This Week’s Top Advanced Vehicle Design News | 2021-04-28

April 28, 2021—During a presentation on April 13, Ryan Eustice explained how the Toyota Research Institute is developing two automation suites for vehicles with the same goal: Jidoka.

Jidoka is a Japanese term that emphasizes automation and efficiency, but with a human touch. That means that even as automation increases, it becomes an enhancement of human work rather than a displacement.

Eustice is senior vice President of automated driving at the Toyota Research Institute, and he’s also the director of perceptual robotics at the University of Michigan. He spoke as part of the university’s Center for Connected and Automated Transportation’s 

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This Week’s Top Advanced Vehicle Design News | 2021-04-21

April 21, 2021—Location technology is crucial to a connected vehicle ecosystem that will support full vehicle autonomy. It’s already crucial for drivers who are navigating every day.

Most are familiar with GPS (global positioning system), but that’s just a subset of GNSS (global navigation satellite system), which can involve any array of satellites that provide location services.

Trimble is an expert in global positioning technology and the company recently announced a partnership with VSI Labs to work on autonomous vehicle solutions. A press release on the partnership said that Trimble’s technology optimizes for a continual connection, which is essential for

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This Week’s Top Advanced Vehicle Design News | 2021-04-14

April 14, 2021—Previous reporting in ADAPT has shown that consumer confidence and accessible infrastructure are two key barriers to greater electric vehicle adoption.

President Joe Biden is looking to address both concerns with his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which was released last week.

Electric vehicle spending is a big chunk of that plan. Coming in at $174 billion, the plan would incentivize domestic automakers and potential car buyers in various ways. Those plans are getting praise from trade groups like the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA).

“The plan put forward by President Biden today demonstrates the leadership necessary to drive

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This Week’s Top Advanced Vehicle Design News | 2021-04-07

April 7, 2021—Think about all the different decisions you make, actively or passively, as you drive. Your brain takes in visual, tactile, and sound cues, all providing input for your brain to analyze and make a driving decision.

How quickly can you merge? Is it safe to make this turn on a crowded block? What lane do I need to be in for an exit? The individual data points that contribute to these decisions can be complex.

That’s a difficult task for computers to replicate in autonomous vehicles. Moreover, it’s not the goal of autonomous technology developers to just replicate

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This Week’s Top Advanced Vehicle Design News | 2021-03-31

March 31, 2021—Volkswagen will join other automakers in developing a single battery-electric vehicle platform that will be able to support multiple models, according to multiple recent reports.

As the top OEMs make big promises on electrification, it makes sense that some might want to get the most bang for their buck by focusing on a single platform. This is, after all, a significant revision of the traditional vehicle powertrain and structure.

VW’s will be named SSP, which stands for Scalable Systems Platform, reports Motor Authority. It will be the evolution of the current MEB platform, which underlies the ID.4,

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This Week’s Top Advanced Vehicle Design News | 2021-03-24

March 24, 2021—The electric vehicle (EV) market seems to have a bright future. Competition among automakers is heating up as plans for new models designed to rival Tesla or the Mustang Mach-E are unveiled at a steady clip, and pockets of charging stations are slowly rolled out. Yet, present day consumers seem to have put their EV plans on pause.

According to Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study, 74 percent of U.S. consumers are currently looking for a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) in their next vehicle, while just 26 percent are considering alternative engine solutions down—a figure that’s dropped

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