The Military drives automated vehicles, and what new Teslas can do now

By Jeff McMahon, cross-posted from Forbes Seven unmanned military trucks photographed during a test of the Army’s autonomous mobility system. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) Elon Musk made the headlines this week announcing that new Tesla vehicles will have full self-driving capability, but there’s a more powerful force behind the development of autonomous-vehicle technology, a RAND Corp. expert said Tuesday. The U.S. Army and other world militaries …

City of Austin adding 330 EVs by 2020, Poland aims for 1 million EVs by 2025, $37/wk EV subscription service in Einhoven

In contrast to the rest of the automotive industry, the PEV industry supply chain is more horizontally structured (see Figure 9).27 PEVs use fewer components and typically require less collaboration between parts/component manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers, which means that parts manufacturers can be less specialized and that they can produce generic products to be used by many actors in the …

Otto big rig self-driving truck is real, says NYTimes, after a ride amid other vehicles

Excerpt from a Sept 2016 NY Times article… “The self-driving truck is real, and it’s spectacular. Two months ago, I rode in a prototype autonomous big-rig developed by Otto, a trucking company” from the NYTimes.  After self-driving was flipped on, the rig handled most conditions fairly well — it steered itself around bends and maintained a consistent distance from other vehicles. …

On the incredible, shrinking cost of urban transportation

Not here yet, but venture capitalists have it in their sights.  By Alex Taussig, Partner at Lightspeed A few weeks ago, a Xoogler friend described his favorite brainstorming technique:  Take a major cost driver, and then design your product with the assumption that it goes to zero. I call this claim the “Big Ass Assumption” (BAA). The BAA that a critical cost …

Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones

Source: Uber.  Uber’s modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle. Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world’s experts in autonomous vehicles. The city is home to Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics department, which has produced many of the biggest names in the newly hot field. …