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BMW names Vukotich as new head of autonomous driving development

“FILE PHOTO: A BMW logo is seen at a car dealership in Vienna Thomson Reuters FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany luxury carmaker BMW said on Saturday Alejandro Vukotich will be the new head of its driver assistance and autonomous driving development department from January 2019” reports businessinsider.com. BMW in April concentrated its driver assistance and autonomous driving development in Unterschleißheim near its Munich headquarters.BMW and its partners, including FCA, Intel and Mobileye have 1,300 specialists working on the development of a technology stack for automated driving. Earlier this year, BMW announced…

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Samsung to build 5G and V2X networks for autonomous car tests at South Korea’s K-City

“Samsung is collaborating with the Korea Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA) to develop mobile network infrastructure for autonomous vehicles at the recently opened K-City test facility” writes Paul Sawers for venturebeat.com. Effectively, 5G will be the biggest enabler of artificial intelligence (AI) and many other technologies across the smart city and autonomous vehicle spectrum. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Apple needs a winner besides the iPhone, and it’s got three possibilities in the pipeline, HSBC says

“Apple needs a new product, as iPhone sales slow and drag the company’s stock lower, and it has three possible winners in the pipeline already, according to HSBC analysts” writes Sara Salinas for cnbc.com. The company has recently upgraded legacy product lines like the Mac and iPad, and it’s struck modest gold with some of the latest accessories. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Nearly 1 million driverless ‘robotaxis’ could be on US roads by 2022

“And aside from building out the technology, the nascent sector still faces a number of regulatory hurdles” writes Sam Jacobs for businessinsider.com. But as an example of the commercial opportunities in the sector, Morgan Stanley pegged the potential value of Waymo — the autonomous vehicle company owned by Google — at a staggering $US175 billion. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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GM Files Blockchain Patent to Manage Data from Autonomous Cars

“American car manufacturing giant General Motors (GM) has filed a blockchain patent for a solution to manage data from autonomous vehicles” writes Marie Huillet for cointelegraph.com. The patent application was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Nov. 29.While autonomous vehicles in particular require “high degrees of integrity” for “temporal event data,” the application emphasizes that a blockchain system is “desirable” for semi-autonomous and non-autonomous vehicles as well.GM’s application, first filed May 25, 2017, outlines a system for using blockchain to provide “secure” and “robust” data distribution and…

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GM thinks layoffs will boost its bottom line. The reality is more complicated.

“Another obstacle facing autonomous vehicles is that Congress has not been able to pass legislation regulating use of the technology” writes Ashley Nunes for washingtonpost.com. A Pew survey found the American public to be more worried than enthusiastic about autonomous vehicles.GM says it must invest in new technologies — specifically, electric and autonomous vehicles — to maintain its competitive edge. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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GM President Dan Ammann taking over as CEO of Cruise autonomous unit

“General Motors President Dan Ammann is taking over as CEO of the automaker’s Cruise autonomous vehicle unit, the company said Thursday” writes Elijah Nouvelage for cnbc.com. GM’s autonomous unit is currently valued at $14.6 billion, GM said.Ammann is credited with leading GM’s acquisition of the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle technology company in 2016. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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U.S. chipmaker Nvidia to provide AI platform for Chinese EV start-ups

“Level 3 in autonomous driving technology refers to drivers being able to turn their attention away from driving tasks but still requires them to respond immediately in some scenarios” reports businessinsider.com. Automakers using the chip can add specific software to adapt their vehicles to local traffic and infrastructure situations, Nvidia said.SF Motors, based in Silicon Valley in the United States, said it plans to launch its first electric crossover vehicle next year, and will develop its next-generation autonomous platform using Xavier.Singulato said it will use Nvidia’s Xavier platform to develop…

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