UK business improvement company BSI has partnered with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and self-driving hub Zenzic to launch a programme of standardisation to support the safe deployment of connected and automated vehicles. The partners hope the initiative will help to shape some of the technical conversations around automated vehicles, while promoting the UK’s sector expertise.
BMW China and Tencent have signed an agreement to work together on building a platform to develop automated driving technologies and products tailored to the local market. The BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform will form the basis for the development of highly and fully automated driving functions.
A driverless bus has hit a pedestrian in the knee in Vienna, reports Bloomberg, leading the city's transit authority to investigate the incident. While the woman reportedly suffered minor injuries, the trials, part of a programme involving the Austrian Institute of Technology and Siemens Mobility, have been suspended.
Groupe PSA and VINCI Autoroutes have announced their latest autonomous vehicle tests, following a trial two years ago that saw a vehicle cross a tollgate in full autonomous mode. The new trials, which aim to improve a vehicle’s ability to adapt its driving in unusual or tricky situations, tested a car driving in autonomous mode through roadworks, as well as performing a 'safe stop'.
The Times reports that driverless cars could pose a significant safety risk because humans are often not ready to take over when the computer cannot cope, according to a study by the RAC Foundation and the University of Nottingham. Academics found that motorists often had poor control when asked to take on driving duties mid-journey, veering across lanes and picking up speed.