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...

HERE, Vodafone, and Porsche develop a real-time warning system

HERE Technologies, Vodafone, and Porsche have developed a real-time warning system for vehicles as part of their joint effort to improve road safety.

The partners have been studying how 5G can improve road safety when combined with the real-time identification and localisation of hazardous traffic situations.

A real-time warning system is being developed as part of the feasibility study that can warn vehicles and their drivers, without delay, of any problems so they can...

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Sony is quickly making it smart

Sony has joined three smart city trials in Rome to help the historic city fight modern problems.

The trials are set to begin in June and will all use Sony’s IMX500 sensor which is the first to feature embedded AI processing—enabling powerful capabilities while addressing privacy concerns.

Antonio Avitabile, MD of Corporate Alliance and Investment at Sony, said:

“This is a clear and concrete example where Sony’s smart vision solution can serve our...

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...

Toyota subsidiary to acquire Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division

Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet has announced that it’s acquiring Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division for $550 million.

The division, known as Level 5, has established itself among the leaders in the development of autonomous driving technologies.

Logan Green, Co-Founder and CEO of Lyft, said:

“Today’s announcement launches Lyft into the next phase of an incredible journey to bring our mission to life. Lyft has spent nine years building a transportation...

Honda and Verizon explore how 5G and MEC can improve vehicle safety

Honda has partnered with US telecoms giant Verizon to explore how 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) can improve the safety of connected vehicles.

The partnership was established through both companies’ participation in the University of Michigan’s Mcity testbed for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Ehsan Moradi Pari, PhD, Research Group Lead at Honda’s Advanced Technology Research Division, said:

“Honda’s research collaboration with Verizon is an...

Lime is spending $50 million on a major expansion of its e-bikes

Micromobility firm Lime is spending $50 million to expand and enhance its e-bike network.

Lime started its journey with e-bikes – in fact, it even used to be called LimeBike – but has since become known for its iconic e-scooters where it’s put most of its effort in recent years. Now, the company is returning to where it started.

The $50 million investment in Lime’s shared electric bicycle network will add a new model of bike, double the number of the green (quite...