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3 islands will be built off the coast of Malaysia and connected using autonomous vehicles — see the plans for ‘BiodiverCity’

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Three islands will be built in Penang, Malaysia to serve as cultural, business, and residential hubs.Transportation on the island will consist of autonomous boats, vehicles, and air travel, leaving the 4,500 planned acres car-free and pedestrian friendly. The project is a part of the Penang2030 initiative that’s centered around greener living while improving the state’s quality of life, household income levels, and “civic participation.”Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Bjarke Ingels Group, among other private entities, is partnering with Malaysia’s Penang state government to create the Penang South Islands.Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG for short, and Ramboll, a project managing and engineer company, were recently selected by the Penang government to design the Penang South Islands project that will total up to 4,500 acres. The islands will also be built in collaboration with other private entities, including architect and planning company Hijjas, Knight Frank, and Ernst and Young.The plan, called BiodiverCity, is a part of the government’s Penang2030 initiative centered around improving the state’s quality of life, household income levels, and “civic participation”, all while taking on greener initiatives. The commercial build is still in progress, but will eventually consist of three islands — the Channels, Mangroves, and …

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Volvo Designs Driving Simulator Using Video Game Engine To Train Autonomous Vehicles

volvo designs driving simulator using video game engine to train autonomous vehicles

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More autonomous vehicle researchers and engineers are turning to video games to enhance the performance and reliability of autonomous vehicles. According to TNW, Volvo has begun to utilize video games to assist in the development of autonomous vehicles and the AI algorithms that will drive them.Video games, artificial intelligence, and cars have an interesting history together. AI algorithms have been used to automate the behavior of vehicles in car racing games, and video games have been used to train autonomous vehicle systems in the past.In order to safely operate in the real world, an autonomous vehicle must be trained to safely navigate a wide breadth of events and scenarios. The vehicles can be trained on either real-world or virtual data. Many companies, like Waymo, Tesla, and Nuro train their vehicles in real-world testing environments, exposing their AI models to a number of scenarios that occur in the real world. The assumption is that as AI experiences more and more scenarios, it will become better at handling unexpected events when operating in the real world. Research into the efficacy of using synthetic training data like video games shows that fine-tuning synthetic data can yield training results that are at …

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Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules

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The idea of self-driving cars being used for crime has been suggested, but a car-hacking expert told us success for autonomous drug mules or other criminal endeavors is not that likely.The systems will surely be exploited at some point, experts told Car and Driver, but likely not for high-level crimes due to the expense, time, and knowledge it would take to pull it off.However, it’s those working at ride-hailing companies and service providers for automakers will be the ones with the access needed for such schemes.While we’re still years and years away from truly autonomous veicles, it’s important for automakers, ride-share companies, and security researchers to figure out how these robot vehicles might be hacked or used in ways not intended by the manufacturers. After the OnStar hack of a few years ago where someone could take over a vehicle from the comfort of their own home, companies involved in transportation realized that if there’s a security issue with a vehicle or system connected to a vehicle, someone will exploit it. Among the more far-fetched claims was one by the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s brother to a U.K. publication last year. He told Metro UK …

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BMW steps back from Level 3 autonomous driving in its iX tech flagship

bmw steps back from level 3 autonomous driving in its ix tech flagship

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BMW will not initially offer “eyes-off” Level 3 autonomous driving in the iX flagship electric SUV. The admission is further evidence that German automakers are struggling with the shift to unsupervised driving.
Earlier this year, Audi said it no longer expected to offer Level 3 in its A8 upper-premium sedan, while Mercedes-Benz said it is still developing its eyes-off system and it will likely only debut in the second half of next year in its new S-Class.
When BMW unveiled the Vision iNext concept in September 2018, the automaker’s then-development chief Klaus Froehlich said the production version, which was unveiled on Wednesday as the iX, would have an advanced Level 3 system.In the meantime, however, BMW’s engineers have not been able to deliver a system that the automaker considers sufficiently reliable. A major concern for eyes-off driving and even more advanced levels of autonomous technology is that liability in case of an accident needs to shift from the driver to the automaker when the system in operation.
“The iX has been engineered to be Level 3-capable, but we will not offer it until we are completely certain that it meets our standards,” a BMW spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
German brands are not …

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KFC Turned to Self-Driving Cars in China to Deliver Fried Chicken While Limiting Human Contact

kfc turned to self-driving cars in china to deliver fried chicken while limiting human contact

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The company uses autonomous vehicles connected to 5G networks and QR codes to distribute its product on the streets of Shanghai.

