BMW’s i Ventures capital fund, based in Mountain View, California [HQ pictured], is investing in two-year-old machine intelligence company Graphcore, based in Bristol, UK, and with offices in London, Oslo, Palo Alto and Beijing. Graphcore is said to be developing a new kind of computer processor and software: its Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) is purpose-designed Read More..
Honda is planning an extensive exhibit for next month’s CES, Las Vegas, to highlight its work in autonomous vehicles, robotics and connectivity and to attract future collaborators. Its Silicon Valley-based Honda Innovations division is to announce new tie-ups with start-ups and other partners. The Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle [pictured], designed by Honda R&D Americas, will Read More..
Artificial intelligence is one of the top five topics on the agenda of many CIOs and CDOs in the auto industry. It’s not unusual for them to sit down with Wolfgang Wahlster, the head of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and get first-hand information on the latest technologies. Then they jointly develop ideas for innovative Read More..
Automated systems supplier Kuka, based in Augsburg, Germany, has taken an order from Chinese automaker GAC NE (New Energy) for 430 industrial robots. These will be deployed to build electric vehicles in this GAC Group division’s new production plant in Guangzhou, for joining and handling tasks at the body-in-white stage. The KR Quantec [pictured] and Read More..
The first European on-road trial of a shared mobility service using autonomous vehicles is beginning near Rouen, France. The partners in this Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab initiative are Groupe Renault, Métropole Rouen Normandie, Transdev Group and Matmut, and the on-demand service will be open for public use from September 2018. The service will use four Read More..
Researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have presented a new lane-changing algorithm for autonomous cars. This creates and reassesses ‘buffer zones’ around a vehicle and is said to allow for more aggressive lane changes than existing simple lane-change algorithms, which tend to be impractically cautious Read More..
Siemens will concentrate its global research into autonomous robotics in China, acknowledging the countryâ€™s growing expertise in high-tech manufacturing areas. As part of its decision, the German engineering group also entered into a partnership with Tsinghua University to jointly establish a robotics research center in Beijing. Siemens cited as key development areas new mechatronics systems, Read More..
Toyota Motor is investing 1 billion dlrs over the next five years in artificial intelligence and robotics, underscoring how the automotive industry’s corporate priorities are changing. The Japanese carmaker said it will establish a new company, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), in Silicon Valley near Stanford University. It will start operations January 1. A second center Read More..
At Ford, robots have begun to replace some human drivers when road tests are considered too strenuous for humans. The US car maker said it is using robots in a pilot program for durability testing of its new full-size Transit van. The vehicle will be launched in 2014. “Some of the tests we do on Read More..