AD #2210 – Toyota to Halve Japanese Lineup, California to Allow Driver-Less AV Tests, Lear Creates Intelligent Seat

October 12th, 2017 at 11:40am

Runtime: 8:01

0:30 Toyota to Cut Japanese Lineup in Half
1:18 VW Will Invest in Electric Commercial Vehicles
1:42 VW to Consolidate Parts Making
2:10 California May Allow AV Testing w/o Driver
3:04 Lear’s Intu Intelligent Seating
4:21 Mitsubishi Develops New Lighting Solution
5:45 VTOLs Won’t Get in the Way

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12 Comments to “AD #2210 – Toyota to Halve Japanese Lineup, California to Allow Driver-Less AV Tests, Lear Creates Intelligent Seat”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    VTOLs may make some headway into common transportation but I feel that they will be reserved for the elite (for quite some time). Between cost and scheduling I don’t see a rapid ramp-up for these vehicles. As far as relieving traffic from the surface, that I feel, will be even later in the future.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, those VTOL thingies will be expensive, and extremely inefficient. Also, if there are very many of them flying around over cities, a lot of people in them and on the ground will be killed, when they hit each other and crash.

    No wonder Toyota is cutting down on their offerings in their home market. If they now have 60 models, I suspect half of them are sold only in Japan, and many are similar to each other.

  3. phred Says:

    In California, when I have an accident with a driverless car how do I exchange information? What do I tell my insurance company? What do I tell the 911 operator?
    AND…a lot of these so called new technology items that are packaged in the new cars…who is asking for this pricey stuff? Are they forcing me to buy stuff I do not need or want?

  4. Lisk Says:

    Will these VTOL drones be exempt from filing a flight plan with the FAA? The FAA requires a flight plan for all Instrument flying conditions. Since there is no pilot for visual flight, wouldn’t this quality as an Instrument guided flight?

    I don’t see a great deal of difference between these aircraft and a helicopter, aside what I’m sure is a huge cost. Do the battery powered drones have the ability to auto-rotate in the event of a power failure? That is the underlying safety feature of a helicopter that experience a power failure. Being a 4-rotor design, how many rotors have to be operable to maintain flight or an emergency decent?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I doubt if the quadcopters can autorotate. The rotors will probably be fixed pitch, like on the toy ones. If they are 4-rotor, you’d probably be in deep trouble if one quit. If they have 6, they should probably fly on 5, if not too heavily loaded.

    #3 The new technology must not be terribly expensive to make, because some moderately priced cars have a lot of it standard. A ~$24K base Prius has forward collision warning/auto emergency braking, lane departure warning/lane departure assist standard, and a base Prius is a moderately priced car, especially considering the expense of the hybrid powertrain.

    A lot of car companies/models require expensive packages to get the newer safety features, but as a marketing thing to get people to buy more expensive cars.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    John Mc., if you are there…

    Do you know anything about what actually went on in the Kobe Steels thing? Did they call steel “high strength” when it wasn’t? Did they call batches of aluminum a different alloy than they actually were?

    Especially with the aluminum, it seems it could be a very big deal, if the wrong alloys are being used for spars of airplane wings, or suspension parts of vehicles.

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Helicopter rotors are more rotating wings than propellers; a drone uses multiple propellers, so no, it can not auto-rotate. Whether a drone can fly with less than all of its propellers may be subject to discussion; depending on capacity of the motors and how linear the failure is (linear propulsion will be jeopardized if one motor dies and thrust is no longer linear) but I’m guessing the engineers will take this into account with ‘failure scenario’ taken into consideration.

  8. Ziggy Says:

    Car and Driver magazine has an excellent article on autonomous vehicles this month that delves into a lot of the questions the forum readers here have asked about, I would highly recommend it, not just for the technical highlights but also for the social and psychological implications that “autonomous” vehicles will have on our future generations.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This should be able to auto-rotate, if the rotors have enough moment if inertia, and the pitch can be controlled properly.

  10. Ukendoit Says:

    Way back in 2013, there was a Ted Talk demonstrating drones and their advanced (at that time) capabilities. They were able to fly with half their propellers cut off. The two remaining props compensated for the disabled two by compensating yaw control. They were able to fly just as specific a flight path, though any passengers would be dizzy by the time they landed. I’m sure if they just lost one, it wouldn’t be very bad. They also had the ability to “learn” and readjust. Click on my name to watch it.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #10 That’s interesting. I wouldn’t have thought controlling pitch and roll that way, but if the, now, two-rotor machine is spinning, it can constantly make correction to stay upright, and control position in space. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be riding in a machine doing that.

  12. Chuck Grenci Says:

    “Uk” that was pretty awesome, thanks for sharing that link.