Ford and Volkswagen team up on self-driving and electric cars

New York (CNN Business)Volkswagen and Ford announced plans Friday to work closely to develop electric- and self-driving vehicles, the latest automakers to partner in the face of massive changes rocking the auto industry.

Ford (F) CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen (VLKAF) CEO Herbert Diess appeared together on Wall Street Friday, building on a growing alliance between the two automakers first announced a year ago.
With this latest investment, Volkswagen has agreed to join Ford in investing in Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle platform company now valued at $7 billion. The company is working on developing self-driving technology for ride sharing and goods delivery services in dense urban areas.
Ford said it will become the first additional automaker to use Volkswagen’s electric vehicle architecture to build electric vehicles for the European market starting in 2023.
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Mohamad Shatanawi from Jordan is studying at the Faculty for years. Now he tells you why to choose the Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering here at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics!

Ford to build new factory in Michigan for autonomous vehicles

Ford is building a new plant in Michigan for autonomous vehicles as the company realigns some
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The new facility, scheduled to open in the next two years, will take new commercial-grade hybrid models and incorporate the self-driving technology needed to turn them into autonomous vehicles. Ford is still considering where to build the AV finishing center and has not said how many people will work there.

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Autonomous cars: will roads be safer if algorithms replace human drivers?

önvezető autó_új_közepesResearch on autonomous cars has received a boost from the European Parliament, but the technology still raises many questions. Can it be safe and ethical? Will it totally eliminate the need for human drivers? And, of course: when will this happen?

A public consultation on robotics and Artificial Intelligence consultation coordinated in 2017 by the European Parliament covered, among other things, also autonomous vehicles. Based on the results of this consultation autonomous vehicles have been identified as a policy area requiring most urgent action.


Continental opens Artificial Intelligence Development Centre in Budapest

German-owned automotive industry supplier Continental AG opened its Deep Machine Learning Competence Center in Budapest on Thursday.


Key factors in selecting the location of the centre included the availability of AI experts, a sound environment for the automotive industry and a proper infrastructure, Jens Bruening, head of the centre, said.

László Palkovics, Hungary’s minister of innovation and technology, said the choice was also motivated by trust between Continental and the Hungarian government.

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Meet Hakan!

Hakan Başargan PhD student, researcher came to us from Turkey for his MSc studies. Since then, he has been working in the Research Center for Autonomous Road Vehicles

He is especially interested in AI based fault tolerant trajectory planning and tracking control.

In this video Hakan tells us about how he heard about us and what is his opinion about the Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering!

LG partners with Microsoft to accelerate an automotive revolution

lead_560wLG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft entered into a memorandum of understanding to enhance and further grow LG’s autonomous vehicle and infotainment system business. Under the terms of the partnership, LG will accelerate the transformation of its existing digital platform for the vehicle industry, seen as key growth engines for the company, by leveraging Microsoft’s Azure cloud and artificial intelligence technologies along with LG’s future self-driving software.

LG will apply Microsoft’s AI knowhow to its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Driver-Status Monitoring Camera (DSM) and Multi-Purpose Front Camera products and incorporate Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant Solution Accelerator in LG’s infotainment systems. And with Azure Data Box service, data captured on the road can be uploaded automatically to create a library that helps the self-driving software grow even smarter.


Making autonomous vehicles safer

waymo_trucksThe car company NEVS and the technology form Phantom Auto are to collaborate on autonomous vehicle technology, specifically in working on designs to help make vehicles safer.

NEVS is a leading Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer (and formerly Saab Automobile), is working on its own autonomous vehicle. A decision has been taken to use Phantom Auto’s teleoperation safety technology. This is with a view to manufacturing a safe electric autonomous vehicle.

MIT built a self-driving car that can navigate unmapped country roads

3Car_sideview___credit_MIT_CSAILTaking the road less traveled is extremely difficult for self-driving cars. Autonomous vehicles rely on highly visible lane markings, as well as detailed 3D maps in order to navigate their environment safely. Which is why most of the major companies have eschewed testing on unmapped rural roads in favor of suburbs and cities.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that allows self-driving cars to drive on roads they’ve never been on before without 3D maps. Called MapLite, the system combines simple GPS data that you’d find on Google Maps with a series of sensors that observe the road conditions.


Why self-driving trucks will take over before self-driving cars

Leading the charge on self-driving trucks is TuSimple, a company with dual headquarters in Beijing, China, and in San Diego, California, plus a testing facility in Tucson, Arizona. TuSimple has identified port terminal tractors as an ideal first application for autonomous vehicles.


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