Greek commuters get a new means of transport
Last Saturday, the Greeks were able to travel by bus autonomously, that might be safer and more effective than one led by men.
“This is the first time anyone dares to offer a standalone bus traffic,” said Angelos Admitis, director of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems from Greece to popsci. com.
In the past, Greek autonomous vehicles circulating in well established or exhibition or supervised by a professional driver who could intervene in case of emergency. Trikala now has six independent buses that go along with the other cars, bikes and pedestrians.
In order to allow municipal project, it requires amending the legislation. Even then, autonomous buses will run under strict supervision of the authorities.
Maximum travel speed is independent buses 20 km / h. Even if other drivers can travel on the bus lane autonomously, the latter may not change the lane or to transfer – is used for specific paths.”We must be careful,” said Amditis. When people make an accident is an accident, but when the accident involved an autonomous vehicle, could be a political disaster, “even if overall record hundreds of traffic accidents“.
The program is part of a European project entitled CityMobil2, aims to develop ingenious public transport projects in medium size cities. Buses will run in Trikala autonomous until March 2016. The current autonomous buses, developed by Robosoft, they are in the testing phase.
Groupe Renault presents Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance System
Groupe Renault announces that it has developed an autonomous control system that can handle difficult driving situations and, for the first time, can avoid roadblocks as well as test pilots. Pilots, carefully selected, have served as inspiration and reference for this achievement of the Renault Open Innovation – Silicon Valley Laboratory.
“Groupe Renault strives to be the leader in innovation through products, technology and design,” said Simon Hougard, Director of the Open Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley. “Our innovation efforts aim at developing advanced autonomous driving technologies , where consumers can trust, to create a safer and more comfortable journey. ”
The Renault Open Innovation Lab is part of the Alliance’s network and focuses on improving safety and developing autonomous driving technology. The technological progress announced has the following features: 1. The system is tested by professional pilots and inspired by them 2. Fill in the existing achievements of the Renault brand in terms of driving assistance (ADAS) and vehicle safety. At the same time, this is an important step in using the stand-alone vehicle to improve vehicle safety 3. Will support Groupe Renault‘s objective of becoming one of the first brands to offer Mind off technology on a large scale, on production vehicles, and offering robot vehicle fleets The basis for this project is the study by Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Laboratory (led by Professor Chris Gerdes, former Innovation Director of the US Department of Transportation), which led to collaboration with the Renault Open Innovation Lab.
With this new innovation, Groupe Renault uses the strengths of the Alliance and supports the launch of over 15 Renault models by 2022 with different levels of autonomy.
The first unmanned buses will be on the streets of Japan in 2019
There have been many discussions in the online environment on autonomous cars, but we can only really talk about such vehicles right now. China’s Baidu online giant announced at the Baidu conference that it has entered into a partnership with the Japanese SoftBank giant to launch the first autonomous buses. The order has already been made for 10 such units, which will be delivered in 2019.
Aplong buses have been unveiled for some time, but for the first time they will be on the streets in Japan from next year. They use Baidu Apollo’s autonomous driving system, which is capable of level 4 autonomy . This means that the system drives without the help of a driver, but there are some conditions that need to be met.
While buses will carry human passengers, they are small in size and can only be found in tourist areas, airports, and other “controlled” areas, where fewer hazards can occur. Baidu is only the manufacturer, the autonomous bus operator being SB Drive, a subsidiary of SoftBank.
Apolong buses are developed at King Long‘s factory in Xiamen City and will be exported to Japan. These will be the first “export” vehicles produced by the Chinese. After the ten units in Japan, Baidu prepares a local launch in Beijing, Shenzen, Pingtan and Wuhan, all centers around technology development.