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  • Atlas Dynamics makes drones for businesses. It has been focusing, like most companies in its category, primarily in agriculture, security, inspection and emergencies. Earlier this month at InterDrone 2017, the company presented a pretty interesting addition to the world of drone missions and their flight-paths, through which UAVs autonomously inspect, record, or assist. The Atlas NEST aims to provide dying Atlas Pro drones with the power they need to complete their missions by autonomously connecting in remote locations.According to DroneLife, the Pro drone lands in a NEST hub which autonomously changes the drone’s batteries with one of NEST’s robotic arms. Guy Cherni, CEO of Atlas Dynamics, conveys a bit of the long-term thinking, saying that the NEST is only the beginning. “NEST is not simply a docking station. It is a strategic component of our company’s vision for fully-autonomous drone missions.The ultimate goal of NEST, combined with our autonomous mission OS, is to make a hig..

    The Atlas Dynamics NEST is an Autonomous Drone Charging Station

    Atlas Dynamics makes drones for businesses. It has been focusing, like most companies in its category, primarily in agriculture, security, inspection and emergencies. Earlier this month at InterDrone 2017, the company presented a pretty interesting addition to the world of drone missions and their flight-paths, through which UAVs autonomously inspect, record, or assist. The Atlas NEST aims to provide dying Atlas Pro drones with the power they need to complete their missions by autonomously connecting in remote locations.According to DroneLife, the Pro drone lands in a NEST hub which autonomously changes the drone’s batteries with one of NEST’s robotic arms. Guy Cherni, CEO of Atlas Dynamics, conveys a bit of the long-term thinking, saying that the NEST is only the beginning. “NEST is not simply a docking station. It is a strategic component of our company’s vision for fully-autonomous drone missions.The ultimate goal of NEST, combined with our autonomous mission OS, is to make a hig..
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  • DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. thinks the interior of autonomous vehicles could resemble a kitchen or office conference room. The automaker earlier this month patented a retractable table -- complete with an airbag -- for use in self-driving cars. The idea? Since a driver wouldn't need to pay attention to the road, seats could be configured to face inward around a table that passengers could use to eat, play a card game or type on a laptop. "There remains an opportunity to design vehicle amenities for the occupants that takes into account the reduced operation monitoring provided by the autonomous vehicle," the patent application said. The table would be able to retract into the floor of the vehicle when not in use. The patent said the table would be able to work in either a body-on-frame or unibody vehicle. It would also include an airbag that would inflate in case of a crash to "absorb energy" and "reduce the likelihood of the occupant impacting the table during the vehicle impa..

    Ford patents retractable table for autonomous cars

    DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. thinks the interior of autonomous vehicles could resemble a kitchen or office conference room. The automaker earlier this month patented a retractable table -- complete with an airbag -- for use in self-driving cars. The idea? Since a driver wouldn't need to pay attention to the road, seats could be configured to face inward around a table that passengers could use to eat, play a card game or type on a laptop. "There remains an opportunity to design vehicle amenities for the occupants that takes into account the reduced operation monitoring provided by the autonomous vehicle," the patent application said. The table would be able to retract into the floor of the vehicle when not in use. The patent said the table would be able to work in either a body-on-frame or unibody vehicle. It would also include an airbag that would inflate in case of a crash to "absorb energy" and "reduce the likelihood of the occupant impacting the table during the vehicle impa..
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  • SAN FRANCISCO — Automakers continue to feed buzz about self-driving cars, but their marketing strategies are still very much hands-on. Indeed, manufacturers have been relatively quiet about the technological advancements in driver assistance on the path to autonomous vehicles, for two reasons: limited availability of the technology and fear that customers will misunderstand its capabilities. "It's a marketing problem that's almost more tactical than strategic," said Mike Ramsey, a research director at the technology consulting firm Gartner. "These features are difficult to find because companies have a hard time describing what they do without overpromising capability."False starts Missteps by automakers in branding and marketing semiautonomous systems have highlighted the risks. Tesla's grandly named Autopilot system gained notoriety in the summer of 2016 after a fatal accident involving a Tesla vehicle that had the feature engaged. The driver, Joshua Brown, crashed..

    Marketing for autonomous technology turns conservative

    SAN FRANCISCO — Automakers continue to feed buzz about self-driving cars, but their marketing strategies are still very much hands-on. Indeed, manufacturers have been relatively quiet about the technological advancements in driver assistance on the path to autonomous vehicles, for two reasons: limited availability of the technology and fear that customers will misunderstand its capabilities. "It's a marketing problem that's almost more tactical than strategic," said Mike Ramsey, a research director at the technology consulting firm Gartner. "These features are difficult to find because companies have a hard time describing what they do without overpromising capability."False starts Missteps by automakers in branding and marketing semiautonomous systems have highlighted the risks. Tesla's grandly named Autopilot system gained notoriety in the summer of 2016 after a fatal accident involving a Tesla vehicle that had the feature engaged. The driver, Joshua Brown, crashed..
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  • Related Stories Frankfurt's best and wurst FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group plans to launch a number of fully autonomous Level 5 electric cars, vans and trucks starting as early as 2021. It will begin by testing them at its headquarters in the near future. CEO Matthias Mueller told reporters that the Sedric self-driving concept, which debuted in Geneva in March and also was shown at the auto show here, was only the beginning. "Our team is already working on ideas for a whole Sedric family of fully autonomous vehicles for the city, for luxurious long-range mobility, through self-driving delivery vans and heavy commercial trucks," he said at the Frankfurt show. Developers also are working on concepts for a robotic sports car, the former Porsche boss said. Sedric, short for "self-driving car," is VW Group's first concept. The four-person shuttle bears no signs or logos from any of the group's eight pas..

