Hyundai plans to invest US $73 billion (Rs. 4,61,160 crore) in expansion of the company. It is also developing a driverless car. We all have imagined travelling in a driverless vehicle. This fantasy might be true in a couple of years. The recognised Korean automobile maker Hyundai is working on this technology. The i20 maker has grown impressively in the last decade, spreading its empire in almost all major countries. The company is now looking forward to invest US $73 billion (Rs. 4,61,160 crore) till 2018, including the construction of new headquarters and plants. Hyundai which is the world’s fifth largest automobile manufacturer is investing such huge money to broaden its base, build new factories and design new vehicles. The investment programme includes 57 other affiliates out of which the car companies Hyundai and Kia play a major role. The group will start expansion initially by building manufacturing plants in China and Mexico. Hyundai and Kia Motors are confident in … [Read more...] about Hyundai To Launch Driverless Car, Plans Rs. 4,61,160 Crore Investment
Toyota driverless car
Google “Google driverless cars,” and you’ll turn up a small fleet of Toyota Priuses and Lexus RX crossovers testing with odd, Space Age-like equipment on their tops running around California and Nevada. Google, which has been experimenting with autonomous cars since the U.S. Defense department’s DARPA began conducting public competitions in the ‘00s, has favored Toyota products as the donor vehicles. Now Toyota has unveiled its own driverless car – a “semi-autonomous” car at least – at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show Monday in Las Vegas. Like Google with its Toyotas, Toyota Motor Company’s research into this technology traces its roots to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programs of a few years ago. Automakers, engineers and scientists have been experimenting with autonomy since at least the 1980s, and the idea goes back as far as the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Toyota’s CES … [Read more...] about Lexus Steps Closer To Driverless Cars With LS Advanced Active Safety Vehicle Concept
Time is not very far when you will sit in a driverless car for reaching your destination. The technology giant Google is working on making autonomous cars for the future. California’s Governor signed the historical law at Google’s headquarters yesterday which allows the self operated cars to make their way on the roads. The governor rode in the passenger seat of a self driven Toyota Prius that has been modified by Google, at the signing ceremony. The company is optimistic that these cars will improve quality of life of people and could be beneficial for physically handicapped and blind persons. It may also solve the problem of traffic congestion in major cities. Google has been working since 2009 for development of these autonomous cars and has tested a number of cars on the roads of California. Google’s driverless car will be working on radar sensors, video cameras, laser and database of information collected from manual cars which will help in navigation of these … [Read more...] about California Passes Law To Allow Driverless Cars
► All hail the new Google car! ► New autonomous pod shown► First iteration of driverless car Google made a major announcement this week when it confirmed its plans to build its own autonomous car. Co-founder Sergey Brin revealed the project at a conference in California on Wednesday. It might look like an extra from the set of the movie Cars, but you’d better believe it: Google wants to launch a driverless car very much like what you see here.To date, internet giant Google has dabbled with autonomous Toyota Priuses, Lexus SUVs and other mules testing out its self-driving software and hardware. But this week the search giant confirmed it has designed its own vehicle, rather than piggy-backing an existing manufacturer’s chassis. It’s a significant moment. The world’s largest and most valuable technology company will start competing with traditional car makers within the next 12 months. Prototypes will be made by a specialist in … [Read more...] about 10 things you might not know about Google’s driverless car
Toyota executives say the company's primary focus is on safety. At least for the time being, that means the company won't pursue development of a driverless car.Speaking at the company's advanced safety seminar in Ypsilanti, MI, Thursday morning, Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota's deputy chief safety technology officer, said that Toyota envisions a future driving environment that optimizes the best of both humans and computers, not choosing one over the other. While other companies like, say, Google, anticipate a driverless car future, Kuzumaki and other Toyota executives said they're not sold on the fact driverless cars will be a marketable product to a wide base of consumers. Even if motorists were eager to accept such a hands-off driving approach, they're not sure the technology is ready."At this moment, it is difficult to realize the driverless car safely," said Ken Koibuchi, head of Toyota's intelligent vehicle division. "To realize driverless car at this moment, we need a very rich … [Read more...] about Toyota will steer clear of driverless cars
The New York Times drops this bomb: "Google may turn one of the ideas – the driverless cars that it unleashed on California's roads last year – into a new business."It was just over a year ago when the world first heard of Google's experiments, deploying Toyota Prius hatchbacks in California to rack up test miles of its self-driving vehicle system. Google launched the program in secret, but has since given presentations on the technology and the company's goals for its deployment. Currently, the cars must have a human behind the wheel to act as a potential override to the system, but Google has indicated that it would like the system to get to the point that it operates free of human intervention. Google is currently working towards racking up over a million driverless miles.While the Times report says that Google is considering building these autonomous cars in the U.S., we've got to believe that this is nothing more than conjecture. Even for a company as large and … [Read more...] about Google to build driverless cars in the U.S.?
