Alibaba-backed autonomous car firm AutoX starts driverless testing

FILE PHOTO: A sign of Alibaba-backed autonomous driving startup AutoX is seen on a modified Chrysler Pacifica minivan in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Yilei Sun

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese autonomous vehicle startup AutoX, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said on Thursday it has started fully driverless vehicle testing in China with Pacifica minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA).

AutoX, which is also backed by Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd and SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, will have a fleet of 25 driverless vehicles in Shenzhen and five in other cities to test the technology. Automakers and technology firms are investing billions of dollars in autonomous driving, aiming to take an early lead in what many consider the future of mobility. Shenzhen-based AutoX has modified a number of vehicles from various manufacturers and tested them in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Wuhu.

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Navy tests autonomous drone as target for laser weapon testing

Nov. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy Surface War Center announced a test in which an autonomous drone was launched and landed on a moving ship as a target for laser weapons.

The tests, held last week at the NSWC Division at Port Hueneme, Calif., involved software made for the Navy by Planck Aerosystems Inc. that allow the drone to follow the ship without people controlling it, the Navy said.

The four-rotor drone, called a quadcopter, took off, hovered and flew alongside a ship, and then landed on stationary and moving ships.

The 50-pound drone, with a rotor span of about four feet, will eventually carry performance-measuring electronics test the Navy’s Laser Weapon System Demonstrator, currently installed on the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland.

The drone uses autonomous navigation software designed so unmanned aerial vehicles can correctly maneuver and operate independently of ships and other moving platforms.

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IRIS Switzerland Adopts Silvaco TCAD Software for the Development of Photodiodes for Autonomous Driving Applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Silvaco Inc., a leading supplier of EDA software and design IP, today announced that IRIS Switzerland has adopted Silvaco TCAD simulation software to prove the fabrication feasibility of a short-wave infrared single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) targeted for use in autonomous driving applications.

IRIS Switzerland develops and builds mid- and long-range short-wave infrared (SWIR) detectors and flash LiDARs that are primarily used in autonomous driving applications. Silvaco TCAD simulation software was chosen to accelerate the development of SPAD products with a systematic view of all device parameters to be analyzed. The simulations of the SPAD enabled the optimization of the device structure to deliver the best photodiode performance.

The SPAD structure makes use of two different semiconductor materials to absorb light and generate an electrical avalanche to amplify the signal. In the device, germanium-tin alloy is the absorption material and silicon is the multiplier material.

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IRIS Switzerland Adopts Silvaco TCAD Software for the Development of Photodiodes for Autonomous Driving Applications – Press Release

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(Business Wire)–Silvaco Inc., a leading supplier of EDA software and design IP, today announced that IRIS Switzerland has adopted Silvaco TCAD simulation software to prove the fabrication feasibility of a short-wave infrared single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) targeted for use in autonomous driving applications.

IRIS Switzerland develops and builds mid- and long-range short-wave infrared (SWIR) detectors and flash LiDARs that are primarily used in autonomous driving applications. Silvaco TCAD simulation software was chosen to accelerate the development of SPAD products with a systematic view of all device parameters to be analyzed. The simulations of the SPAD enabled the optimization of the device structure to deliver the best photodiode performance.

The SPAD structure makes use of two different semiconductor materials to absorb light and generate an electrical avalanche to amplify the signal. In the device, germanium-tin alloy is the absorption material and silicon is the multiplier material. TCAD simulations

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Helm.ai Wins “Autonomous Driving Solution of the Year” Designation in 2020 AutoTech Breakthrough Awards Program

Industry Awards Program Honors Innovative Global Companies in the Automotive and Transportation Sectors

AutoTech Breakthrough award – Helm.ai

AutoTech Breakthrough award - Helm.ai - Autonomous Driving Solution of the Year 2020
AutoTech Breakthrough award – Helm.ai – Autonomous Driving Solution of the Year 2020
AutoTech Breakthrough award – Helm.ai – Autonomous Driving Solution of the Year 2020

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Helm.ai, a developer of next-generation AI software, today announced it has been selected as winner of the ‘Autonomous Driving Solution of the Year’ award in the inaugural AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by the Tech Breakthrough organization, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for the most innovative technology companies in the world. The AutoTech Breakthrough Awards aims to recognize the breakthrough technology companies, services, and products in the global automotive and transportation industry today.

Helm.ai is building the next generation of AI technology for autonomous driving through an approach known as Deep Teaching, training neural

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Badger Technologies Collaborates with STCR to Drive Rapid Adoption of Autonomous Robots by Independent Grocers

In-Store, Multipurpose Robots Complement STCR’s Suite of Smart Retail Tech Solutions

Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil, is teaming up with STCR, Inc., a leading provider of advanced retail point of sale (POS) and self-checkout solutions, to increase the momentum of multipurpose robot rollouts by independent and regional grocers around the world. This collaboration will speed deployments of Badger Technologies® autonomous robots to address critical out-of-stock, price integrity, planogram compliance and other operational inefficiencies.

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Badger Retail InSight scanning store shelves. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our mission is to bring much-needed retail automation to the independent and regional grocer, empowering them to run their stores more efficiently while competing more effectively with the largest supermarket chains,” said Farrell McKenna, GM of STCR, Inc. “Adding Badger Technologies autonomous robots to our portfolio was a no-brainer, as they complement our existing solutions

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Honda to mass-produce Level 3 autonomous cars by March

Honda claims it will be the first automaker to mass-produce vehicles with autonomous capabilities that meet SAE Level 3 standards, with plans to begin producing and selling a version of its Honda Legend luxury sedan with fully approved automated driving equipment in Japan from next March. Honda announced the news via press release (via Reuters) and this follows the approval by the Japanese government of the company’s “Traffic Jam Pilot” autonomous tech, which for the first time will allow drivers to actually take their eyes off the road while it’s engaged.

Honda’s Pro Pilot Assist is the feature that predates this forthcoming one, but it’s a Level 2 feature per the SAE scale, which means that while it can automatically control both speed and steering, drivers behind the wheel have to be constantly ready to take over manual control should the system require it. SAE Level 3 is the first

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