    Volkswagen to launch Level 5 autonomous fleets by 2021

    Related Stories Frankfurt's best and wurst FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group plans to launch a number of fully autonomous Level 5 electric cars, vans and trucks starting as early as 2021. It will begin by testing them at its headquarters in the near future. CEO Matthias Mueller told reporters that the Sedric self-driving concept, which debuted in Geneva in March and also was shown at the auto show here, was only the beginning. "Our team is already working on ideas for a whole Sedric family of fully autonomous vehicles for the city, for luxurious long-range mobility, through self-driving delivery vans and heavy commercial trucks," he said at the Frankfurt show. Developers also are working on concepts for a robotic sports car, the former Porsche boss said. Sedric, short for "self-driving car," is VW Group's first concept. The four-person shuttle bears no signs or logos from any of the group's eight pas..
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  • Related Stories Ford becomes second automaker to invest in Michigan test site » U.S. push for self-driving law exposes regulatory divide WASHINGTON -- From a regulatory standpoint, September has been a good month so far for U.S. automakers and tech companies racing to develop autonomous vehicles. The House of Representatives passed the SELF DRIVE Act, the Senate Commerce Committee floated a draft bill that soon will become an official proposal, and the Department of Transportation issued revised industry guidance on how the federal government will treat safety compliance in the brave new world of driverless cars. The three efforts reflect the politically conservative tendencies of the Trump administration and Congress in projecting a hands-off approach to establishing a legal and regulatory framework for self-driving vehicles, and they promise to deliver much of the regulatory certainty and consistency sought ..

    Feds in sync with industry on autonomous cars

    Related Stories Ford becomes second automaker to invest in Michigan test site » U.S. push for self-driving law exposes regulatory divide WASHINGTON -- From a regulatory standpoint, September has been a good month so far for U.S. automakers and tech companies racing to develop autonomous vehicles. The House of Representatives passed the SELF DRIVE Act, the Senate Commerce Committee floated a draft bill that soon will become an official proposal, and the Department of Transportation issued revised industry guidance on how the federal government will treat safety compliance in the brave new world of driverless cars. The three efforts reflect the politically conservative tendencies of the Trump administration and Congress in projecting a hands-off approach to establishing a legal and regulatory framework for self-driving vehicles, and they promise to deliver much of the regulatory certainty and consistency sought ..
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  • Waymo is suing Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets, but it is also broadening its efforts to compete with the ride-sharing company. Not only is the former Google self-driving car project investigating autonomous trucks, CEO John Krafcik believes such self-driving rigs could be commercialized before robotic ride-sharing, which many companies point to as the first major application for self-driving vehicles."Ride-sharing makes a lot of sense for the world," Krafcik said a Bloomberg-run conference at Cornell University's New York City engineering campus. "For goods transportation, which could travel primarily on highways, there's a good and compelling use case there, too. Either of those two might be the first ones you see."Krafcik said Waymo is looking at logistics and delivery models, but did not disclose specific plans for an autonomous trucking service. Waymo does own one truck that has been fitted with sensors and autonomous-driving software for ..

    Self-Driving Trucks Might Hit the Streets Before Autonomous Taxis, Waymo CEO Says

    Waymo is suing Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets, but it is also broadening its efforts to compete with the ride-sharing company. Not only is the former Google self-driving car project investigating autonomous trucks, CEO John Krafcik believes such self-driving rigs could be commercialized before robotic ride-sharing, which many companies point to as the first major application for self-driving vehicles."Ride-sharing makes a lot of sense for the world," Krafcik said a Bloomberg-run conference at Cornell University's New York City engineering campus. "For goods transportation, which could travel primarily on highways, there's a good and compelling use case there, too. Either of those two might be the first ones you see."Krafcik said Waymo is looking at logistics and delivery models, but did not disclose specific plans for an autonomous trucking service. Waymo does own one truck that has been fitted with sensors and autonomous-driving software for ..
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  • Related Stories White House backs voluntary rules for autonomous vehicles Autonomous vehicles will make a significant impact on society, both from a safety standpoint and a cultural one. As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation. The history of regulation in car manufacturing supports this point as well. Many of the ubiquitous safety mechanisms that we take for granted today like seatbelts, airbags, electronic stability control and automatic emergency braking, were all developed independently by carmakers years or even decades before any regulation was put in place. And when that regulation was instituted, it was actually to enforce those safety standards, rather than reshape them. However, until regulation is in place we of course need to ensure public safety. This is done through a high safety awareness within the ind..

