(Reuters) – Half of U.S. adults think automated vehicles are more dangerous than traditional vehicles operated by people, while nearly two-thirds said they would not buy a fully autonomous vehicle, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. In the same poll, about 63 percent of those who responded said they would not pay more to have a self-driving feature on their vehicle, and 41 percent of the rest said they would not pay more than $2,000.
“Are we making partnerships with other companies? Absolutely,” said Kaivan Karimi, head of sales and marketing at BlackBerry Technology Solutions.
The strategy could be paying off. In the quarter that ended Nov. 30, the Waterloo, Ont., company reported net income of C$59 million ($44 million U.S.) on revenue of C$226 million. That’s up from a net loss of C$275 million a year earlier. The company’s next quarterly report comes this month.
A year-ago, the research firm listed eight companies or consortiums as top-tier leaders in automated driving, but now says GM Cruise, Waymo and Ford Autonomous have moved ahead.
The Government of Canada announced it is making significant investments to establish Canada as a global leader in cybersecurity and automotive software for connected and autonomous vehicles. To meet that goal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, to develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Goodyear is working with Arizona-based Local Motors to conduct tire testing on its eight-passenger autonomous shuttle, the Olli. All of Local Motors’ Olli vehicles will be equipped with Goodyear tires.
The partnership will enable Goodyear to evaluate advanced tire technologies at various locations, including at the University of Michigan’s Mcity test facility. In particular, engineers will study operation and maintenance considerations.
Bridgestone’s successful acquisition of TomTom Telematics follows earlier reports that both Michelin and Bridgestone were vying to buy the Telematics business unit from Netherlands-based company TomTom . In addition, according to Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad, Michelin was one of four in the running. For its part, Michelin was allegedly aiming to add the business into its Michelin Solutions portfolio.
A further development of Continental’s ContiConnect digital tyre monitoring platform will be showcased at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany. The evolution that Continental will show is said to be a “new solution that can be integrated into existing systems,” specifically a solution that will give these systems a digital tyre monitoring capability. Continental says it will announce further details at a press conference on 19 September.
AKRON—Author Norbert Majerus is one of the nearly 50 presenters set to speak at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference, planned for Sept. 11-13 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.
Clermont-Ferrand, France – Groupe Michelin has announced the appointment of Pascal Couasnon as director of the mobility experience business line, effective 5 Sept.
The French tire maker said in a 4 Sept statement that that Couasnon will replace Alexandre Taisne while also maintaining the supervision over the motorsport business line which he is currently directing.
Traverse City, Michigan – Suppliers who are not prepared to embrace new mobility options may not survive in the long run, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies CEO Claus Moehlenkamp has warned.
Indeed, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies could lose around 70% of its automotive sales if it does not embrace opportunities around e-mobility and fuel cells, he said in a presentation at the 2018 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS)…