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FORD MAKES RANGE OF CONNECTED VEHICLE SERVICES COMPLIMENTARY FOR EUROPEAN DRIVERS

Ford has made a range of connected vehicle services complimentary to European customers, enabling drivers to control and monitor key features in their cars from their smartphone. 1

Drivers access connected vehicle features using the Ford Pass app which enables a variety of remote services, including checking on vehicle health, fuel level and oil levels, range, as well as locking and unlocking doors. 2

Previously, connected vehicle services were available to new vehicle owners as a two-year trial subscription. Ford has now waived subscription fees for most of its connected services, potentially saving drivers hundreds of pounds over the lifetime of a vehicle. 3

Ford Pass app features

With the Ford Pass app drivers can start their vehicle engine remotely, climatising the cabin to a comfortable temperature before setting out – useful for de-icing the windscreen on a frosty morning. 4

Push notifications and in-app vehicle health alerts highlight any issues that may need the owner’s attention, such as low tyre pressure or a failed light bulb. The Ford Pass app can also show the vehicle’s precise location, so drivers won’t need to worry about losing their car in a busy car park.

Being able to remotely lock and unlock their vehicle could help drivers who have forgotten whether they secured their car after walking away, or if they need to allow temporary access to a friend or family member without a key.

Owners can view and download summaries of recent trips to better analyse fuel usage and costs, and to help claim business mileage. Journeys can also be overlaid onto a map to reveal places where harsh braking or acceleration were identified, promoting more efficient driving.

Ford Pass provides support in the event of a breakdown too, automatically coordinating with roadside patrols to enable drivers to continue their journeys as quickly as possible. The Ford Pass app sends vehicle location and diagnostics information to the roadside assistance service, and gives drivers the reassurance of seeing where their patrol is and how quickly it will arrive. 5

Features for electrified vehicles

Ford Pass brings additional features that will help owners of electrified vehicles (EVs) such as the new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and all-new Explorer Plug-In Hybrid.

Alongside information about battery level and electric driving range, the Ford Pass app helps EV owners benefit from off-peak electricity tariffs by enabling them to schedule vehicle charging. Ford Pass users can also set a departure time, warming or cooling the cabin while the vehicle is plugged in, leaving the battery to achieve the best range possible. The Ford Pass app also includes a convenient charging station locator to help driver’s top-up on the go.

The app provides feedback on fuel and electric energy usage too, including energy recaptured through regenerative braking and miles traveled using electric power alone, encouraging efficient driving behaviors to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

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“Whether you’re double-checking you’ve locked your car or just making sure it’s healthy for the journey ahead, the connected car features in Ford Pass help bring convenience and reassurance to Ford owners.”

“From now on, every customer in Europe who buys a Ford can benefit from a range of complimentary connected vehicle services – this is an important part of delivering on our promise to make smart vehicles for a smart world.”

Richard Bunn, Ford Pass Director, Ford Mobility

Footnotes

1 Complimentary Ford Pass Connect modem subscription available to new and existing vehicles equipped with a Ford Pass Connect modem

2 Connection between vehicle and mobile app requires mobile data coverage. FordPass app compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play store in 40 markets in Europe

3 Prior to April 2020, Ford Pass Connect modem example subscriptions for drivers in the UK and France were priced at £89 plus VAT and €99 incl tax for two years respectively. Local Hazard Information and Live Traffic features require a separate paid subscription after an initial complimentary trial; Wi-Fi Hotspot comes with 3 months or 3GB of complimentary data, requiring separate subscription with local mobile network provider thereafter. Future value-added services may require additional subscription.

4 Remote start feature available for vehicles (except Ranger) with automatic gearbox only, in regions where permitted by law; key must be present inside the vehicle for it to be driven

5 Digital Roadside Assistance feature currently available U.K., Spain, France and Portugal with further markets to follow

Source: Ford

Winners of £1.2 million self-driving vehicle cyber security feasibility studies funding announced

Zenic the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving frevolution in the UK, has revealed the recipients of £1.2 million in funding from a competition focused on cyber security in self-driving vehicles. The Cyber Securities Feasibility studies competition is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. The competition winners will help define requirements for, and support the development of a connected and automated mobility (CAM) cyber security testing capabilities.

