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Europe’s AutoSens a Top Conference on the Continent

Europe’s AutoSens conference is shaping up as an important event on the Continent for the autonomous and connected vehicle industry.

The conference takes a comprehensive approach to driverless technology with speakers, industry meetings, opportunities for product pitches, and vehicle and technology exhibitions.

The AutoSens conference will be held at AutoWorld in Brussels on September 20-22. Driverless Transportation is a media sponsor of the event.

The speaker and panelist list includes leaders from GM, Toyota, BMW, Valeo, Continental, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Faraday Future, Texas Instruments, IEEE, Panasonic Automotive, Palo Alto Research Center, Cognizant and many others.

AutoSens says it is built by engineers, for engineers. The idea being that the conference on the continent gives those active in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) the opportunity to network and learn from others in the same space.

The attendees will be those working in imaging, machine vision, deep learning, engineering, sensor fusion, signal processing, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, user experience, sensors (radar, LIDAR, IR and visible light), safety and ADAS, semiconductors, mapping, vehicle to vehicle communications, HMI and more.

By bringing these experts together the conference organizers believe they will help to develop sensor technology, processing hardware and algorithms, and system architecture to meet the future demands of automotive OEMs.

Register for the AutoSens Conference through this Driverless Transportation listing and receive a 15 percent discount on registration.

The conference features a first in-person meeting of the IEEE Standards Association workgroup on Automotive System Image Quality. The meeting, chaired by Robert Stead, is designed to develop a standardized approach to the auto imaging technologies.

“The standard will specifies methods and metrics for measuring and testing automotive image quality to ensure consistency and create cross-industry reference points,” according to a press release.

The Accelerator program gives innovators the opportunity to pitch their product. Plans call for 15 start-ups to speak for less than three minutes to an audience of senior engineers, technologists and other leaders from auto OEMs, and Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in the ADAS and autonomous sector.

Product pitches are limited to three categories –

Sensors – for interior and exterior environmental perception;

Computer vision/Sensor fusion – algorithms and software for environmental understanding;

Mapping/Geospatial systems – sensors, systems or software.

Visit the Driverless Transportation Events listing on the AutoSens Conference and receive a 15% discount on registration.

Kia Scores License to Test Autonomous Cars on Nevada Public Roads

Jennifer van der Kleut

The latest company to land a license to test autonomous cars on public roads is Kia, in the state of Nevada.

Several news outlets report that Kia and Hyundai are working together to test partially and fully autonomous cars in real-world driving situations, and together have invested $2 billion to develop the technology and hire new engineers by 2018, according to SlashGear.

Kia has declared it wants to start selling partially autonomous cars to the public by 2020, and fully autonomous cars by 2030.

Digital Trends reports that some of Kia’s planned features for its future cars include vehicle-to-vehicle communication that will allow cars to inform each other of their location in real-time, and Traffic Jam Assist, which will automate driving at low speeds in traffic jams on roads such as highways.

Kia will reportedly test electric Kia Soul cars on public roads in Nevada.

Renesas DevCon to Feature Highly Automated Driving from Harbrick

Burney Simpson

The Renesas DevCon 2015 next month is shaping up as a major conference on autonomous vehicle technology and will feature ride along opportunities in vehicles just coming out of developers’ garages.

Moscow, Idaho-based Harbrick has teamed with Renesas to create several advanced vehicles loaded with autonomous technology that will be available for rides.

Harbrick is the developer of the PolySync platform for autonomous systems used by auto OEMs and tier 1 auto suppliers. Tokyo-based Renesas is a major global supplier of microcontrollers (MCUs) and microprocessors (MPOs).

DevCon runs from October 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Orange Co., Calif. It offers a slew of seminars, presentations, workshops and panel discussions from experts in autonomous and connected driving technology. Topics covered include ADAS, automotive embedded controls, automotive tools and ecosystems, safety and security of autonomous systems, new developments in the automotive cockpit, and more.

Harbrick will show in the parking lot two 2015 SUVs from Roush Enterprises outfitted with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) sensor set and a full complement of technology that allows for autonomous driving.

“We will be giving rides in these. They are not actually automated yet but they are fully instrumented with V2X and V2I technology,” said Josh Hartung, Harbrick’s CEO and co-founder. “This is what highly automated driving – HAD – will look like.”

Harbrick’s SUVs will include eight different LiDAR systems, five different radar systems, along with Vehicle to Everything (V2X) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) technology, several cameras, and motion sensors, all working together to create a sensor fusion demonstration, notes Hartung.

SENSOR FUSION
Sensor fusion occurs when data from a number of sensors are combined, or fused, to create something greater than the information supplied by a single sensor. For autonomous vehicles the sensor fusion can create a simulated three dimensional space filled with multiple objects, much like what a human experiences while driving.

The Harbrick team is preparing simulated accidents, or threats of accidents, for those taking a test drive in one of the SUVs.

Indoors at the show, Harbrick will exhibit a Harbrick Kia, a White Knight Mojavaton that was used in DARPA challenges, a bench demo of its PolySync system, along with some background on Harbrick and its plans for the future.

Harbrick uses the Renesas R-Car development boards in its PolySync platform. Renesas claims the system enables “the delivery of high-resolution camera video through multiple systems while maintaining real-time performance with low latency levels.”

This month, Renesas officially launched its R-Car T2 system-on-a-chip for Ethernet AVB-enabled vehicle camera networks, complementing its R-Car family of devices for infotainment, instrument cluster and ADAS applications.

