Vector acquires simulation software company TesisVector…

Vector acquires simulation software company Tesis

Vector Informatik GmbH acquired Munich-based Tesis GmbHthat specializes in simulation solutions for virtual road testing – in particular, real time-capable engine and vehicle models. 

Over the past two years, the Stuttgart-based tool manufacturer has acquired its US competitor of the same name, Vector, the Swedish software house Arccore and the French company Squoring Technologies as well as Regensburg, Germany, based Timing Architects , an expert for realtime systems test software

(via Vector acquires simulation software company Tesis | eeNews Automotive)

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Nissan-Renault alliance to join Google on self-driving…

Nissan-Renault alliance to join Google on self-driving cars

TOKYO – The alliance of Nissan Motor, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors plans to join Google’s camp for developing autonomous taxis and other services using self-driving vehicles, Nikkei has learned.

The automakers intend to work with Waymo, a Google spinoff that is among the leaders in technology for self-driving cars. The companies are in the final phase of talks, and plan to announce the arrangement as early as spring.

The partnership would unite a car alliance whose global sales totaled 10.8 million automobiles in 2018 with a developer whose self-driving vehicles have traveled over 10 million miles on U.S. public roads as of October. Waymo has forged similar deals with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover, but the Nissan-Renault alliance boasts greater scale.

Nissan’s pivot to embrace a major outside partner in self-driving marks an attempt to catch up in a field where the alliance trails rivals. BMW and Ford Motor plan to have fully automated driving systems commercialized around 2021, a year ahead of Nissan’s 2022 goal.

The alliance and Waymo will cooperate in what is known as mobility as a service, or MaaS, a shift from vehicle ownership to the use of on-demand transportation. Possibilities include developing a fleet of driverless taxis using Nissan vehicles and a system that handles reservation and payments.

(via Nissan-Renault alliance to join Google on self-driving cars – Nikkei Asian Review)

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When snow or bugs shut down an entire robotaxi fleet

When snow or bugs shut down an entire robotaxi fleet:

Brad raises excellent points:

  1. The vehicles are not rated for certain weather conditions, like a certain amount of snow, and they all stop service when this happens
  2. Some major fault in the fleet management system makes it impossible to summon cars. (Airlines have shut down fairly often due to this.)
  3. A safety problem in the software is discovered that is so serious that the fleet manager decides to cease operations until it’s fixed.

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Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million  Ike’s…

Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million 

Ike’s funding round will help the company expand beyond its 30-person team as it drives forward with its mission to build a commercial product at scale.

Ike licensed its vehicle software stack from autonomous delivery company Nuro’s.

 (via Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million | TechCrunch)

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“Continental’s autonomous vehicle director says he expects the autonomous vehicle market to develop…”

Continental’s autonomous vehicle director says he expects the autonomous vehicle market to develop in a ‘two-streamed’ way.

In an exclusive interview with TU-Automotive, Andree Hohm, the component maker’s director of driverless mobility, said between now and 2022, the market would focus on development of technologies that purportedly allow existing, human-driven vehicles to be driven semi-autonomously and on cars that can function ‘driverlessly’. However, he added that it would take a long time for the latter market to become anything more than a niche segment.

Continental’s Hohm: AV Market to ‘Dual-Stream’ – TU Automotive
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