Car electronics

Uber self-driving test car involved in accident resulting in pedestrian death | TechCrunch Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. An autonomous Uber test SUV driving in Tempe, Arizona was involved in a fatal collision last night. The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time. This is reported as the first time an autonomous vehicle operating in self-driving mode has resulted in a human death.

Have Self-Driving Cars Stopped Getting Better – IEEE Spectrum Every January, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) releases data from companies that operated highly automated vehicles on the state’s public roads the previous year. Companies get to decide how to record these so-called disengagements. Variety in reporting makes for widely disparate data. The disengagement reports are thus probably best viewed as marketing

Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow  It’s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on a smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. More

Oxford’s chief computer scientist says there hasn’t been any substantial progress towards general AI – NS Tech  Breakthroughs in narrow AI, no progress towards general AI. I think he’s a bit optimistic on self-driving cars, at least for Finnish winter driving  “We’re beginning to get there with better ideas about the brain, but all the progress in AI over the last decade which is real and exciting has been on narrow

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe | TechCrunch I can believe in this vision! Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe Peter Levine believes that cloud computing is soon going to take a back seat to edge computing — and we will very quickly see the majority of processing taking place at the device level. As crazy as that sounds — and

Nvidia is powering the world’s first Level 3 self-driving production car | TechCrunch Audi announced Tuesday that its forthcoming A8 (ships in 2018) would be the first production vehicle to ship with a Level 3 self-driving feature onboard. Level 3 autonomy on the A8 will mean that drivers don’t have to pay attention to the road in certain conditions. Current highway driving assistance features like Tesla’s Autopilot, are classified

Under the Hood of Luminar’s Long-Reach Lidar – IEEE Spectrum Current automotive lidars scan their surroundings by firing pulses from semiconductor diode lasers emitting at 905 nanometers in the near infrared and recording reflected light to build up a point cloud mapping the car’s surroundings.  But laser-safety rules in the U.S. and other countries restrict the power in the laser pulse, limiting the lidar’s