The Autonomous Report: FCA teams up with BMW on self-driving tech

FCA has signed a deal with BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to develop autonomous vehicle technology. Shown here is Intel’s Advanced Vehicle Lab in Chandler, Arizona. The lab tests sensor-laden cars on nearby streets, collecting information to create so-called deep learning models for future self-driving cars.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — August 20, 2017 — In this week’s Autonomous Report, Ford’s new automation-focused CEO steps out, old-timers get autonomous vehicles (AVs), 3M designs sensor-friendly stop signs and much, much more! – A press release notes that BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye have signed a memorandum of understanding with Fiat Chrysler […]

The Autonomous Report: Researchers find two methods to hack LiDAR

Waymo is working with emergency services in Chandler, Arizona, to teach its software what to do when a fire truck, police car or ambulance comes up behind it or passes it on the road.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — July 2, 2017 — In this week’s Autonomous Report, we look into the potential for LiDAR hacking, how autonomous vehicles (AVs) are learning to deal with emergency vehicles, the role of rental car companies in Google’s grand plan, and much, much more! – A report from Deutsche Bank claims […]

Uber launching self-driving research centre in Toronto

Uber has announced that Raquel Urtasun of the University of Toronto will lead the company's first Advanced Technologies Group brand outside of the US.

Toronto, Ontario — May 8, 2017 — Uber has announced that Toronto will be home to its first Advanced Technologies Group branch outside the US. Raquel Urtasun will head up Uber’s efforts in Toronto. Urtasun is an associate professor at the University of Toronto. According to a statement from Uber, she is one of the […]

The Autonomous Report: Court battle between Google and Uber heats up

The scene of a recent accident in Arizona involving an Uber self-driving vehicle (right). According to one eyewitness, who thought the Uber had a human driver, 'It was the (Uber) driver's fault for trying to beat the light and hitting the gas so hard.'

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — April 9, 2017 — In this week’s Autonomous Report, we look at how advanced technology may lead to driver complacency and more crashes, the latest update on the court battle between Google and Uber over allegedly stolen tech, how a race between nine autonomous vehicles (AVs) only saw four […]

The Autonomous Report: Microsoft partners with Toyota and BMW expects a Level 5 by 2021

An Uber internal performance report leaked to a news organization found that the company's self-driving cars were only able to travel an average of 0.67 miles before a human had to take back control of the car.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — March 26, 2017 — There have been a number of interesting developments in the autonomous vehicle (AV) space this past week. Microsoft has announced it’s partnering with Toyota on connected vehicle technology and is actively seeking more OEM partners, a gang of hackers attempted to steal self-driving tech from […]

The Autonomous Report: True self-driving cars still 10 years away?

An image from a digital map developed by Ford at the University of Michigan's Mcity self-driving testing site. Autonomous vehicles require much more precise maps than normal GPS navigation does.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — March 5, 2017 — This week in the Autonomous Report, we hear from a senior engineer at BMW who says full self-driving cars are at least 10 years away, take a look at the cost of generating highly precise maps, the ongoing troubles of Uber and much, much more! […]

NHTSA releases first US federal guidelines for self-driving cars

Google's self-driving car was the first to make headlines, but it's been followed by other entries into the field. The rapid proliferation of autonomous vehicle technology has prompted the US-based NHTSA to deliver guidelines on how the technology should be developed and regulated.

By Mike Davey Washington, DC — September 20, 2016 — Our neighbours to the south have rolled out official guidelines for the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Among other items, the guidelines propose more government involvement in the design of these systems, and calls on manufacturers to share more information on the details of these […]