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Webinar:Virtual Validation of Automated Vehicles

TRL's Smart Mobility Living Lab is hosting a webinar to explore the subject of Virtual Validation of Automated Vehicles: What? How? Why? What next? It will take place on the 23rd June at 16:00 hours. Virtual Validation is a method to collect objective evidence of the reliability of the...

Automated systems need stronger safeguards to keep drivers focused on the road

Story from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued a set of research-based safety recommendations on the design of partially automated driving systems. The guidelines emphasize how to keep drivers focused on the road even as the vehicle...

Self-driving electric Nissan Leaf navigates a 230 mile road journey.

Story from This is Money. A self-driving electric Nissan Leaf has navigated itself 230 miles up the country to complete the longest and most complex autonomous journey ever achieved on UK public roads. The epic landmark drive - from the car giant's engineering centre at Cranfield in...

Streetwise: developing self-driving vehicles for daily commute

Story from UK Research and Innovation. Cars with a single occupant fill the streets of towns and cities in the UK. This leads to congestion and pollution and a lot of frustrating delay. Many predict that self-driving vehicles could transform urban environments. Autonomous vehicles will travel...

Anoter Tesla crash; Another investigation into Autopilot

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will investigate the 12th Tesla car crash where Autopilot, its semi-autonomous driver-assist, may have been involved. This one took place Dec. 7 in Norwalk, Connecticut. A 2018 Tesla Model 3 driving Interstate 95 rear-ended a...

Autonomous Vehicles in Industry - Leaders and Laggards

Whilst all eyes are focused on Waymo, Tesla, GM (Cruise) and others in the autonomous passenger vehicle market; there is another battle playing out - the adoption of automation within industry which, in several examples, is well ahead of the curve. Those who have been early adopters, such as...

Is 2020 the year for Eyes-Off Automated Driving?

We are now seeing SAE Level 2 systems at the forefront of current introductions and upgrades from (mainly) upscale car brands. Cadillac Super Cruise, Nissan ProPilot 2.0, and BMW’s x5 Extended Traffic Jam Assistant all explicitly allow hands-off and verify via driver monitoring that the driver...

North American cities release vision for AV policy

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) in North America has released the second edition of its Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism. The document focuses on the near-term policies and decisions that are necessary for autonomous technologies to improve transportation...

Automated vehicles bring new challenges for data access and insurance

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released two policy papers on the future regulation of automated vehicles (AVs) in Australia. The papers consider the coverage of motor accident injury insurance for AV crashes and government access to Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)...

Cost, safety and collaboration: the key trends in AV development

Issues such as regulatory uncertainty and compliance with safety certification standards will pose a significant challenge to autonomous vehicle (AV) developers, as well as a handful of more immediate concerns around the technology itself. Automakers have poured investment into R&D, but lofty...

IIHS: New studies highlight driver confusion about automated systems

Vehicles are getting increasingly sophisticated, with more and more of them able to stay in a lane and maintain a set speed and following distance with minimal driver input. But this kind of automation has limitations that can be tricky for drivers to grasp, and two new IIHS studies highlight...

Automated Driving hype is dangerously confusing drivers, study reveals

Research launched today shows that 71% of drivers around the world believe they can purchase a self-driving car right now. The astonishing finding is just one of many worrying perceptions uncovered by the study, which also showed that one in 10 drivers would be tempted to have a nap while using...