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No more GPS hassles for autonomous vehicles? – Geospatial World

no more gps hassles for autonomous vehicles? – geospatial world

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Please login to bookmark The number of high rise buildings has risen by 650% in the last five years, creating “urban canyons” which cause GPS signal disruption. Autonomous vehicles could face signal black-out caused by tall skylines found in cities across the world.Interruption of GPS signals, through connection drops or multi-path degradation, has potential safety and operational implications for autonomous vehicle systems that rely heavily on satellite-based navigation. This is where Oxbotica’s pioneering technology comes to aid. The technology is able to work independently of any external infrastructure, allowing continuous localisation and safe control of its vehicles – even without a GPS signal.Let’s explore the nuances of the innovation with Ben Upcroft, VP of Technology, Oxbotica, UK.What bothers you about the use of GPS in autonomous vehicles?Across the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) industry, there is an over-reliance on GPS to establish the position of the vehicle relative to its surroundings. This is arguably one of the most safety-critical questions that a self-driving vehicle must answer – where am I? Interruption of GPS signals can cause serious safety issues with autonomous vehicle systems.  With high rise buildings becoming a common phenomenon, this kind of interruption is likely to occur …

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Viewpoint: Washington Impedes Progress on Self-Driving Cars

viewpoint: washington impedes progress on self-driving cars

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Imagine how different the discussion about returning to the office or school would be if we could deploy autonomous vehicles — and therefore had more alternatives to public transportation or school buses without worrying about parking — or how much more secure our supply chains would be with broader use of autonomous trucks — which don’t expose drivers to health risks. Autonomous vehicles aren’t available to help people stay safe during the Covid-19 crisis, but they may be a key tool in future pandemics.
The biggest impediment to the use of these vehicles will not be technology, Clifford Winston and Quentin Karpilow argue in their new book, “Autonomous Vehicles.” Instead the problem is that the federal government’s failure to address the myriad policy questions involved means we continue to have disparate state rules — and an enormous missed opportunity.
As if to prove this book’s point, the House of Representatives passed a massive infrastructure bill in July that included almost nothing on autonomous vehicles. That legislation is likely dead on arrival in the Senate; it’s hard to signal a priority lower than not being included in a Christmas tree bill with poor prospects.
Winston, a senior fellow …

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Autonomous vehicle reporting data is driving AV innovation right off the road

autonomous vehicle reporting data is driving av innovation right off the road

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Grace Strickland
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Grace Strickland is an attorney with more than six years of experience representing technology clients in cutting-edge industries, including autonomous transportation.

John McNelis
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John McNelis is an intellectual property partner and leader of the autonomous transportation and shared mobility practice at Fenwick & West; he also chairs the California Technology Council’s Autonomous Transportation Initiative.

At the end of every calendar year, the complaints from autonomous vehicle companies start piling up. This annual tradition is the result of a requirement by the California Department of Motor Vehicles that AV companies deliver “disengagement reports” by January 1 of each year showing the number of times an AV operator had to disengage the vehicle’s autonomous driving function while testing the vehicle.
However, all disengagement reports have one thing in common: their usefulness is ubiquitously criticized by those who have to submit them. The CEO and founder of a San Francisco-based self-driving car company publicly stated that disengagement reporting is “woefully inadequate … to give a meaningful signal about whether an AV is ready for commercial deployment.” The CEO of a self-driving technology startup called the metrics “misguided.” Waymo stated in a tweet that the metric “does not provide relevant insights” …

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Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Unlikely to Go Anywhere in 2020 – The Truth About Cars

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Legislation that would advance the widespread deployment of autonomous vehicle in the United States appears to have stalled. With development of the technology hitting a rough patch and public perception teetering between AVs being a major breakthrough for society or an important contributor to its demise, any new laws might have been irrelevant anyway.
Outside of major players like Waymo, companies making consistent progress on the technology are hard to find; meanwhile, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to decide who’s at fault when a computer-controlled car goes …

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5 reasons why self-driving cars are still not on our roads

5 reasons why self-driving cars are still not on our roads

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Analysis: despite what Elon Musk might think, there are still obstacles ahead for fully autonomous cars
By John McDermid, University of York
Elon Musk thinks his company Tesla will have fully autonomous cars ready by the end of 2020. “There are no fundamental challenges remaining,” he said recently. “There are many small problems. And then there’s the challenge of solving all those small problems and putting the whole system together.”
While the technology to enable a car to complete a journey without human input (what the industry calls “level 5 autonomy”) might be advancing rapidly, producing a vehicle that can do so safely and legally is another matter.

