Scientific Oddity: Japanese researchers testing motorized eyes to aid AV-pedestrian safety

Tokyo, Japan — Bodywork meets arts and crafts with the University of Tokyo’s latest project: researchers from the university have developed a cutting-edge pair of motorized eyes for autonomous vehicles, intended to help alert pedestrians to whether they’ve been seen by the vehicle. Unlike today’s vehicles, future AVs may not have human drivers, and will […]

Expansion Pack: 160,000 more drivers entered into Tesla self-driving beta

Toronto, Ontario – Tesla is expanding the Full-Self-Driving (FSD) beta to 160,000 more owners in the United States and Canada, with Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO approving of the latest patch. In a Twitter post from Sept. 19, Musk confirmed that patch 10.69.2.2 was ready for release to more users across North America. However, a timeline […]

Dazzling Array: BASF unveils 2022/23 colour trends collection

Toronto, Ontario – BASF has announced 2022-2023’s Automotive Colour Trends – a collection of shades and hues designed to inspire automotive designers around the globe. According to the company’s newsletter, this year’s collection, titled ‘New Array’ refers to the thoughtful process of ordering values and responding to new needs, moving into new colour spaces with […]

Repair Rights: New NHTSA guidelines promote balance between security and third-party access

Toronto, Ontario — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has new guidelines promoting the need to balance the needs of cybersecurity and third-party access, in light of the right to repair movement and multiple cases of vehicles being stolen or compromised due to inadequate security systems. Effectively an update of its 2016 predecessor, “Cybersecurity Best […]

Planning Ahead: AIA Canada Quebec call on incoming political candidates to futureproof auto industry for EVs

Montreal, Quebec — In preparation for Montreal’s Oct. 3 general election, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada’s Quebec Division has three demands for incoming political candidates, citing structural inadequacies that leave the automotive industry unprepared for the mass arrival of electric vehicles (EVs). These demands include owners’ rights to vehicle data, fighting planned obsolescence […]

Look, No Eyes: Ford and GM petition NHTSA for non-transparent glass in autonomous vehicles

Toronto, Ontario – Ford and General Motors are seeking to deploy experimental autonomous vehicles (AVs) on American roads in the next two years. These vehicles could potentially lack the usual manual controls present in consumer cars, omitting windshield wipers, rear-view mirrors and, in one case, transparent windshield glass. A petition by the two OEMs aims […]

EV/AV Report: Campaign prompts accessibility revisions to B.C. charging network; P.E.I.-based business fits pickups to be battery-powered

Toronto, Ontario — In this week’s report, a British Columbia resident’s campaign for accessible charging stations pays off, a Prince Edward Island auto shop opens orders for converted small pickup electric trucks and California’s senate passes a law against false autonomous vehicle advertising. This is the latest in electric and autonomous vehicles. Chargers for All […]