Editorial: Ford seeks pole position in self-driving future

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During a visit to Ford's innovation centre in Germany last month, ConnectedCar Tech took a look at some of the company's latest advancements and gained some insight about where the motoring giant is heading when it comes to fully-autonomous vehicles. 

Ford made a couple of related announcements this week, the first being the company has developed a "dynamic" Uber-like...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Driverless.

Self-driving cars nearer to reality as further companies join the drive

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Autonomous cars were once the subject of futuristic movies, but are now closer to reality than ever with Samsung being the latest manufacturer focusing on self-driving car technologies.

The company has created a new division that will focus on building self-driving car components, though hasn’t yet revealed much more about its plans. Hyundai, meanwhile, has revealed that it is...

By Liz Morrell, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

DOT to become friendlier towards self-driving cars

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The UK Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to update its position toward self-driving cars in the coming weeks as tech companies and automakers work on turning them into reality.

The agency is also working on making it mandatory for all new cars to come with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies.

Anthony Foxx, Transportation Secretary, said: "I expect the changes to...

By Connected CarTech, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Navigation.

Juniper Research predicts consumers to drive fully autonomous vehicles by 2021


A Juniper Research report projects that 20 million fully autonomous or self-driving vehicles will be on roads worldwide by 2025, with North America and Europe slated to lead adoption and consumers to start using such vehicles by 2021.

In the run up to adoption of autonomous vehicles, ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance System) technologies such as adaptive cruise control and automated braking will gain significance, the researchers argue. The report holds that these technologies will...

By Connected CarTech, 01 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Is Google really likely to eliminate human driving in five years?


Being a driver in the year 2015 is said to be “one of the most stressful activities in our lives”, with heart rate, adrenaline levels and stress hormones increasing in particular driving situations. However, with vehicle numbers surging, traffic has also hit an all time high. As a result, there has been even more road accidents, with a shocking 193,290 reported casualties and 24,580 people...

By Andrew Ashby, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.

Google leads the way in software and self-driving car implementation, report finds


If the key to self-driving cars is software that can interpret all vehicle sensors and mimic driving experiences, then Google is the current technological leader, according to a research note from IHS Automotive.

The firm estimates Google has invested almost $60m in autonomous vehicle research and development, as well as arguing the tech giant will have a “major impact” in the coming years.

The argument over who will take the crown in the connected car space, be it...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Research report assesses severity of crashes involving self-driving cars

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A report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) argues that self-driving vehicles currently have a higher crash rate per million miles travelled than conventional vehicles, as well as for injuries per crash.

The report, entitled “A Preliminary Analysis of Real-World Crashes Involving Self-Driving Vehicles”, notes that hard data, naturally, is on the low side, but the ‘current best estimate’ favours conventional vehicles....

By James Bourne, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Security.

Autonomous or integrated? How the connected car industry can learn from the railways


In the last year, unmanned cars have made the headlines throughout the world and the idea that cars could be driven solely by computers came as a shock for many. The reality is that driverless vehicles have been around for some time, both in railway and PRT operations; and analysing how driverless technology has been implemented there, should help understand how this technology will be brought to market and the hurdles that the automotive industry will face.

Taking into consideration key...

By Serge Van Themsche, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems.

Industry scepticism over Google claims of driverless cars within five years


Despite the vehicles we drive getting ever more intelligent, the claims by Google that it will eliminate human driving in five years with a fully automated product available by 2020 are bold to say the least, according to some in the industry.

Plextek Consulting, which designs new products, systems and services for clients across a range of industries, says instead that a driverless future can only become a reality with the coming together of a number of diverse stakeholders who will...

By Liz Morrell, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless, Ecosystems, Regulation.

The 10 ways autonomous vehicles will transform the automotive ecosystem


A report from McKinsey details 10 potential implications for driverless cars in the automotive ecosystem across three areas.

Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology is set to transform the economy, mobility, and society even as adoption with regards to specific parameters such as timing, uptake, and penetration is still unclear. Experts across the Europe, US and Asia foresee change in the automotive ecosystem in a number of areas.

The first era will witness the development of fully AVs for...

By Connected CarTech, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Driverless.