Safe autonomous driving requires higher performance from processors to deliver continuous, high-resolution, real-time camera video from multiple sources. These systems must be able to conduct driver assist for such programs as braking, steering, and obstacle detection.

 

Growing Driverless Stock Index (D20) Reflects Dynamic Industry

Driverless Transportation

We have some exciting changes in the Driverless Transportation D20 Index to announce. First off, we are replacing three companies in the index and making the D20 more international in scope. We also changed the basis for our calculation of the D20 Index, moving to a dollar averaged approach.

The three new stocks in the D20 are:

  1.  Amsterdam-based TomTom (TOM2) is traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. It replaces Nokia (NOK) which is selling its Here mapping division, its only business involved in driverless or connected vehicles. TomTom, known for its popular aftermarket GPS turn-by-turn directional devices for cars, has three units that are involved with driverless technology – the auto unit provides components such as maps, traffic and software to auto OEMs; the licensing group leverages maps, traffic and navigation content and services; and the telematics unit is dedicated to fleet management and vehicle telematics.
  2. Ontario, Canada-based Magna International (MGA) is traded on the NYSE. It replaces the lightly-traded KVH Inc. (KVHI), a business that primarily delivers ISP services for hotels, resorts and ships. Magna has a large and growing electronics division which focuses on driver assistance systems, as well as systems to support power-train electrification. It manufactures electronic, electromechanical and mechatronic products, and provides software and hardware development.
  3. Tokyo-based Renesas Electronics (TYO: 6723) trades on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. It replaces Iteris (ITI), a lightly-traded firm that provides intelligent transportation systems for municipalities. Renesas was formed through a merger of NEC Electronics Corp., and Renesas Technology Corp., (a joint venture of Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric). Renesas Electronics is a semiconductor manufacturer that designs, develops, manufactures, sells and services microcontrollers for the automotive industry.

The D20 Index now has companies — TomTom in Amsterdam and Renesas in Tokyo — with stocks that are primarily listed on non-US exchanges and use foreign currencies for prices. To calculate the D20 and include these stocks we convert the non-US stock prices (Euros and Japanese Yen) to US dollars using a current conversion ratio. The values were: Euro – currently 1.136 dollars per Euro; and Japanese Yen – currently .00829 dollars per Yen.

CALCULATING THE INDEX

We have changed the basis for calculating the D20 Index. Previously, the value of the D20 was calculated by using one share of stock from each of the 20 stocks in the index. With the new dollar-averaged approach we track the value of $1,000 invested in each of the 20 stocks. And on August 28, 2015 we started with roughly a total of $20,000 invested equally in the 20 stocks ($1,000 per company) in the D20 Index.

 

Name

 

Symbol

(As of 8/28/2015)
Share Price Shares Currency Conversion Value
BlackBerry Ltd BBRY $             7.37 135.690 1.000 $           1,000
BYD COMPANY LTD ADR BYDDY $             8.44 118.480 1.000 $           1,000
Continental AG (ADR) CTTAY $           42.86 23.330 1.000 $           1,000
Daimler AG (USA) DDAIF $           80.70 12.390 1.000 $           1,000
Delphi Automotive PLC DLPH $           75.35 13.270 1.000 $           1,000
Denso Corp (ADR) DNZOY $           22.69 44.070 1.000 $           1,000
Ford Motor Company F $           13.73 72.830 1.000 $           1,000
General Motors Company GM $           29.01 34.470 1.000 $           1,000
Google Inc GOOG $       630.38 1.586 1.000 $           1,000
Magna MGA $           49.23 20.313 1.000 $           1,000
Mobileye NV Amsterdam MBLY $           56.42 17.724 1.000 $           1,000
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (ADR) NSANY $           18.31 54.620 1.000 $           1,000
NVIDIA Corporation NVDA $           22.73 43.990 1.000 $           1,000
Tesla Motors Inc TSLA $       248.48 4.025 1.000 $           1,000
TomTom TOM2 €             8.97 100.010 1.115 $           1,000
Visteon Corp VC $       100.49 9.950 1.000 $           1,000
VALEO SA (ADR) VLEEF $           63.66 15.710 1.000 $           1,000
Volkswagen AG (ADR) VLKPY $           38.32 26.100 1.000 $           1,000
Volvo AB (ADR) VOLVY $           10.94 91.410 1.000 $           1,000
Renesas TYO:6732 ¥       708.00 168.008 0.00841 $           1,000

Why the change? We found that with the one-share approach the stocks with the highest prices, i.e., Google, trading over $600, and Tesla, over $250, could swing the D20 wildly with just a small change in their pricing. The dollar-average approach means each company in the D20 now makes up about five percent of the index’s underlying value.

Why didn’t the D20 Index change radically when we switched the basis? We have always used a divisor with the D20 Index, and it started as 10.0. That meant we added up all the stock prices at the close of the trading day and divided by 10. To switch to the new dollar-average approach we changed the divisor so the new D2’s underlying value would be the same as the old D2. So on August 28, 2015 we used the closing stock prices to find the value of each of the two D20s, then adjusted the divisor for the dollar-averaged D20 so it had the same value as the old D20. The new divisor is 134.27296.

On September 4 we switched over to the revised D20 Index with the three new stocks and the new divisor.

Visit the Driverless Transportation D20 Stock Index page to learn more about it and its component stocks.