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Autonomous Software Layer for Vehicles through 3rd Party Integrators / Vendors

It seems that car manufacturers, among others, are building autonomous hardware (i.e. vehicle and other sensors) as well as the software to govern their usage.  Few companies are separating the hardware and software layers to explicitly carve out the autonomous software, for example.

Yes, there are benefits to tightly couple the autonomous hardware and software:

1. Proprietary implementations and intellectual property – Implementing autonomous vehicles within a single corporate entity may ‘fast track’ patents, and mitigate NDA challenges / risks

2. Synergies with two (or more) teams working in unison to implement functional goals.  However, this may also be accomplished through two organizations with tightly coupled teams.   Engaged, strong team leadership to help eliminate corp to corp BLOCKERS, must be in place to ensure deliverables.

There are also advantages with two separate organizations, one the software layer, and the other, the vehicle hardware implementation, i.e. sensors

1. Implementation of Autonomous Vehicle Hardware from AI Software enables multiple, strong alternate corporate perspectives These perspectives allow for a stronger, yet balanced approach to implementation.

2.  The AI Software for Autonomous vehicles, if contractually allowed, may work with multiple brand vehicles, implementing similar capabilities.  Vehicles now have capabilities / innovations shared across the car industry.  The AI Software may even become a standard in implementing Autonomous vehicles across the industry.

3. Working with multiple hardware / vehicle manufactures may allow the enablement of Software APIs, layer of implementation abstraction.  These APIs may enable similar approaches to implementation, and reduce redundancy and work can be used as ‘the gold standard’ in the industry.

4. We see commercial adoption of autonomous vehicle features such as “Auto Lane Change”, and “Automatic Emergency Braking.” so it makes sense to adopt standards through 3rd Party AI software Integrators / Vendors

5. Incorporating Checks and Balances to instill quality into the product and the process that governs it.

In summation, Car parts are typically not built in one geographic location, but through a global collaboration.  Autonomous software for vehicles should be externalized in order to overcome unbiased safety and security requirements.  A standards organization “with teeth” could orchestrate input from the industry, and collectively devise “best practices” for autonomous vehicles.

Accelerating Availability of EV Charging Stations through Legislation

Are you planning on traveling this week for your vacation?  Bought a gas guzzler instead of an EV because of the time it takes to charge, and chargers were not readily available on your commute or a road trip?  Don’t want to get stuck without a charge, or kill a half day recharging your wheels?  It looks like with the release of the Tesla Model 3 it will address most of these items such as:

  • Range Per Charge – 215 miles
  • Supercharging
    • Tesla Supercharger provides up to 170 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.
  • Relatively Affordable – 35k

But how wide spread are the charging stations, and what could be done as a catalyst to rapidly improve EV charging coverage?   We can look at EV charging coverage, US map like we do for cellular coverage (and range).  One possibility is to tack on a rider to federal funding requiring states that use federal funding for their highways implement EV Charging Stations at EVERY rest stop along the road.  

However, there are a vast array of EV Charging Stations on the market.   Although adoption across the US is currently sporadic, there are several brands/standards of EV Charging Mechanisms

  • A heterogenous mix of N EV chargers per rest stop / station, may allow for a diverse set of solutions.
  • Each state may declare N companies to install, maintain, and periodic upgrades for each EV Charging Station.  Each rest stop / station can be awarded to separate contractors, or clustered
  • The ‘bid winning’ companies per state responsible for the rest station EV chargers must perform ongoing evaluations of EV charging station adoption, and use quantifiable data for upgrading solutions, after N period of time.
Stakeholders to Gain from Expansion of EV Charging Stations across the United States of America.
  • The Consumer
  • EV Manufacturing Car Companies (Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota, etc.) Click here for the complete list.
  • Car Rental Firms
    • Is the cost of maintaining an EV vehicle (e.g. batteries) more expensive than the combustible engine?
  • Retail / shops across the US; i.e. at least 1/2 hour to charge
Who is in a position to accelerate / fast track this program?

Finally, is there really a “lack” of EV Charging Stations across the United States?   Here is a map from the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) list of charging stations.

I found several EV Charging Stations in my area such as  the Molly Pitcher Service Area, Mile Marker 71.7 New Jersey Turnpike, Cranbury, NJ 08512

Bloomberg initiates Driverless, Electric Vehicle(EV) Lane on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, NYC

Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg had been rumored to have started a stealth works project on New York Cities’ Belt Parkway.  It has already launched with private seed money intent at setting up the company to run the project.  It is initially going to be a private and public joint effort to add an additional lane to the Belt Parkway, currently two lanes, and runs through the Borough of Brooklyn.  The intent of this new lane is to be used solely by electric cars (EV), as well as driver-less  vehicles.  This new, bold experiment, rumor has it, is to be announced at the cities IT expo later in the year.

Although companies like Google, Chevy / GM, and Verizon are salivating privately regarding the potential contract opportunities, they are staying at bay until the announcement later this year.  It is also rumored this project includes a share and ride program, with automated transportation housing system for the vehicle storage.

Those close to the story would not articulate if this ambitious program is directed more toward clean energy and saving money for the state, or if this is a larger political move to step into the national arena for Bloomberg.]