From the Editors #1
“Today’s announcement of the Canadian Autonomous Vehicle Technology and
Innovator Directory marks another ‘Canadian first’ to steward national
awareness of our country's position as a global leader in autonomous
vehicles and related technologies. The Kanata North Business Association
is proud to spearhead this effort in collaboration with Invest Ottawa
and CAVCOE in order to establish coast to coast collaboration and access
to partnerships that will strengthen Canada's contribution to Autonomous
Vehicle innovation globally,” said Jamie Petten, Executive Director of
the Kanata North Business Association.
For additional information and to ensure that information on your organization is included, please click here Scroll down to see two buttons: “Learn more” for the full news release, and “Canada AV Directory” to input information.
From the Editors #2
We recently circulated within CAVCOE a published article about one of the car manufacturers' AV strategy. This company is focused on AI-enhanced Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) instead of full driverless technology. We have a couple of issues with this.
First, we (and others) believe that ADAS systems that assist a human driver rather than replace her or him have a fundamental weakness. ADAS systems have reached the point that they give people the feeling that the ADAS system is doing the driving. The reality is that the human in the driver's seat is Plan B -- and humans are very bad at doing nothing and paying attention. Switching from a computer driver to a human one is generally too slow to avoid a collision. Many developers are moving to full driverless technology for this very reason.
the same article perpetuates the fantasy of future vehicles that never
have a collision. CAVCOE’s prediction and hope – contained in a joint
report with the Conference Board of Canada -- is that full deployment of
AVs and CVs can lead to an 80% reduction in collisions, but not 100%.
There will always be some collisions, irrespective of whether a computer
or human is doing the driving. Unfortunately, predicting that technology
can eliminate all collisions and traffic deaths raises the public’s
expectation too high and increases the adverse publicity when there is a
collision and/or traffic death involving an AV.
Ottawa AV Innovation 201
Ottawa AV Innovation 201 was held on May 22, 2018. The event was organized by Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association. The idea for the event came from the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) which proposed this event as part of the 2018 National Public Works Week. CAVCOE’s Barrie Kirk was pleased to be a co-MC, moderator of one panel session and a speaker on another.
event gave attendees an excellent overview of the Ottawa AV ecosystem,
including established companies, start-ups, and the post-secondary
institutions. In addition, the event included perspectives into some of
the big picture impacts of AVs and CVs, such as mobility in the age of
AVs and the various initiatives by all three levels of government.
Barrie’s summing up at the end of the conference included:
Next Generation Fighting Vehicle
A recent briefing by National Defence to technology companies described the early-stage planning for the Next Generation Fighting Vehicle. The following are a few highlights from the briefing:
would like additional information from the briefing, please contact
Barrie Kirk at
AV News Briefs
A recent report by the Swiss bank UBS puts a valuation of US $75 billion on Alphabet/Google Waymo Autonomous Car Business Unit. Other major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Jefferies have estimates in the range of US $41 billion to US $125 billion. More information at this link.
The chart below shows the total amount of venture capital (in $M) flowing into the AV industry from 2006 to 2018:
On May 4, 2018, John Chen (CEO of BlackBerry) wrote an opinion piece for CNBC on safety, security and privacy of AVs and his support for U.S. Congress’s AV START Act. Some people had suggested driver monitoring systems in the wake of the recent Arizona fatality involving an Uber AV. Chen argues that driver monitoring systems defeat the fundamental purpose of an AV -- which is enhanced safety. BlackBerry’s QNX Business Unit is a global supplier of software platforms to the auto industry, with deployments in more than 60 million vehicles worldwide. QNX operates the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) in Ottawa.
Vancouver based ELIX Wireless has partnered with GoMentum Station in Concord, California for testing its wireless charging systems and technology. ELIX was founded in 2013 and is a spin-off from research conducted at UBC. Its technology has multiple applications including AVs.
The New York Times of May 23, 2018 carried an article on Apple’s latest iteration of its plans to enter the AV market. According to this report, after failing to partner with BMW and Daimler, Apple has now partnered with VW to develop an AV-based on VW’s T6 Transporter vehicle. According to another report, Apple now has 55 test vehicles registered with California DMV.
The chart below shows all the companies who have registered test AVs with California DMV:
CAVCOE's Ahmad Radmanesh visited to AutonomouStuff (AS) in San Jose, California on May 22nd. AS sells AV components as well as fully converted fly-by-wire vehicles called Research Platforms..The University of Waterloo and QNX each own one of these vehicles for their ongoing R&D. AS has sold over 300 such vehicles over the past 18 months. 40 of these to Baidu in China.
The Economist magazine of May
5, 2018 carried an article on
Sidewalk Labs which is
partnering with Waterfront Toronto to develop a parcel of land called
Quayside in Toronto.
This project is part of
Alphabet/Google’s initiative into the Smart City concept. No private
cars will be allowed in this project – only automated vehicles and robo
taxis will be used for transporting people and goods in the 12 acre
project area. The article
can be viewed on The Economist site at this
CAVCOE's Paul Godsmark led a workshop as part of VDI’s 2nd international conference in Dusseldorf April 10-11 on Autonomous Trucks. The workshop was titled Autonomous Service Truck Opportunities and interactively explored what future services trucks might perform, utilizing both software and hardware to provide services that can replace existing providers, evolve into new services, or create completely new services. To finish, they discussed the possibility of an autonomous vehicle app store and the types of app that might populate it. At CAVCOE, we believe that the AV app store will be revolutionary for cities, businesses and the public, much the same as the app store revolutionized how we use our smartphones. Please contact us directly if you wish to discuss the AV app store concept further.
BCTech Summit in Vancouver on May 14-16 was
attended by approximately 6,000 people and included a panel titled
Autonomous Vehicles: Are We Ready?
which was moderated by Paul Godsmark. Prior to the conference, Paul was
Georgia Straight, and they
highlighted the key concern of privacy with AVs. We have repeatedly made
it clear that there is a dynamic tension between privacy issues and AVs
that will see everything that is visible from the street.
Data privacy is very much in the news recently, driven in part by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went into effect on May 25, 2018. The following information describes our approach.
More information on our web and newsletter policies are here.
Upcoming AV-Related Events
June 4-7, 2018 ITS America annual conference - Detroit, Michigan
June 5-7, 2018 Autonomous Vehicle Technology World Expo 2018; Stuttgart, Germany
June 6-7, 2018 Automated Vehicles 2018: Planning for Urban and Rural Transitions; Conference Board of Canada, Edmonton, Alberta
June 17-21, 2018 ITS Canada Annual Conference and General Meeting; Niagara Falls, Ontario.
June 19-20, 2018: The Future of Transportation World Conference; Cologne, Germany.
July 9-12: Automated Vehicle Symposium: San Francisco, California
Sep. 17-21, 2018 ITS World Congress; Stockholm, Sweden.
Sep. 17, 2018 Canadian Automobile Insurance Rate Regulators - Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 9-11, 2018 ADAS to Automated Driving Symposium by SAE - Detroit, Michigan
Oct. 23-25, 2018 Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress - Novi, Michigan
Oct. 23-25, 2018 Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium - Novi, Michigan
Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2018 Unmanned Canada 2018 – Conference & Trade Show, Unmanned Systems Canada; Vancouver BC
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2018 3rd International Driverless Vehicle Summit organized by Australia & New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) - Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 14-16, 2018 Tech.AD, Detroit, Michigan
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