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SmartDrivingCar.com/7.02-CES2018-011119
  2ndt edition of the 7th year of SmartDrivingCars

Friday, January 11, 2019

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cid:<a href=part7.8763066B.194BCCB3@princeton.edu”>PAVE coalition launches broad-based public education campaign on automated vehicles

Staff, Jan. 8, "A coalition of industry, non-profit and academic institutions has launched a campaign to inform the public and policymakers about the potential and the reality of advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles.

Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE) will hold events across the country to introduce driver assistance and self-driving technology to consumers and policymakers; hold educational workshops to help federal, state and local officials make informed policy decisions; and develop educational materials to distribute to retail sales and customer service personnel…."  Read more Hmmmm….  Very important.  Listen to the PodCast.  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.edu  Smart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 75 – PAVE; Nantel, Erlich, Riccobono   

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "From CES in Las Vegas, a new industry organization, PAVE, is formed. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education. And some founding members join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for an on site discussion. Guests include National Safety Council VP Kelly Nantel, Voyage VP Justin Erlich and National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part16.F53FAA52.D401A593@princeton.edu”>  Daimler trucks chief devotes $572 million to driverless technology

R. Mitchell, Jan 8, "Daimler said Monday that it will spend half a billion euros, or about $572 million, to develop driverless trucks. … Starting this year, Freightliner Cascadia big rigs will be fitted with driver-assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control operating at highway speeds. Martin Daum, chief of trucks and buses at Daimler, made the announcement at CES, the big consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas.

While Daimler throttles up for driverless technology, however, it’s putting the brakes on platooning. That’s when several trucks line up tightly together, similar to the aerodynamic technique used by bicycle racers, but aided by sensors and computers. Daimler testing has shown that platooning uses more fuel than it saves because of the acceleration needed to catch up with the pack when the platoon chain is broken…." Read more Hmmmm…. Called it a long time ago!!!   While I didn’t see the operational nuance that negates the fuel saving, I simply looked at the spatial-temporal operational distribution of long-haul trucking and found little opportunity for platooning.  A large proportion of truck VMT is traveled without another truck nearby, and a very very small portion of a truck’s VMT is traveled in the space-time vicinity of another truck from that same trucking company. 

Moreover, any space-time proximity opportunity that exists is unlikely to be platoonable until the market penetration of the technology that enables platooning is very large.  Both trucks need the technology in order for platooning to be realized.  At a 50% market penetration level, the enabling probability is only .25.  At a 10% penetration level, only 1% of the time could platooning be realized when two trucks were traveling nearby, which isn’t that often in the first place.  Earlier in the adoption cycle, platooning would be at best a very rare event.  So even if platooning did save fuel, any hope of realizing such savings is so challenged that even 1st adopters would lose patience.  2nd adopter hoping to justify this on an RoI basis woould be unimpressed.  Consequently, this fuel-saving operational technology has no opportunity to get off the ground and is DoA.  If in the long run it doesn’t even save fuel, as Daimler reports, then this pipe-dream is over.  Alain

cid:<a href=part19.1F91777C.C6F7D4E7@princeton.edu”>Why I’m skeptical about Toyota’s approach to self-driving cars

T. Lee, Jan 8, "As most of the car industry have scrambled to develop fully driverless car technology over the last few years, Toyota has taken a pointedly contrarian tack….  oyota has taken a two-track approach to its own self-driving vehicle research. On one track, dubbed "Chauffeur," Toyota is working to develop fully autonomous vehicles similar to those being created by Alphabet’s Waymo, GM’s Cruise, and other companies…

At this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, Pratt touted the company’s progress in developing Guardian technology. Guardian is still far from being a shipping product. But at Monday’s presentation, Pratt disclosed plans to license it to competitors—an approach the car maker dubs "Guardian for all." Toyota is still figuring out what this licensing program might look like—and whether the company will license hardware, software, or some combination of the two…

Up to a point, the Guardian approach makes perfect sense. Indeed, you can view automatic emergency braking technology, which is rapidly becoming an industry standard, as an early example of Guardian technology.  And there’s no doubt that today’s emergency braking systems have room for improvement. Last year, for example, several Tesla vehicles slammed into stationary objects while Autopilot was enabled. One of these crashes claimed the life of its driver.

Today’s driver-assistance systems are simply not designed to prevent all accidents. Many emergency braking systems are designed to ignore stationary objects when the car is traveling at freeway speeds. So if Toyota can develop more sophisticated emergency braking systems, that could indeed be a valuable contribution.

