Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication will play an important role in bringing hands-free driving closer to reality. Cadillac Super Cruise? GM Had Autonomous Driving Nailed in 1956 The SAE has established such useful protocols as a standard for EV charging (J1772); measuring motor-oil viscosity (J300), and how vehicle-to-trailer electrical connectors should work (J560). Because the group does little to promote itself, you may not be aware that the current discussion surrounding autonomous driving has also been shaped by the SAE. As this is written, carmakers are planning to roll out Level 2, Level 3, even Level 4 autonomous vehicles. Those levels were established by the SAE to serve as standards by which varying systems can be compared and understood. The Society’s standard J3016 stratifies autonomous vehicles into 6 groups. Level 0 (zero) vehicles, for example, require complete driver attention and are equipped with no autonomous features. At the extreme other end of the list, … [Read more...] about Steps to Hands Free Driving: Autonomous Driving Levels Explained
Level 3 autonomous vehicles
Volvo, Mercedes, Audi, Tesla and others already have cars on the road with a bunch of autonomous features. That includes full stop-and-go radar cruise control, lane centering, parking assistance and more; in fact, with all of its stuff activated, our latest long-term Mercedes E400 wagon is probably controlling more inputs than the driver under normal circumstances. But none of that makes a car “autonomous.”Tesla calls its system Autopilot, to its own peril; Audi’s is called Traffic Jam Assist; and Volvo’s is DrivePilot. All of them turn the wheel, at least on the expressway, slow for stopping traffic and accelerate when it has cleared. Mercedes actually takes over in a panic situation with Evasive Steering Assist, which helps the driver safely avoid a spin during an emergency lane-change maneuver.But there is an agreed-upon definition of “autonomous,” and it’s what manufacturers are working toward. There The National Highway Traffic … [Read more...] about The 6 levels of autonomous driving: Autoweek Explains
When I took temporary possession of Autoweek’s long-term Nissan Leaf tester, I had a lot of questions. While I’ve had seat time in a number of EVs over the past few years, this would be my first experience actually living with one for an extended amount of time. A substantial part of that acclimation involves an understanding of how an EV’s source of fuel differs from that of an internal-combustion vehicle, and as I quickly discovered, there’s more to it than just keeping an eye on the range meter.When I brought the Leaf home the battery showed a charge of about 50 percent, or roughly 75 miles of range. After that the car sat, unplugged, for roughly a week while I was out of town. The next time I hopped in the car the charge readout was unchanged, but when I got on the road, I watched in silent horror as the range began to plummet, rapidly dropping from 70 miles to less than 30 over the course of a ten-mile drive. Concerned that I would be stranded somewhere for … [Read more...] about Long-Term 2018 Nissan Leaf SL update: A Level 3 charge?
Monterey Car Week is a favourite among supercars to provide a glimpse of their future intent – near or far – and for timeless classics to turn on the spotlight once again. The 2018 edition was held last week and as usual ended with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. I have handpicked half a dozen superfast cars that stole the limelight with a polar mix of a naturally aspirated V12 to pure electric drives. What is common is that they can accelerate 0 – 100 in less than 3.0 seconds. Automobili Pininfarina PF0 Automobili Pininfarina used the occasion for private viewings in Pebble Beach of their PF0 electric hypercar concept, at the end of a six-week US launch programme. They have released the below teaser for the world, before continuing into their European and Middle East private preview events. The events were hosted by Automobili Pininfarina CEO, Michael Perschke and Design Director, Luca Borgogno and the feedback indicates that demand will outstrip supply. … [Read more...] about 6 new cars that can get to 100 in under 3 sec
U.S. senators are making a last-ditch effort to pass self-driving car legislation just before the new year, and have made a number of changes to earlier versions in an attempt to appease critics, according to a copy of the draft bill obtained by Jalopnik. But safety experts say the effort doesn’t go far nearly far enough. The so-called AV START Act has been lingering in the Senate for months after critics raised concerns about safety standards laid out in the bill, as well as a very obvious loophole that would force consumers into private arbitration for legal complaints in the event of an accident or something similar. A new draft of bill, unveiled this week in the Senate and first reported on by The Verge, attempts to address the concerns, including some oversight of semi-autonomous driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot and General Motors’ Super Cruise. The bill, if passed, would still make it easier for autonomous vehicle manufacturers to test their cars on … [Read more...] about Here’s What Could Be In Congress’s Last-Minute Push For Autonomous Car Legislation