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Waymo is building a new replica city to test its driverless tech

waymo is building a new replica city to test its driverless tech

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Waymo is opening two new autonomous vehicle facilities, including a dense urban playground for its self-driving passenger cars as they refine their human-replacing technology. The Alphabet-owned company, spun out from Google’s labs, currently operates a ride-hailing program in Phoenix, AZ, Waymo One, but has visions of far broader applications for driverless cars and trucks.

Waymo One recently came out of closed beta, offering app-summoned rides in a self-driving vehicle around a geofenced area. At the wheel is the Waymo Driver, the company’s name for its autonomous driving technology – including software and hardware – which it plans to apply not only to taxi-alternatives but Class 8 trucks, too.
Both of those concepts will now have a new place for research, development, and testing. First up, Waymo is working with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty, Ohio, to open a brand new testing environment for the Waymo Driver. It’ll be built according to Waymo’s specific requirements for its autonomous vehicles, and allow for testing rare or more dangerous events that are uncommonly seen on public roads.
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Waymo deepens investment in autonomous trucking

waymo deepens investment in autonomous trucking

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Waymo is opening a research and development facility for trucking in Menlo Park, California, as the Alphabet-backed startup best known for its robotaxis continues to deepen its investment in autonomous delivery and freight transportation.

According to a press release on Tuesday, Waymo is also partnering with the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC) in East Liberty, Ohio, to co-develop a custom testing environment for the fifth-generation Waymo Driver, its self-driving hardware and software system.

“Together these new facilities will enable us to further advance the latest generation of our fully autonomous Waymo Driver across multiple vehicle platforms,” the statement said. These include the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Class 8 trucks, “while scaling our robust testing program and operations across a diverse set of geographies and driving environments.” 

TRC, recognized as the most comprehensive independent vehicle test facility and proving grounds in the U.S., is already testing autonomous trucks from another startup aiming to automate long-haul trucking.

In July, Plus.ai, a Silicon Valley-based self-driving truck technology startup, announced an agreement with TRC to test its system using real-world scenarios involving more than one vehicle. 

According to the statement, Waymo’s agreement with TRC will “model a dense urban environment and enable …

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Waymo Is Building an Entire Fake City to Improve Its Driverless Cars

waymo is building an entire fake city to improve its driverless cars

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Photo: Glenn Chapman/AFP (Getty Images)As much as I love technology, there’s still a lot about it that I don’t trust. Driverless cars are one of them. One horror story about an autopilot malfunction is enough to scare most people away from the tech, and that’s definitely the case for me. I’ve spent 15 years learning how to dodge a car that’s about to merge into my lane without signaling and planning to veer around mattresses in the middle of a busy, six-lane highway. Can AI do what I can do? Maybe not yet, but Waymo, owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is building its own replica urban city to test its driverless cars in a safe environment in a bid to one day convince people like me to give it a shot.AdvertisementAccording to SlashGear, Waymo will be working with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) to build the environment in East Liberty, Ohio, where it can test different types of autonomous vehicles: regular cars and Class 8 trucks alike. Facilities for research and development will be built as well.[embedded content]AdvertisementOhio is a good location for all the testing Waymo wants to do on …

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Wyoming lawmakers advance autonomous vehicle legislation

wyoming lawmakers advance autonomous vehicle legislation

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Uber autonomous vehicles sit in a lot in downtown Pittsburgh on May 6. A proposed bill would allow companies to operate and test self-driving cars in the state.
























One of the test vehicles from Argo AI, Ford’s autonomous vehicle unit, navigates through the strip district near the company offices in December 2018 in Pittsburgh. A proposed bill would allow companies to operate and test self-driving cars in the state.




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Lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday that, if adopted by the Legislature next year, would establish a regulatory framework for producers of self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles to begin testing on Wyoming roadways.Drafted ahead of the experimental rollout of self-driving shuttle service at Yellowstone National Park next summer, the draft legislation would create protocols for developers of autonomous vehicles to legally test and operate them within state lines.Though a new concept in Wyoming, the proposal is not a unique one: If passed by the full Legislature next year, Wyoming would become the 30th state to enact some form of autonomous vehicle regulation, nearly a full decade after Florida enacted its own set of laws.And while the state has contemplated the role of autonomous vehicles in …

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Lidar — why the potential goes beyond autonomous vehicles

lidar — why the potential goes beyond autonomous vehicles

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Lidar is best known for its use in autonomous vehicles to navigate environments, but the power of instant 3D mapping could have big potential elsewhere.

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Lidar-enabled smartphones could open up huge possibilities in AR. Source: Shutterstock

Lidar is best known for its use in autonomous vehicles to navigate environments
Pulsed Lasers, GPS, and inertial measurement units allow Lidar sensors to create highly accurate ‘point clouds’, creating 3D maps
The iPhone 12 has helped position the tech for mainstream uptake, with big implications for AR

Lidar, or light detection and ranging, is a popular remote sensing method used for measuring the exact distance of an object on the earth’s surface. It was first used in the 1960s when laser scanners were mounted to airplanes, but only 20 years ago LiDAR got the popularity it deserved. During the 1980s after the introduction of GPS, it became a popular method for calculating accurate geospatial measurements.

