From Canada’s first smart infrastructure AV pilot trial to Hyundai Mobis M.Vision X concept heading to Munich, a lot has happened last week.  

Canada’s First Smart Infrastructure AV Pilot Begins Trial. A bus service claiming full autonomous operation is due to start commercial operations in Ontario later this year. Dubbed the Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric (WAVE) the shuttle will serve the town’s waterfront in Whitby, Ontario. The pilot project is being undertaken in partnership between SmartCone Technologies, AutoGuardian By SmartCone.

Cruise, is launching a new initiative to support renewable energy efforts in California’s Central Valley. Through a program called Farm to Fleet, Cruise will source solar power for its all-electric fleet from two farms: Sundale Vineyards outside Tulare and Moonlight Companies in Reedley. Sundale Vineyards grows table grapes, and Moonlight is a citrus and stone fruit grower.

NVIDIA DRIVE OS 5.2.6 Linux SDK is now available, providing developers with the operating system and development environment purpose-built for autonomous vehicles. As the foundation of the NVIDIA DRIVE SDK, NVIDIA DRIVE OS is designed specifically for accelerated computing and artificial intelligence. It includes NVIDIA CUDA for efficient parallel computing, NVIDIA TensorRT for real-time AI inference.

Waymo will offer rides to a select few San Francisco riders as part of a new pilot programme to test out its technology. Waymo says “will invite San Franciscans to actively help us shape the future of fully autonomous ride-hailing”. San Franciscans will be able to hail an autonomous ride in one of Waymo’s all-electric Jaguar I-PACE vehicles.

Tesla Could Allow Other Automakers To Utilize Its Self-Driving Technology. At the AI Day event, Autocar asked Musk if Tesla would consider making their FSD software open-source, to which he replied: “Well, it is fundamentally extremely expensive to create the system, so somehow that has to be paid for. But I should say that, if other car companies want to license it and use it in their cars, that’d be cool. This is not intended to just be limited to Tesla cars.”

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced a collaboration with automated driving company Plus to integrate Goodyear’s suite of services with Plus technology. The effort will explore how autonomous driving systems can incorporate feedback from connected tires solutions, according to an Aug. 23 release from Goodyear.

Nuro is building a factory and test track in Nevada for its autonomous delivery robots. The company said it will spend $40 million on the construction of a manufacturing facility and test track for its fleet of self-driving robot vehicles. Both facilities will be located in Southern Nevada, which in recent years has become a hotbed for manufacturing and testing for the future of transportation.

Hyundai Mobis, is headed to the IAA in Munich next month with the M.Vision X concept that promises to fit right in with the Mobility theme of the new show. Designed as an autonomous vehicle meant for four passengers, the M.Vision X concept features windows that can transform into displays for the benefit of the passengers.

Jasmeen Gill
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