nuTonomy debuts world’s first Self-Driving taxi at Singapore

Autonomous vehicle software start-up, nuTonomy introduced world’s first self-driving taxis in Singapore on Thursday. The company becomes the first to launch the self-driving concept on the roads in the form of a taxi, which will be available for select members of public to hail free rides by using their smartphones. Many leading brands such as Google and Volvo have been testing the concept of self-driving cars over the past few months.

Initially the company would roll out six cars on the roads. Further, the number of cars is poised to double by the end of 2016. The company officials believe to have a fully self-driving taxi fleet in the country by 2018 as a plan to reduce the number of public cars plying on Singapore roads. Finally, the company plans to offer these services in many cities across the world.

The cars, which include modified versions of Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MEV electrics, are enabled with a driver to take the control of the vehicle under emergency conditions. Additionally, there is a researcher in the car for monitoring the computers.

Every model of self-driving nuTonomy is enabled with six sets of Lidar – a detection system which uses lasers which operate like radar and including one at the roof. Further, two cameras have been fitted on the dashboard for detecting obstacles and changes in traffic lights.

According to a recent report published by TechSci Research, “Global Autonomous Car Technology Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2035 – ADAS, Semi-Autonomous, Fully-Autonomous”, global autonomous car technology market is expected to witness a CAGR of over 10% through 2035. The market is currently dominated by ADAS segment, which is expected to maintain its dominance over the next twenty years as well. The dominance of this segment can be attributed to anticipated increase in government regulations pertaining to integration of ADAS technologies in passenger cars. Further, semi-autonomous car technology is expected to witness robust growth over the next ten years, owing to anticipated decline in its average selling price coupled with rising volume sales. Region-wise, North America has emerged as the largest contributor in the market for autonomous car technology, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Middle East North Africa (MENA).

nuTonomy believes that, by launching the first self-driving taxis in the market, the company is expected to mark their presence in the Global Autonomous market. Following their move, several other leading autonomous carmakers are expected to roll out their models in the coming years.

Dr.Emilio Frazzoli (CTO & Cofounder, nuTonomy) explaining about the possible contributions of autonomous technology to shared car economy at Volpe’s Future of Transportation speaker series ⇓

source: TechSci Research

[Jobs] OTTO – Self Driving Trucks

OTTO is a Silicon Valley based company working on SELF DRIVING TRUCKS. Founded by Ex-Google employees Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron who worked on Google Car and Google Maps respectively. OTTO intends to sell aftermarket kits for the existing trucks rather than bringing all new trucks with self driving technology.Thats a good move to capitalize on the existing market. The company is rapidly expanding it’s employee base. The company’s staff more than doubled from 40 in May to 90 now and further looking to add more talent base. Here is a list of current openings at the company ⇓

Mechanical Engineering

 Serial No.  Job Title  Location  Description / Apply
 1  Drive-By-Wire Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 2  Laser Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 3   HW Manufacturing Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 4  Optical Systems Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 5  Sr Fleet Technician  San Francisco  Click Here

 Electrical Engineering

 Serial No.  Job Title  Location  Description / Apply
 1  Analog Engineer Laser  San Francisco  Click Here
 2  Digital Engineer Laser  San Francisco  Click Here
 3  Electrical Engineering Lead  San Francisco  Click Here
 4  Embedded SW Engineer Sensors  San Francisco  Click Here
 5  Embedded SW Test Engineer FPGA  San Francisco  Click Here
 6 Power and Analog Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 7  Sensing System Design Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 8  Software Engineer Lidar  San Francisco  Click Here
 9  Software Engineer Infrastructure  San Francisco  Click Here
 10  SW Test Engineer Lidar & Automation  San Francisco  Click Here

 Software Engineering

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description / Apply
 1  Computer Vision & 3D Perception  San Francisco /  Palo Alto Click Here
 2 Deep Learning Engineer  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 3  DevOps Engineer San Francisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 4  Embedded SW Engineer Robotics  San Francisco  Click Here
 5 Front-End Web Developer San Francisco  Click Here
 6 Mobile Developer iOS & Android San Francisco  Click Here
 7 QA Engineer  San Frsncisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 8 Senior DevOps Engineer  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 9 Simulation Engineer  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 10 Software Engineer C++ & Python  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 11 Software Engineer UI QT & OpenGL San Francisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 12 Technical Lead    Web & Mobile San Francisco  Click Here
 13  UI/UX Lead Designer San Francisco  Click Here

 General

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description / Apply
 1  Driver – Class A San Francisco Click Here
 2 Junior Accountant San Francisco Click Here
 3  Senior Technical Recruiter San Francisco  Click Here

 Engineering

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description / Apply
 1  Intern Engineering  San Francisco  Click Here
 2  System Admin Linux & Ubuntu San Francisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 3 Techincal Program Manager HW & SW  San Francisco  Click Here

 

 

Black box in cars! Germany plans a legislation making ‘black box’ mandatory for autonomous cars

The fatal crash of a Tesla Model S car in its autopilot mode has increased the pressure on industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology can be deployed safely.

Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, transport ministry sources told Reuters on Monday.

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Black box flight recorder for illustrative purpose

The fatal crash of a Tesla Model S car in its autopilot mode has increased the pressure on industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology can be deployed safely.

Under the proposal from Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, drivers will not have to pay attention to traffic or concentrate on steering, but must remain seated at the wheel so they can intervene in the event of an emergency.

Manufacturers will also be required to install a black box that records when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over, according to the proposals.

The draft is due to be sent to other ministries for approval this summer, a transport ministry spokesman said.

Germany is home to some of the world’s largest car companies including Volkswagen Group, Daimler and BMW Group and the government wants the industry to become a global player in the market for self-driving vehicles.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in April the industry should draw up a wish list for Berlin to help develop self-driving vehicles, ideally with a timetable.

Companies around the globe are working on prototypes for self-driving vehicles, but such cars are not expected to be available for the mass market before 2020.

via: ANE