Zenzic’s UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030, which is based on the input of over 150 organisations across government, academia and industry, highlights cyber resilience as the most significant technical challenge to be solved before the UK can benefit from self-driving vehicles on roads and the services they will underpin. Self-driving vehicles will need to communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure and third-party services, with data being shared across an ever-evolving and increasingly complex national infrastructure.

The competition winners will focus on three key areas:

  1. Finding ways to measure and maintain cyber-physical resilience and identify vulnerabilities, which will support the creation and testing of cyber-physical and software architectures, best practice in design and lifetime management
  2. Providing specifications to support the creation of new cyber test facilities for connected and self-driving vehicles
  3. Exploring commercial opportunities to develop new cyber-related services that can be deployed in the UK and across the global CAM marketplace

Seven projects have been awarded funding:

  • ResiCAVHORIBA MIRA, BT, CFMS Services, Oxfordshire County Council, Techworks, Thales, WMG
    • The use of current tools and techniques applied to static analysis of vehicles will be applied to real-time monitoring and response. It will develop requirements for a cyber security operations centre and extend the application of AI and data visualisation techniques.
  • CAVShieldHonda R&D Europe (UK) Ltd, IBM, Nexor, Toshiba, University of Bristol
    • Focuses on the data privacy aspects of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) to identify methodologies for real-time identification and measurement of vulnerabilities in CAV networks to enable widespread implementation to protect large vehicle fleets. This includes long-term commercial viability of cyber-related services for the CAM industry.
  • Project MeiliIDIADA UK, Crypta Labs, Teskalabs
    • Evaluation of new cybersecurity risks arising from the increasing connectivity in modern vehicles. Based on the network analysis performed and the threats uncovered, a modular hardware and software platform will be defined and demonstrated to test and evaluate the impact of C-ITS on traffic safety, driver confidence, and infrastructure development.
  • V2X Vulnerability MappingF-Secure
    • Development and application of testing methodologies for V2X infrastructure that are effective in providing comprehensive technical assessment of cyber risk exposure in a cost-effective and scalable manner, while allowing focused detection on the points that matter most.
  • PNT Cyber ResilienceSpirent, WMG
    • Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) products and services will be examined to demonstrate and determine the feasibility of a new observer-based technique to ‘attack’ and test CAV PNT-related functions in both controlled and real-world scenarios
  • DT-4-CTChilton Computing, Huduma, Oxfordshire County Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council 
    • Researching cybersecurity threats to connected vehicle networks and proposing a cybersecurity testing methodology using a digital twinning approach to identify and measure dynamic threats and suggest mitigation strategies.
  • BeARCATCisco, Millbrook Proving Ground, Telefonica UK, WMG
    • BeARCAT will explore the feasibility of a coherent, holistic approach to Cybersecurity testing for connected vehicle networks in the UK through CAV Testbeds.

The competition  is part of the government’s £100 million CAM Testbed UK Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge. As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries. This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.

Richard Porter, Technology and Innovation Director at Zenzic said:

“The UK has one of the world’s leading cyber resilience industries. We have incredible academic institutions and testing facilities across the country, and have paved the way for cyber security technology development since the birth of the internet. With the advent of self-driving vehicles, the complexity of cyber defences will increase as thousands of vehicles, pieces of road-side infrastructure and connecting systems need to share data securely. This is an opportunity for the UK to build on the decades of experience we already have and once again set the standards for the rest of the world to follow.”