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Although it is still unknown if this dynamic is related to a marketing action or real tests for a future way of operating its services, the famous fried chicken franchise has delivered its orders door to door with these autonomous vehicles, a concept very similar to that of ´food trucks´, in which food is delivered to your house without having to go out to look for the truck. All of the above is due to a Chinese company that launched this innovative way of delivering KFC orders to the streets.This dynamic is quite original and effective, especially in these times of pandemic, since there is no contact with customers, workers or with the transport driver, therefore, the risk of contagions is reduced.The appearance of these mini-vehicles was something unexpected for the residents, since without any warning they began to circulate on the …

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We’re looking for the rising stars of the autonomous-vehicle industry — here’s how to nominate yourself or someone you know

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Business Insider is seeking nominations for its second annual list of the autonomous-vehicle industry’s rising stars.
Nominees must be less than 30 years old as of December 31, 2020, and work for a company that’s developing technology for autonomous vehicles.
You can submit yourself or someone you know through this Google Form by the end of November 29.
Email this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com if you have any questions.
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Business Insider is seeking nominations for its second annual list of the rising stars in the autonomous-vehicle industry.We want to highlight those who have made an outsized impact early in their careers and could become the industry’s leaders of tomorrow.These are our (very simple) criteria:Nominees must be less than 30 years old as of December 31, 2020.Nominees must currently work for a company that’s developing technology for autonomous vehicles.

Submit your nomination(s) through this Google Form by the end of November 29, and tell us why you or someone you know is on the path to becoming a leader in this emerging space. If you want to nominate more than one person, fill out a separate form for each person. If you have any questions, reach …

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Globally unique autonomous vehicle development centre nears completion in UK

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Self-driving vehicles are a significant step closer to becoming a reality on public roads with the construction of a revolutionary new ecosystem nearing completion in the UK’s Midlands.
Set to provide the UK with the most complete environment for the acceleration of future mobility, the new, globally-unique autonomous vehicle development centre – known as Assured CAV – has been developed by leaders in automotive engineering, HORIBA MIRA. It has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry, policy makers and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology, ensuring it is robust to the wide range of eventualities seen on public roads, before being released to consumers.
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Far more than a location for vehicle testing, Assured CAV is a lighthouse in the CAV industry; a location where organisations can lead in both the development and verification of self-driving technologies, but also where the learning can be applied to influence future legislation, policy and insurance, to ensure the future of autonomous vehicles will improve lives.
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Autonomous driving should learn from aviation industry

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Major advances are being made by the day in propelling self-driving technology and consumer acceptance.
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Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can lead to tremendous safety gains and more efficient transportation. Yet there are considerable barriers to adoption – communication protocols, infrastructure standards, and liability considerations.

These are challenges that few countries can solve independently. Over the past few decades, the civil aviation industry has resolved similar issues, leading to an impeccable safety record and high level of trust among passengers—even as passenger jets approach fully autonomous operation.

In that way, aviation lights the path for autonomous vehicles.

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The market for AV technology is growing rapidly. It was worth an estimated $54 billion in 2019 and should expand to $557 billion by 2026, according to Allied Market Research. Nearly 100 cities have some form of AV pilot program underway.

Automakers are making big bets: …

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World-leading autonomous car development hub nears completion

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26th November 2020 | TechForge Media




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A world-leading development hub for autonomous cars is nearing completion in Nuneaton, UK.

Built by automotive engineering giant HORIBA MIRA, the facility aims to offer a complete environment for autonomous vehicles from concept to on-road testing.

The facility is known as ASSURED CAV and promises to be “globally-unique” in providing support for all stages of development. 

ASSURED CAV has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry, policymakers, and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology and the required legislation and regulatory environment needed to support their safe deployment on public roads.

Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA, said:

“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.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 …

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Walmart taps self-driving vehicle startup Cruise for autonomous deliveries

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Walmart is piloting contactless deliveries with a self-driving car company, Cruise, in Scottsdale, Arizona, the retailer announced on Tuesday. 

Starting in early 2021, customers can have orders delivered from local Walmart locations through Cruise’s self-driving electric cars. The partnership is part of the retailer’s overall autonomous vehicle testing and effort to understand the technology’s role in retail going forward, the company said. 

Cruise’s fleet of self-driving cars consists of only electric vehicles. The collaboration supports Walmart’s goal of reaching zero emissions by 2040, per the company statement.

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As with many things Walmart does, the mass merchant is interested in self-driving vehicles because of the potential to save customers’ time and money, as well as ease environmental impact, Tom Ward, senior vice president of Customer Product at Walmart U.S., wrote in the announcement.
The partnership with Cruise is a continuation of the company’s overall efforts to modernize its delivery services for customers. After launching its Express Delivery service in April, the retailer has expanded the program across more than 2,800 stores and now reaches more than 65% of U.S. households, Ward noted. 
In addition to adding Cruise to its self-driving vehicle roster, Walmart has tested out autonomous deliveries elsewhere. …

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