But the larger question is whether this is really an easier problem to solve than building a fully self-driving car. If Toyota develops software that can confidently make lane changes in a variety of tricky emergency situations, will it really be that much harder to just have the software drive the entire route?…"  Read more   Hmmmm…. I agree.  Driverless doesn’t have to deal with the driver behaving like a jerk or just mimicking the fantasies that the OEM used to sell him the car.  Not having to correct driver misbehavior make Driverless easier than Self-driving.  The fantasies that OEMs have used to get us to buy their cars has made us unable to drive safely.  If their systems don’t let us misbehave (over speed, roll through stop signs, speed excessively, do doughnuts on our neighbor’s lawns, drive down riverbeds,… and the list goes on.), we’ll take them back to the showroom as lemons.  If OEMs are going to be involved in this business they’ll have to take the steering wheel and the gas pedal away from us.  But OEMs are never going to do that, so they’re stuck with that Sears & Roebuck business model. Will an "Amazon-style Driverless" initiative flourish is the $64,000 question.  The likelihood that Toyota’s Guardian, which actually makes Toyota into a "Tier 1 supplier", will be adopted by other OEMs is slim2none.  Alain

cid:<a href=part24.1A12A609.BD3EE211@princeton.edu”>RTA Announces Dubai World Congress and Challenge for Self-Driving Transport

Press Release, Jan 2018, "Under the auspices of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, RTA will hold the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport in October 2019. The event, the first of its kind in the region and the Middle East, will take place in cooperation with Khalifa City and NewCities Foundation. The Congress aims to raise the public awareness of modern and future technologies of self-driving transport. It seeks to identify the impact of self-driving technology on investments and various transport strategies. Total prizes exceeding USD $5 million will be allocated for the Challenge…"  Read more Hmmmm….  Very interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 76 – Zohdy   

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "Will Dubai lead the world in driverless transportation. In this special edition of the Smart Driving Cars podcast from CES, Dr. Ismail Zohdy, program manager for self driving transportation for the Dubai government joins Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a lively discussion."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part31.343DE457.68037AEF@princeton.edu”>Udelv announces second-generation Newton autonomous delivery van at CES 2019

A. Goodwin, Jan 8, "Startup Udelv has just unveiled the second generation of its autonomous delivery van, the Newton. At CES 2019, the Newton van arrives ladden with news of new partnerships with investors and commercial customers.

We first met Udelv early last year, when the startup launched its pilot program in San Mateo, Calif. with a small fleet of electric delivery vans with smart cargo containers out back. In partnership with a local grocery store, the loaded vehicles could drive themselves to delivery locations and, upon arrival, automatically open the correct compartment for customers to retrieve their package. CES 2019 sees the debut of Udelv’s more robust, second-generation vehicle…." Read more Hmmmm….  Very interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 77 – UDELV, Laury   

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "From CES it’s another special edition of the Smart Driving Cars podcast with UDELV CEO Daniel Laury chatting with co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin about his company’s self driving delivery vehicles in operation in San Francisco."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part37.7F5C92BF.89794E3F@princeton.edu”>  Bosch cautiously moving full-speed ahead with self-driving car tech

R. Glon, Jan 9, "CES 2019 again illustrated that many of the industry’s brightest minds are working on making self-driving cars a reality in the not-too-distant future. Several not-insignificant issues continue to stand in the way of autonomous driving, including middling consumer acceptance and the lack of a comprehensive legal framework, but car and tech companies are confident they’ll find best way to knock them down.

Digital Trends sat down with Kay Stepper, one of Bosch’s self-driving car experts, on the sidelines of CES 2019 to learn more about the company’s plans for deploying automated cars…."  Read more Hmmmm….  Very interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 78 – Bosch, Stepper

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "From CES it’s another special edition of the Smart Driving Cars podcast with UDELV CEO Daniel Laury chatting with co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin about his company’s self driving delivery vehicles in operation in San Francisco."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part43.6EC1D1D4.A6F82E44@princeton.edu”>  DXC Technology to scoop up Luxoft in $2b deal

A. McLean, Jan 8, "DXC Technology has announced its intention to acquire software development firm Luxoft for approximately $2 billion.  DXC said the acquisition will accelerate its digital growth and scale-out strategy, and will also broaden access to digital talent, with Luxoft currently boasting a workforce of close to 13,000 people.  Under the terms of the deal, all of the issued and outstanding Luxoft Class A and Class B ordinary shares will receive $59 per share in cash.