Future of Transport Minister, George Freeman, said:

“The connected and self-driving vehicle sector is set to be worth £62 billion by 2030, with safer roadsand smoother, more accessible journeys for all. Whether we’re turning cars into Wi-Fi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code, we must consider the new challenges of putting this technology into practice. Today’s £1.2 million funding boost will help to guarantee the future safety and security of self-driving vehicles, both in the UK and globally.”

Business Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: 

“Many of the cars on sale today include assistance systems that drivers are familiar with, like cruise control and lane-keeping technology. Future vehicles will be even more advanced. This funding will help ensure this technology is safe and secure, and will grow our status as a global leader in defining the future of mobility and, in particular, connected and autonomous vehicles.”

Zenzic released its ‘UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030’ report in September 2019 which can be downloaded here: https://zenzic.io/roadmap/

About Zenzic

Zenzic created by government and industry to champion the connected and self-driving ecosystem and accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK. The company drives collaboration with partners across industry, government and academia to shape a world-class Testbed UK, and to deliver a comprehensive UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030. Zenzic is channelling £200 million of investment, with the goal of ensuring a safer, more inclusive and productive mobile future.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. They connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn these ideas into commercially successful products and services, and business growth. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation.

About BEIS

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is working to build an economy that works for everyone, so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow. The Department is responsible for business, industrial strategy, science, research and innovation, energy and clean growth, and climate change.

About the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) 

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles seeks to keep the UK at the forefront of the development and deployment of connected and self-driving vehicles through policy development, regulatory reform and joint investment with industry into R&D and testing facilities.

Coast and DG Cities form autonomous collaboration

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The US self-driving technology company and UK urban innovation specialist will provide design and implementation services to help transform cities with connected and autonomous vehicles.

DG Cities and Coast are joining forces to help cities implement CAV technology

California-based self-driving technology firm Coast Autonomous and DG Cities, a smart city specialist and subsidiary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide consultancy services for the design and implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).

It marks the second US-UK collaboration in the smart city space this week with Los Angeles and London committing to join forces to tackle critical global transportation issues as Innovator Cities.
Integrated framework

DG Cities and Coast will work together on services related to the transportation of people and/or goods using autonomous vehicles (AVs) with the aim of helping cities build a more sustainable and liveable future. Their approach is based on four pillars of an integrated framework:

spatial planning and the strategic design of the built environmentdigital infrastructure and new technologiesnew mobility servicesfuture vehicles.

Trevor Dorling, managing director of the urban innovation company, DG Cities, which has played a key part in implementing smart city initiatives in the London Borough of Greenwich, said it shares the same vision for cities as Coast: “Which the global discussion on air pollution and climate change is making more critical than ever.

“Electric shared AVs create the opportunity for cities to reinvent their environments and make them more liveable. Reducing the number of cars in urban centres will deliver many benefits and opportunities: improving air quality, allowing roads to be replaced with landscaping and car parks to be repurposed.

“Electric shared AVs create the opportunity for cities to reinvent their environments and make them more liveable”

“Coast’s unique technology, practical approach and ambition present a real opportunity to accelerate the take-up of autonomous vehicles and deliver benefits for cities and their citizens. Technology itself is not enough, and our expertise in smart city integration and design, alongside Coast’s capabilities in self-driving vehicles for urban environments, means we can offer a full service to clients looking to achieve meaningful impact.”

Coast’s mission is to connect people with mobility solutions that put pedestrians first and give cities back to people. Its AV software includes mapping and localisation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), fleet management and supervision systems.

“We have been aware of DG Cities’ work in this area for some time. Their focus on cities and people aligns closely with our belief that autonomous vehicles must deliver real benefits for cities and their citizens,” said Coast chief technology officer, Pierre Lefevre.

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Source: Smart Cities World

UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race – if Brexit roadblock removed

  • UK world’s number one location for mass-market potential of connected and autonomous vehicles, with £62bn annual economic opportunity by 2030, finds new report.
  • Massive safety benefits as driver assistance and self-driving tech could prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over next decade.
  • Lifestyle boost for commuters as greater productivity and faster journeys give drivers back full working week every year.
  • Success hinges on favourable Brexit agreement, with ‘no deal’ threat putting investment and safety gains at risk, warns SMMT at major industry conference.

