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This Week in AVs: House Leaders Appeal to Senate on AVs, Apple Grows its AV Fleet, Chipmakers Eye AVs as Next Big Opportunity, and More

by Alex Adams | @alexjhadams | September 18, 2018

Apple’s AV Test Fleet Continues to Grow

While Apple has yet to publicly reveal its long-term ambitions in the AV space, the company continues to bolster its autonomous vehicle test fleet in California. MacReports first reported that Apple has now obtained approval for 70 test vehicles and 139 human drivers. By comparison, Cruise has reported over 100 permitted vehicles and 400 drivers, and as of May, Waymo had 51 vehicles and 338 drivers permitted in California (although Waymo has hundreds more vehicles in Arizona).

Global Chipmakers see Big Opportunity in Auto Industry, AVs

Renesas Electronics, a top semiconductor supplier for the automotive industry, recently announced an agreement to buy U.S.-based company Integrated Device Technology (IDT) for $6.7 billion. The move will help bolster the Japanese chipmaker’s presence in the auto industry as more and more cars are equipped with advanced driver assistance systems. Some analysts expect that the drive toward autonomous vehicle technologies will help the automotive semiconductor industry grow from $37.5 billion to more than $58 billion by 2024.

Some analysts expect that the drive toward autonomous vehicle technologies will help the automotive semiconductor industry grow from $37.5 billion to more than $58 billion by 2024.

House Leaders Again Appeal to Senate Colleagues on AVs

The House unanimously passed its AV bill more than a year ago, and last week House members again called on the Senate to advance legislation that would create a federal AV framework. If passed, the legislation would require the development of national safety standards and prevent a state-by-state patchwork of laws and regulations.

Simulation Software to Speed AV Learning

A Bloomberg article this week examined the role simulation may play in testing and validating the safety of autonomous vehicles. One company working on simulation software, Applied Intuition, believes that their software will enable immediate improvements to AV technology developers. Where roadway miles are logged slowly, virtual miles can be logged much more rapidly. Virtual environments can also take edge cases and expand upon them—creating different permutations that test an AV’s skill in responding safely and quickly.

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