NVIDIA will be putting its Drive Pegasus self-driving AI platform to good use with a new announcement from Daimler and Bosch that teamed up for self-driving taxis that will be powered by NVIDIA's technology.
Remember that Daimler is the parent company of Mercedez-Benz, so we're not messing around here. NVIDIA's impressive self-driving technology is capable of a huge 320 trillion operations per second, with the self-driving AI technology to be used to power level 4 and 5 vehicles that will be used as self-driving taxis.
The companies will be putting the self-driving taxis onto the roads of Silicon Valley for testing in 2019, with NVIDIA set to work with Daimler and Bosch to build the system required for self-driving ride-hailing service... think next-gen Uber, where there's no human driver in your vehicle... but do you leave a 5-star rating? Heh.
UPS has announced that it has teamed with UK-based tech company Arrival, where the two will built 35 new state-of-the-art electric delivery vehicles.
These new EVs will be capable of up to 150 miles of range, will pack Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which is designed to improve safety, and reduce driver fatigue. The international director for automotive engineering in the advanced technology group at UPS, Luke Wake, said that the new deal will help UPS make new ways to further reduce emissions.
Arrival CEO Denis Sverdlov said the new delivery EVs will feature a unique wrap-around front window that provides drivers with a far wider field of view, which is better for seeing the road, obstacles, bikes, and pedestrians.
It hasn't been a good ride this week for Tesla, with the electric car company now issuing a recall for 123,000 Model S electric vehicles that were built before April 2016.
Tesla's Model S vehicles made before April 2016 have issues with corrosion in the bolts that hold the power steering system together, which as you can imagine, is a big deal. The company has been busy sending out affected Model S owners emails, explaining the recall and that replacing the bolts would be an hour long process.
This new Model S recall is the biggest in Tesla history, where back in 2016 the company recalled 50,000 electric cars over parking brake problems, while 90,000 cars were recalled in 2015 over seat belt problems. Tack this onto the end of Tesla stock being down earlier this week and now more with the news of the recall, and it's not looking good.
Tesla blew the world away when they unveiled their super-powered electric Semi truck, and now a new video has surfaced showing the electric truck speeding down a street. Check it out:
YouTuber Richard Fielder saw the Tesla Semi burning up residential streets, where the electric Semi truck sped past the 25 mph speed limit sign so fastly that its tires started smoking.
Tesla even states on the Semi website that it can "provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile". The electric Semi truck can reach 0-60 miles per hour in less than 20 seconds, even when it's fully loaded. This clip however, is damn impressive and makes me want to see The Rock or Vin Diesel driving the Tesla Semi truck in the new Fast and Furious movie.
NVIDIA is partnering with German automotive components maker Continental, where together the two companies will produce a full-scale self-driving car platform.
NVIDIA's own Xavier chips will be used on the hardware side, with the company using their operating system and software from their DRIVE suite, while Continental takes care of its security certification experience with its LiDar radar technology, as well as their camera products.
Continental and NVIDIA are aioming for their self-driving car platform to hit level 2 autonomy, which will include smart cruise control similar to Tesla's Autopilot technology, right through to level 5 which would be a full self-driving car without steering implements. Wow.
NVIDIA has been racking up agreements with some of the largest players in the automotive world, with Continental joining the likes of Audi, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, Baidu, and working with Tesla heavily in the past, too.
Ford has just provided a few new details on their upcoming electric vehicle, something the company has dubbed "Mach 1" and will be their exciting new all-electric performance SUV.
Mach 1 is being developed by Team Edison in Ford's new Corktown facility, and is only one new electric vehicle in a fleet of EVs that Ford will have by 2022. Ford is planning to have 40 electric vehicles by 2022, investing $11 billion into the venture.
Ford and their Team Edison team have a big mission, where they will "accelerate both the development and adoption of electric vehicles".
CES 2018 - General Motors has just unveiled ambitious plans to mass product a self-driving car that would truly change the way we drive, as GM's autonomous car would ship without a steering wheel or pedals.
GM is one of the Big Three automakers in the US, with this news surely sending shockwaves throughout the automotive market ahead of the annual Detroit Auto Show that begins next week, following CES 2018. GM's new car will be a fourth-gen car in its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are being tested in San Francisco and Phoenix streets as we speak.
GM President Dan Ammann told The Verge: "It's a pretty exciting moment in the history of the path to wide scale [autonomous vehicle] deployment and having the first production car with no driver controls. And it's an interesting thing to share with everybody".
CES 2018 - Volocopter has designed the worlds first fully electric autonomously manned multicopter which with the use of artificial intelligence can carry people from one location to another in cities.
Volocopters X2 has a very unique design and even appears to be quite confusing at first glance, but rather you should know it is just one large drone with comfortable seats. As you can imagine how an autonomous car ride would work, hop in, choose the destination via an app and enjoy a relaxing ride from point A to B; the X2 model has the very same principal.
Instead, a choice will be made from what can be assumed is a selection of designated landing spots.
Volocopter is the first company in the world to acquire approval for putting people in the skies with a unmanned aircraft at a consumer level. It may seem daunting at first, but Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had a ride in one of these aircrafts and he said that the experience "was fantastic, that was the best flight I've ever had." and that "everybody will fly in one of these some day."
CES 2018 - It can't be CES without some crazy contraption or concept vehicle, with Texas-based Bell Helicopters unveiling its new electric flying taxi.
Bell only has the cabin of the flying taxi on show at CES, with a future event to unveil its new electric flying taxi in detail. Bell's director of innovation, Scott Drennen, explains: "We're just keeping our particular propulsion system in configuration to ourselves right now, to keep our competition on their on their heels".
Drennen continued: "This vehicle is going to be a part of the Internet of Things. The customer will be experiencing a part of the Internet of Things as they travel in the vehicle, with the connectivity that's going to happen from the place they took off from to the place they're going, with the ability to connect to friends, workers, colleagues, et cetera".
CES 2018 - Pizza Hut just introduced the world's first fully autonomous delivery concept vehicle, partnering with Toyota with the e-Palette, an autonomous delivery van that could deliver fresh hot pizzas, too.
Pizza Hut US president Artie Starrs explains: "We are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences. With Toyota, we are excited to be partnering with an undisputed leader in human mobility with a reputation for innovation, reliability and efficiency, as we define the pizza delivery experience of the future".
The company has plans to use current pizza delivery drivers in their testing, where Pizza Hut will take the data of delivery drivers in order to create a safer and more efficient platform in their algorithm.