Cross-industry collaborations

Baidu has suggested that it will “roll out” a NHTSA Level 3 autonomous vehicle by the end of this year.

The development of the technology has given rise to collaborations between stakeholders from a variety of industries. One such collaboration is between Chinese web giant, Baidu, and BMW. Baidu has suggested that it will “roll out” a NHTSA Level 3 autonomous vehicle by the end of this year.

In the drone space, NASA and Verizon are working together in an effort to “develop a sort of air-traffic control on cell towers for small, low-altitude drones”.  The first tests are scheduled for this summer, and “Verizon is working toward offering things like navigation and data for drones by 2017”.

CES: autonomy, car sharing, car swapping, keyless access to vehicles and more

For its car sharing DriveNow program, BMW also introduced a new MasterCard credit card that makes on demand car sharing even easier.

At CES, numerous manufacturers showed off their advances in autonomy, including Bosch, Audi, Valeo, BMW and Delphi . For its car sharing DriveNow program, BMW also introduced a new MasterCard credit card that makes on demand car sharing even easier. The card communicates with vehicles using near field communications, allowing users to just get into the cars and drive away. The card is a key for the car. No additional identification requirements because the card already contains all that information.

Keyless access to vehicles was also demonstrated by Audi as it unveiled a smartwatch to unlock your car.

Ford announced a car swapping experiment, to be undertaken in Dearborn MI, that is aimed at allowing people to use the right vehicle for the right job.