Last Week’s Top Autonomous Vehicle News

From Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ mode landing for regular owners to Locomotion collaborating with Indiana company, a lot has happened last week. Let’s have a look! 

Tesla took its Full Self-Driving car mode out of the early access program. If you are one of the Tesla owners with a perfect safety score, you’re in luck, as Tesla just unlocked access to its “Full Self-Driving Beta” feature. Previously restricted to the curated few, the FSD Beta update rollout marks a watershed moment for Tesla’s autonomous e-mobility aspirations.

A state-of-the-art autonomous vehicle called the Auto-Pod has been launched at Aston University this week to coincide with Birmingham Tech Week. The autonomous vehicle, funded by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Institute of Technology, will be able to operate itself and will enable students to learn more about the future of travel through technology.

Hyundai Motor is to open a self-driving technology test bed at its R&D Center to speed up development.  It has been setting up the infrastructure needed for researchers to try out different autonomous driving technologies at its Namyang R&D Center. Located in Hwaseong, the Namyang center is the main research institute for Hyundai Motor Group’s automotive affiliates, Hyundai and Kia.

Baidu, greenlighted driverless road test in Beijing. On 15 october, autonomous driving developers Baidu and were granted the first batch of driverless road test permits in the newly opened autonomous driving testing zone, in Beijing’s intelligent connected vehicle policy pilot zone. The pilot zone is located in Yizhuang District, covering 20 square kilometers, and offers over 100 kilometers of autonomous driving testing roads.

Driverless vehicle company expands footprint in Southern Nevada. After testing its driverless vehicles in the Las Vegas Valley, Motional is doubling down on its operations in the area. Over recent years, the autonomous vehicle technology company has provided more than 100,000 public rides via its partnership with ride-hailing giant Lyft, while also conducting important tests of driverless cars in Southern Nevada.

Mobility firms join hands to launch autonomous driving association. Private and public stakeholders in the development of self-driving cars have established the Korea Autonomous Industry Association in order to better prepare for the coming new mobility era. Some 30 government officials and company executives attended the launching ceremony held in Yeouido, Seoul, including Park Jin-kyu, the vice minister for industry.

Leading Chinese autonomous driving firm Uisee unveiled its latest L4-level unmanned delivery vehicles and smart solutions recently, as self-driving commercialization is revving up in the country with faster-than-expected driverless applications. As of now, the total commercial mileage of Uisee’s unmanned self-driving vehicles has exceeded 900,000 KM.

Autonomous trucking startup Locomation to collaborate with Indiana company. Locomation, an autonomous trucking company based in Lawrenceville, is collaborating with Cummins to test, integrate and commercialize its self-driving technology. Locomation will integrate its software with Cummins’ powertrain systems. The Columbus, Ind., company designs, manufactures, sells and services engines and power generation products.


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2021-10-22T10:27:27+00:00October 22nd, 2021|
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