Self-driving vehicles (automotive)

WeRideRobovan400x275Autonomous driving company WeRide has unveiled the WeRide Robovan, the first Level 4 self-driving cargo van in China. The company said it will work with Jiangling Motors (JMC) and ZTO Express in a strategic agreement to promote mass production and commercialization of the vehicle. The companies will create an autonomous driving ecosystem for China’s urban logistics.


Pony.Ai has announced it has been authorized to conduct driverless tests on public roads in China’s capital city, Beijing. The company is one of the two autonomous software companies to receive a Beijing permit. Prior to receiving the Beijing permit, it received a permit to conduct tests on certain sections of Beijing’s highways, in July 2021. The company said it was among the first groups to obtain this permit.


MOBIS fold steeringwheel400x275Hyundai Mobis has announced it has developed a foldable steering system technology that enables the folding and unfolding of a steering wheel inside a vehicle. The technology is being optimized for future mobility vehicles as it can allow for more space in the driver’s seat area, bringing about additional design innovation.


TRI Sim2Real 400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced the acceptance of six research papers in the field of machine learning at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV). The research advances understanding across various tasks crucial for robotic perception, including semantic segmentation, 3D object detection, and multi-object tracking.


CircuitMess Batmobile400x275A new Kickstarter campaign from CircuitMess, a Croatian startup, lets you build and code your own Batmobile. The kit is designed to teach children aged seven and up about engineering and autonomous driving.


Locomation400x275Locomation, a Pittsburgh-based provider of autonomous truck technology, has announced a collaboration with Aon plc to develop a risk management plan as Locomation plans commercial deployment of its autonomous freight transport and backend platform. Aon, a professional services firm that provides a range of risk, retirement, and health solutions, will work with Locomation and insurance carriers to assess the autonomous technology risks and align them with insurance industry best practices.


KodiakNewTruck400x275Kodiak Robotics, which is developing self-driving truck technology, has announced its fourth-generation autonomous truck. The new truck will feature Luminar’s Iris lidar, ZF’s Full Range Radar, Hesai’s 360-degree scanning lidars for side- and rear-view detection, a Cummins X15 Series engine, Bridgestone Americas’ smart-sensing tire technology, and the NVIDIA DRIVE platform. The company said the fourth-generation trucks will debut on-road starting in Q4 2021, as it begins to take delivery of 15 new tractors.


Kar go RAF 400x275U.K.-based Academy of Robotics and the Royal Air Force have announced a new trial deployment of autonomous vehicles on an airbase as part of the RAF’s Astra campaign to deliver next-generation Air Force capabilities. This marks the first time that autonomous vehicles have been deployed on a U.K. airbase by the RAF.


BlaizeLeiShen400x275Blaize and LeiShen have announced a strategic cooperation agreement to integrate lidar and artificial intelligence functions in applications aimed at autonomous operations in automotive and smart city markets in China. As part of the agreement, Blaize and LeiShen are building a sensor fusion solution that combines LeiShen lidar technology with AI processing on Blaize’s Pathfinder P1600 system-on-module embedded AI accelerator.


AuroraToyotaSienna400x275Aurora, which develops autonomous driving technologies, has shared the first look at the Toyota Sienna powered by the Aurora Driver, which is designed for “a convenient and comfortable ride-hailing experience.” The announcement is part of the company’s path to commercializing Aurora-powered Toyota vehicles designed specifically for ride hailing.


DeepWayXingtu 400x275DeepWay, a company backed by China’s Baidu, has unveiled Xingtu, a smart energy, heavy-duty truck with more than 500 TOPS computing power and ultra-long-distance capabilities of more than 1 kilometer. Xingtu will be powered by Baidu’s AI technology stack and the Apollo autonomous driving platform, marking Baidu’s entry into the multi-trillion-dollar global freight market.


RyderEmbark 400x275Ryder System, Inc., which develops supply chain, transportation, and fleet management solutions, has partnered with Embark Trucks to launch a nationwide network of up to 100 Embark transfer points. Ryder will provide yard operations, maintenance, and fleet management to support a seamless coast-to-coast autonomous network for Embark fleet partners.


ADLINK COM HPC 400x275ADLINK Technology, which develops edge computing solutions, has announced the COM-HPC Ampere Altra, an 80-core COM-HPC server type module that aims to eliminate power-performance limitations. The new server type module is targeting edge platforms that can reliably and predictably process the most compute-intensive workloads, eliminating bottlenecks and restrictions typically caused by memory caches and system memory limits on edge devices.


GPR 400x275WaveSense, which develops ground positioning radar for precise vehicle locations, has announced the release of its next-generation radar – Aegis – as well as changing its corporate name to GPR. The company said the new name reflects the shift towards establishing Ground Positioning Radar as an industry standard that “redefines what is possible in ADAS and AV by delivering vehicle positioning that works in nearly all conditions.”


EmbarkHP 400x275Embark Trucks, which develops self-driving software for the trucking industry, has announced a joint initiative with HP to combine electric and autonomous truck technology to create a more sustainable distribution network. 


AuburnIndyCar400x275Auburn Engineering's world-renowned autonomous vehicle research program literally lapped the competition — and made history in the process. Comprised of students in Auburn's GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Lab (GAVLAB), Autonomous Tiger Racing (ATR) was the first to run the Dallara AV-21 autonomous race car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) last month in preparation for the first-ever Indy Autonomous Challenge on October 23.