News from atlatec, Tesla, Waymo, Nikola, Zoox

Your monthly automotive briefing

September is coming to and end and it is time for the monthly automotive briefing. Our team has been expanding recently and we are happy to welcome on board our new Marketing Manager Hanna Auseyenka. Hanna is taking over the monthly automotive digest for you. 

September has been quite an eventful month for the automotive industry. As some companies come one step closer towards self-driving future and gain approval to test their driverless vehicles on real roads, others, like Nikola Motors, face distressing news.

Here’s a short overview of articles that might be of interest for you.

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ Falls Short of Its Name – Via Consumer Reports

There has been plenty of controversy around what Tesla claims to be ‘Full Self Driving Capabilities’ and what specifically constitutes a ‘feature complete’ status for those. Consumer Reports has now undertaken an independent test of all these features – this article is a nice summary of their procedure and results.

Germany wants to permit driverless cars across the country by 2022 – Via TNW

Germany driverless car

Despite coming down hard on Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, Germany isn’t totally against the concept of self-driving cars. Several German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, met last week to discuss possible regulations of self-driving cars. 

Driverless Trucking Not Slowing Down But The Ride Is Getting Bumpier – Via Forbes

driverless trucks

During the recent Automated Vehicles Symposium, industry stakeholders from Waymo, Kodiak, TuSimple, Einride, Penske, PACCAR and others discussed what the future of self-driving trucks will look like. This article is a nice recap of the industry’s supposed turning point by AV veteran Richard Bishop.

Nikola founder Trevor Milton leaves amid fraud claims, shares plunge – Via New York Post


Dramatic news for Nikola Motor, the company that aims to produce zero-emissions vehicles: Trevor Milton founder and executive chairman, is stepping down from the company’s board of directors.

Zoox gains approval to test autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in California – Via Venture Beat


September has been an exciting month for Zoox. It is now the fourth company to receive a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The other three companies that already have their vehicles on the roads are Waymo, Nuro, and AutoX.

Partnership Between atlatec and Applus+ IDIADA Results in 330 Kilometers Scanned Catalan Roads and a Sample Set – via atlatec


Several months ago atlatec Gmbh partnered up with the Spanish company Applus+ IDIADA and scanned 330 kilometers of Catalan public roads to collect data required for the creation of high-definition maps (HD maps) to be used to validate autonomous vehicles. Scanned routes include highways, interurban roads, rural roads, and city streets. The routes were selected for their above-average probability of encountering challenging situations for connected and automated vehicles. 

The collaboration between atlatec and Applus+ IDIADA resulted in the release of a second set of free sample data. As of today, a sample set of Catalan 3D roads with inch-perfect accuracy is available for download on the atlatec website.

All the best

Hanna Auseyenka
atlatec Gmbh

P.S. Do you feel like we missed something? Feel free to send me over your worth-sharing industry news over LinkedIn.

By Tom Dahlström

As a business developer, I'm a "matchmaker" between atlatec's HD map/scenario portfolio and the needs of automotive and mobility companies in ADAS and AVs. I try to keep on top of market and technology trends and enjoy sharing with other industry stakeholders.

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