We have been very busy in the
AV space for the last while, which is why the October issue of AV
Update is being published in early November. We apologize for the
In Canada, there have been a number of announcements
in the last few weeks. In summary, they are:
More details on some of the
these activities are provided below. And there are various other
things happening behind the scenes that we cannot talk about just
yet. Stay tuned!
- The Federal Minister of
Transport has announced a Canadian Smart Cities Challenge that
includes AVs and CVs.
- At the City of Ottawa,
Councillor Marianne Wilkinson introduced a motion on AVs,
moving the City towards an AV software Centre of Excellence
and AV testing in the city. CAVCOE is referenced in the motion
which is available
here. The motion was passed by Council.
- The City of Toronto has
appointed a person full-time on the AV file -- a first for any
municipality in Canada.In July,
- In Winnipeg, Councillor
Matt Allard authored a motion to examine the implications for
the City of Winnipeg for land use planning, transportation
planning, and other areas, based on the imminent arrival of
self driving vehicles on the streets of Winnipeg.
- A discussion has
Edmonton on the relative roles of AVs and transit,
including the impact on the new LRT. A video interview with
CAVCOE's Paul Godsmark is included in this link.
- There have been other
municipal initiatives earlier this year in Canada in
Vancouver, Calgary, and Stratford.
- The Conference Board of
Canada has announced more details on its conference:
Automated Vehicles 2017: Planning the Next Disruptive
Technology, to be held in Toronto in April 2017.
CAVCOE is a sponsor and knowledge partner.
- The level of interest
in AVs is growing exponentially. Barrie Kirk has spoken at 32
private and public conferences so far in 2016; Paul Godsmark
has done many more, and we have done 6 media interviews in the
All this indicates a significant increase
in the activities related to AVs, which is excellent.
The Automakers, Tier1s and AV Developers
To ramp up its efforts to deploy autonomous vehicle programs,
Google is equipping 100 Chrysler Pacifica vans with sensors to add
to its existing vehicles undergoing testing. A few prototypes have
already been spotted on streets. Here’s the
Electrek article to read more.
announced that it is developing its own computer vision framework,
Tesla Vision, to replace Mobileye’s system. The new system is
expected to take data from camera sensors and run its own image
processing while working in tandem with Tesla’s radar processing
technology. Here’s the
Electrek article to read more on this advancement.
automotive and telecommunication companies have come together to
form the 5G Automotive Association in order to develop connected
mobility worldwide. 5G has the potential to enhance
vehicle-to-everything communications and deliver the required
vehicle and passenger safety. You can read more on
Traffic Technology Today.
SpotHero, a service that
allows drivers to prepay for a parking space in a garage via an
app, recently raised $20 million in Series B financing.
Google has applied for a patent for emergency vehicle detection
system to go with their self-driving tech. This will tell the
driverless car what kind of action (such as pulling over) needs to
be taken on detecting an emergency vehicle. Here’s the
Car Scoops article on the same.
The UK has started its
self-driving car testing this month when an AV, a two-seater LUTZ
Pathfinder cruised around the pedestrian areas of Milton Keynes,
and interacted with walkers and cyclists during the run. A photo
is shown above and there is an article in
The Guardian that provides more information.
driverless taxi testing operations will be conducted in Singapore
next year. However, the company is aiming to expand its testing
initiatives to other cities, such as Amsterdam, London, Shanghai.
The news of expected partnerships with other municipalities is
likely to come by the end of this year. Here’s the
Automotive News article to read more.
Bosch is using
the Tesla Model S Self Driving prototype for the purpose of
testing its autonomous driving software. It is also believed to be
Australia’s first locally developed self-driving car. Here’s the
Electrek article to read more.
Automotive AI startup
Comma.ai unveiled its first product at TechCruch Disrupt SF this
year. The $999 add-on product will enable a journey to be made
from Mountain View to San Francisco without requiring a driver to
do anything. Here is the
TechCruch article for more information.
after buying Uber’s China business, is planning to develop its own
self-driving cars. The company is in talks with Gansha Wu, former
Director of Intel Labs, and a Beijing based startup UiSee
Technology..Here’s the article posted on
This article in Semiconductor Engineering is an excellent
summary of the initiatives in the aftermarket world of AVs. Otto,
Peleton, Comma.ai are just some of the companies grabbing the
headlines this month.
This article from
The Hill describes the new US driverless car guidelines. The
key takeaways include:
The full Federal Automated
Vehicles Policy can be found
- Fully autonomous cars
won’t need steering wheels.
- Cybersecurity and
privacy issues are a concern.
- States and cities may
revisit their own policies.
- Feds are banking on
- The DOT may seek new
powers from Congress.
Secretary, Anthony Foxx, has come up with an innovative way to
push (or modify) the regulatory structure to embrace the
technology. U.S. DOT has established a 60-day comment period for
stakeholders to voice their concerns. Please refer to
this The Hill article to know more about how to voice your
Earlier this month, Valeo and Wheego were issued
self-driving car testing permits by California.
earlier in the year, Cruise Automation also received a permit
before GM acquired the company. These advancements are a clear
sign of heated autonomous vehicle space. Read more about in this
Wall Street Journal article.
Automotive article discusses the regulatory changes that may
be needed as the definition of “driver” in the autonomous vehicle
context gets clearer with time.
In the run up to the
TU-Automotive ADAS & Autonomous USA Conference & Exhibition 2016
(Novi, October 3-4), a white paper was prepared that
comprehensively reviews the progress of automated driving systems.
link to the document.
This Quartz article talks about one particular recent incident
when Uber’s Self-Driving Car turned to go down wrong way on a one
way road in Pittsburgh.
The ITS World Congress was
recently held in Melbourne. Here’s a
news release from the event listing some podcasts on a wide
range of ITS issues.
Traffic Safety Score article is an excellent refresher on the
impact of autonomous vehicles on the insurance industry. The
general opinion right now shows amazing contrast, as some suggest
insurance premiums will plummet with the arrival of AVs, whereas
others feel the impact may not be as huge as expected. (In
CAVCOE's presentations, we predict that during the 2020s, the auto
insurance industry will significantly contract, some companies
will go under, and there will be other disruptions.)
City Lab article talks about the impact of AVs on existing
A study by Boston
Consulting Group on “Will Autonomous Vehicles Derail Trains”
and its findings have been summarized in the article, which quite
intriguingly bring to light the enormous shakedown effects that AV
industry can bring on the rail industry.
A recent article
Las Vegas Sun reports on a recent AV conference there. The
article features Paul Godsmark and comments from public sector
officials in Las Vegas and southern Nevada.
AV Related Events
Nov 18, 2016:
Transport Futures -
Mobility Pricing and Automated Vehicles Conference; Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. AV Update subscribers are eligible for a
10% conference discount; use discount code CAVC5 in the "DC" box.
Nov 29-Dec 1, 2016:
SAE 2016 From ADAS to Automated Driving; Munich, Germany.
February 27-28, 2017: Conference Board of Canada:
Cyber Security 2017: Securing the Smart City of the Future;
Apr 4-6, 2017:
SAE 2017 World Congress and Exhibition; Detroit, Michigan,
April 19-20, 2017: Conference Board of Canada:
Automated Vehicles 2017: Planning the Next Disruptive Technology;
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. AV Update subscribers can register using
promotional code PRM2 to save $400 off the total conference rate.
CAVCOE is a sponsor and knowledge partner.
May 15-17, 2017:
UITP Global Public Transport
Summit; Montreal, Canada.
Oct 29-Nov 2, 2017:
ITS World Congress; Montreal, Canada.