Autonomous Vehicles: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice?

The quest for autonomous vehicle technology has no shortage of eager participants. In recent years, startups and established businesses alike have poured billions of dollars into developing a host of technologies that will, hopefully, one day unlock the secrets of level five autonomy, i.e., self-driving cars that are better and safer than human drivers in all conditions.

 

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U.S. military working to make its self-driving technology smarter

Keeping soldiers safe continues to be the main reason the military enlists unmanned vehicles into its ranks, especially for resupply missions.

The U.S. Army has been tinkering with ground robotics and automated technologies for decades, yet there are still no real systems in the military field that are fully autonomous.

Nevertheless, the Army wants to finish what it started, so it plans to accelerate its use of autonomous defense technologies.

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Whole Lotta Shaking Going on in Auto Industry

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It’s already been an eventful year for the automotive industry. Let’s review some of the biggest trends and headlines we’ve seen so far and consider what the future might hold.

Shake-Ups and Industry Disruptors

We can’t discuss the industry in 2019 without mentioning tariffs, so let’s start there.

The U.S. and China have made a lot of noise by threatening to impose new or raise existing tariffs on automobiles. The potential of higher costs is affecting factories worldwide, and the situation is made more complex by the fact that many auto makers have plants in countries other than their home base (for example, GM builds cars in China; BMW in the U.S.; VW in Mexico).

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Continental’s self-driving chief sees full autonomy taking time

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HANOVER, Germany — The first fully autonomous vehicles able to handle all conditions on public roads — and potentially replacing private car ownership, will probably not appear until after 2030, said Continental’s head of self-driving car projects, Andree Hohm. “People always ask me when driverless vehicles will be on the road,” he said this month at Continent’s Tech Show in Hanover, “and I tell them the answer is ‘today.’

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Nexen Tire in technology partnership with Plug and Play

Nexen Tire has entered into a partnership with Plug and Play, an innovation platform and startup accelerator, as a part of its effort to build an infrastructure for future technology development and new business initiation.

Through the collaboration with Plug and Play, Nexen Tire will look to develop tire and mobility technologies. It will also enable the company to realize its open R&D philosophy and explore other potential partnerships in the tire industry.

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This Robot Will Make Any Car a Self-Driving Car

It may not be the future we want, but it’s undeniable that autonomous vehicles are coming. In the not too distant future, car and driver will become one and the same, and the cars we drive ourselves will eventually be replaced with those that drive themselves. But does that mean every car and truck on the road will need to be replaced with specially designed autonomous vehicles? Israeli startup IVObility has a better idea.

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Goodyear to pilot predictive tire servicing solution with EV fleets

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Goodyear Tire is partnering with Borrow, a short-term, fully electric car subscription company in California to test its newest service innovation.

Goodyear is using its unique predictive tire servicing solution for Borrow’s connected fleets to forecast and automatically schedule needed tire maintenance and replacement. Leveraging Goodyear’s expertise in tires, the cloud-based platform predicts and automatically schedules tire servicing via vehicle data and proprietary algorithms.

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Semi-autonomous and always available: A peek into the near future of car rental

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The here and now is all about “connected cars.” But the question you may ask is, “connected to what?” A connected car is only as valuable or useful as what it’s connected to, and today that’s not much beyond a cell phone, mobile road service, or garage door opener.

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Technology: Sumitomo preparing for fully-automated driving

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Maebashi, Japan – Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has started a joint research project with the aim of developing tire-related services for ‘level 4’ fully-automated vehicles in Japan.

The partnership is with Gunma University Centre of Research on Adoption of NextGen Transportation Systems (CRANTS), which is working on self-driving vehicles in collaboration with the Japanese private sector.

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Italmatic introduces new-generation Italsensor TPMS solution

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Tyre repair material and tyre pressure monitoring system specialist Italmatic has launched its latest generation of aftermarket TPMS solution. With the Italsensor 3.0evo, Italmatic aims to “raise the standards in the TPMS aftermarket.” Italsensor 3.0evo is suitable for use with 99 per cent of the European car parc and is programmable through most popular tools, including ATEQ.

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