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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Continental’s Hohm: AV Market to ‘Dual-Stream’ – TU Automotive “it would take a long time for the latter (driverless) market to become anything more than a niche segment.” https://t.co/htisO0pXDO



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Uber’s Q3 financials

  • Uber’s net losses increased 32% quarter over quarter to $939M
  • Revenue for Q3 up 5% QoQ at $2.95B and up 38% YoY
  • Adjusted EBITDA = 4.1% of gross bookings (down from 6.4% in 3Q17)
  • Gross cash: $6.55B, not including the $500M from Toyota or the $2B from debt offering
  • Uber’s self-driving car operation is said to be losing as much as $200M a quarter

 

 

Streetdrone Xenos

Xenos in-vehicle offers a combination of software and hardware which allows different vehicle controllers to communicate with autonomous applications, such as AI or functional safety.

– Hardware: ruggedized real time computer units
– Data Type: safety critical, deterministic
– Applications: drive-by-wire, functional safety, AI self-driving stack, vehicle dynamics
– Security: controlled access, encryption, data loss prevention, advanced analytics
– Interfaces: to OEM vehicle via header file, interface to applications via open source API

Xenos on-demand provides a secure, semi-structured database within the cloud which allows autonomous vehicles to communicate with cloud-based solutions, or provides non-real time connectivity to the AI systems

– Hardware: 5G/WiFi connected mobility router
– Data Type: real and non-real time
– Applications: fleet management, telematics, optimisation, data aggregation, remote mission control, targeted advertisement
– Security: IoT features data loss prevention, advanced analytics
– Interfaces: to OEM vehicle via header file, interface to applications via open source API

Technology dubbed Xenos will allow any vehicle to safely connect to artificial intelligence systems for autonomous driving. The Xenos platform, developed by Oxford-based self-driving test vehicle specialist StreetDrone, allows the car and the AI system to safely communicate with each other. A combination of software and hardware, the platform allows different vehicle controllers to communicate [?]