From the Editors
CAVCOE's Speakers' Bureau has been a big
success and we spoke at about 50 events during 2016 in Canada, the
US and overseas. We have decided to expand this activity to
include half- and full-day seminars.
In just the space of
a few short years, it is possible that AVs will have an impact on
almost every person, business and organization in North America
and beyond. We recommend that everyone plan to maximize the
benefits and mitigate the downsides of this transformational
technology. CAVCOE's seminars will be useful to any organization
that wants a more detailed briefing on the future of AVs. Examples
include organizations in the transportation, auto and technology
sectors, industries that will be impacted by AVs, and departments
in all levels of government.
Depending on the client's
requirements, the scope of these seminars can include passenger
cars, goods delivery, service vehicles, and autonomous flying
taxis. Seminars typically include the status and deployment of
autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) vehicles, the
"big-picture" socio-economic impact and business opportunities, as
well as material focused on the specific needs and interests of
Please write to
to discuss your requirements and request a quote.
Automakers, Tier1s and AV Developers
Waymo have just announced
that residents in the Phoenix, Arizona
area can apply to join their early rider program which will give
24/7 access to Waymo’s self-driving fleet. To achieve the scale
needed for this program, Waymo will be adding another 500 Chrysler
Pacifica hybrid minivans to the existing fleet of 100. John
Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, said “We’ll learn things like where people
want to go in a self-driving car, how they communicate with our
vehicles, and what information and controls they want to see
With other recent news that Waymo are setting
themselves up for the mass manufacture of automated vehicle
driving systems, we believe that Waymo intends to commercialize
their service at the earliest reasonable opportunity.
some great news for Canada,
Ford has announced that it will spend $337.9 million on a new
research and development centre in Ottawa that will focus on
developing self-driving vehicles. Under this agreement, about 300
employees have been hired by Ford from Blackberry to accelerate
its research and development initiatives. Another 100 or so
employees will also be hired by Ford. Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau was present at the Windsor event for the announcement.
UK-based AV designer and manufacturer,
RDM Group has been awarded a $1M grant by the Government of
South Australia to conduct trials of its autonomous vehicle
technology. RDM's base in Australia is in Flinders University in
RDM Group’s ‘Pod Zero’ (see the photo above) has two variants:
4 seats and 8 seats, and it can operate at speeds up to 24 km/h
with a battery life of up to 8 hours or 80km. The Pod was also
recently tested in the UK. RDM Group’s Adelaide-based Autonomous
Programme Director, Roger van der Lee, said the funding would also
be used to further establish the company’s Asia-Pacific base by
completing a $1.8m driverless cargo pod trial that will transport
goods within Adelaide’s Tonsley Innovation Precinct
Waymo which, it appears, is
testing its vehicles under extreme weather now. Towards the
end of last month, a Waymo vehicle was seen navigating the snowy
terrains of South Lake Tahoe. As Waymo is attempting a Level 4
vehicle, testing the vehicle under extreme weather and terrains is
Daimler/Mercedes has teamed up with Bosch to develop a
self-driving platform for a robot taxi service. Also, Daimler aims
to have its self-driving trucks be commercially available by 2020.
Cadillac has come up with the “Super Cruise” system. A
combination of advanced LiDAR sensors and a driver assistance
system provides a hands-free driving experience, although it is
still a Level 2 AV system. The system uses data from a map of
every mile of limited highway access data in US and Canada and
combines it with real time sensor data to provide accurate
information on the car’s position on the road. The driver
attention system will monitor the driver to check for if the
driver’s attention is on the road. If not, the system is equipped
to provide driver alerts and if needed, contact emergency services
Bishop Ranch in San Ramon is hosting the
testing of new small autonomous vehicles as part of a pilot
program, which could become operational by year’s end. The
vehicle, an EasyMile EZ10 driverless shuttle, can fit 12 people
(six sitting and six standing). This project is a collaboration
between Bishop Ranch, French technology firm EasyMile, the Contra
Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the GoMentum Station --
the CCTA's Concord testing ground for autonomous vehicles.
