Scania and Haylion Technologies partner in developing autonomous and electrified vehicles

Scania will collaborate with Haylion Technologies, which focuses on solutions for the Chinese transport industry in the areas of autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity.top-832399b261e2bdba-org-1760x770

“For Scania, this partnership provides unique opportunities to contribute to as well as to learn from the rapid technology development now taking place in China in these strategic areas. We look forward to combining our knowledge and global perspective with the expertise and ambitions of Haylion Technologies,“ says Mats Harborn, Executive Director of Scania China Strategic Office.

Scania and Haylion Technologies will join forces in the field of non-fossil fuel powered, mainly electrified, vehicles, autonomous driving and urban bus transport. The common aim is to expedite the commercialisation of autonomous driving applications and sustainable transport.

“Gaining excellence in skills through collaboration has always been our principle. We recognise Scania’s leading position in the world’s commercial vehicle industry. I believe that our cooperation will further promote and accelerate China’s development of intelligent vehicles and the Internet of Vehicle (IoV),” says Dr Jimmy Hu Jianping, founder and Chairman of Haylion Technologies.

Haylion Technologies has together with Gortune Investment Co. Ltd established a team of specialists in artificial intelligence, automotive manufacturing, communications and public transport. This team focuses on autonomous driving technology, concept verification and its industrialisation. Haylion Techonologies’ main focus is developing comprehensive solutions for public transport by electrified, autonomous and connected buses.

Since the end of 2017, Haylion Technologies conducts trials with intelligent buses on public roads together with the Shenzhen Bus Group named ‘AlphaBa’, which is seen as industry breakthrough.

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Velodyne Rolling Out 128-Laser Beam LiDAR To Maintain Driverless Car Vision Lead

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A street image created by Velodyne’s new VLS-128 LiDAR sensor, top, has 10 times the resolution of an image from its previous top-end unit, below.

Forbes: Velodyne, the top supplier of sensors that give self-driving cars 360-degree, 3D vision, is releasing a significantly enhanced laser LiDAR that can see further and with higher image resolution than anything currently available amid rising competition from startups touting cheaper or higher-quality sensors.

The tech company created by David Hall, who patented the first spinning LiDAR for driverless vehicles more than a decade ago, begins shipping initial units of its 128-laser beam VLS-128 in December, with production to expand in 2018. The sensor has at least 10 times the resolution of Velodyne’s previous top-end model and can see dark objects in a vehicle’s path as far away as the length of three football fields.

“We want to be able to see tire debris out on a road and then steer around it,” Hall told Forbes. “The current thinking is that’s about 300 meters, and it has to see something pretty black. We think we can do that with this device.”

Self-driving cars need artificial intelligence and cutting-edge computing power to understand and react to road conditions and surroundings. Just like human drivers, they also need to see. Cameras and radar are already standard equipment on many new vehicles, alerting drivers of pedestrians and nearby hazards they may not notice. But LiDAR’s ability to create detailed, somewhat ghostly “point cloud” images of surroundings – in virtually all lighting and weather conditions and at long range – makes it a vital tool for robotic cars.

Velodyne got a big head start in the optical sensor market when it supplied 64-beam LiDAR units to contestants in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a legendary engineering competition that helped ignite the self-driving car revolution. Now its racing to complete a fully automated factory in San Jose to supply up to a million of the vision devices a year to auto and tech customers making driverless cars, which Halls expects to help drive down the cost of the exotic optical devices in the process.

Hall declined to discuss pricing for the new product, beyond confirming that initial units will cost several thousand dollars. Product refinements and mass production will lower the cost significantly, he said, without elaborating.

Waymo, Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving tech company, outfits its vehicles with long- and short-range LiDARs the company says it designed in-house. GM recently bought Strobe, a little-known LiDAR company in Southern California that is developing a highly low cost “chip scale” sensor, while Germany’s Ibeo is expanding its automotive LiDAR business. And since 2016, startups including AEye, Innoviz, Quanergy, LeddarTech, Luminar and Oryx Vision have announced funding deals and industry partnerships to get their sensors to market as quickly as possible.

So far, few of those companies are producing in high volume, while Velodyne will supply tens of thousands of LiDAR sensors to customers this year. To maintain its advantage, there’s also pressure to keep improving its products.

The new model “represents all of Velodyne’s learning from having built and deployed LiDAR sensors around the world for more than a decade,” said Chief Technology Officer Anand Gopalan. “Range and resolution are both critical, and we’ve tried to maximize both, maintaining a 360-degree field of view and a high frame rate. And as far at the long-range resolution goes, there’s nothing out there that matches the 128.”

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The new VLS-128, right, has twice as many lasers and 10 times the resolution of the company’s previous high-end sensor, the HDL-64, left.

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Via: Velodyne

Ridecell introduces the first complete autonomous new mobility solution with acquisition of Auro and the launch of the Ridecell Autonomous Operations Platform

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San Francisco, Calif – October 9, 2017 – Ridecell,™ Inc., the leading global platform for carsharing and ridesharing operators, today announced the acquisition of Auro, a California based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, in an all-stock transaction. Ridecell also announced the public availability of its autonomous operations platform which has successfully been used in autonomous pilot programs. With these two initiatives, Ridecell now offers the industry’s first complete autonomous new mobility solution that enables on-demand autonomous shuttle mobility service in low-speed, private-road settings.

