Ford develops a system to remove splattered bugs from its autonomous vehicle sensors and cameras; Japan set to release 100 AVs shuttling people around the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; and China’s Didi Chuxing prepares to deploy Level 4 ridesharing in Shangahi.
Today, I suggest that semi-autonomous vehicles like Tesla could make people more careless, thereby reinforcing the need for driver monitoring systems sooner rather than later; China readies a 100 km (62 mi) freeway with AV-only lanes; and we discuss what autonomous vehicle makers can learn from elevators. Yes, elevators.
Today! We discuss whether you’d be more comfortable getting into a fully autonomous car (read: driverless; no human backup driver) that had the usual steering wheel, pedals, and shifter, or whether you’d be prefer something that looked truly unique and different, without such driver inputs; China launches the world’s first solid state lidar-equipped AV; and BMW readies its own solid state lidar-equipped cars with Innoviz.
Waymo gets approval to test its autonomous cars without backup drivers in California; Volvo & Baidu team up to work on L4 autonomous taxis in China; Tesla readies Summon, while Faraday Future becomes Faraday Failure.
Today, Episode 49! Waymo’s autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans annoy the locals in Chandler, Arizona; we discuss five industries sure to be disrupted (or invented altogether) by autonomous cars; and, China gets very serious about autonomous electric cars in the US.