Foresight completes a succesful System Demonstration with Uniti Sweden

NESS ZIONA, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd., a leading developer of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (NASDAQ and TASE: FRSX), announced today that the company has successfully completed a system demonstration performed with Uniti Sweden. The system’s capabilities were demonstrated in Sweden, under a controlled environment and in open road driving.

The parties intend to negotiate a definitive agreement for commercial cooperation whereby Foresight’s multispectral all-weather conditions system will be developed and integrated into Uniti’s electric vehicles as an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), as well as the leading sensor system for the future autonomous capabilities of Uniti’s electric cars.

Foresight CEO, Mr. Haim Siboni, said, “We are very excited about the opportunity to team up with Uniti Sweden and provide Foresight’s unique multispectral-all-weather conditions vision-based ADAS system for Uniti’s premium electric vehicles. Both Uniti and Foresight share the same DNA of innovative companies with a strong passion to revolutionize safety and the driving experience for manned and autonomous vehicles. I am confident that this cooperation will be a game changer in the automotive industry.”

Uniti CEO, Lewis Horne, stated, “What Foresight can achieve in all weather and lighting conditions is impressive. Their technology mimics the vision system of humans, while greatly exceeding human vision capabilities and limitations. They are sure to be an important player in the future of autonomous electric cars.”

About Uniti

Uniti Sweden, founded in 2016, is developing a mass market electric city car that brings a new approach to safety and sustainability. The vehicle features autonomous capabilities and boasts an intuitive user experience which includes an electronic steering system, and a full-screen heads-up display. The highly scalable, lightweight construction, ushers in a new era for premium vehicle manufacturing.

About Foresight

Foresight (NASDAQ and TASE: FRSX), founded in 2015, is a technology company engaged in the design, development and commercialization of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) based on 3D video analysis, advanced algorithms for image processing and artificial intelligence. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, develops advanced systems for accident prevention, which are designed to provide real-time information about the vehicle’s surroundings while in motion. The systems are designed to alert drivers to threats that might cause accidents, resulting from traffic violations, driver fatigue or lack of concentration, etc., and to enable highly accurate and reliable threat detection while ensuring the lowest rates of false alerts. The company estimates that its systems will revolutionize ADAS by providing an automotive grade, cost-effective platform, and advanced technology.

Source: BusinessWire

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World’s first full scale test environment for future road safety: AstaZero

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Asta Zero’s test track

AstaZero is the world’s first full-scale test environment for future road safety. What is unique about the facility is that the different traffic environments make it possible to test advanced safety systems and their functions for all kinds of traffic and traffic situations. This enables research, development and certification of future road safety systems, and functions as an international arena open for vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, universities and colleges from throughout the world.

The name is a combination of ASTA Active Safety Test Area and Zero, which refers to the Swedish Parliament’s vision for road safety with zero dead and seriously injured in traffic.

One of AstaZero´s primary objectives is to strive to meet Vision Zero, since traffic and road use is a major and increasing cause of fatalities around the world.

Every year some 1.3 million people die as a result of road traffic accidents. In addition, about 20 to 50 million people sustain non-fatal injuries. More than half of the casualties are pedestrians, cyclists or other road users, not travelling in a car. If no action is taken to address the current crisis, global road traffic fatalities are forecast to double by 2030, becoming the fifth leading cause of death.

In addition to human suffering, this would also put an extreme burden on society. A burden we can ill afford, neither financially nor in the context of our health care systems.

Due to this risk, the UN General Assembly proclaimed “A Decade of Action for Road Safety” in 2010. The goal of the Decade is to save lives, challenging the countries of the world to increase their own national, and global, road safety work to prevent road traffic deaths and injuries worldwide.

The EU has also set ambitious goals for road safety. According to the 2011-2020” (EU893) policy the objective is that member countries must together have reduced the number of road accidents by 50 per cent by the year 2020. Active safety, as well as test facilities where new techniques can be tested, will play a part in the contribution of making this vision reality.

