Autonomous Vehicle Industry’s Self-Inflicted and Avoidable Collapse — Ongoing Update

I predicted this two years ago

The industry will crash due to the futility and recklessness of relying on public shadow and safety driving to develop and test autonomous vehicles.

How many signs do you folks need??????

Most of these companies are effectively bankrupt now. And have been from the start.

Every AV maker could be combined, and it wouldn’t save them. The development approach is that wrong

This is completely avoidable

Signs — Updated 4–3–2021

· Drive.AI — bankrupt — bought by Apple

· Apple — recently slowed their effort

· Audi stopped their L3 work

· Ford delayed again to 2022

· Waymo loses 85% of their valuation-and is funded for under $3B — under 3 years of funding

· Starsky Robotics goes bankrupt

· Five.AI CEO admitted it would cost hundreds of billions of $ to get to L4

· Gill Pratt from Toyota says that just because we can’t do this now it doesn’t mean we never will

· Tesla slipped AP/FSD again

· Cruise cut drivers and their CFO resigned — and now they say they cut more engineers than they said the first time

· is silent?

· Zoox is for sale for 1/3 original valuation

· Continental is cutting L3 funding

· Oxbotica looking for a sale

· BMW stops AV partnership with Mercedes

· Volvo now teams with Waymo in addition to Uber ATG — Hedge? Waymo buying or partnering with Uber ATG?

· Waymo and Aurora are now switching to trucks — this to make things simpler (won’t help)

· VW funds Argo and gives them Audi AID

· May Mobility is collapsing

· GM has so little confidence in it’s own staff and Cruise they tried to buy Zoox

· Press questioning Aurora’s ability to stay solvent

· Uber teams up with Yandex (Russia) — What about ATG? (See below)

· Consumer Reports performs simple tests of Tesla’s AP/FSD and it fails miserably (With still no cross country drive, promised two years go, or L5, And the cars keep slamming in to stationary/crossing objects like police cars, firetrucks, trailers, tow trucks, passenger cars, street sweepers and barriers. Killing 7 people.)

· Uber ATG merging with Aurora and Aurora did not pick up the ATG lead or the R&D group (What happened to Yandex?)

· Motional teams with Lyft

· Tesla kills 7th person due to “autopilot” and fatally flawed sensor detection system that fails to detect stationary or crossing objects properly

· Nuro bought Ike

· Cruise looking to buy Voyage

· Argo announces a possible IPO

· John Krafcik resigns from Waymo right when their “L4” capabilities are being challenged

As I have said over and over and over — We need to literally flip the development and testing paradigm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And now we need to add the use of gaming technology-based simulation systems.)

The solution is to use DoD/aerospace simulation technology, informed and validated by the real-world, to replace 99.9% of the public shadow and safety driving. (And not gaming based simulation. There are far too many architectural and sensor model engineering issues.).

More here

The Autonomous Vehicle Industry can be Saved by doing the Opposite of what is being done now


SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazine — Simulation’s Next Generation (featuring Dactle)

· for Successfully Creating an Autonomous Ground or Air Vehicle

Simulation can create a Complete Digital Twin of the Real World if DoD/Aerospace Technology is used


Simulation Photorealism is almost Irrelevant for Autonomous Vehicle Development and Testing

The Crash of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry


Proposal for Successfully Creating an Autonomous Ground or Air Vehicle


Autonomous Vehicles Need to Have Accidents to Develop this Technology

Using the Real World is better than Proper Simulation for AV Development — NONSENSE

Why are Autonomous Vehicle makers using Deep Learning over Dynamic Sense and Avoid with Dynamic Collision Avoidance? Seems very inefficient and needlessly dangerous?


The Hype of Geofencing for Autonomous Vehicles

My name is Michael DeKort — I am a former system engineer, engineering and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, the Aegis Weapon System, and on C4ISR for DHS.

Key Industry Participation

- Lead — SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving SAE Model and Simulation Task

- Member SAE ORAD Verification and Validation Task Force

- Member DIN/SAE International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS) Sensor Simulation Specs

- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

- Member of the IEEE Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems Policy Committee (AI&ASPC)

- Presented the IEEE Barus Ethics Award for Post 9/11 Efforts

My company is Dactle

We are building an aerospace/DoD/FAA level D, full L4/5 simulation-based testing and AI system with an end-state scenario matrix to address several of the critical issues in the AV/OEM industry I mentioned in my articles below. This includes replacing 99.9% of public shadow and safety driving. As well as dealing with significant real-time, model fidelity and loading/scaling issues caused by using gaming engines and other architectures. (Issues Unity will confirm. We are now working together. We are also working with UAV companies). If not remedied these issues will lead to false confidence and performance differences between what the Plan believes will happen and what actually happens. If someone would like to see a demo or discuss this further please let me know.

Systems Engineer, Engineering/Program Management -- DoD/Aerospace/IT - Autonomous Systems Air & Ground, FAA Simulation, UAM, V2X, C4ISR, Cybersecurity