Video on 17 self-driving stories in early 2022

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Here's a new video where I go over 17 different recent stories in self-driving for early 2022. The video is divided up with Youtube "Chapters" so you can easily seek to the stories of interest to you.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:31 Cruise Accident
  • 1:48 Tesla no radar in S or X
  • 2:30 Tesla phantom breaking
  • 3:15 Tesla speeds up delivery if you buy $12K FSD
  • 6:11 Waymo charging money
  • 10:27 Motional Robotaxi in vegas
  • 11:52 Cruise History
  • 12:35 Origin manufacturing approval
  • 13:15 Kyle CEO of Cruise
  • 15:50 Wayve gets a ton of money & Neural Nets
  • 16:54 Waabi World
  • 18:00 Starship gets $100M
  • 19:43 Yandex shuts down delivery and robotaxi
  • 21:10 Waymo trade secrets
  • 22:40 Baidu and AutoX expand in China
  • 23:30 Tesla FSD Rolling Stops
  • 28:30 Dawn Project & Security Risk on Cars in War
  • 31:40 New FMVSS for robots
  • 33:16 Story of Uber safety driver

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What is Toyota "breakthrough" with cameras for training algos?

Press reporting was misleading. They want to use camera only cars for training data. They still plan for the self-driving cars to use a full sensor suite.

breaking news from Handelsblatt VW to use Qualcomm chips

Contract until 2031, vol 1bn
1st chip delivery 2025
Install Software, developed w Bosch
2nd step L4 software install
SoC ship used by all brands fr 2026

Handelsblatt implies exclusive use of Qualcomm chips by VW for autonomous driving SoC for 5 years.

from 2026 onwards across all brands worldwide. Handelsblatt found out from corporate circles. Volkswagen declined to comment on the information.

The contract value is rumored to be around 1 billion.

If true, a negative for Intel's Mobileye.

Volkswagen is making a long-term commitment to the US chip company Qualcomm in the development of automated driving . The carmaker will use the "System-on-a-Chip" (SoC) specially developed for automated driving from 2026 onwards across all brands worldwide. The Handelsblatt found out from corporate circles. Volkswagen declined to comment on the information.

The contract with Qualcomm will continue until 2031. The first chips will be delivered to VW in 2025. According to locals, the contract amount is equivalent to one billion euros.

VW will install the automatic drive software on the Qualcomm chip, which the car manufacturer is currently developing alongside Bosch. In the second step, the programmed automatic drive software on so-called Level 4 should also run on the chip. At this level, cars can drive independently on the highway at all times.

A key element of the plan is the pressure to discover Volkswagen and the entire automotive industry when it comes to connecting and driving freely. According to corporate circles, Qualcomm is a “speed booster”. Thanks to chips from the American group, the car manufacturer could bring Bosch’s software to market more quickly.

A few days ago, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess traveled to Qualcomm's corporate headquarters in San Diego, USA , to sign the contract . There, Diess, together with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon and Qualcomm Automotive boss Nakul Duggal, agreed on the terms of future cooperation.

The fact that Diess flies personally to the USA for the negotiations shows the importance of the cooperation for Europe's largest car manufacturer and its CEO. For the 63-year-old, the agreement with Qualcomm is a success with a great signal effect. He can show critics that the future business with automated driving at the VW software unit Cariad is finally making headway.
Criticism of Diess and Cariad had recently increased in the group itself and outside. Since the beginning of the year, Diess has taken over the operational supervision of the software unit as VW boss. Together with Cariad boss Dirk Hilgenberg, he works out the software strategy of the VW group. Now both are under special observation and the corresponding pressure to succeed.

For a long time, Cariad has been accused of not being able to keep to the given schedules. Internally, resistance from individual brands in particular seems to be great. According to insiders, the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer Porsche is not really convinced of the capabilities of the Cariad. Because the software for new models there is not ready in time, their market launches are sometimes postponed. Even suppliers with whom Cariad works on software development are critical of the sluggish progress, as the Handelsblatt recently reported.

In Wolfsburg, delays at Cariad are now openly acknowledged. There have been problems with various software projects over the past year. At that time, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann was still responsible for the new software unit. The company says things are moving faster now.
Increasing competitive pressure
The fact that at least the chip question for automated driving has now been clarified should give new impetus to the further development of the software in the Volkswagen Group. The Wolfsburg manufacturer doesn't have much time left. Because in view of competitors such as Tesla and newcomers from China, such as Xpeng or Nio , who are already entering the European market with ready-to-use software systems, the competitive pressure is enormous.

Volkswagen and the other German manufacturers will have to catch up with the software for automated driving and the car operating systems in the next two to three years in order to remain competitive at all. Volkswagen and Co. can only keep to this time window if they get help from large chip companies with the hardware.
VW is pursuing a particularly ambitious plan. While the southern German competitors are developing the software for automated driving together with the respective chip companies, the Volkswagen subsidiary Cariad relies on Bosch as a software partner. A few months ago, the VW Group and the world's largest automotive supplier concluded a corresponding cooperation agreement.

According to the group, Bosch was therefore involved in the decision to buy chips from Volkswagen at Qualcomm. Because the jointly developed software must be closely coordinated with the hardware, i.e. the chip, so that maximum performance can be obtained from the chip with minimum power consumption. This procedure is familiar from the world of smartphones, where Apple uses its own chips for its iPhones, for example, which are customized for the respective software.

The chips that Volkswagen will purchase from Qualcomm for automated driving in the future were still fully developed by the American IT group. But that should change soon, the VW group wants to develop semiconductors itself in order to be able to use them in its vehicles as required. News can be expected this year, according to company circles over the weekend.

By choosing Bosch as a software partner, VW hopes that it will have more control over development – ​​and higher sales. Critics claim that competitor Mercedes, for example, entered into a "gag contract" when it decided to cooperate with Nvidia in terms of both hardware and software.

From 2024 onwards, when the first jointly developed systems come onto the market at Mercedes, more than 40 percent of the income that Mercedes generates with software packages for automated driving functions will end up at Nvidia.

Volkswagen also chose Qualcomm so as not to become too dependent. "Because unlike other chip manufacturers, Qualcomm was the only company that offered us cooperation on an equal footing," said one person with knowledge of what's happening at VW. Volkswagen's contract with Qualcomm is not based on a "revenue-sharing" model like Mercedes, but rather the Wolfsburg company pays per chip.

With the Qualcomm deal, Volkswagen has only cleared the first of several hurdles. It is still unclear which chip Volkswagen will use in the high-performance computers for the future self-developed car operating system. The car manufacturer is currently negotiating this with all three major suppliers from the USA: Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel .

With the upcoming car operating system, Volkswagen wants, among other things, to create the conditions for vehicles to be able to communicate via the new 5G mobile communications standard. The planned “VW.os” operating system is also to be used in all vehicles from the Volkswagen Group from 2026 onwards. Cariad is also responsible for the development of this operating system.

Google AI release of research on Waymo related datasets labeled, Lidar-Camera Deep Fusion for Multi-Modal 3D Detection, is hard to take serious in lieu of the new Mobileye release news on production ready True Redundancy. The Google AI research blog paper painting single digit performance gains over public algorithms as state-of-the-art performance as bravado is a stretch, especially given the available resources of Google and Waymo. Mobileye seperating sensor systems as independent functions is an understated achievement few are willing to admit as the most flexible long term path towards affordable HAV scaling. Tick tock.

Deep Learning Is Hitting a Wall
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