The Obama administration has proposed proving $4 billion in funding over ten years to further the development of automated vehicles.
The U.S transport department said the investment would be used 'to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects'. *
November 6th, 2016
Toyota to invest $1 billion in AI research and development
The Japanese automaker will establish a research division known as Toyota Research Institute, headquartered in Silicon Valley with an additional base near MIT in Massachusetts. The institute will focus on researching technology related to artificial intelligence and robotics.
- Dr. Gill Pratt, Toyota's executive technical advisor, will be the chief executive of the new operation. Dr. Pratt said that goals of the project included decreasing the likelihood of a car being involved in a crash and making driving more accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.
Akio Toyoda, Toyota's president, echoed this sentiment saying that his work planning for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games illustrated to him the benefits automated cars could bring to people.
Toyota retail sales
October 15th, 2015
Tesla sends out over the air driverless software update
The electric car maker began sending a software update to 60,000 of its vehicles overnight.
Since last October, Tesla has been fitting its Model S cars with the tools that would allow the Elon Musk led firm to activate self driving technology in the Model S when the software was ready.
Dubbed 'Tesla Autopilot', the company claims the new features will relieve drivers of the 'most tedious and potentially dangerous aspects' of road travel.
Comparing the system to the autopilot used on planes, Tesla said the driver would still be responsible for, and still in control of, their vehicle.
Jalopnik's Michael Ballaban, who test drove a Model S using the software, wrote 'even if it’s just the holy grail of cruise control, its execution is almost perfect'.
One of the features of Tesla Autopilot, described by Ballaban as 'creepy', is its ability to change lanes by itself. This feature is thought to be an industry first.
Tesla Autopilot: What can it do?
- Steer within a lane.
Scan, search and identify a parking space.