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There are indeed still fundamental challenges to the safe introduction of fully autonomous cars, and we have to overcome them before we see these vehicles on our roads. Here are five of the biggest remaining obstacles.
Sensors
Autonomous cars use a broad set of sensors to “see” the environment around them, helping to detect objects such as pedestrians, other vehicles and road signs. Cameras help the car to view objects. Lidar uses lasers to measure the distance between objects and the vehicle. …

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Autonomous cars: five reasons they still aren’t on our roads

autonomous cars: five reasons they still aren’t on our roads

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Elon Musk thinks Tesla will have fully autonomous cars ready by the end of 2020. “There are no fundamental challenges remaining,” he said recently. “There are many small problems. And then there’s the challenge of solving all those small problems and putting the whole system together.”While the technology to enable a car to complete a journey without human input (what the industry calls “level 5 autonomy”) might be advancing rapidly, producing a vehicle that can do so safely and legally is another matter.There are indeed still fundamental challenges to the safe introduction of fully autonomous cars, and we have to overcome them before we see these vehicles on our roads. Here are five of the biggest remaining obstacles.1. SensorsAutonomous cars use a broad set of sensors to “see” the environment around them, helping to detect objects such as pedestrians, other vehicles, and road signs. Cameras help the car to view objects. Lidar uses lasers to measure the distance between objects and the vehicle. Radar detects objects and tracks their speed and direction.These sensors all feed data back to the car’s control system or computer to help it make decisions about where to steer or when to brake. …

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Goodix completes Dream Chip acquisition to boost integrated solutions for autonomous vehicles

goodix completes dream chip acquisition to boost integrated solutions for autonomous vehicles

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Goodix has closed its acquisition of Dream Chip Technologies GMBH (DCT) with the intention of diversifying its strategy, which currently hinges largely on its lead in supplying fingerprint biometrics to Android device-makers, and accelerating its delivery of smart mobile devices for automotive applications.DCT has a strong focus on autonomous systems, according to the announcement, and Goodix has scored recent design wins with Hyundai and Lynk & Co. The combined organizations position Goodix to offer differentiated products to auto makers around the world with strengthened technological capabilities. DCT specializes in large SoCs (system-on-chips), FPGAs, embedded software and systems.“DCT’s track record of success and market validation are perfectly aligned with our strategic development in automotive applications and ISP offerings,” David Zhang, CEO of Goodix, states.  “Coupled with Goodix’s leading position in the marketplace, we are well positioned to deliver compelling solutions to our combined customer base.”“This is a very important move for DCT. With the fundamental backup of Goodix, DCT will now be able to engage with customers into full ASIC business, supporting them not only with outstanding chip design capabilities but now also with the whole quality proven ASIC supply chain,” says Peter Schaper, CEO of DCT. “ …

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Global Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Wiring Harness market is expected to grow at a strong CAGR during 2019-2027

global electric and autonomous vehicles wiring harness market is expected to grow at a strong cagr during 2019-2027

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GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Some of the key players profiled in the Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Wiring Harness Market include AME Systems (VIC) Pty Limited, Amphenol CTI Industries Inc, Cesar Scott Inc, Electronic Technologies International Inc, Furukawa Electric Group, LeeMAH Electronics Inc, Leoni AG, Motherson Sumi Systems Limited, Patrick Industries Inc, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc and Varroc Lighting Systems.
While the factors like, increasing demand for autonomous vehicles and increasing penetration of electric vehicles are the major factors propelling the market growth. However, the corrosive nature of the wiring harness is hampering the market growth.
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Wire harnesses are efficiently bundled wires and information circuits that perform as the essential structure of a vehicle. To ensure security and fundamental functions (such as departing, junction, and stopping), as well as providing comfort and ease, automobiles are equipped with different electronics and electronic system, which function using control signals running on electrical power supplied from the battery. The wire harness is the channel for the transmission of these signals and electrical power.
Based on the application, the powertrain segment is likely to have a huge demand due to rising electrification …

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UK leadership on autonomous vehicles held back by infrastructure, says KPMG

uk leadership on autonomous vehicles held back by infrastructure, says kpmg

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The UK risks falling behind with autonomous vehicle development due to not pushing ahead far enough with infrastructure preparations compared with other countries, according to new research from KPMG.
KPMG’s latest Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index (AVRI) ranks the UK in ninth position for the most advanced autonomous vehicle markets in the world due to its leadership position around policy and security measures, but it said physical and digital infrastructure is needed to make sure it doesn’t get pushed out of the top 10.
Compared to last year’s ranking, the UK has slipped two places, with South Korea and the United Arab Emirates inching ahead due to planned infrastructure investments.
For the third year running Singapore and the Netherlands lead the rankings, but the UK still stands ahead of Germany, Japan and new entrant Denmark, among others.
UK remains a leader in autonomous vehicle policy
Sarah Owen-Vandersluis, partner and head of future mobility at KPMG UK, said: “Despite dropping two places, the UK continues to be a leader in autonomous vehicle legislation and policy, and has made notable progress to ensure that the regulatory environment will enable autonomous vehicle implementation.
“There’s real recognition for the work the Government has …

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