The UK is in pole position in the global race to market for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with a £62 billion boost to the UK economy by 2030 up for grabs, according to a major new report published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market,1 analyses the wide-ranging societal and economic benefits to be achieved by gradually increasing CAVs on our roads.

The UK is in a strong position to capitalise, with more than £500 million already committed by industry and government to CAV R&D and testing. Autonomous driving trials are taking place in our major towns and cities, we are home to four major CAV test beds and three additional sites focused on highways, rural and parking, with more than 80 collaborative R&D projects underway. The next game-changing step is to move from testing CAV technologies to deployment in the real world.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and Collision Warning are already available on the majority of new cars registered in the UK.2 Combined with the gradual introduction of automated vehicles from 2021, this will deliver massive safety benefits. Over the next decade, the technology is set to prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives.

At the same time, some 420,000 new jobs will be created, including in the automotive industry and other sectors such as telecoms and digital services. Driving commuters, meanwhile, will gain back the equivalent of a full working week thanks to more ‘downtime’ and smoother traffic flows during their commute.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market identifies three critical areas that will help CAV rollout and in which the UK has a significant advantage: supportive regulation, enabling infrastructure and an attractive market.

With the world’s first insurance legislation for autonomous vehicles already in place, the most comprehensive review of road transport underway and more miles across motorways, urban and rural roads able to be driven autonomously, the UK is already ahead of global rivals in its readiness to commercialise self-driving technology.

The report ranks the UK above other major automotive countries, including Germany, US, Japan and South Korea as a global destination for the mass rollout of CAVs.

To realise this potential, however, the conditions must be right, and sustained support from government will be vital – particularly if we are to meet its ambition to get autonomous vehicles on to UK roads in 2021.

The report’s key recommendations for government include updating road traffic laws, improving 4G coverage across all road networks, encouraging local authorities to work with industry to implement urban mobility services and influencing future harmonisation of international regulations to ensure these new vehicles can operate seamlessly between the UK and abroad.

CONNECTED AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ON DISPLAY AT SMMT CONNECTED – MERCEDES-BENZ TRUCK ACTROS 1853, RANGE ROVER SPORT, VOLVO XC60, OXBOTICA, AURRIGO POD, E-CYCLOPIC, BIRD SCOOTER, BOSCH E-BIKE AND CONIGITAL POD

Crucially, however, the UK’s departure from the EU must be orderly with a deal that supports both the industry and technological collaboration, especially in data. A ‘no deal’ Brexit will result in lasting damage to the UK’s reputation as a politically stable destination for inward investment, putting the benefits identified in the report at risk.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

A transport revolution stands before us as we move to self-driving cars and the UK is in pole position in this £62 billion race. Government and industry have already invested millions to lay the foundations, and the opportunities are dramatic – new jobs, economic growth and improvements across society. The UK’s potential is clear. We are ahead of many rival nations but to realise these benefits we must move fast.

Brexit has undermined our global reputation for political stability and it continues to devour valuable time and investment. We need the deadlock broken with ‘no deal’ categorically ruled out and a future relationship agreed that reflects the integrated nature of our industry and delivers frictionless trade.

Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner and Head of Mobility, Frost & Sullivan, said,

The UK already has the essential building blocks – forward thinking legislation, advanced technology infrastructure, a highly skilled labour force, and a tech savvy customer base – to spearhead CAV deployment over the next decade.

However, it will require sustained and coordinated efforts by all key stakeholders, especially the government, to realise the significant annual economic benefits forecast for the UK from CAV deployment by 2030 and drive the vision of safe, convenient and accessible mobility for all.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market, will be launched today at SMMT Connected 2019, the third automotive industry-led event to explore the future of mass transport and mobility. More than 450 leaders from across the automotive and tech industries, government and other stakeholders are expected to attend to discuss challenges and opportunities in future mobility innovation and deployment. They will hear from speakers including the Right Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy; Dr Andy Palmer CMG, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda; and Agustín Martín, CEO, Toyota Connected Europe.

