Hella might be best known for its bulbs and ADAS, but the international automotive has announced that it expanding its global software competencies with a new Global Software House. Hella currently employs around 2,000 software experts worldwide, particularly in the field of embedded software in functional development for radar sensors, battery and steering electronics and lighting control, for example.
Bridgestone Corporation has developed a technology that estimates axle load and tyre wear via a sensor affixed inside a tyre. This newly-developed sensor measures the change in strain that occurs when a moving tyre comes into contact with the road. Bridgestone claims its Smart Strain Sensor technology is unique and the “first of its kind in the world.”
Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), the company behind the Falken tyre brand, has developed a solution to remotely monitor the tyre pressure of unoccupied vehicles such as self-driving cars. In a step towards ensuring the safety of Level 4 and above autonomous vehicles, SRI has successfully linked its tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with an Autonomous Driving Control Centre.
Nearly a third of UK adults think we will never switch to having only driverless cars on the roads while 60 per cent of people say they would always prefer to drive themselves rather than use a self-driving vehicle, according to a new opinion poll from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Phillip K Dick may well have been thinking far further into the future than the current popularisation of electric cars when he wrote his famous novella “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, however the rise of big data alongside electric and autonomous vehicles means the most advanced cars of today have an increasing amount in common with the artificial intelligence in the source material for the film Blade Runner.
A large number (46 per cent) of middle aged drivers admitted to using their cars for ‘me time’ to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. New consumer research from LeasePlan UK, one of the world’s largest vehicle management groups, shows Brits still have a love for driving and the freedom it gives them. The happiest of all drivers, still coming off the hype of passing their test, are the youngest motorists (26 per cent) compared to just 15 per cent of 45 to 54 year olds.
Tesla founder Elon Musk believes almost all new cars will be autonomous within a decade. Speaking at the summer meeting of the National Governance Association, he said, “It will be rare for a car to be produced in 10 years’ time that is not autonomous.”
Drivers chose safety (36 per cent) as the most important reason to have an innovative feature on a car, rather than whether the feature looks good (2 per cent) according to a survey from Goodyear Tyres.
On 3 May Volvo Cars announced that it is planning an autonomous driving (AD) trial in the UK next year. The company said it is pioneering the development of AD systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
Goodyear has unveiled its latest concept tyre, the Eagle-360, and it’s one of the more radical departures from traditional tyre design; it is a sphere. The 3-D printed model presents a long-term vision of future mobility, in which autonomous driving is expected to be more mainstream. Goodyear’s video demonstrating its vision of the Eagle-360’s place in the future of autonomous mobility is embedded in the full article.
Cenex – on behalf of Drive West Midlands – has announced it will be hosting a free to attend event focused on developing the UK supply chain of connected and autonomous vehicles in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN), on Friday 11 March 2016 at Horiba Mira […]
A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for urgent Government and industry action to encourage the greater use of autonomous and driverless vehicles. Philippa Oldham, head of transport at the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers and lead author of the report, said: “We need to urgently resolve legislative, technological and insurance […]