At CES Audi announced that it has developed its own, much smaller LIDAR that is mounted on the Audi grille, eliminating the ugly “can” at the top look. The company showed just how intelligent and beautiful self-driving cars can be.
In a demonstration Audi used an app to “call” the car from a parking spot to the front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas.
The “Intel Freeway to the Future” conducted by Penn Schoen Berland found that about half of Americans desire a driverless society and want cities to create infrastructures to improve quality of life for them and their community using non-personal data.
The Audi Urban Future Award 2014 finalists include four teams in four cities developing four projects to connect cars and cities for more efficient transportation, automatic parking and autonomous robotic driverless Audi-piloted Audi cars.
The Audi Urban Future Award connects architects and urban planners, natural scientists and humanists, data specialists and product designers, who will work together to reinvent the future of urban mobility.
CBS Channel 10 news in Tampa Bay/Sarasota Florida, shows some very interesting information about driverless cars from the New York International Auto Show.
Volvo’s driverless car is being testing in Sweden, the video shows sensors in the grill work. Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles appears in the video.
Mercedes is testing driverless cars in Germany. Nissan is testing driverless cars in Japan. GPS, cameras and sensors give cars a view of the road. The US Department of Transportation wants V2V technology in the future along with V2I.
Several automakers expect to sell the technology by 2020.
Volvo has safety technology in its cars. More than one million Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking have been sold. To date, more than 155,000 of these Volvos have been sold in the U.S. market.
With its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle, Mercedes-Benz in August 2013 claims to be the world’s first automobile manufacturer to demonstrate that autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic is possible video follows.
Connected car technology is hitting the road in Michigan through two initiatives, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center was recently launched focusing on emerging technology in collaboration with the government and transportation industry to make improvements to travel for both humans and cargo.
In Hannover, germany at CeBIt, Volkswagen CEO Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn showed James 2025 as the car cockpit of the future.
The comfy virtual cockpit allows drivers to relax and lets the car drive itself through a few buttons on the dash. When the car is in automatic driving mode, the head unit screen system shows the car’s planned driving maneuvers while a second screen gives access to infotainment functions. The steering wheel moves away. At any time like when an airplane is using auto-pilot the driver can take over driving the car.(see video below)