
In the self-driving vehicle space, Uber competes with the likes of Alphabet’s Waymo and Amazon’s Zoox.
Uber’s self-driving unit was at the center of a Waymo trade secret legal dispute (settled in Waymo’s favor) and the death of a pedestrian in Arizona.
The safety driver in the 2018 Arizona crash was recently charged with negligent homicide.

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Security software for autonomous vehicles

security software for autonomous vehicles

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Before autonomous vehicles participate in road traffic, they must demonstrate conclusively that they do not pose a danger to others. New software developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) prevents accidents by predicting different variants of a traffic situation every millisecond.
A car approaches an intersection. Another vehicle jets out of the cross street, but it is not yet clear whether it will turn right or left. At the same time, a pedestrian steps into the lane directly in front of the car, and there is a cyclist on the other side of the street. People with road traffic experience will in general assess the movements of other traffic participants correctly.
“These kinds of situations present an enormous challenge for autonomous vehicles controlled by computer programs,” explains Matthias Althoff, Professor of Cyber-Physical Systems at TUM. “But autonomous driving will only gain acceptance of the general public if you can ensure that the vehicles will not endanger other road users — no matter how confusing the traffic situation.”
Algorithms that peer into the future
The ultimate goal when developing software for autonomous vehicles is to ensure that they will not cause accidents. Althoff, who is a member of the Munich …

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Singapore has big driverless ambitions and the pandemic is unlikely to stop them

singapore has big driverless ambitions and the pandemic is unlikely to stop them

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Aerial view of the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles (Cetran) in Singapore.Courtesy of Nanyang Technological UniversitySINGAPORE — The buggy takes off on the track, moving very slowly. No one is controlling it, but the wheel spins and the vehicle negotiates a left turn.As if led by a first-time driver, the driverless buggy jerks back and forth before halting abruptly when a pedestrian on the sidewalk gets closer to the road.This is where autonomous vehicles in Singapore are being tested — at the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (Cetran). The buggy trial covered only a small distance of the 1.3-km track, where vehicles navigate street signs, traffic lights, climb a small hill and are tested in simulated rain and flooding conditions.Singapore is seeking to become a “smart nation” by using digital technology to boost the economy and improve government services. One such project is the development of autonomous vehicles, or AVs for short. It aims to get autonomous buses onto public roads in three districts around the island by the early 2020s.The coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to disrupt these plans, according to Satya Ramamurthy, head of infrastructure, government and …

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This Self-Driving Car Exec Wants You to Know That Computers Driving Is Totally Safe

this self-driving car exec wants you to know that computers driving is totally safe

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A Waymo self-driving minivan, with LIDAR and other sensor units and logo visible, driving past a historic railroad station in Mountain View, California, October 28, 2018. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images
Daphne de Jong learned to fly a plane before she could drive a car. And her job today at self-driving software maker Waymo is to make sure that very soon no one has to ever drive again.
de Jong is an aerospace engineer by training and an adventurer by heart. Having flown planes (including commercial jets) since the age 16 and climbed the world’s most dangerous mountains (she summited Mount Everest in May 2019), she understands better than most of us the consequence of risk and how to prevent it.
“It’s all about safety. It doesn’t sound very sexy, and I know that,” she said of the similarities between aviation and building self-driving vehicles. 
In a recent interview with Observer, de Jong revealed the boringly rigorous process of how Waymo builds up its autonomous driving system and whether the people who build it really trust it. Also, you’ll be surprised what her favorite type of mountain climbing is.
From an insider’s perspective, how far do you think are …

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Uber investors pressure CEO to revamp troubled self-driving unit, report says

uber investors pressure ceo to revamp troubled self-driving unit, report says

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SAN FRANCISCO — With deep pockets, some of the best brains in robotics and its hallmark hustle, Uber Technologies Inc. was once a serious contender in the race to build self-driving cars and revolutionize global transportation.
Today, the effort is lagging far behind rivals, and investors are getting antsy about the rationale for continuing a long-term science project that isn’t helping Uber become profitable or safeguarding its future.
In recent months, the company’s two largest shareholders, SoftBank Group Corp. and the venture firm Benchmark, have privately encouraged CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to find more investors for the division, which is expected to exhaust its funds by the end of 2021, and re-evaluate its strategy, people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg.
Khosrowshahi is exploring various options. One would see Uber accelerating the project by open-sourcing it to coders around the world, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak about a private matter. Or the company could continue building a proprietary car with money from existing partners, Toyota Motor Corp. and affiliate Denso Corp., and possibly new ones, they said.
It’s an existential decision because without a fleet of autonomous vehicles, Uber risks losing its grip on the ride-hailing …

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Musing About Limited Access Parking And Autonomous Vehicles

musing about limited access parking and autonomous vehicles

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Smart Limited Access Parking Lots

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Limited access highways have been accepted as a mechanism to optimize transport for many years. According to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), limited access highways offer  greater capacity; improved safety; reduced fuel consumption; less pollution; more positive impacts on motorists; and more positive impacts on neighborhoods. From the point-of-view of autonomy, limited access highways offer use-models with a significant reduction in complexity.  
Not surprisingly, many of the initial applications for autonomy have focused on highways. In passenger cars, the focus has been on functionality such as advanced cruise control with underlying capabilities such as lane-keeping and of course collision avoidance. In the realm of logistics, “Will Truck Convoying Be The First Viable Commercial Application For AV Technology ?”  describes positive progress with concepts such as truck convoying or hub-to-hub transport.  The biggest concern with an automated highway solution is that it involves large objects moving at high velocity, so failure can easily lead to fatalities. 
In contrast to highways, parking lots are a very difficult environment for both humans and autonomy to navigate.  According to the National Safety Council, today, one out of five reported accidents are in parking lots. In addition, one suspects this …

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