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Online learning provider Udacity announced this week that it is expanding its learning partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) to train the next generation of engineering talent in self-driving car technology.  Udacity has announced a new program – the Sensor Fusion Engineer Nanodegree program – which has been developed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, one of the first...
Automotive company Geely Auto Group has opened a new research and development centre in Germany, focused on new propulsion systems and next-generation mobility technology. The Geely Auto Technical Deutschland (GATD) facility at Raunheim, close to Frankfurt airport, is expected to employ around 300 engineers and technology specialists within the next few years, as the group increases its presence in electrification and new energy vehicles....
Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering has announced the launch of a new information engineering course with a focus on autonomous driving. The course for second-year undergraduate students, taught by Professor Roberto Cipolla, Dr Richard Turner and Dr Glenn Vinnicombe, aims to provide a unified view of information engineering, showing how signal processing, computer vision, machine learning and control relate to one...
Local Motors , the developer of self-driving shuttle Olli, has appointed transit industry veteran Nicholas Cole as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Cole will lead the company’s sales operations, with a focus on driving commercial adoption of its autonomous mobility products. Currently an industry consultant, Cole most recently led the expansion and transformation efforts for Avis Budget Group’s car-sharing network,...
Autonomous vehicles developer NAVYA has partnered with professional development provider INSAVALOR to offer and develop a range of training courses for those involved in autonomous vehicles. The initiative, “NAVYA ACADEMY by INSAVALOR”, will combine INSAVALOR’s expertise in continuous professional development with NAVYA’s autonomous vehicles know-how, to offer a range of training courses for people working in the...
As automation affects more and more industries, it’s reasonable to think that jobs traditionally done by humans will start to disappear, as workers are replaced with robots. But a recent report suggests that the opposite is actually true. It found that more employers than ever (87%) are planning to increase or maintain headcount in the next two years, as a result of automation. The report from ManpowerGroup, ‘Humans Wanted:...
Much has been made of the potential benefits of driverless vehicles and automated technologies – from improved mobility to better road safety. But there are also concerns about the impact self-driving vehicles could have on existing transportation jobs. Last year, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)  commissioned a report  on the subject, which found that the driverless vehicle...
Online learning provider Coursera has partnered with the University of Toronto to launch a course specialising in self-driving cars, designed for those with some engineering experience but limited formal training in self-driving technologies. The company said that the four-part specialisation would be the first of its kind to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge and engineering to make safe autonomous vehicles a reality....
LiDAR technology firm RoboSense  has appointed Dr. Leilei Shinohara as Vice President of R&D, tasked with growing and developing automotive grade mass production of RoboSense’s LiDAR products. Prior to joining RoboSense, Dr. Shinohara was Technical Lead, Asia OEMs at Valeo, where he was responsible for automotive LiDAR, safety, and sensors. He managed a team across six countries, responsible for developing systems,...
Self-driving vehicle developer Waymo has received approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to manufacture its vehicles in the state, leading to the potential creation of hundreds of self-driving jobs. “Thanks to our collaboration with MEDC, we’ll bring new job opportunities to the talented citizens of Southeast Michigan,” said Waymo in a statement announcing its plans. Waymo will begin by...
New research from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Detroit Mobility Lab (DML) has found that self-driving and electric cars will help to create more than 100,000 US mobility industry jobs in the next decade. However, demand for as many as 30,000 engineering graduates with degrees in computer-related subjects could significantly exceed the expected supply, exacerbating the industry’s existing talent shortage, warn the...
Following the departure last year of its CEO Tim Kentley-Klay, autonomous vehicle developer Zoox has announced the appointment of Aicha Evans as its new CEO and a member of its Board of Directors. Evans joins Zoox from 12 years at Intel, where she was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the firm’s transition from a PC-centric to a data-centric company. Before that, Evans was General Manager...