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VTT Marilyn, the robot car, demonstrates her capabilities on May 16 at RobustSENSE

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The RobustSENSE final event will take place on Wednesday in Ulm, Germany. At the event, participants will be able to see the prototypes and even see the robot cars demonstrating what they can do. One of the stars of the event will be VTT Marilyn, the Finnish robot car that sees a lot better than humans do, ensuring a safer trip than human drivers could ever do. Of course, VTT Marilyn is not ready yet to go out in the world, even so, it has a lot to show and the RobustSENSE participant will definitely have something to talk about for days.

Marilyn is an automated car developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She is not only able to follow preprogrammed routes and avoid collisions without input from a driver, she travels safe thanks to the fact that she can see, hear, and sense her environment. To be more exact, VTT Marilyn can see way better than any human driver could. VTT Marilyn can safely drive through fog people could never see through. The automated car might not travel as fast as normal in foggy conditions, even so, Marilyn can safely move forward and avoid collisions not only with objects but also with humans.

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The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will demonstrate the capabilities of Marilyn at the RobustSENSE final event in Ulm on May 16. In order to safely avoid collision with objects and pedestrians, Marilyn is equipped with the new 1550 nanometre LiDAR and additional intelligence for its software, which improves sensor capabilities. Even in thick fog, Marilyn can see to roughly 30 meters. This way, the automated car doesnțt need to stop in difficult weather conditions, it only has to slow a little bit don to avoid collisions. Naturally, the automated car is also equipped with traditional automotive radars but their detection of non-metallic obstacles and resolution is limited, particularly when trying to recognize shapes.

At the RobustSENSE final event, the participants will be able to watch VTT Marilyn through a bank of fog created in a tent, a fog that passengers could not see through. After passing through the chamber, the automated car will avoid a dummy thanks to the new 1550nm LiDAR, which is the only sensor based on which a decision to swerve can be made. After demonstrating her skills of driving through fog, Marilyn will show off her automated parking skills in the summer, based on commands from outside the car.

Participants to the RobustSENSE will also be able to see another five robot cars showing off their respective skills. They will also be able to hop in one of them, according to the organizers. The experience will most likely be a memorable one.

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BMW predicts a drop in sales as rising prices reduce consumers’ purchasing power

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FRANKFURT — BMW’s quarterly net profit increased 23 percent to 3.18 billion euros ($3.1 billion), largely due to high car prices, but the company cautioned that rising inflation and interest rates will start to impact on sales in the coming months.

Increased profits are being seen despite decreased sales volumes caused by problems in the supply chain, such as the lack of semiconductor chips, which has slowed production for automakers throughout the world.

CEO Oliver Zipse stated in a statement that the company was on track to reach its annual goals because “our outstanding third quarter results highlight that flexibility fosters resilience.”

BMW and other automakers have been able to hike prices because to robust demand and low inventories, but economists believe that consumers will begin to rein down significant purchases as recession chances increase and central banks raise interest rates.

BMW predicted that its above-average order books will “normalize, especially in Europe” in the coming months as a result of rising inflation and interest rates, which would reduce the purchasing power of consumers.

BMW’s finance director Nicolas Peter, though, said the company anticipates its “good momentum” to carry over into 2023, despite full-year sales being somewhat lower than in 2021 and sales of full-electric vehicles expected to treble.

The company said that it expects an operating margin of between 7% and 9% for the full year.

However, the manufacturer saw a 35% increase in revenue to 37.18 billion euros ($36.49 billion) in the third quarter despite global sales falling 9.5% from the same period last year.

BMW’s pretax profit of €4.1 billion was higher than the consensus estimate of €3.4 billion.

Higher costs for raw materials and energy, as well as the price of gaining control of the Chinese joint venture Brilliance, contributed to the 2.7 billion euro increase in costs reported by the firm compared to the same time in the previous year.

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By 2035, all new car sales in New York and California will be hybrid or electric vehicles.

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According to Governor Kathy Hochul, New York will follow California’s lead and require that all new automobiles, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state be either electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids. By 2026, 35% of new cars must be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2030, 60% must be. By 2035, all new school buses must have zero emissions. The rules won’t go into effect until after a public hearing. According to Governor Kathy Hochul, New York will follow California’s lead and require that all new automobiles, trucks, and SUVs sold in the state be either electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids. By 2026, 35% of new cars must be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2030, 60% must be. By 2035, all new school buses must have zero emissions. The rules won’t go into effect until after a public hearing.

Hochul directed the state’s environmental agency to establish regulations resembling those imposed by California, which bans the sale of all vehicles powered only by fossil fuels by the year 2035. These regulations, which went into effect this month, with the goal of selling 9.5 fewer internal combustion engine (ICE) only vehicles by 2035 while reducing passenger vehicle pollution by 25% by 2037.

“We had to wait for California to take a step because there’s some federal requirements that California had to go first — that’s the only time we’re letting them go first,” in a press conference yesterday, the governor said.

 

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Self-Driving To Be Standard In The 2020’s

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Technology in vehicles has seen amazing leaps in the past several years. Only eight years ago things like Bluetooth or WiFi in vehicles were not standard. These amenities were only reserved for luxurious vehicles are standard in even the most economical model of cars now. Companies like GM and Ford purchasing self-driving startups and expecting to release new vehicles in the next few years with self-driving capability.

Companies like Tesla have had self-driving vehicles for a few years. And even Google has experimented with self-driving technology. There have been some hiccups and a few other misuses of the technology. This should not stop the progress of the technology. The technology is still in its early stages but I would expect the minor things to be fixed within the next few years. Many other major car manufacturing companies are predicting to have a self-driving vehicle within the next few years.

While its too soon to tell how this technology will affect future traffic laws, it is likely to make some marvelous changes in the future. Road trips will definitely change with such advances. It can only be hoped that it positively affects us more than any harm it might cause in the future.

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