A demonstration of the same EZ10 vehicle was also held at the
University of Texas in Austin, where some lucky attendees got a
chance to ride in the shuttle as part of the demo.
Driverless trains, a form of public transportation of the future,
are gaining a lot of steam as well. 2getthere, a Dutch tech firm,
a fleet of 25 non-rail-guided driverless trains between
Dubai’s inner metro system and waterfront developments, Blueaters.
Each train is capable of moving 24 passengers at a time and is
expected to travel the 2.5 km in 4.5 minutes.
battle to get ahead in the AV race, the UK is very competitive. A
and Autonomous Vehicle Hub (CAV Hub)” was recently launched at
Loughborough University’s Olympic Park Campus in London last
month. It includes facilities for testing AV operations and is
funded by the £100 million fund for new connected and autonomous
vehicle testing infrastructure announced by the UK’s Chancellor of
the Exchequer Philip Hammond last year.
Liberty Mutual has come up with a TechSafety Program for its
Volvo customers offering them discounts on their auto premiums
based on the use of Volvo’s car safety technologies. This is a
good example of a partnership being formed between an insurance
company and an automaker, which could become common in the future.
EasyMile has entered into a partnership with Allianz to
develop insurance solutions for EasyMile’s driverless shuttles.
Here’s the press release of the news from
Germany, in its bid to be at the
forefront of AVs, is set to legalize driving with eyes off the
roads. Some of the manufacturers in the country are closer to
developing Level 3 AVs and this announcement, effective September
2017, is surely going to please them.
The Auto2xTech article covers this news further and also
raises an important point about the need to go from driver-centric
regulations to a framework based on automated driving.
Other AV Articles
is definitely getting a lot of attention as we are heading towards
a world full of AVs. Insurance premiums are calculated based on
how good or bad the driving has been or the driver. And this is
the primary reason why people are more and more skeptical of what
lies ahead for the insurance industry. In the future, cars will be
safer and the driving record of the human driver is going to be
taken out of the equation. Warren Buffet himself addressed the
concerns. "If the day comes when a significant portion of the cars
on the road are autonomous, it will hurt Geico's business very
significantly", he was quoted in
this NPR article about the future of Geico, the insurance
company he owns.
This AutoSens article is a nice take on the long history of AVs,
starting from the 1920s to the present and future
projections. However, we at CAVCOE would add that the first
recorded vision for an AV was in fact in 1898 when the great
Serbian inventor, Nikola Tesla, wrote a letter proposing a car
that "left to itself, would perform a great variety of operations
involving something akin to judgment".
Upcoming AV Related Events
May 9-12, 2017:
Fundica Safety Meets ADAS; Vohlinschloss, Bavaria, Germany.
May 15-17, 2017:
UITP Global Public Transport Summit; Montreal, Canada.
May 16, 2017:
Self-driving Cars - Strategic Implications for the Auto Industry
and Beyond; Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; Santa Clara, California,
May 22-25, 2017:
AutoSens; Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jun 7-8, 2017:
Detroit 2017; Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jun 20-22, 2017:
Vehicle Test & Development Symposium; Stuttgart, Germany.
Registrations are now open.
Jul 1-2, 2017:
IMCreate: Autonomous and
Connected Vehicle Hackathon; Milton Keynes, UK.
5-6, 2017: The
Future of Transportation World Conference; Cologne, Germany.
Jul 5-6, 2017:
4th International VDI Conference Automated Driving 2017;
Jul 11-12, 2017:
Vehicle ADAS Japan 2017; Tokyo, Japan.
Automated Vehicles Symposium; San Francisco, California, USA.
Sep 19-21, 2017: AutoSens;
Sept 25-28, 2017: IEEE Vehicular
Technology Conference (VTC); Toronto, Canada
Oct 5-6, 2017:
Simulation World Congress; Tokyo, Japan.
Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress 2017;
Novi, Michigan, USA.
Oct 29-Nov 2, 2017:
ITS World Congress;
Nov 16-17, 2017:
Tech.AD 2017; Detroit, Michigan, USA.