This is our weekly round-up of news stories on the automated vehicle space, cybersecurity, and AI, compiled by Arthur Atangana.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S. launched a new pilot tracking tool, which allows anyone to observe where in the country self-driving ventures are happening. The AV Test Initiative, launched in June, has all the information on testing locations, state legislature, and company information publicly available. You can check it out here and explore the progress of different AV projects throughout the US.
Yandex and Uber have finally decided to separate their joint venture into its own company. Called Yandex Self Driving Group, it will be funded at $150 million by Yandex who will own 73 percent while uber owns 19% and its founding employees the remaining 8%. The company has been working on autonomous vehicles since 2017, and logged more than 4 million autonomous miles on public roads in Russia, Israel and the US, Intelligent Transport reported.
On Tuesday, over 100 representatives and various experts in cybersecurity and transportation gathered for a roundtable organized by the UNECE and OSCE. At the roundtable, the participants proposed new recommendations on how intelligent transport systems can be more resilient to cyber security threats, and what could the UNECE, OSCE and others could do to push these concerns.
Last April UNECE convened an Automotive Cybersecurity event with private sector stakeholders.
The famous Corvette engineering team at GM has been moved to the electric and autonomous division. The company is hoping to push the envelope when it comes to battery technology, and other EV systems. This move is in line with GM’s current strategy, heavily geared towards mass production of Electric Vehicles, TechCrunch reported. GM had already begun the construction of a massive factory dedicated to battery cells and packs and has announced an electric pickup truck due to come out in late 2021.
If user interface can be a complicated thing to get right, it is even more so when it comes to intuitive controls in cars. In MIT’s new podcast titled In Machines We Trust, host Jennifer Strong explores various aspects of AI. This week’s episode focuses on the issues around the development of AV, where technology companies often forget to factor in the human interaction that comes with the integration of AI in our vehicles. Check it out on Spotify or where you listen to your podcasts.