Google, Stanford University, and a few other institutions have been testing driverless cars on American roads for some time now. Soon, though, the autonomous vehicle will go across the pond for their first tests on the wrong side of public roads.The BBC reports that the British government has approved testing of driverless cars, provided a real human being is riding along in the event that things go wonky. The okay came from the Department of Transport, which included the testing as part of a 28 billion pound ($42.5 billion at today's rates) investment to combat the notorious congestion on British roads.The appeal of driverless cars is rather easy to see on the overused UK road network. As the DoT report states, driverless cars "maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front at a set speed and without deviating from their lane – all without the driver's input." That means a smoother flow of traffic and a lower chance of accidents.The cars will be operated by the brains at … [Read more...] about UK to begin testing driverless cars in bid to ease congestion
Are Indian automobile majors working on a confidential project to develop driverless vehicles for the Indian market? As per a report in the Economic Times, three IITs are at the heart of this project to develop "autonomous vehicle solutions". The three IITs involved in the project are IIT Kharagpur, Kanpur and Bombay. The financial daily quotes, IIT Kharagpur's Debashish Chakravartym head of the autonomous ground vehicle (AGV) project: We are developing technology for driverless cars keeping the Indian market in mind, in contrast to the global tech majors who are building and testing technologies in the Western market.Globally, the automobile industry has seen giant strides being made in development of electric and hybrid cars which are now available commercially. Toyota Prius and Tesla's Model X are among the more famous names when it comes to hybrids or electric cars available in the market. The next phase of automotive evolution seems to be progressing towards … [Read more...] about The IIT plan: Are we going to see Indian driverless cars soon?
Tata Elxsi Showcases Advanced Automotive Technology Solutions at CES 2017, Las Vegas Indian engineering design firm Tata Elxsi has licensed its software platform to one of the top five carmakers globally that will help hasten the development of their own driverless car.Tata Elxsi's middleware platform AUTONOMAI will act as an interface between the hardware such as stereoscopic cameras, radars and lidars and the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms that will be trained to react to complex driving scenarios.The firm, which is part of the Tata Group, is already a Tier-1 supplier of software-based driving aids and assistance systems to some of the world's largest automakers. With the licensing deal, it is penetrating deeper into the upcoming autonomous vehicle sector that technology giant Intel expects to grow to $7 trillion by 2050."We are delighted with this latest win for AUTONOMAI by one of the world's top 5 car OEMs (original equipment … [Read more...] about Tata Elxsi licenses driverless car software to leading global auto firm
Google received the first license the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to test driverless cars. The Las Vegas Sun believes this is the first such license issued in the country. Does that mean that driverless cars will roam Nevada? Not exactly.State regulations require a person behind the wheel and one in the passenger’s seat during tests, says the Las Vegas paper. Google’s test fleet has a distinctive bias towards imports: six Toyota Priuses, an Audi TT and a Lexus RX450h. … [Read more...] about Driverless Car Gets Driver’s License