Design: AstaZero’s total surface area amounts to about 2,000,000 square metres (200ha) with a paved surface of 250,000 square metres (25ha). The facility is encircled by a 5.7km highway connected to a city environment with four blocks, 40m by 25m. AstaZero also features a high-speed area consisting of a circle, 240m in diameter, with “drop add-ons” joined to a 700m long multi-lane road.

Test environments

Rural Road: The rural road contains ten different points, both open and concealed, where objects will appear in front of the vehicles. The area is specially designed for different tests of driver behaviour and is well-suited for the use of hidden or suddenly appearing obstacles. At the road, there will be two T-junctions and a crossroad with signage in the specified language and changeable to suit customer requirements. The Rural Road will also have bus stops/lay-bys at two locations.

City Area: The City Area will primarily be used to test the vehicle’s capacity to interact with the surrounding environment to avoid hitting buses, cyclists, pedestrians or other road users. The area therefore covers a number of different sub-areas, such as a town centre with varying street widths and lanes, bus stops, pavements, bike lanes, street lighting and building backdrops. The City Area also has a road system with different kinds of test environments such as roundabouts, T-junction, return-loop and lab-area.

Multi-lane Road: The Multi-lane road consists of four lanes. These are connected to the High-Speed Area, with an acceleration road that is approximately 300m long, 7m wide and with a turning loop for long vehicles. Several different scenarios can be tested on the multi-lane road, such as lane changes, different collision scenarios and crossing scenarios.

High-Speed Area: Located in the centre of the facility, the High-Speed Area consists of two acceleration roads. Acceleration road one is approximately 1km long. In addition to the two acceleration roads, it is also possible to use the Multi-lane Road for acceleration, which means vehicles can enter the High-Speed Area from three different directions. In this area, focus will primarily be on vehicle dynamics like avoidance manoeuvres at very high speeds.

AstaZero Location:

The test site is strategically placed in the centre of the West Sweden automotive cluster and the assembled expertise that exists within the field of safety. For more related information, see Sweden and traffic safety.

Services:

  • Unique environments to build any scenario in order to develop, test or certify new traffic safety solutions; making it possible to test literally all aspects of active safety in one place.
  • Centre of Excellence in development of methods and test equipment.
  • Test ground cooperation
  • Simulation of the entire test site to run pre-tests or for the early stages of research and development.
  • A high level of service where a customer´s problem and its solution are the focus of the entire operation.
  • Demonstration facility and assistance with product launches, conferences and corporate events.

AstaZero does not only provide a unique test environment, but also help clients to analyse and draw conclusions from results by supplying research engineers and other technicians who can assist in testing, development and research projects. In time, this will create an even higher level of analytical expertise around the automotive industry in Sweden, which will benefit international customers because it will allow them to test all aspects of active safety in one place.

In addition to the opportunity for testing, research and development, AstaZero also host demonstrations and assist with product launches, conferences and corporate events.

Learn more about AstaZero at www.astazero.com

[Video] Volvo trucks – Iron Knight – World speed record

Some trucks are built for hauling loads of cargo across continents. Volvo’s “Iron Knight” was designed to destroy records. And that’s exactly what this one-off speed machine did.

The Volvo Trucks Iron Knight is an almost completely-custom-built semi-truck, made specifically for smashing the world speed records for trucks in the half-kilometer and one-kilometer sprints. The truck uses a 13.0-liter mid-mounted engine that pumps out 2,400-horsepower and 4,425 pound-feet of torque, routing it to the eight rear wheels through a dual-clutch gearbox.

In a video uploaded to YouTube by Volvo on Wednesday, the Swedish truck company reveals the story of how its giant truck broke the company’s previous speed records in the 500-meter and 1,000-meter speed runs while hitting a top speed of 171 miles per hour along the way. With Swedish truck racer Boije Ovebrink behind the wheel, the Iron Knight took two runs each way down a long piece of closed-off tarmac in its efforts to blaze its way into the record books. Ultimately, Ovebrink managed a time of 13.71 seconds in the 500-meter sprint while averaging 81.58 mph; he also ran the 1,000-meter distance in 21.29 seconds, at an average speed of 105 mph.