Today, its scope has spread across numerous fields but is perhaps most well-known for its instrumental use in autonomous vehicle systems. In fact, among the most expensive components of autonomous vehicles are laser-based sensors that allow a car’s computer to “see” its surroundings.
How does Lidar work?

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Self-Driving Cars Take A Significant Step Towards Reality

self-driving cars take a significant step towards reality

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“We’ve been on a journey to create Assured CAV; it represents many years of intense research and investment to bring together one of the most comprehensive CAV validation ecosystems in the world,” said Declan Allen, Managing Director at Horiba Mira.”At a time when the automotive industry is facing significant headwinds, we’ve been steadfast in our approach to delivering this investment and we’re extremely proud to provide an ecosystem which will allow the automotive industry, as well as complementary industries, to develop and prove their self-driving technology. This is a unique opportunity for companies to accelerate their activities to lead the industry – it will allow companies to bring forward their activities in this sector in an efficient and optimized manner, enabling them to solve the real-world problems of integrating their automated products into the public roads, whilst also importantly achieving consumer acceptance.”

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Waymo opening new autonomous vehicle testing site in Ohio

waymo opening new autonomous vehicle testing site in ohio

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Operating its self-driving vehicles in inclement weather has been an ongoing challenge.The company has been working on snow and wet roads in the Detroit area and heavy rain and fog in Florida and San Francisco, Patrick Cadariu, Waymo’s head of supply chain operations, said during the summer.The testing site at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio will be designed with various types of terrain, including hills, along with dense, urban environments, the company said.The research center in East Liberty, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Columbus, opened a $45 million testing ground for self-driving vehicles last year.It features roads and structures intended to replicate high-speed intersections, rural roads and urban areas normally encountered by drivers. Officials say the facility is among the most advanced in North America.

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NPS Officials Share Fresh Details on Forthcoming Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot

nps officials share fresh details on forthcoming self-driving shuttle pilot

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In its recently unveiled, first-ever autonomous vehicle pilot set to unfold at Yellowstone National Park in May, the National Park Service has an eye on the future—and its next generation of visitors, who will likely be tech-savvy and extremely online.“The demographics and the visitor profiles that we’ll see in the future—right, we’re going to have people who have grown up with the internet, people who have grown up with smartphones—and I think visitors are going to expect to have an enhanced technological experience in national parks,” NPS Alternative Transportation/Multimodal Program Lead Steve Suder told Nextgov.During the fifth annual BOLD Gov event hosted by Nextgov and Government Executive Tuesday, Suder and NPS Alternative Transportation Program Manager Mike Madej shared new details about the pilot, agency personnel’s reactions to the proactive effort, and what its future looks like in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s super cool to think about an autonomous vehicle operating at Yellowstone this upcoming summer and we’re excited that NPS is really taking this bold step and exploring what it takes for future transit and what things can look like,” Madej said. “And by this time next year, …

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Waymo To Open New Autonomous Vehicle Testing Site In Ohio In 2021

waymo to open new autonomous vehicle testing site in ohio in 2021

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Waymo plans to open a new testing site in Ohio for its driverless autonomous vehicles that will focus on dense, urban areas, the company said Tuesday.The new site being built at the Transportation Research Center near Columbus will allow the company to work on motion control testing, heavy-duty truck testing and testing in varying weather conditions, the company said.
Waymo’s main testing facility is near Merced, California. While it has conducted testing in several other states, this will be its first permanent location at a third-party test site.
It plans to open the new center in Ohio sometime in the middle of next year.
Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is seen by many as the leader in autonomous vehicle technology. In October, it expanded its ride hailing service in Phoenix to use more vehicles that have no back-up drivers behind the wheel.
Operating its self-driving vehicles in inclement weather has been an ongoing challenge.
The company has been working on snow and wet roads in the Detroit area and heavy rain and fog in Florida and San Francisco, Patrick Cadariu, Waymo’s head of supply chain operations, said during the summer.
The …

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RABus rolls out self-driving busses

rabus rolls out self-driving busses

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IMAGE: The busses offer room for up to 22 passengers. Thanks to their compact dimensions, they can be integrated easily in urban traffic flow.
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Testing electrified and autonomous vehicles in public passenger transit is the goal of the RABus collaboration project. In the cities of Mannheim and Friedrichshafen, self-driving busses will be tested in regular urban road traffic. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will accompany project work by studying demand, acceptance, and impacts. The project is to result in a model concept for efficient public passenger transit with autonomous busses in Baden-Württemberg. The State Ministry of Transport will fund RABus with EUR 7 million. Today (November 18, 2020), the funding approval was handed over by State Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann in Stuttgart.
RABus, the real-world lab for automated bus operation in urban and rural public passenger transit, is one of the actions taken to reach the strategic goals for automated and networked mobility in Baden-Württemberg. During a virtual ceremony, State Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann handed over the approval of funding in the total amount of EUR 7 million to the RABus Consortium. Consortium members are the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS), Karlsruhe …

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