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Zenzic and Thatcham Research reveal plans for Automated Driving System consumer ratings

SOURCE: Thatcham Research UK leads development of future independent consumer safety rating scheme World-first consumer rating to support the safe introduction, adoption and use of Automated Driving Systems on UK roads - starting with Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) Project brings...

Project Endeavour autonomous vehicle trial heads to Birmingham

Source: Intelligent Transport Project Endeavour arrives in Birmingham this week, with the UK's second largest city hosting the next phase of autonomous vehicle trials on public roads. The trials offer the Project Endeavour partners the opportunity to refine local deployment approaches as well...

Stock take: Legal groundwork laid for self-driving cars on UK roads

Source: Autocar The UK government is developing legislation to permit autonomous cars to drive on public roads, which will address a range of issues such as insurance, liability and cybersecurity and establish a legal framework to govern driverless vehicles. Known as the Automated and Electric...

Digital Commentary Driving: The new safety technique that can help put automated vehicles on our roads

Source: BSI Download the report here New research published by BSI and sponsored by the UK's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) contributes to global conversation on how to assess and ensure the safety of automated vehicles BSI's CAV Safety Benchmarking report proposes...

The Promise and Peril of Self-Driving Cars in Cities

Source: Motherboard Tech by Vice.com For most people, self-driving cars are not real. They are theoretical devices hyped in the media and by investors hoping to cash in at some future date when the technology matures, a date which continues to be indefinitely postponed. But for Brian...

Podcast: Connected and autonomous vehicles - where the rubber hits the road

Source: SmartCities World publication CAVs and the data they produce could ultimately become a key part of the wider connected communities. From drones to AI-driven connected cars running on a wealth of data, CAVs is one of smart cities most exciting areas and something that will form a key...

Autonomous Vehicle Safety: Pedestrian Detection in the Spotlight

Source: Autonomous Vehicle Safety Intellias has released a report on how technology can enhance pedestrian detection to ensure autonomous vehicle safety within populated urban environments. With urbanization on the rise, cities are experiencing increased car traffic alongside an increasing...

Government to allow use of “self-driving” tech on UK roads this year

Source: https://www.roadsafe.com/resources/website/?link=governmenttoallowuseofselfdrivingtechonukroadsthisyear&version=current The Government has confirmed it will legalise the use of 'self-driving' driver assistance systems before the end of the year. Under the new proposals, drivers of...

5G and mobile edge computing trial to improve safety for everyone sharing the road

Source: https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/5g-and-mobile-edge-computing-trial-to-improve-safety-for-everyone-sharing-the-road Honda and Verizon are researching how 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) could help improve safety for connected and autonomous vehicles.In partnership with the...

New study finds driverless vehicles could create more traffic congestion

A type of driverless vehicle designed to reduce traffic congestion has been found to have the opposite effect according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. The study, published in Science Direct, simulated the course of traffic in a double lane when multiple driverless...

Volkswagen to accelerate autonomous commercial vehicle development

Source: https://www.autonomousvehicleinternational.com/news/mobility-solutions/volkswagen-to-accelerate-autonomous-commercial-vehicle-development.html Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) says it is to accelerate its autonomous and electric driving development projects, with Carsten Intra, CEO...

Automated vehicles: Level 2 driving systems

This is the first of four scheduled events during 2021 in which we set to explore the breadth of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) levels of driving automation and associated human factors considerations. At this event, focused on SAE Level 2 (partial driving automation), we'll be...

‘Autonomous vehicles’ tops Lux Research list of emerging technologies

Source: Robotics and Automation News. The category of 'Autonomous vehicles' tops a new list of 12 emerging technologies for 2021 produced by Lux Research. The research company says that, after a tumultuous 2020, organizations need to 're-examine their outlook on what emerging tech innovations...

Driver training for future automated vehicles

Source: The RAC Foundation. A new study by the University of Nottingham and the RAC Foundation suggests that behavioural training for drivers is paramount for the transition into the next stage of automated vehicles, known as level 3 automation. A team from the University's Human Factors...

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...