Those runs mean the Swedish truck driver handily broke the previous world records—which he also set, driving Volvo’s “Mean Green” hybrid truck back in 2012. That’s not super-shocking, though; the Iron Knight has 600 more horsepower and is around 2,200 pounds lighter than the previous record-setting rig.

UBER acquired self-driving truck startup OTTO and teamed up with VOLVO

Ride service Uber Technologies Inc said on Thursday it acquired self-driving trucks startup Otto and formed a $300 million alliance with Volvo Car Group to develop self-driving cars.

Uber’s moves reflect its eagerness to advance self-driving technology. If its ambitions are realized, these vehicles could over time reduce its biggest cost, paying drivers.

Uber would also be positioned to expand into the trucking industry, which had revenue of about $726.4 billion in the United States in 2015, according to trade data.

Carpooling firms have formed alliances with large automakers, such as General Motors Co and ride-hailing service Lyft, to accelerate those efforts, which depend on software and hardware working together to give a vehicle the right reflexes in traffic.

“Partnership is crucial to our self-driving strategy because Uber has no experience making cars,” Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick wrote in a blogpost.

“To do it well is incredibly hard, as I realized on my first visit to a car manufacturing plant several years ago.”

Uber, which has a research center in Pittsburgh, will by the end of this month begin a pilot program in which trusted Uber customers will be able to use their phones to summon a self-driving car for use in a downtown Pittsburgh, according to a source with knowledge of Uber’s plans.

It will be the first time members of the public will be able to use self-driving vehicles. A driver trained to handle the autonomous cars will be behind the wheel to step in if needed.

The purchase of Otto, a start-up company less than a year old with fewer than 100 employees, will be for 1 percent of Uber’s valuation, if certain technical targets are met, said the source.

Recently, that valuation was about $68 billion, placing the value of the deal at about $680 million. Current Otto employees would get a fifth of profits Uber earns from a self-driving trucking business, if those targets are met, the source said.

Current Otto employees would get a fifth of profits Uber earns from a self-driving trucking business.

Anthony Levandowski, one of Otto’s co-founders, will lead Uber’s self-driving efforts in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Pittsburgh, Kalanick said on the company’s website.

That includes personal transportation such as ride-hailing services, as well as delivery services and trucking, Kalanick said.

Levandowski was one of four founders of Otto, each of whom worked at Alphabet Inc’s Google and its self-driving program.

VOLVO DEAL FOCUSES ON SUV

The Uber-Volvo partnership will allow Uber to pool resources with the Swedish-based carmaker, owned by China’s Geely, into initially developing the autonomous driving capabilities of Volvo’s flagship XC90 SUV model. The investment will be shared roughly equally by the two companies.

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Vovlo XC90

There was no timeline given for the alliance, but the source said the goal is to develop a fully self-driving car by 2021, and that Uber, which does not plan to make its own vehicle, will align with other automakers over time.

Uber will buy Volvos and then install its own driverless control system. Some of the Volvos will join a handful of Ford Motor Co Fusion sedans that will be used to start the pilot program that combines self-driving and ride-hailing in downtown Pittsburgh.

So far Otto has tested self-driving trucks for highway use only.

Developers hope for productivity gains with the new technology that will enable trucks to drive around the clock, leaving humans to rest, do paperwork and take controls only while going on and off highways.

Over the long-term, Uber and rivals such as Lyft could cut the cost of paying drivers if they can gradually incorporate self-driving cars into their fleets. But at least for now, said the source familiar with the Uber-Otto agreement, Uber will expand its driver network, which now stands at 1.5 million globally in more than 450 cities.

A spokesman for U.S. safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it “continues to engage with all entities that are developing, testing and deploying automated technologies to ensure that they are advancing road safety.”

Federal guidelines will be issued soon on development and testing of “highly automated vehicles,” he said.

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via: Reuters