The Auro acquisition will bring the expertise to accelerate the capabilities of the Ridecell autonomous operations platform. The Auro team will become the Ridecell Autonomous Driving Division. Ridecell will be able to extensively test its autonomous operations platform in real world environments through integration of Auro-enabled driverless shuttles in private road environments. Ridecell will continue to collaborate with autonomous leaders to apply the Ridecell platform to the world’s leading self-driving vehicles for automated management of operational tasks such as cleaning, refueling, and emergency response situations.

“The Auro acquisition and the launch of our autonomous operations platform represent the next phase of our strategy to provide a complete autonomous solution for Ridecell customers,” said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of Ridecell. “We can now provide even more value for our autonomous customers and help mobility operators launch new carsharing, ridesharing, and on-demand shuttle services today that will accommodate the addition of autonomous vehicles without the need to change the underlying platform. The acquisition makes it possible to launch a proven autonomous shuttle service today in settings such as corporate and college campuses.”

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Auro’s autonomous technology is the leading self-driving platform for low speed deployments. Auro partners with shuttle manufacturers to add self-driving capabilities to leading shuttle and neighborhood electric vehicle platforms. These shuttles can safely drive people around within campuses, theme parks, resorts, business parks, and retirement communities.

Private environments with low-traffic, low-speed roads provide the perfect setting for deploying autonomous vehicles today. Auro-enabled shuttles were among the first driverless shuttles put into daily operation on the Santa Clara University campus in California and have already provided safe transportation to thousands of riders.

“The technology behind Auro-enabled driverless shuttles, together with the Ridecell on-demand mobility platform, will help campuses and other private environments prove that autonomy can be an integral part of an urban transportation experience today, rather than just a short, fixed- route showcase,” said Nalin Gupta, CEO of Auro. “We are excited to join forces with Ridecell to make even bigger strides in autonomous new mobility.”

Auro was founded in 2013 by roboticists from Indian Institutes of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University, who have worked together on autonomous vehicles since 2011, and is backed by investors including Y Combinator and Motus ventures.

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Ridecell also announced the availability of its new autonomous operations platform. The platform is designed to automate vehicle and operations management for autonomous fleets.

The platform gives autonomous vehicle fleets the intelligence to manage their own operational tasks, in both routine and emergency situations. The platform can direct autonomous vehicles to operations depots for maintenance and route support vehicles to the autonomous vehicle for routine operational tasks such as cleaning as well as on-demand assistance in exceptional situations. The platform also automates vehicle access so service personnel are able to enter the vehicle. Additionally, the platform automates reporting for autonomous compliance and risk data.

Today’s announcement cements Ridecell as the leading new mobility company with a platform that scales from driven to driverless new mobility services.

About Ridecell:
Ridecell is on a mission to empower new mobility operators, including OEMs, car rental companies, auto clubs, cities, transit agencies, dealer groups, and private fleets to launch,expand, and maximize the utilization of their own ridesharing and carsharing services. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company provides an intelligent software platform that runs new mobility services, such as carsharing, ridesharing, and autonomous fleet management. End-to-end integration and automation accelerate time to market, enabling Ridecell customers to launch mobility services quickly, operate efficiently, and scale revenues as business grows. Founded in 2009, Ridecell has already processed over 20 million rides and rentals and has a team of more than 100 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company now powers new mobility offerings, including BMW’s ReachNow, VW’s OMNI and AAA’s GIG Carsharing service. In addition, Ridecell powers dynamic shuttle services for campuses such as Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, UCSF, 3M, and transit agencies like SouthWest Transit.

Source: Ridecell

Volvo Cars & Autoliv AB came together to form the joint venture Zenuity which makes ADAS software

 

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Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, have signed a final agreement to establish a new joint venture called Zenuity to develop software for autonomous driving and driver assistance systems, based on the letter of intent announced during fall 2016.

 Zenuity will create a new entrant in the fast growing global market for autonomous driving software systems. It marks the first time a leading premium car maker has joined forces with a tier one supplier to develop new advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) technologies.

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As part of the agreement announced today, at the time of closing Autoliv will make a total investment of around 1.1 billion SEK into the joint venture, the large majority of which is an initial cash contribution, and which also includes certain assets. Volvo Cars will also contribute certain intellectual property assets and human resources to the joint venture, but no cash. As previously announced, Autoliv and Volvo Cars will own the joint venture 50/50.

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden and with additional operations in Munich, Germany, and Detroit, USA, the initial workforce of around 200 people will come from Volvo Cars and Autoliv. The company is expected to grow to over 600 employees in the medium term. Operations are expected to start during the first half of 2017 after approvals from relevant competition authorities in several countries have been obtained and other customary closing conditions have been satisfied.

 Both Volvo Cars and Autoliv will license and transfer the intellectual property for their ADAS systems to the joint venture. From this base, the company will develop new ADAS products and AD technologies. The new company is expected to have its first driver assistance products available for sale by 2019 with autonomous driving technologies following shortly thereafter.

 Autoliv will be the exclusive supplier and distribution channel for all the new company’s products sold to third parties, and there will be no exclusivity toward any customer or the owners. Volvo Cars will source such products directly from the new joint venture.

 As previously announced, Dennis Nobelius will be the Chief Executive Officer of the joint venture. The joint venture will be governed by a separate board of directors, and independently operate within its own facilities.

Via: Global Newsroom Volvo Cars