    Don’t let regulation put the brakes on autonomous vehicle innovation

    Related Stories White House backs voluntary rules for autonomous vehicles Autonomous vehicles will make a significant impact on society, both from a safety standpoint and a cultural one. As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation. The history of regulation in car manufacturing supports this point as well. Many of the ubiquitous safety mechanisms that we take for granted today like seatbelts, airbags, electronic stability control and automatic emergency braking, were all developed independently by carmakers years or even decades before any regulation was put in place. And when that regulation was instituted, it was actually to enforce those safety standards, rather than reshape them. However, until regulation is in place we of course need to ensure public safety. This is done through a high safety awareness within the ind..
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  • Related Stories Operational limits played key role in Tesla crash on Autopilot, board says UPDATED: 9/12/17 2:52 pm ET - adds details ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Trump administration unveiled streamlined self-driving vehicle guidelines at the University of Michigan's autonomous testing operation Tuesday, eliminating requirements for automakers to seek regulatory approval before launching autonomous technology. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao delivered an overview of the revised Federal Autonomous Vehicle Policy, titled "A Vision for Safety: 2.0," during the press event. The policy suggests states defer safety or performance rules to federal regulators, and recommends that states instead focus on issues such as licensing and registration, liability and insurance. "This advanced, updated guidance clarifies and incorporates many of the concerns we subsequently heard from stakeholders and users," Chao said. "..

    White House backs voluntary rules for autonomous vehicles

    Related Stories Operational limits played key role in Tesla crash on Autopilot, board says UPDATED: 9/12/17 2:52 pm ET - adds details ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Trump administration unveiled streamlined self-driving vehicle guidelines at the University of Michigan's autonomous testing operation Tuesday, eliminating requirements for automakers to seek regulatory approval before launching autonomous technology. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao delivered an overview of the revised Federal Autonomous Vehicle Policy, titled "A Vision for Safety: 2.0," during the press event. The policy suggests states defer safety or performance rules to federal regulators, and recommends that states instead focus on issues such as licensing and registration, liability and insurance. "This advanced, updated guidance clarifies and incorporates many of the concerns we subsequently heard from stakeholders and users," Chao said. "..
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  • Autonomous vehicles will make a significant impact on society, both from a safety standpoint and a cultural one. As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation. The history of regulation in car manufacturing supports this point as well. Many of the ubiquitous safety mechanisms that we take for granted today like seatbelts, airbags, electronic stability control and automatic emergency braking, were all developed independently by carmakers years or even decades before any regulation was put in place. And when that regulation was instituted, it was actually to enforce those safety standards, rather than reshape them. However, until regulation is in place we of course need to ensure public safety. This is done through a high safety awareness within the industry, sharing knowledge between industry, academia and government and by a very simple tort law which essentially states that, if your ..

    Attention lawmakers: Don’t let regulation put the brakes on autonomous vehicle innovation

    Autonomous vehicles will make a significant impact on society, both from a safety standpoint and a cultural one. As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation. The history of regulation in car manufacturing supports this point as well. Many of the ubiquitous safety mechanisms that we take for granted today like seatbelts, airbags, electronic stability control and automatic emergency braking, were all developed independently by carmakers years or even decades before any regulation was put in place. And when that regulation was instituted, it was actually to enforce those safety standards, rather than reshape them. However, until regulation is in place we of course need to ensure public safety. This is done through a high safety awareness within the industry, sharing knowledge between industry, academia and government and by a very simple tort law which essentially states that, if your ..
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  • WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will unveil on Tuesday streamlined safety guidelines for automakers that want to deploy self-driving vehicles, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, as members of Congress push their own proposals to remove regulatory barriers to the technology. The new Transportation Department policy is expected to offer the lighter regulatory touch that automakers have pushed for. For example, the Transportation Department is expected to state that automakers do not have to seek approval from regulators before putting self-driving vehicles on the road. Separately, the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday is expected to release findings that Tesla Inc.'s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode was a contributing factor in the May 2016 death of a motorist. That case has highlighted concerns about the design of systems that automate some, but not all, driving tasks. The new document is titled "A Vision for Safety" and will be less than ..

    U.S. streamlines autonomous vehicle guidelines

    WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will unveil on Tuesday streamlined safety guidelines for automakers that want to deploy self-driving vehicles, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, as members of Congress push their own proposals to remove regulatory barriers to the technology. The new Transportation Department policy is expected to offer the lighter regulatory touch that automakers have pushed for. For example, the Transportation Department is expected to state that automakers do not have to seek approval from regulators before putting self-driving vehicles on the road. Separately, the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday is expected to release findings that Tesla Inc.'s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode was a contributing factor in the May 2016 death of a motorist. That case has highlighted concerns about the design of systems that automate some, but not all, driving tasks. The new document is titled "A Vision for Safety" and will be less than ..
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