On display at SMMT Connected 2019 will be some of the latest connected and autonomous mobility solutions and prototypes in use in the UK covering four and two wheels. These include: Aurrigo pod, Bird electric scooter, Bosch powered e-bike, Conigital pod, Cyclopic folding e-bike, Mercedes-Benz Actros 1853 4×2 BigSpace, Oxbotica autonomous Ford Mondeo, Jaguar Land Rover self-driving Range Rover Sport and Volvo XC60.

Source: SMMT

New vehicle safety rules: auto industry reacts to European Parliament vote

Brussels, 22 February 2019 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) takes note of the European Parliament’s vote on the revision of the General Safety Regulation, which mandates the safety technologies to be included as standard in new vehicles.

Yesterday’s vote by the lead Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee marks an important step towards adopting this legislation.

“We welcome the willingness of MEPs to enter rapidly into inter-institutional negotiations on this legislation, which is key to further improving road safety,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.

Indeed, ACEA supports a broad range of the safety measures voted upon by IMCO, including the requirement that all new cars come equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), drowsiness and attention detection systems, reversing detection for cars and vans, emergency stop signals, and lane departure warning systems.

However, auto manufacturers are concerned about the proposed time between the entry into force of the regulation and the moment it applies. This should be aligned with product development time in a pragmatic way, allowing at least 36 months before application, ACEA cautions.

Jonnaert: “Despite a three-fold increase in traffic, road safety in Europe has improved significantly in the last 30 years. Maintaining this trend is important for an industry that prides itself on designing, producing and selling safe vehicles in probably one of the most demanding markets in the world.”

 

  • ACEA represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.

About the EU automobile industry

  • 13.3 million people – or 6.1% of the EU employed population – work directly and indirectly in the sector.
  • The 3.4 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent over 11% of total EU manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for some €413 billion in tax contributions in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe’s largest private contributor to R&D, with €54 billion invested annually.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €90.3 billion for the EU.

Source: SMMT

Autodrive Pods provide last mile solution in Milton Keynes

This month will see the conclusion of the UK Autodrive pod trials in Milton Keynes, the Transport Systems Catapult is a proud member of the UK Autodrive consortium. The pods provided a crucial link to the autonomous and connected vehicles in the project’s grand finale, enabling the world’s first demonstration of multi-CAV vehicles completing an end-to-end journey in the UK.

Aurrigo’s self-driving pods have been undergoing trials on pavements in Milton Keynes: As part of the UK Autodrive project, Milton Keynes Council has been working with Aurrigo to test out a new first/last mile transport solution for local people, shoppers and visitors to Milton Keynes.

Mile Garner, Sales and Marketing Director at Aurrigo, said: “The trial in Milton Keynes has proved we have advanced autonomous technology that works in a live public environment and pods that can provide that crucial first and last mile transport solution for towns and cities throughout the world.”

Up to 15 pods – capable of travelling up to 15 miles per hour and lasting up to 60 miles off one charge – have been operating in the city centre from Central Railway Station. There are plans for the pods to continue to operate in the city, with a service being offered to residents in the near future.

“Being involved as one of the lead partners in UK Autodrive has transformed our business and given us the opportunity to test our technology alongside some of the world’s largest manufacturers in Jaguar Land Rover and Tata,” continued Garner.

“We need to take advantage of being first to market and we are already in discussions with a number of potential customers to take our pods for use on University campuses, theme parks, shopping malls and retirement villages. The potential is huge and we are projecting increases in turnover that could reach £100m over the next three years.”

Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council commented; “We are thrilled to have seen the successful demonstration of the technology here in Milton Keynes. What we have seen is the potential for this technology to develop into a full blown public transport service. This is important to us because, we want to have the ability to provide first and last mile mobility options that can help people get about their business in an efficient and safe way and  giving improved travel options for those who cannot drive or might find it difficult to use buses, cycles or have difficulty walking.”

Source: Catapult

 

Addison Lee And Oxbotica To Accecerate Autonomous Vehicle Implementation In London

Addison Lee Group And Oxbotica Join Forces In Strategic Alliance To Make Self-Driving Services A Reality In London

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Addison Lee Group, the global ground transportation business, and Oxbotica, the British leader in self-driving vehicle software, have agreed a wide-ranging strategic alliance that accelerates the implementation of autonomous vehicles to London’s streets.

Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the development, deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles with a view to providing customers self-driving services in London by 2021.

The long-term aim is to take greater share of an expanding car services market for connected autonomous vehicle technology, forecasted to be worth £28 billion in the UK by 2035*. Addison Lee Group aims to use its trusted brand to offer affordable, quality, ride-shared services to passengers currently underserved by existing driven transport modes, as well as explore opportunities to provide corporate shuttles, airport and campus-based services.

Addison Lee Group and Oxbotica, both British success stories, will pool expertise, technology and on-the-ground resource to explore self-driving car services that are safe and environmentally friendly, and which still deliver the exceptional customer experiences Addison Lee Group is known for.

The companies will work together to create detailed, digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around the capital. These maps will record the position of every kerb, road sign, landmark and traffic light in preparation for the deployment of autonomous cars.

Mobility Opportunity

With private car ownership declining at the same time city populations are expanding, consumers are increasing their use of car services. Added to that, the global transport services market is experiencing significant growth – specifically for the premium segment, which shows strong growth of up to 21 per cent by 2030*.

This provides an opportunity for focused investment in future-looking technologies that, alongside traditional driven vehicles, will help meet this need. By leveraging the strengths of each partner, the alliance will open new opportunities to reach consumers in new markets and segments starting in London, following into New York and other international markets.

Graeme Smith, CEO of Oxbotica, said: “This represents a huge leap towards bringing autonomous vehicles into mainstream use on the streets of London, and eventually in cities across the United Kingdom and beyond.

“Our partnership with Addison Lee Group represents another milestone for the commercial deployment of our integrated autonomous vehicle and fleet management software systems in complex urban transport conditions. Together, we are taking a major step in delivering the future of mobility.”

Andy Boland, CEO of Addison Lee Group, said: “Urban transport will change beyond recognition in the next 10 years with the introduction of self-driving services, and we intend to be at the very forefront of this change by acting now.

“Autonomous technology holds the key to many of the challenges we face in transport. By providing ride-sharing services, we can help address congestion, free space used for parking and improve urban air quality through zero-emission vehicles. We are proud to be partnering with a British technology pioneer and leader in autonomous vehicle technology, Oxbotica, and together we will continue our British success story in how we revolutionise the way people get around cities.”

Addison Lee Group recently set up and led the MERGE Greenwich consortium, a government-funded project investigating how autonomous vehicle ride-sharing could be introduced to complement existing public transport services. Using the London Borough of Greenwich as a model, the project found that by 2025, self-driving, ride-shared services could assist significantly with addressing the capital’s transport challenges and make it easier and more accessible for citizens to move around. In parallel, Oxbotica is leading the DRIVEN consortium, and has already launched a fleet of vehicles currently running autonomously in public trials in London and Oxford.

Source: Addison Lee

 

JACK, TBC-France’s Secure, High-Quality Multi-Terrain Autonomous Surveillance and Response Robot for Critical Infrastructures

 

NEW: JACK, TBC-France’s Secure, High-Quality Multi-Terrain Autonomous  Surveillance and Response Robot for Critical InfrastructuresLast week, Renato Cudicio, President of TBC-France, kicked off the career of JACK, his multi-terrain autonomous Surveillance and Response Robot, which promises to revolutionize the surveillance of critical infrastructures.

