AutoX debuts ‘Gen5’ of its fully driverless robotaxis

Alibaba-backed autonomous driving leader AutoX has debuted “Gen5” of its fully driverless robotaxis.

The latest generation system is able to safely navigate China’s complex urban driving situations using its 50 sensors and vehicle control unit packing 2200 TOPS of computing power.

Dr Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and Founder of AutoX, said:

“Safety is our number one priority and it has to be built on a reliable foundation.

Gen5 was created for fully...

TomTom’s enhanced suite tackles electric vehicle ‘range anxiety’

TomTom is taking on the “range anxiety” issue associated with electric vehicles with enhancements to its technology suite.

Among the key questions a potential buyer of an electric vehicle (EV) want answers to are: “Will it comfortably get me to my destination?” and “Are there enough charging points along my routes?”

These questions have been historically difficult to answer due to limited data and immature algorithms. The range predictions of electric...

Robotaxi market heats up as Pony.ai unveils its next-gen sensing platform

Pony.ai has unveiled a next-gen sensing platform for the company’s autonomous vehicles that brings enhanced capabilities in a much-improved design.

The new system was designed in collaboration with Luminar Technologies and removes the need for the unsightly cone-shaped LiDAR found on the roofs of most driverless vehicles.

James Peng, CEO and Founder of Pony.ai, said:

“Partnering with Luminar is a critical enabling milestone for Pony.ai as we build our...

Uber partners with Arrival to create a purpose-built electric ride-hailing vehicle

Uber is partnering with UK-based zero-emissions mobility solutions provider Arrival to create a purpose-built electric vehicle for ride-hailing.

The “affordable” Arrival Car will be designed in collaboration with Uber drivers to ensure that it meets their needs. It is expected to enter production in Q3 2023.

Tom Elvidge, SVP of Arrival Mobility UK, said:

“We are confident that electrifying ride-hailing vehicles will have an outsized impact on cities, and...

Self-driving vehicles to become legal in the UK this year

Self-driving vehicles will become legal on the UK’s roads later this year, albeit with some initial restrictions.

The Department for Transport (DfT) will allow the use of autonomous driving modes which stick to a single lane with a 37mph (60km/h) speed limit.

Drivers won’t have to keep their hands on the wheel but will have to remain alert to retake control if required. Unfortunately, that means you can’t binge-watch the latest series or play your favourite game on...

Fujitsu launches ‘Digital Twin Collector’ platform to drive mobility innovation

Fujitsu is launching a new platform called Digital Twin Collector which aims to drive innovation in the mobility sector.

The platform is designed to be a virtual space where users can integrate and manage real-time information from digital twins, in this case of connected vehicles.

(Credit: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu will launch its digital twin platform for the automotive sector – including vehicle manufacturers and insurance companies – on April 22nd, 2021. Availability...

Research: Smart traffic management will save cities $277B by 2025

A new study by Juniper Research predicts that smart traffic management solutions will save cities $277 billion by 2025.

Aside from the economic benefits, smart traffic management helps to reduce journey times, driver frustration, and improve safety.

With world leaders set to head to the UK for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference later this year, using IoT technologies to improve the efficiency of our cities should also be on the agenda.

Over 95 percent of the...

Hyundai confirms it’s in discussions to build Apple’s first car

The elusive Apple car is at least getting slightly closer to rolling off production lines as Hyundai confirms it’s in discussions to manufacture it.

While the Apple car is yet to be officially announced – and won’t be for some time yet – Hyundai has confirmed the existence of the project (which pretty much everyone and their dogs knew anyway at this point.)

Korean website Hankyung first reported the rumours of Hyundai’s involvement, before the automotive giant...

UK proposal gives autonomous car backup drivers accident immunity window

A proposal from the UK’s Law Commission suggests giving backup drivers of autonomous vehicles a window of immunity for potential accidents.

Despite rigorous testing, it’s almost guaranteed that some accidents will occur with self-driving cars⁠—especially with early deployments.

“Even the best designed AVs, which reduce the overall number of accidents, may still cause collisions.” explains the Law Commission.

“The main aim of the Law Commissions is...

World-leading autonomous car development hub nears completion

A world-leading development hub for autonomous cars is nearing completion in Nuneaton, UK.

Built by automotive engineering giant HORIBA MIRA, the facility aims to offer a complete environment for autonomous vehicles from concept to on-road testing.

The facility is known as ASSURED CAV and promises to be “globally-unique” in providing support for all stages of development. 

ASSURED CAV has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry,...