Researchers have found a better way to crunch the data that GPS-enabled devices use to determine their location. The result could provide a level of accuracy down to the centimeter that's needed in things like autonomous vehicles and other precision tech.Read More
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a pedestrian detection system they claim performs in near real-time at higher accuracy than existing systems. The researchers believe that the algorithm and technology could be used in self-driving vehicles, robotics, and in image and video search systems.
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released its report to the United States Congress assessing the status of dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) for connected vehicle technologies. The findings are that they are ready for deployment.Read More
The Ford Model T wasn't the first car to ever be commercially available, but it was one of the very first to be mass-produced. This meant that its price could be kept relatively low, allowing for purchase by people who would otherwise have never been able to afford an automobile. Well, the DEDAVE could be to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) what the Model T was to cars. Created by Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, it's claimed to be "the world's first autonomous underwater vehicle to be developed from the outset with a view to series production."Read More
Miles of roads in the UK are to be used for testing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The £5.5 m (US$7.9 m) UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK-CITE) project will allow new tech to be evaluated in real-world driving conditions. It will help to make driving safer, to reduce journey times and to prevent traffic jams.Read More
Auto companies – particularly German ones – are taking infotainment systems to the next level at this year's CES. Bosch has set the driver afloat in a sea of displays; BMW has updated its sporty i8 plug-in with next-gen screen technologies; and Volkswagen has revived the classic Microbus (sort of) to showcase its own ideas about the future of in-vehicle infotainment. Audi is getting in on the action with a new AMOLED-based virtual dashboard concept and also previews a few upcoming autonomous technologies.
Last year, Delphi used its own technologies to "drive" a car autonomously from San Francisco to New York. The next stage of that tech is what the company calls "vehicle-to-everything" (V2E). It allows vehicles to communicate with streets, signs, traffic lights, other cars and even pedestrians – and it's currently being showcased at CES.Read More
The US state of Nevada has been a trailblazer in issuing licences for testing autonomous cars on public roads, with its first two going to Google and Audi back in 2013. Now, it has awarded its first licenses for autonomous standard production vehicles. Three new Mercedes E-Class vehicles have been approved to drive themselves.Read More
Kia was recently awarded its first license for testing autonomous driving technologies on public roads. Now, the carmaker has unveiled the brand under which it plans to bring those technologies to market in the future. Kia Drive Wise covers both partially and fully autonomous technologies.Read More
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