News from Waymo, Scania, atlatec and more

September 2019 in automotive innovation

Once more I’m sharing a few news items from the automotive industry that I found worth discovering this month – hopefully, you find some of them worth your time as well:

“Waymo Valuation Slashed on Autonomous Vehicle Tech Delays” – via Bloomberg

Sometimes it feels like the marketing departments of autonomous driving companies are outperforming their engineers. Now Morgan Stanley has made headlines by adjusting its valuation of Google spinoff Waymo, citing “a series of hurdles relating to the commercialization and advancement of autonomous driving technology” as the reason:

“This Scania autonomous truck concept doesn’t even have a cab” – via Digital Trends

As a contrast to that first piece, Scania has now unveiled an actual concept truck for autonomous applications – this one intended for use in mining areas and so consequently designed for purely autonomous use that there isn’t even any need for a cab:

“New TRL study claims AVs can reduce vehicle collisions by 22%” – via Autonomous Vehicles International

Safety is one of the most discussed aspects when it comes to autonomous vehicles: How safe is “safe?” And should we allow AVs on the road that are not perfectly safe – because they’re still safer than human drivers? A new study by the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) adds some numbers to this discussion suggests that “the introduction of AVs to our roads is likely to bring the biggest change in road safety since the introduction of the seatbelt” Read more here:

“Mapping Company atlatec Opens Tokyo Branch” – via atlatec

As a closing piece for this month, we have some news of our own to share (albeit a little bit late): With “atlatec Japan株式会社” we have opened our first office outside our German headquarter this summer – and things are going good. “The market is definitely growing and we see a rising need for real-life maps to be used both in autonomous vehicles and simulations” says our Representative Director Kyosuke Tomoyasu.

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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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