Cudicio, a Canadian serial entrepreneur and founder of TBC-France, designed his brainchild as a secure autonomous mobile security solution for the protection of indoor and outdoor perimeters that host strategic activities, high value goods and data, and for Organizations of Vital Importance (or OIVs, as these locations are called in France).

With its state-of-the-art cameras, advanced mobility and obstacle detection software, embedded artificial intelligence and secure communications technologies, this tireless patrolman promptly detects intrusions or anomalies, and carries out effective risk assessments.

“A critical infrastructure can be any asset or system which is essential for the maintenance of vital societal functions, such as utilities, telecoms, logistic platforms, and defense sites,” Cudicio explained at the launch before expounding the vision that underlies his robot as a unique key component of advanced security solutions.

JACK’s three founding principles

Cudicio laid out the three founding principles of JACK’s existence.

  1. First Responder

JACK is a First Responder: in the event of an alarm–which can be triggered by any unusual event, e.g. an intrusion, suspicious movement, or a smoke or fire alarm–the robot automatically and rapidly heads out. At 18 km/h in emergency mode, JACK speedily reaches its destination, and the guards in the control room can then safely and accurately assess the incident and decide whether further action is needed or not.

  1. Totally trustworthy

As a First Responder, JACK must not only be fast, but precise, and entirely secure and trustworthy, which explains why JACK:

  • Comprises only high-quality components that are traceable down to the last nut and bolt
  • Offers a range of advanced specifications which are based on partnerships with organizations that work with the European Security and Defense sector in Europe and many of which are often already audited according to NATO criteria
  1. Robot as a Service

Organizations look for results, first and foremost, and they prefer to avoid CAPEX investments in complex security equipment. Therefore, Cudicio has chosen to make JACK available only in RaaS (Robot as a Service) mode. His security robot comes with its own comprehensive ecosystem, which interconnects with partner or client surveillance infrastructure for optimal efficiency and minimal operating costs.

In Europe in general and in France in particular, the security of critical infrastructures, whether they belong to public or private organizations, is under strict State surveillance and governance. This sets extremely high standards, but also creates opportunities for security solutions like JACK, which are tailored to protect and oversee sites that ensure vital operations.

“My team and I take great pride in seeing JACK take another step in achieving a vision based on the creation of an autonomous security robot entirely made in France with high-end components that are reliable and sustainable, and come almost exclusively from France or NATO countries,” said Renato Cudicio. “Not only is this a guarantee of reliability, but it also positions JACK on the market as an innovative technological solution to secure critical infrastructures.”

JACK’s official launch took place in the presence of officials, partners, speakers, and representatives of the media and the industry at thecamp, in Aix-en-Provence, a “digital campus that propels Provence into the future.” The event featured a live demonstration of the robot’s capabilities.

“Invest in Provence” Label

Mrs. Sophie Joissains, Deputy City Councilor for the City of Aix-en-Provence and Senator of the Bouches-du-Rhône district and Mr. Jean Luc Chauvin, President of the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Provence Promotion, were present, among others, for the official launch.

Mr. Chauvin presented TBC-France with the Invest in Provence Label, a testimonial of recognition that Provence Promotion gives to companies that choose to grow in the Aix-Marseille Provence or in the Pays d’Arles region. This investment decision is mainly based on the four reasons most often cited by entrepreneurs who move to Provence – growth, diversification, openness to the world and well-being.

Last March, JACK won the Think Outside the Box Award, which Security & Safety Meetings presents each year to a to highly innovative product.

“These awards–as well as a highly positive response from the industry–are clear indicators that we’re on the right track with JACK,” concluded Cudicio.

TBC-France specialises in the design, manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art robotic technologies for the security sector.

Source: TBC-France

Data-gathering cars to hit London streets ahead of autonomous trials

 

Five A1

UK company FiveAI has been given the go-ahead to deploy data-gathering cars on London’s streets to pave the way for a potential driverless car service.

