From IAA mobility show opening in Munich to Mobileye launching pilot scheme for autonomous taxis in Tel Aviv, a lot has happened last week. Let’s have a look.

The IAA mobility show opens for the first time in Munich. Electrification, autonomous driving, and the semi-conductor shortage have created a perfect storm that needs to be tackled by the industry. The i Vision Circular is a compact electric vehicle set for sale in around twenty years time. BMW, is showing the Vision Circular concept car. Several car manufacturers – including Renault,  Mercedes and BMW – are presenting new prototypes and models at the Fair.

Oxbotica and AppliedEV have announced a collaboration to develop a fully autonomous, multi-purpose electric vehicle capable of being deployed in a wide range of environments for a variety of commercial applications. The project will see Oxbotica integrate its autonomous vehicle software with AppliedEV’s programmable and configurable EV platform.

China’s autonomous driving company WeRide unveiled its Robovan, the first L4 self-driving cargo van in China, marking its foray into urban logistics. Thus, WeRide becomes a company whose products cover Robotaxi, Mini Robobus and Robovan, providing solutions for autonomous driving mobility as well as smart urban logistics.

Honda has announced that it will be starting a trial programme for autonomous vehicles in Japan, which will take place in Utsunomiya City and Haga Town in the Tochigi Prefecture. The move is a step towards realising an autonomous vehicle mobility service (Maas) business in the country, which Honda is planning to launch together with Cruise (a developer for self-driving cars) and General Motors.

China welcomes world’s largest scenario database for autonomous vehicle safety. The Safety PoolTM Scenario Database, the largest public repository of scenarios for testing autonomous vehicles in the world — led by WMG at the University of Warwick and Deepen AI — will now be used in China, thanks to a new partnership with Automotive Data of China, a subsidiary of the China Automotive Technology and Research Center.

Motional has expanded its operations into Southern California. According a report from the L.A. Times, Motional is bringing a fleet of driverless Hyundais to L.A. Even if autonomous cars haven’t proven themselves to be safe enough for prime time yet, at least this startup is basing its effort on a car that actually looks good.

Russian tech firm Yandex to test self-driving taxis in Moscow this year. Adventurous Muscovites may soon be able to travel around parts of Moscow in driverless taxis as Russian tech giant Yandex plans to start testing the autonomous vehicles in the city this year. Robotaxis will available through the company’s Yandex.Go application in one Moscow district for certain customers, Yandex said in a statement.

Intel Corporation’s Mobileye, will roll out a pilot for autonomous taxis and ride-hailing services in Munich and Tel Aviv next year, pending regulatory approval, in collaboration with German-headquartered international car rental and mobility service giant Sixt SE. The announcement was made by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger at the annual IAA Mobility 2021 conference.


Jasmeen Gill

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