January 18, 2022
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Simulations that safely mimic rare but vitally important road situations will be key to ongoing development of autonomous vehicles in 2022, writes Chris Urmson, Aurora's CEO. Urmson is joined by several other industry experts looking ahead to AV development in this year, focusing on topics such as bolstering sustainability, managing supply chain snarls and deploying of next-level AV features.
Full Story: Protocol (1/11) 
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The "Second Era of Connected Vehicles" will transform cars and commercial trucks into mobile devices that support multipoint-to-multipoint communication, writes Steve Tengler. 5G will serve as the infrastructure, Tengler adds, enabling faster speeds and more capacity while also adding vehicle safety measures.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (1/13) 
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Innovation and Technology
VinFast Automotive, based in Vietnam, selected ZF as a supplier for advanced driver assistance systems in a deal announced at CES 2022. VinFast is using ZF's enhanced SAE Level 2 ADAS in electric vehicles to launch this year, and the two aim to achieve Level 3 autonomous driving by 2023.
Full Story: SAE International (1/14) 
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Gillig, Robotic Research partnering on Level 4 AV tech
Bus maker Gillig and Robotic Research's RR.AI unit are partnering to develop driver assistance systems and Level 4 self-driving technology for commuter buses. The technology will focus on safety features, and Gillig said it plans to implement technology from the partnership in all of its buses, starting with its electric versions.
Full Story: Reuters (1/10) 
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Ford Motor Co. won two 2022 North American Vehicle of the Year honors, with the Ford Maverick being named truck of the year and the Ford Bronco driving off with the top honor in the utility vehicle category. The Honda Civic was named the North American Car of the Year.
Full Story: Auto Connected Car News (1/11) 
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Serving policy priorities such as economic development and equity is one of six principles the Transportation Department will apply to federal policy in relation to sector innovations, Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during a keynote for the CES technology show in Las Vegas. Other principles include allowing for experimentation and fostering more cooperation among the public, private and education sectors.
Full Story: Automotive News (tiered subscription model) (1/6) 
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As traditional automakers shift toward electric vehicles and startups launch their first EVs, some US consumers are still hesitant. "We have a lot of electric-vehicle conversations, but it hasn't translated into consumers coming in, saying 'I gotta have one,' " said O'Brien Auto Team of Illinois President Ryan Gremore.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (1/9) 
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Safety Products in the News
Denso says it has improved the nearby sensing capabilities of vehicles with its Global Safety Package 3, an active safety system. The system is already used in four vehicles; it combines a vision sensor and a millimeter-wave radar sensor.
Full Story: Auto Connected Car News (1/16) 
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Delivery robot to sport external air bags
Autonomous delivery startup Nuro has developed external air bags for its robotic delivery vehicles. The bags aim to protect pedestrians and will be included in the company's third-generation driverless vehicles, which will be produced in Nevada.
Full Story: The Verge (1/12) 
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Policy News
India government officials have invited public comments on a proposal to require at least six air bags in each vehicle made in the country as of Oct. 1. Two air bags are already required in vehicles and officials say the proposal is designed to reduce fatalities on the country's roads.
Full Story: Reuters (1/15) 
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Calif. rethinking rules for Tesla self-driving mode
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Authorities in California are taking another look at their previous decision exempting beta testing of Tesla vehicles' full self-driving mode from rules governing autonomous vehicles. The state Department of Motor Vehicles cites Tesla's most recent software updates and videos of dangerous situations attributed to driver-attended experiments with the technology.
Full Story: Reuters (1/12) 
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