Autonomous Vehicles

News and information about vehicles which can drive themselves without human supervision or input. Unmanned vehicles are vehicles which are either controlled remotely, or perhaps operate autonomously.

LTU Wins Second Consecutive Autonomous Vehicle World Championship

SOUTHFIELD – For the second consecutive year, Lawrence Technological University is the world champion of autonomous vehicles. LTU won the Self-Drive Challenge competition at the 26th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held last week at Oakland University in Rochester. The winning vehicle is called ACTor, for Autonomous Campus Transport/Taxi. The two-seat Polaris Gem electric vehicle

By | 2018-06-05T19:10:33+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Protean Electric Gets $40 Million Investment For In-Wheel Electric Motors

TROY - In-Wheel Electric Motor company Protean Electric announced this week that it has completed a $40 million equity investment as the initial closing of its Series E funding round. Protean, founded in 2009 as a spinout of a bankrupt English electric motor manufacturer, has approximately 110 employees. The company has research and engineering offices in

By | 2018-06-01T11:44:44+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, ESD|

UM Study: Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy In Traffic

ANN ARBOR — Connected cruise control uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to let automated vehicles respond to multiple cars at a time in an effort to save energy and improve safety. University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated its effectiveness on public roads, even when just one automated vehicle is moving among human-driven cars. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V,

By | 2018-05-09T15:56:27+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Featured|

Toyota Research Institute To Open Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds In October

OTTAWA LAKE -  The Toyota Research Institute will build a closed-course 60-acre test facility at Michigan Technical Resource park in Ottawa Lake that will become operational in October to develop automated vehicle technology. Construction permits were filed this week. The new site will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate demanding “edge case” driving

By | 2018-05-07T20:44:31+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Detroit-China Border Investment Summit Recap With Milan Stevanovich

ROYAL OAK - Milan Stevanovich, vice president of global strategy for the Detroit Chinese Business Association, discussed the recent Detroit-China Cross Border Investment Summit he hosted at NextEnergy on April 19 that featured a full day focusing on collaborative investment opportunities between the U.S. and China. The TED-style conference emphasized collaborative investment opportunities in the

By | 2018-05-07T21:07:01+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Featured, M2 TechCast, Podcasts|

PlanetM Teams With WardsAuto To Host Match Meetings At Interiors Conference

LANSING - PlanetM is teaming up with WardsAuto to host Match Meetings at their upcoming Interiors Conference May 30 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The deadline for suppliers to apply is May 1. Tech Provider (supplier) Application: Tech Provider Application   This event is expected to draw more than 500 industry professionals. PlanetM is

By | 2018-05-07T21:15:23+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Michigan Connected Vehicle Security Startup Karamba Security Raises $10 Million

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Connected vehicle security startup Karamba Security Ltd. announced it has raised $10 million in another venture round that will be used to fund the acquisition of companies and technology to beef up its Autonomous Security portfolio. The money in this round came from Silicon Valley-based venture debt firm Western Technology Investment. Last May, Karamba, an Israeli

By | 2018-04-11T15:48:15+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Featured|

Airfoil Group Blog Series Focuses On AI, Machine Learning, Autonomous Driving

ROYAL OAK - Airfoil Group is working on a blog series to inform and educate Airfoil’s audience about tech trends on the horizon. It’s called In Tech Trends We Trust, (or Maybe Not). On this segment of M2 TechCast, Airfoil’s Media Strategist and Editorial Director, Tim Moynihan, and Technical Operational Supervisor, Tony Onofrio, discuss different

By | 2018-03-28T13:18:57+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, M2 TechCast, Podcasts|

Experts Contend Uber’s Driverless Car Crash Was Avoidable

TEMPE, Az. - It's day four of the Tempe Police Department's investigation into Uber's self-driving car crash, the accident that resulted in the first fatality of a pedestrian from a car in full autonomous mode. And there's still no clear answer what went wrong. The Arizona police, along with federal investigators, have been examining the vehicle and accident

By | 2018-03-23T12:27:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Michigan Senators Applaud Federal Funding To Advance Safe Development Of Self-Driving Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded the inclusion of $100 million in the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill for the safe research, development and demonstration of self-driving vehicle technologies, including dedicated funding for the Department of Transportation’s federally designated Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds. “Self-driving vehicles have the potential to

By | 2018-03-22T18:48:17+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles, Politics|