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The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority said it and two other Ohio transit systems are part of a group that has received a $1.98 million federal grant to fund retrofitting buses with anti-collision technology.

SARTA said it with the federal funding will install equipment with “”state-of-the-art collision avoidance technology”” on three of its buses, using lidar, radar, cameras and sensors to detect and alert drivers of “”potentially dangerous situations.””

Lidar is an acronym for light detection and ranging where the equipment fires a laser and measures the time for the light to return, allowing the equipment to detect objects that a bus could collide with.

The U.S. Department of Transportation provided the competitive grant to fund the six-month pilot project. It was one of 34 grants nationwide for fiscal year 2023 that the department announced March 14. SARTA and the two other transit agency recipients were the only grant recipients in Ohio. They call their project SMART Rider.

If an autonomous future is to become a reality, it has to be achieved with a driverless vehicle able to operate safely without connectivity.

That’s the view of Carl Jackson, head of corporate strategy at Provizio, a specialist in advanced radar technology. He also argues an automaker that does not deploy sophisticated imaging sensors beyond the use of cameras will not achieve robust performance, even in advanced driver-assistance systems ahead of full autonomous-driving capabilities.

His view on connectivity is informed with his company’s experience in providing its 5D radar sensor solution, first presented at CES 2023, to the mining industry. He points out that an automated driving vehicle working deep underground does so with no connection to GPS or the Internet of Things.

Apple has cut more than 600 jobs after reportedly dropping its self-driving car plans.

The majority of the cuts come from the address of the site which was working on the recently abandoned self-driving car project in California, according to Bloomberg.

The state’s employment department was notified on 28 March that 614 staff will be laid off in May.

Apple has been approached for comment.

The tech giant has avoided mass layoffs in recent years, unlike other firms which have cut hundreds of thousands of jobs since the pandemic.

In May last year, Apple boss Tim Cook told CNBC that layoffs would be a “last resort.”

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company owned by Google parent Alphabet, has begun data collection in D.C. as part of a cross-country training program for its self-driving cars.

D.C. residents may have already seen the company’s vehicles – all-electric Jaguar I-Pace sedans outfitted with sensing equipment on the exterior of the vehicle – driving around the city. In an interview with WUSA9, Waymo product manager Nick Rose said the vehicles are primarily being tested for now in corridors like Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Penn Quarter, and that there are no plans to operate in Maryland or Virginia. The vehicles are all being driven manually by Waymo employees who have been trained as test drivers

The driverless car company Waymo has partnered with Uber Eats to debut a driverless meal delivery service in select neighborhoods in Phoenix, which includes Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe.

Customers using the Uber Eats app, who order from one of the roughly five participating restaurants, will receive a notification that their order may be delivered by an autonomous vehicle. While users will have an opportunity to opt out, those who are willing to try out the new feature will be able to use their phones to unlock the vehicle’s trunk to grab their meal once the driverless car arrives.

According to Uber and Waymo, the autonomous vehicle option won’t cost customers anything extra. In fact, the new feature could prove to be cheaper than the standard delivery person option since there’s no tipping the autonomous vehicles.

The proliferation of infotainment screens in new vehicles adds another potential distraction, safety experts say. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in-vehicle technology “can create dangerous distractions for drivers while behind the wheel.” A study by the Transport Research Laboratory in the U.K. found that drivers took their eyes off the road for up to 20 seconds when asked to use a touchscreen interface to play a music track from Spotify. At 60 mph, a vehicle would travel about a third of a mile during that time.

It also takes time for a driver to regain full attention on the road after interacting with infotainment systems. University of Utah studies in 2015 for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that it takes up to 27 seconds after using voice commands while driving, changing music settings or sending a voice-created text message.

Despite recent setbacks with its Cruise autonomous driving unit, which is facing federal investigations and reduced spending, Barra doubled down on her ambitions for self-driving cars as part of a future with “zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.”

The CEO described 2024 as a “critical year” for delivering on GM’s EV and software goals. “This is a year of execution. And we need to demonstrate…I’m confident the team can do it, and I’m excited to show the world what we can do,” she said.

While investors remain cautious about GM’s moonshot EV targets, having priced the stock at a discount to peers like Tesla, Barra aims to prove her electrification strategy can create long-term shareholder value.

A crosswalk with devices for child safety has been implemented in front of an elementary school Nam-gu, Busan, in a bid to reduce traffic accidents involving children.

The Nam-gu district office installed what it calls a “”smart crosswalk”” on the road in front of Yeonpo Elementary School, which had been infamous for frequent car accidents due to its narrow sidewalk and an adjacent downhill slope that led to cars speeding across it.

The main feature of the crosswalk is a device that deactivates smartphones within one meter of it. Children are required by school to install an app, which the device detects and deactivates the screens of any phones close by.

Soon, it will no longer be the stuff of sci-fi movies for a robocop to stop a self-driving car for speeding and for the human-less autonomous vehicle to pull over and say “Here’s my driver’s license.”

Hyundai Motor Co.’s IONIQ 5 roboxi has passed a US driver’s license test, moving a step closer to realizing the freedom of mobility for all, including physically impaired people.

Hyundai, South Korea’s top automaker, over the weekend unveiled a video showing a robotaxi based on its all-electric IONIQ 5 crossover successfully completing a process similar to an actual US driver’s license test.

After an accident last fall that led General Motors-owned Cruise to pull its robo-taxis off the streets, GM is weighing whether it will bring more outside capital into its autonomous robo-taxi subsidiary when it’s finally ready to start putting its vehicles back on the road, a GM executive said earlier this week.

While speaking at a Bank of America event on March 26, General Motors CFO Paul Jacobson said that GM was considering bringing in other strategic partners for capital investment.

“Yes, we’re really looking at everything,” he said in response to a question about new strategic capital in Cruise. “There’s obviously been a lot of capital available for AI. And this is one of the most complex AI implementation[s] that’s out there. So we’re looking at that,” Jacobson said.

Perched in the cab of a 35,000-pound semi-truck lumbering south on Interstate 45, AJ Jenkins watched the road while the big rig’s steering wheel slid through his hands. Jenkins was in the driver’s seat, but he wasn’t driving. The gigantic 18-wheeler was guiding itself.

Over several miles on the popular trucking route between Dallas and Houston, the truck navigated tire debris, maneuvered around a raggedy-looking flatbed and slowed for an emergency vehicle. Exiting the highway, it came to an abrupt stop as a pickup jumped its turn at a four-way intersection.

“You need to be ready for anything,” said Jenkins, 64, a former FedEx driver whose job is to take control if anything goes wrong. “People do some crazy stuff around trucks.”

While automakers are gradually advancing from Level 2 functions, autonomous driving companies are placing a greater emphasis on driverless vehicles, classified as Level 4 or above, although some tailor Level 2 systems for car manufacturers as well. Despite their ambitions, they are less widely known among the public than the carmakers who sell such vehicles.

“Compared with driving-assist features found in private cars, autonomous driving will start from designated zones and gradually expand,” said Thomas Fang, a partner at McKinsey’s Shanghai office.

One example is self-driving startup Pony.ai, which is backed by Toyota, the world’s largest vehicle maker by sales.

Pony.ai runs fleets of driverless taxis in designated zones in four of China’s tier-one cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in Guangdong province. In Shenzhen, it offers 200 such rides a day.

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