Information on autonomous and self-driving automobiles: Honda, GM, Cruise, Amap, Xpeng, Aurora, PACCAR, NI, KT, Velodyne, Aeva Parnters and DENSO

In autonomous and self-driving vehicle news are Honda, GM, Cruise, Amap, Xpeng, Aurora, PACCAR, NI, KT, Velodyne, Aeva Parnters and DENSO.

Amap 3G 4 Xpeng

Electric vehicle company XPeng Inc. (“Smart EV”) announced that it will be the world’s first automaker to use Amap’s 3rd generation in-car navigation system. The intelligent EV sedan XPeng P7 will be the first production vehicle to use a Surrounding Reality (SR) display for navigation-assisted autonomous driving.

Amap is China’s leading provider of mapping, navigation and location services. The 3rd generation Inap navigation system from Amap was developed for intelligent driving and uses the visual technology of artificial intelligence (AI) and high-precision maps to enable high-precision navigation at the lane level that provides a common guidance for both the vehicle and the driver offers. By integrating the navigation into high-precision maps, it functions as both an infotainment and an autonomous driving function. Precise navigation lanes, not just the current street, but also individual lanes. Dynamic information and autonomous driving decision information are precisely compared with the navigation at lane level so that the driver can perceive the driving status of the vehicle more intuitively in real time.

According to QuestMobile, Amap has over 570 million monthly active users as of September 2020. Currently, Amap’s high-precision maps cover over 300,000 kilometers of highways and urban expressways, expanding coverage of ordinary urban roads. The real-time updates of road conditions cover more than 360 cities and 95% of the highway network across China.

The SR display function redefines the interaction between driver and vehicle. When the NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot) function is used, the status of the vehicle and its surroundings are clearly displayed in 3D rendering on the central control panel, which improves the driving experience and the user’s feeling of safety. SR’s autonomous driving display integrates the broader, more accurate and real-time data from Amap’s high-precision maps, including real-time traffic information, lane-level road conditions, and traffic forecasts, to provide a superior lane-level navigation experience.

NI & KT Testing AD

NI and Konrad Technologies (KT) announced today that they have entered into a strategic agreement to develop test systems and solutions for the autonomous validation of driving software and hardware. Together, the companies plan to deploy new technology to help Tier 1 automotive suppliers and OEMs leverage real-world road data and simulations, improve vehicle and passenger safety, and accelerate the promise of autonomous driving (AD) to bring the road.

Aurora teams with PACCAR

PACCAR and Aurora have signed a global strategic agreement to develop, test and commercialize autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. This collaboration will integrate PACCAR’s autonomous vehicle platform with the Aurora driver to improve the safety and operational efficiency of PACCAR’s customers.

As part of the strategic partnership, PACCAR offers autonomous vehicles industry-leading quality, durability and reliability, which result from decades of technical excellence and manufacturing investments as well as spare parts, financial and other transport solutions for the spare parts market. Aurora provides industry-leading self-driving technology, including hardware, software and operational services. Both partners will work closely together on all aspects of the collaboration, from component sourcing and vehicle technology to integrating Peterbilt and Kenworth vehicles into the Aurora driver. The partnership also includes vehicle validation in the PACCAR Technical Center and production support in PACCAR factories.

The aim of this collaboration is to improve freight efficiency and security for PACCAR customers. Kenworth T680 and Peterbilt 579 trucks with the Aurora driver are expected to be deployed in North America over the next several years.

Honda works with Cruise and GM

Honda announced that it will partner with Cruise and General Motors on self-driving vehicles for the Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Services (MaaS) business in Japan, based on development and trade agreements signed in October 2018.

Cruise will send the first of its self-driving test vehicles to Japan and begin development for testing this year.

Further ahead, Honda plans to start its MaaS business with the Cruise Origin, a vehicle that the three companies are jointly developing exclusively for autonomous vehicle mobility service providers. Founded in February 2020, Honda Mobility Solutions Co., Ltd. will be the operator of such a MaaS store in Japan.

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Velodyne works with Beiiing Trunk Tech

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership with Beijing Trunk Technology Co., Ltd. (Trunk.Tech) known. The companies will work together to develop next-generation autonomous heavy trucks and accelerate the commercialization of driverless trucks in China’s logistics market.

Velodyne and Trunk.Tech will work together on LIDAR-enabled products that meet the high demands of high-speed transport logistics. These solutions strengthen the object awareness and recognition abilities of unmanned heavy trucks and are intended to promote the rapid production of large vehicles in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Trunk.Tech works closely with commercial vehicle OEMs to manufacture driverless trucks and ensure that the vehicles comply with vehicle safety regulations.

Trunk.Tech is the first company in China to independently develop SAE Level 4 driverless trucks based on its own powerful driverless hardware and software systems. It uses Velodyne’s lidar, including Ultra Puck ™, Puck ™ and Velarray H800 sensors, as the core sensor hardware in its autonomous trucks. Trunk.Tech selected Velodyne for its sensor quality, performance and mass production capacity.

AD requires a complex mix of rapidly evolving technologies like machine learning, LiDAR, and imaging radar to bring to life. It’s a challenging process that forces test systems to adapt together in order to efficiently validate the complex embedded software required to safely operate autonomous vehicles (AVs) in real-world scenarios. By combining NI’s software-related test solutions with KT’s expertise in systems integration and solution delivery for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) testing, the two companies expect validation optimization to accelerate the move to self-driving cars . While it is planned that the test solutions will be scaled across fleet management, data usage and sensor testing, the first solutions will focus on high bandwidth data recording systems and hardware-in-the-loop test systems for testing ADAS and AD software algorithms.

Aeva Parnters with DENSO

Aeva Inc. (“Aeva”), a leading provider of next generation sensing and perception systems, announced a collaboration with DENSO, a leading global mobility provider of advanced automotive technology to major automakers, to bring Aeva’s 4D LiDAR technology to the mass vehicle market bring to.

Aeva’s 4D LiDAR technology is the only functional FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) technology that enables automated driving for series production. Aeva’s 4D LiDAR is based on proprietary silicon photonics technology and combines instantaneous speed measurement for every pixel, long range at high resolution, immunity to other LiDAR or sunlight interference and scalability at an industry leading cost for proven semiconductor processes.

Aeva works with 30 of the leading players in the OEM and automotive industries in the advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving industries, has received strategic investments from Porsche SE, the majority shareholder of the VW Group, and has relationships with some of the largest Tier 1 automotive suppliers.

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