U.S. drivers experience more than 1.5 million deer-related accidents per year, causing about 200 deaths per year, 10,000 injuries, and more than $1 billion in annual damage. StradVision, a California-based artificial intelligence (AI) developer for camera-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AVs), is adding Animal Detection capabilities to its SVNet software.

“SVNet will have the ability to almost completely end the tragedies and property damage caused by vehicle incidents involving animal collisions,” StradVision CEO Junhwan Kim says. “Upon detection of an animal, SVNet will be able to assume control of the vehicle virtually at the speed of light, in scenarios where human reactions are not going to prevent the collision.”

The feature can swiftly detect animals in difficult conditions such as rain, snow, fog, darkness, and urban environments.

StradVision https://www.stradvision.com

Rolls-Royce, Autonomous Solutions Inc. partner on mining equipment

Rolls-Royce’s MTU commercial engine brand will work with Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI): ASI Mining to ensure its commercial vehicle engines are compatible with ASI’s Moebius command and control software for autonomous mining.

The companies plan to leverage their experiences to optimize vehicle power performance and efficiency in autonomous environments.

“This agreement may help mining operators save big on operational costs and at the same time, reduce their environmental footprint by cutting emissions,” says Scott Woodruff, global director for Mining and Oil & Gas at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce and ASI Mining hope to retrofit power systems on existing haul trucks and convert them to autonomous operation.

Autonomous Solutions Inc.: ASI Mining https://www.asirobots.com/mining

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG https://www.rrpowersystems.com

Waymo vehicle updates

Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car initiative, has launched the fifth-generation system using Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicles (EVs). The technology developer says it has cut sensor costs by 50% on its combined light detection and ranging (LiDAR), camera-based, and radar sensors while improving range and durability.

“With each generation of our custom hardware we’ve been able to bring down the cost of our sensors while delivering even more capabilities and compute power,” says Satish Jeyachandran, Waymo’s head of hardware. “With our fifth-generation hardware, we’ve simplified the design and manufacturing process so it can be production-ready, and our latest sensors deliver more performance than ever before, at half the cost of our previous generation.”

Waymo https://waymo.com