Inside Unmanned Systems

FEB-MAR 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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GROUND INDUSTRY UPDATE 30   February/March 2018 unmanned systems inside Sullivan said it seems as if half of Silicon Valley is working on some aspect of self-driving cars. "It's a fragmented market right now. But we are going to see commercialization pretty early," he said. "Nothing really higher than Level 3 (auto- mation) going into 2019. You will see ride-hailing and restricted fleets and limited shuttle fleets." While Silicon Valley may be evolving, CES definitely has been changed by the new indus- try, one attendee said. "A few years ago, we had to explain why car companies are around this cool technology," said Jim Trainer, Hyundai's national man- ager for product public relations. "Consumer electronics, which are at the heart of this show, have changed expectations about cars." CES Self-Driving Car Panel The politicians and industry executives on an autonomous vehicle panel all agreed the government must generate foundational rules and guidance, then let the market decide future development. "No one party is in charge [of autonomous vehicle development]. We all have a role to play," said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. "We are not the ones creating the jobs, it is these private organizations that are. It's our job to create the environment. That means the infrastructure and regulatory framework—and consumers will decide the adoption curb." Early last year, Michigan launched a 21-mem- ber Council for Future Mobility, which exam- ines liability, law enforcement, equipment fail- ure, societal and other issues, Snyder said. Snyder said governments and the industry need to do a better job of discussing the ben- UNMANNED FERRY SERVICE Lyft used a self-driving car, in conjunction with Aptiv, the former Delphi, to ferry riders around 20 destinations in Las Vegas during CES. The car used sensors on a BMW 5 Series sedan. One member of the press said the drive was a nonevent, which is what the industry needs to happen (although riders had to sign a legal waiver). The car stopped at stoplights, moved with the heavy CES traffic, and dropped patrons off seamlessly. Lines to wait for an autonomous vehicle often were more than an hour. Each car had a driver and an assistant. "My experience in my ride with Lyft/Aptiv was extremely good under very challenging, congested situations. We were cut off at least twice and the car behaved very well; it wasn't too defensive," said Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University transportation program head, in his blog. "It even made a U-turn properly and waited for the on-coming traffic to mostly clear before just doing it. I was impressed. However, the system still has a long way to go before it can 'just do it' without an attendant behind the wheel." CES 2018 CARS Ford Autonomous Delivery Vehicle. " [THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ADMINISTRATION] DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE 50 STATES WITH 50 DIFFERENT RULES." Brad Stertz, director of government affairs, Audi CES Continues on P. 32

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