Founded in Russia, and headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Luxoft provides digital strategy consulting and engineering services for companies across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.  The company plays in the analytics, UX/UI, Internet of Things, and blockchain spaces, and also has its hands in outsourced engineering services, cloud, and DevOps….."  Read more Hmmmm….  Very interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 79 – DXC, Soderberg

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "Luxoft gets acquired by DXC and partners with LG to bring the digital lifestyle into automated vehicles. VP of Strategy Mikael Soderberg joins co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton and Fred Fishkin for the Smart Driving Cars podcast from CES 2019.."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part7.8763066B.194BCCB3@princeton.edu”>RoboSense launches new MEMS solid-state LiDAR at CES 2019  &   Magneti Marelli’s ‘Smart Corner™’ Named CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-driving Technology Category

Press Release, Jan 4, "China-based RoboSense, a leader in LiDAR perception technology solutions and CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree, will demonstrate at CES 2019 an upgraded version of their MEMS solid-state LiDAR—an automotive grade solid-state LiDAR designed for the mass production of autonomous vehicles.

The new RS-LiDAR-M1 with patented MEMS technology offers enhanced vehicle awareness to support Level 5 driverless automated driving. With a detection distance to 200 meters, the upgraded optical system and signal processing technology brings a final output point cloud effect which can now clearly recognize even small objects such as railings and fences…"  Read more Hmmmm….  Very interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  and see MM  announcement Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 80 – RoboSense, Shinohara & Magnetu Marelli, Grabowski

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "RoboSense captures a CES Innovation Award for new MEMS solid state LiDAR while Magneti Marelli builds autonomous technology into headlamps and tail lights. Dr. Leilei Shinohara of RoboSense and Magneti Marelli’s Bill Grabowski explain in Episode 80 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast with co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton and Fred Fishkin."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part43.6EC1D1D4.A6F82E44@princeton.edu”>  Nvidia partners with Mercedes on artificial intelligence

C. Reichert, Jan 9, " Nvidia has announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas that it will be building out artificial intelligence (AI) architecture for Mercedes-Benz cars.

"We’re announcing a new partnership going forward, creating a computer that defines the future of autonomous vehicles, the future of AI, and the future of mobility," Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said on Tuesday.

Mercedes and Nvidia are aiming to develop a single system with self-driving capabilities and "smart cockpit" functions, rather than the current system involving multiple small processors known as electronic control units (ECUs), where each ECU controls separate parts of the car such as the windows, door locks, power steering, and braking…."   Read more Hmmmm….  Most interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  and see Velodyne Announcement  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 81 – nVIDIA, Shapiro & Local  Motors / Olli, Hodge

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "How NVIDIA is paving the way for self driving cars and a new OLLI automated transport from Local Motors. NVIDIA’s Senior Director for Automotive, Danny Shapiro and Kurtis Hodge of Local Motors join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for another edition of Smart Driving Cars from CES 2019.."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

cid:<a href=part43.6EC1D1D4.A6F82E44@princeton.edu”>  Mobileye inks autonomous vehicle deals across China  &   Jitsik

C. Reichert, Jan 8, "ntel’s Mobileye has announced a series of deals and projects at CES 2019, including to bring autonomous capabilities to public transport in China, have its safety system adopted by Chinese companies and standards bodies, and to deliver autonomous driving solutions to Great Wall Motors.

Beijing Public Transport Corporation (BPTC) and Beijing Beytai will be collaborating with Mobileye to commercially deploy autonomous public transport services across China, using the Mobileye AV Series hardware and software self-driving system for level 4 driverless capabilities…"  Read more Hmmmm….  Very interesting.  Listen to the PodCast.  Alain

cid:part13.D1AF6DCE.DDF16455@princeton.eduSmart Driving Cars Podcast Episode 82 – Intel, Sciarapp & Jitsik, Loeb

F. Fishkin,  Jan. 9,  "One of the top chip makers in the world and a start up. Intel’s strategic marketing director for autonomous driving Jill Sciarappo and the founder of Jitsik, Dr. Helen Loeb join co-hosts Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and Fred Fishkin for Episode 82 of the Smart Driving Cars podcast from CES."  Hmmmm…. Now you can just say "Alexa, play the Smart Driving Cars podcast!" .  Ditto with Siri, and GooglePlay.  Alain

 


Half-baked stuff that probably doesn’t deserve your time


 C’mon Man!  (These folks didn’t get/read the memo)

cid:<a href=part78.56AAFCCB.E46A9825@princeton.edu”>  Autonomous car hits autonomous robot in bizarre collision

T. Cozzens, Jan 7, "In a unique car accident, a self-driving Tesla Model S hit and destroyed an autonomous Promobot, the robot model v4, on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. The incident took place at 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas…." Read more Hmmmm….  Don’t bother. Totally fake/staged Russian Russian News.  Have more fun looking at C’mon Man!!!  Alain


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