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 34   February/March 2018 unmanned systems inside CES 2018 CARS OTHER CES ANNOUNCEMENTS: PIONEER ROLLED OUT ITS ADVANCED UX COCKPIT, which is the company's foray into Level 3 autonomous driving. The cockpit includes a driver monitoring system that keeps track of a driver's attentiveness through facial recognition. Other features include a heart rate monitor, steering wheel and seat sensors, and a seat vibration feature. NOVATEL SAID RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORP. USED ITS SPAN GNSS AND INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM (INS) technologies for live autonomous vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) demonstrations during CES. NOVATEL also was part of AUTONOMOUSTUFF'S autonomous vehicle exhibit at the MGM Grand. WHEN IT RAINS Las Vegas had not experienced rain in months…until CES started. The two days' of rain put a damper on a lot of outside driving activities. It also flooded the GOOGLE BOOTH. A 90-minute power outage also made navigating the large halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center an experience. Snyder also said there is a clear generational line when it comes to autonomous vehicle use. "We were brought up saying we want a really cool car. The 20-somethings today just want to know how they go from point A to point B," he said. "It isn't about phys- ical asset ownership to them, it is about motor vehicle public transportation." Schillaci disagreed with Snyder, in part, about cars simply being a future commodity. "To buy a car is an emo- tional purchase. Even in the internet era," he said. "While families, kids and things are changing, it still is a highly emotional component." Snyder said his state, because of the increase in testing, recently opened the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti. Such compa- nies as Visteon and Toyota were the first to use the 500-acre driverless car test facility. "What do you do with the amount of data generated by an autonomous vehicle? We es- tablished a true test bed facility that is in a controlled environment," Snyder said. Snyder envisions new jobs being created in Michigan, and other places, based on autono- mous technology. "There are going to be mobil- ity technicians who can fix the LiDAR, radar, vision systems," he said. "These technologists are going to be in high-paying jobs. These po- sitions will be absorbed by the industry in the first few years." A ll the pa nelist s ag reed the industr y needs to share data and other technolog y to help roll out autonomous vehicles. That seems easy, but it never is, Wilson said. "Collaboration gets difficult—very fast. For our Drivewise [telematics system] it's open source," he said. "We are taking our telemat- ics knowledge and making it available to other insurance companies. People ask why we are giving it to others, but we are stronger if we are together than apart." Zhang said Baidu has created an open sys- tem that may be highly disruptive to wire- less carriers or auto Tier 1 suppliers. "It's like in cell phones. Closed like Apple or open like Android," he said. "There is no company that can do everything from scratch—the car, plat- form, or services. We want to be the Android of the auto industry in the future." " WE WERE BROUGHT UP SAYING WE WANT A REALLY COOL CAR. THE 20-SOMETHINGS TODAY JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY GO FROM POINT A TO POINT B." Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan Navya Autonomous Bus at Velodyne Booth.

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