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The Long Road to Automated Cars

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Sergey Brin knows a little about ground-breaking technology. But when the Google co-founder said in 2012 that we could ‘count on one hand’ the number of years it’d take for ‘most of us to have access to autonomous cars’, it still sounded a bold prediction.
So more than eight years on, where do we find ourselves? 
Autonomous or ‘self-drive’ cars are already on the road in the US, while on this side of the pond, the Government is consulting on allowing self-drive vehicles to travel on public motorways at up to 70mph from as early as spring next year. 
However, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and Thatcham Research, an independent motoring body funded by the insurance industry, has pushed back warning that if systems were defined legally as ‘automated’ (meaning drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel), it would pose a major risk to safety on the roads.
The story so far…
The road towards assisted driving and fully autonomous or ‘self-drive’ cars has been a long one. And, as you may expect, global retail, tech and motoring giants have already taken their seats. 
Recommended For YouWaymo, the Google spin-off, has been testing self-drive cars in …

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Worldwide Driving Simulator Industry to 2025 – Autonomous Vehicles are Driving Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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TipRanks3 Stocks Flashing Signs of Strong Insider BuyingFor investors, finding the right sign is part of the game. Stocks don’t necessarily pick themselves, and the investors who do pick them need to know that they’re making the right choice. Fortunately for investors – and the safety of their portfolios – there are reliable signals that a stock is worth buying. One of the best is the insider buying.Insiders are corporate officers, deeply invested in their company’s success or failure, they are usually stockholders themselves – but they are responsible for more than just their own portfolios. Corporate officers are beholden to their Boards of Directors, to their fellow company officers, and to the stock owning public to ensure profits and returns on the shares – and so, when these insiders start buying large blocs, investors should take note.TipRanks follows the insiders’ trades, making use of the publicly published stock moves to track them. The Insiders’ Hot Stocks page provides the scoop on which stocks the market’s insiders are buying – or selling – so that you can make informed purchases. We’ve picked three stocks with recent informative buys to show how the data works for you.Agree Realty Corporation ( …

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Global Autonomous Vehicle OEM Launch Timelines, Penetration Report 2020 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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TipRanks3 Stocks Flashing Signs of Strong Insider BuyingFor investors, finding the right sign is part of the game. Stocks don’t necessarily pick themselves, and the investors who do pick them need to know that they’re making the right choice. Fortunately for investors – and the safety of their portfolios – there are reliable signals that a stock is worth buying. One of the best is the insider buying.Insiders are corporate officers, deeply invested in their company’s success or failure, they are usually stockholders themselves – but they are responsible for more than just their own portfolios. Corporate officers are beholden to their Boards of Directors, to their fellow company officers, and to the stock owning public to ensure profits and returns on the shares – and so, when these insiders start buying large blocs, investors should take note.TipRanks follows the insiders’ trades, making use of the publicly published stock moves to track them. The Insiders’ Hot Stocks page provides the scoop on which stocks the market’s insiders are buying – or selling – so that you can make informed purchases. We’ve picked three stocks with recent informative buys to show how the data works for you.Agree Realty Corporation ( …

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The Success Of Autonomous Vehicles Hinges On Smart Cities. Inrix Is Making It Easier To Build Them.

the success of autonomous vehicles hinges on smart cities. inrix is making it easier to build them.

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Complex parking restrictions and changing traffic rules could make it hard for self-driving vehicles … [+] to navigate cities.

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Signs are an effective way to communicate with a human driver, but self-driving vehicles? Not so much. A can of spray paint or black tape is all you need to trick some AVs into driving the wrong speed limit (that really happened). What’s needed is a way to communicate official parking rules, speed limits, and legitimate traffic variances, and right now there isn’t an easy way to explain to self-driving cars that “alternative side of the street parking” is in effect because of a parade. But Inrix has developed a new platform to make easy for cities to do that.
Raising traffic IQ
Today Inrix’s announced it released IQ, a software-as-a-service solution that houses multiple location analytics applications in a single platform. It’s a one-stop-shop for transportation data analysis, visualization, and insights; an integrated solutions-oriented platform that enables enterprises and transportation officials to know what happened or what’s happening with mobility in their areas. And it’s not just for traffic data geeks.
Many cities already use Inrix for traffic analysis, but with IQ, the Kirkland, Wash.-based …

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New Taoglas antennas aimed at robotics, autonomous vehicles – GPS World

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Taoglas has unveiled active, multiband GNSS antennas engineered for applications that require critical high-accuracy positioning and timing, including autonomous driving and precision agriculture. Both the MagmaX2 AA.200 and Colosseum X XAHP.50 add to Taoglas’ high-precision GNSS range.“Safety standards for autonomous vehicles (UAVs, robotics and vehicles) and precision agriculture is an ever evolving arena,” said Ronan Quinlan, co-CEO and founder of Taoglas. “However, it’s increasingly apparent that high-precision positional accuracy is critical for both. At Taoglas we’re continuously innovating our GNSS antennas to deliver the very best precise location capabilities, but in more lightweight, compact structures, compared to larger counterparts already on the market. We look at the impact the antenna has on the actual positioning performance of your system, not just the antenna itself.”
The MagmaX2 AA.200. (Photo: Taoglas)
The MagmaX2 AA.200 is designed for space and weight constrained applications, such as robotic lawnmowers, Quinlan said. Embedded antenna versions are also available.
The AA.200 is a low-profile active multiband GNSS magnetic mount antenna for use across most major constellations including GPS (L1/L2/L5), GLONASS (G1/G2/G5), Galileo(E1/E5a/E5b) and BeiDou(B1/B2). It exhibits excellent gain and good radiation pattern stability …

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China Special Vehicle Autonomous Driving Industry Report 2019-2020: Technology is Developing by Leaps and Bounds – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 27, 2020–Autonomous mining vehicle and autonomous sanitation vehicle markets take off.

