Interested in Autonomous or Self-Driving Cars?

Face it, someday we are going to operate an autonomous vehicle. But when will that happen and what will it look and feel like?

In This Article

In this article I am going to point you to some of the best resources, key players as well as ways and places for you to get involved.

You will learn about real people who are working on solving this technological challenge every day. You will get to meet the engineers, car mechanics and other professionals whose day job it is to climb out of bed and go to a shop to work on a car that they are trying to get to safely operate autonomously.

Personalities:

Chris Urmson – is an entrepreneur and self-driving engineer from Canada. He is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, a company founded in 2017 to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Chris has been instrumental in pioneering and advancing the development of self-driving vehicles since the early 2000’s.

Prof. Ragunathan “Raj” Rajkumar – Sept 4, 2013 an autonomous ride from Cranberry, Pa. to the Pittsburgh Int’l Airport took place. The ride was 33-miles long through high-traffic suburban thoroughfares and two interstate highways. And the passengers included Bill Shuster, Chairman of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Barry Schoch, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Anthony Levandowski – Building ‘GhostRider’ the name of a self-driving motorbike cast Levandowski as a robotics wunderkind, secured his place at a follow-up DARPA Grand Challenge, and ultimately enabled him to build Google’s first self-driving car—a step that would later make him a multimillionaire.

Sabastian Thrun – I lead a team of expert computer scientists with the singular aim of significantly helping society through artificial intelligence technologies, and are constantly on the lookout for high-impact projects. We have worked on robotics, self-driving cars, automated homes, healthcare, drones, and a number of other applications.

Doug Parker, nuTonomy’s chief operating officer, said the firm is eyeing tests by early next year in three other Asian countries which he declined to name. He said an announcement of the test venues would be made within the next month or so. The company last week kicked off the world’s first driverless taxi service in a limited trial for invited people in a Singapore research campus.

Raul Rojas – The computer science professor from the Free University of Berlin has received a high award from the British Computer Conservation Society. The company – a joint association of the British Computer Society and the Science Museum in London – honored Rojas in the British capital with the 2014 Tony Sale Prize Reconstruction of important calculating machines.

Marcus Maurer – Markus Maurer studied electrical engineering at Technische Universität München, and obtained a doctorate at Bundeswehr Universität München. He started his career in industry as a project manager and head of department in the development of driver-assistance systems at Audi AG. He is a professor of electronic vehicle systems at Technische Universität in Braunschweig.

Chris Gerdes – a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford University, Stanford, USA.

Companies:

  • Uber – At Uber, we believe the future of mobility is increasingly shared, sustainable, and automated. Developing self-driving technology is one of the biggest technical challenges of our time. If successful, these vehicles have the potential to make our roads safer and transportation more affordable for everyone.
  • Nvidia – Artificial Intelligence (AI) gives cars the ability to see, think, learn and navigate a nearly infinite range of driving scenarios. NVIDIA uses the power of AI and deep learning to deliver a breakthrough end-to-end solution for autonomous driving—from data collection, model training, and testing in simulation to the deployment of smart, safe, self-driving cars.
  • Udacity – You can be the first to apply computer vision and deep learning to automotive problems, including detecting lane lines, predicting steering angles, and more. Next, you’ll learn sensor fusion, which you’ll use to filter data from an array of sensors in order to perceive the environment. Then, you’ll work with a team to program Carla, Udacity’s real self-driving car.
  • Mercedes Benz – A new self-driving taxi service is coming to San Jose, CA, from two of Germany’s biggest companies: Mercedes-Benz and Tier 1 auto supplier Bosch. Autonomous S-Class vehicles will ferry passengers between West San Jose and the city’s downtown area, the companies announced recently.
  • McLaren – Whatever we apply ourselves to at McLaren, whether in the fields of racing, supercars or technology; we are committed to a journey of relentless improvement that challenges convention, disrupts markets and delivers powerful competitive advantage.
  • Autonomous Solutions – ASI offers a system of robotic hardware components that allow users to control a vehicle both manually and robotically. Their system is a collection of robotic components that installs easily into any vehicle platform, converting it from manual to robotic control. Because each vehicle from each manufacturer is slightly different, we developed by-wire, mechanical, and hydraulic modules to accommodate for different vehicle types.

Blogs to Follow

 

  • 2025AD – The home of exciting stories about the world of autonomous driving. A clean website filled with surveys, studies and research articles on autonomous driving.
  • Intellias – a place to explore the possibilities and technical challenges involved with the self-driving and emerging technology world of the future.
  • 360.here – sharing stories about maps, cartography, current and future technologies autonomously driven cars, and data visualization shaping the future of humanity.
  • AutomotiveWorld – focused on connected and autonomous vehicle technology, urban and shared mobility, advanced propulsion, manufacturing and the future of trucks, but as mobility evolves so will our coverage.
  • AutoNews – Automotive News is a weekly print newspaper written for the automotive industry, primarily individuals associated with automobile manufacturers and suppliers. Based in Detroit and owned by Crain Communications Inc.
  • NNG – They spend their days in an office full of brilliant minds having engaging conversations, and the fast pace of the auto industry makes sure we never run out of topics.

Your Primer to Autonomous Vehicles

 

This article is meant to be a primer for those interested in the world of self-driving and or autonomous vehicles from people and company’s working on the cutting edge of that technology.

This introductory program is the perfect way to start your journey.

 

Intro to Self-Driving Cars

 

The Take Away

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