Intellizence brings you the latest news and trends related to Autonomous Vehicles, driverless, self-driving space for the week .
ALLIANCE & PARTNERSHIP
Chinese mapping and navigation services provider AutoNavi and smart mobility company WeRide have officially launched Robotaxi services in Guangzhou. Passengers in Guangzhou can order self-driving cars via AutoNavi’s Amap app and enjoy free rides for the first month.
Mercedes’ new partnership with Nvidia will see the two firms develop a computing system supporting artificial intelligence and self-driving technology. The system is to be rolled out across Mercedes’ fleet starting in 2024.
Didi, BAIC alliance is to jointly develop high-level customized unmanned automobiles. Under the agreement, Didi and BAIC said they will jointly develop high-level customized self-driving models through in-depth cooperation in automobile technologies, artificial intelligence and ride-sharing areas.
German automaker BMW has announced that it will freeze its self-driving technology development program with Mercedes-Benz after a steep plunge in demand for its vehicles due to the coronavirus.
FUNDRAISING AND INVESTMENTS
Third Wave Automation, a startup developing autonomous forklift technology, will use the funding to accelerate its go-to-market efforts as the company signs on undisclosed customers.
AImotive has raised a $20 million round to further develop its software for self-driving cars and advanced driver assistance. It’s software is becoming an important piece of technology as we head toward the future of automated driving.
PILOTS & TRIALS
Winnipeg-based New Flyer is going to be the first company to test self-driving buses in North America. The project will take place in Connecticut and the Department of Transportation there will lead it.
Ride-hailing company Lyft, is turning to its drivers for assistance in gathering data to improve its self-driving technology. Some drivers on Lyft’s ride-hailing platform are using small, low-cost dash cameras to collect footage of intersections, bicyclists, pedestrians, as well as the behavior of other drivers.
RESEARCH & PUBLICATION
How can we train self-driving vehicles to have a deeper awareness of the world around them? These are some of the questions researchers from the AgeLab at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) are trying to answer by sharing an innovative new open dataset called DriveSeg.
INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTS
The developments in agricultural robotics, machine vision, and AI will drive a deep and far-reaching transformation of the way farming is carried out.