This report highlights progress of autonomous working vehicles in four fields: sanitation, airport, agriculture and mining.Autonomous working vehicles that run on relatively closed roads and fixed routes, are often free of public road traffic rules, making for popularization of highly automated driving technology. Although the COVID-19 pandemic hinders the development of autonomous driving at airports for the time being, autonomous driving technology for sanitation, agriculture and mining is developing by leaps and bounds.Key Topics Covered:1 Overview of Special Vehicle Autonomous Driving Industry1.1 Definition of Special Autonomous Vehicle and Applied Scenarios1.2 Classification of Special Autonomous Vehicle1.3 Application Roadmap of Autonomous Driving1.4 List of Special Autonomous Vehicles Put into Trial Operation2 Autonomous Sweepers and Companies2.1 Sanitation Vehicle Market2.1.1 Overview of Sanitation Equipment Industry Chain2.1.2 Sanitation Vehicle Market Size in China2.1.3 Competitive Pattern of Sanitation Vehicle Market in China2.1.4 Sanitation Vehicle Market Structure by Type in China2.2 Technology Trends of Sanitation Vehicle2.3 Autonomous Sanitation Sweeper Technology and Market Trends2.3.1 Long-enduring Problems in Demand for Autonomous Sweepers2.3.2 Technical Solutions for Autonomous Sweeper

2.3.3 It is Easier for Sanitation Sweeper Field to Introduce Autonomous Driving Technology2.3.4 Application of Autonomous Sweeper2.3.5 …

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Tesla Stock Is Still a Sell — but Self-Driving Cars Make It Worth a Little Bit More

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Citigroup analyst Itay Michaeli increased his price target for

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stock to $137 from $117 on Tuesday on the back of its recent strong earnings report. Michaeli, in his research note, also noted the chance for faster-than-expected development of full self driving cars. That would be a game-changer for Tesla and the industry. Tesla (ticker: TSLA) recently released a test version of its full-self-driving, or FSD, software. It’s on the street in limited numbers now.

The outcome of the tests and the development of self-driving capabilities are central to the bull-bear debate over Tesla stock. Bulls believe Tesla can launch so-called Level 4 autonomy soon. That would enable new business models like robotaxis. Level 4 autonomy refers to a system in which a driver isn’t required to take control of the wheel in limited conditions like city driving. Level 5, the final level, is fully autonomous driving in all driving environments. Michaeli has been tracking the tests. “Some of the FSD maneuvers are indeed impressive, providing a glimpse of what [autonomous vehicles] can deliver,” he wrote. “The system appears noticeably better than what Tesla showed in 2019.” Yet still has some concerns. “Launching FSD …

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Ford Doubles Down on Testing Autonomous Cars in Miami-Dade

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[Ensure you have all the info you need in these unprecedented times. Subscribe now.]After landing in Miami-Dade in 2018 with a fleet of self-driving cars, Ford announced Oct. 26 that it plans to broaden its presence in the area as it explores the frontiers of autonomous vehicles.

The Michigan-based automaker said it now plans to establish a command center that will serve as the epicenter of its self-driving business and daily operations. Planned for a 140,000-square-foot, mixed-used space west of Miami International Airport, the center will include customer relations, public engagement, business development, research, safety evaluations and testing. The company expects the facility to be fully operational in 2021. A Ford representative said it was too soon to say how many workers it intended to hire.

“Miami is the foundation and cornerstone of the self-driving services we are building,” said Alex Buznego, Miami market manager at Ford Motor Co., in an email, noting that Ford chose Miami-Dade as its first city globally for its self-driving business.

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Waymo to bring its autonomous driving technology to Daimler’s semi trucks – Electrek

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Waymo and Daimler have announced a new partnership to bring the former’s autonomous driving technology to the latter’s semi trucks.

Recently, a widely shared report from Germany suggested that Mercedes-Benz is “giving up” on autonomous driving following the news of Waymo starting its self-driving, ride-hailing service in Phoenix, and Tesla releasing its Full Self-Driving Beta update.
Mercedes-Benz has denied this report and states that they are still developing autonomous driving technology for their consumer vehicles.
But the rumor might have started from this new partnership with Waymo, which is not about consumer cars, but trucks.

The two companies announced today that they are going to develop a self-driving Freightliner Cascadia class 8 truck:

Our initial effort will combine The World’s Most Experienced Driver with Daimler’s Freightliner Cascadia to enable fully autonomous driving. These fully autonomous trucks, equipped with the Waymo Driver, will be available to US customers in the coming years, and we’ll explore expansion into other geographies and brands in the near future. We look forward to working with Daimler to achieve our common goal of improving road safety and efficiency for fleet customers.

John Krafcik, chief executive officer at Waymo, commented:

We have the …

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