FiveAI plans to spend the next 10 months deploying five cars (with drivers on board) in Bromley and Croydon to collect data on roads, including layout, topology and traffic flow, as well as road user behaviour. The data collected will be processed in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and used to feed into the development of FiveAI’s planned services.

FiveAI notes that all its data collection vehicles will be clearly branded and feature an “obvious array” of sensors to ensure transparency.

Towards trials

The shared service the company is working on will target commuters who drive at least part of their journey. FiveAI hopes to run a supervised trial of autonomous vehicles in London in 2019.

FiveAI co-founder Ben Peters says that autonomous vehicles will be much safer than human-driven cars and the data-gathering exercise is a crucial stage towards getting them onto the roads.

He commented: “By supporting London’s transport objectives with a shared driverless car service, FiveAI can play a crucial role in reducing congestion, emissions, incidents and the cost and time of journeys to benefit all Londoners.”

5G and autonomous vehicles

Some say that autonomous cars will only be a reality when we have 5G. Elsewhere, alongside data-gathering initiatives such as FiveAI’s, trials are ongoing to ensure that 5G connectivity will be in place to support driverless cars in the future.

For example, at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford, as part of the AutoAir project, led by Airspan Networks, advanced 5G test networks are being deployed to validate connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies. The researchers are focused on areas such as complicated cell-tower hand-offs and issues related to bandwidth. They are also looking at how the work they are doing on 5G connectivity could be transferred to road and rail systems.

Meanwhile, government mapping agency, Ordnance Survey (OS), is leading an initiative to help better understand the infrastructure needed to support a nationwide network of CAVs. The E-CAVE project will run for four years and will focus on the geospatial aspects of how CAVs exchange safety-related messages between themselves and the supporting environment.

OS is also working with the 5G Innovation Centre and the Met Office on a digital twinning tool to help determine the best places to put radio antennae to underpin a 5G network.

Source: Sarah Wray www.5g.co.uk

Robocar-Driverless car makes History on the streets of Paris

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Roborace today showed their self-driving Robocar on the city streets of Formula E’s Paris ePrix. The Robocar is the first driverless car on the streets of Paris. The driverless race car performed a demonstration for the crowds at Les Invalides in the French capital and wowed the fans with a successful showcase of its autonomous capabilities.

The demonstration saw the car negotiate its way around 14 turns of the 1.9km circuit without a human in the vehicle entirely self-driven by autonomous software. Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov said, “We are extremely proud and excited to see the Robocar perform this demonstration in front of all the fans in Paris. It is another major milestone on this incredible journey. The team has worked so hard to get us to this point in a short amount of time, the car is alive and it has emotion and its own personality already. Roborace is the only company in the world right now testing driverless technologies on city streets without a human in the car – this is something truly unique.”

The Robocar is designed by Daniel Simon, the automotive futurist who creates vehicles for Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters including Tron Legacy and Oblivion, It weighs 1000kg and measures 4.8m long and 2m wide. It has 4 motors of 300kW each, a 540kW battery and is capable of speeds over 200mph.

The car uses a number of technologies to ‘drive’ itself including 5 lidars, 2 radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, 2 optical speed sensors, 6 AI cameras, GNSS positioning and is powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 brain, capable of up to 24 trillion A.I. operations per second to be programmed by teams’ software engineers using complex algorithms.

At the car’s unveiling in Barcelona in February, Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon said “This needs to be the superhero of self-driving cars. An ambassador for this amazing rise of artificial intelligence.” Roborace’s open A.I. platform allows companies to develop their own driverless software and push the limits in an extreme and safe environment. The series is designed to be a competition of intelligence so all teams will use the same “Robocar” to ensure all efforts will be focussed on advancing the software for everyday road cars to adopt. Roborace will continue to perform demonstrations at Formula E events during the remainder of the season.

Source: Roborace