Daimler Truck conducts first liquid hydrogen refueling with next-gen truck prototype
Daimler Truck says it has reached the next milestone in the development of its hydrogen-fueled trucks. For the past year, a Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck fuel-cell prototype has been undergoing intensive testing – both at the company’s in-house test track and on public roads. Daimler is now putting another prototype into operation to test the use of liquid hydrogen.
A newly installed prototype filling station at the development and testing center in Wörth enables the refueling with liquid hydrogen.
MIT researchers release open-source photorealistic simulator for autonomous driving
MIT scientists have unveiled the first open-source simulation engine capable of constructing realistic environments for deployable training and testing of autonomous vehicles.
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has created ‘VISTA 2.0’, a data-driven simulation engine where vehicles can learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios. What’s more, all of the code is being open-sourced to the public.
“Today, only companies have software like the type of simulation environments and capabilities of VISTA 2.0, and this software is proprietary,” explained MIT Professor and CSAIL director Daniela Rus, senior author on a paper about the research.
SHOW REVIEW: Automotive Testing Expo 2022
Automotive Testing Expo returned to Stuttgart, Germany, on June 21, 22 and 23, providing the perfect platform for a host of new product launches and the latest innovations from some of the industry’s leading suppliers. Held at the Messe, the event showcased the latest technologies from hundreds of exhibitors to enable and accelerate vehicle development and testing programs for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
For example, MORAI displayed MORAI SIM: Drive, an innovative digital twin simulation platform that targets specific regions.
Stellantis ups investment in global testing facilities
Stellantis has invested a total of €33m (US$34.7m) in two of its global testing facilities to support the company’s long-term strategy to improve both its EV and autonomous driving technology.
The company’s Orbassano Safety Center, near Turin, Italy, has been significantly upgraded to host four test tracks with four impact points and capabilities for full testing of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and automated driving technology for passenger cars, trucks and light commercial vehicles. Its wind tunnel at Auburn Hills, in the US state of Michigan, is being scaled up with the addition of moving ground plane technology to deliver more accurate aerodynamics measurement of vehicles.
Long-term autonomous public transportation project starts north of the Arctic Circle
Autonomous driving technology developers Sensible 4 and Mobility Forus, alongside public transport provider Boreal, Nordland County Municipality and Bodø Municipality, are collaborating to offer a long-term autonomous driving service north of the Arctic Circle in Norway. The project will support Bodø residents by providing a public transportation link to the local hospital. The challenging seasonal weather will create a stern test for Sensible 4’s all-weather autonomous driving software.
“Bodø is officially operating the northernmost autonomous shuttle bus route in the world.
Hesai heads up lidar ISO test method working group
tCIPre-research work to establish the standard ISO/PWI 13228 Test Method for Automotive Lidar has officially commenced. Chinese company Hesai is acting as the group leader in the ISO Working Group (ISO/TC22/SC32/AHG1), with Valeo as the deputy group leader. Along with other international companies including Denso, Bosch, Sony, Nissan and ZF, the group will jointly formulate the international standards for automotive lidar.
According to research from CICC (China International Capital Corporation), the global market for OEM-installed automotive lidar is expected to reach US$16bn by 2025.
Sentronics and Horiba UK partner on next-generation ultrasonic fuel flow meter
UK-based sensor developer Sentronics has announced a partnership with testing system supplier Horiba UK to launch its next-generation ultrasonic fuel flow meter, dubbed the Horiba RealFlow: Powered by Sentronics, for the automotive industry.
The company states that the sensor provides true under-hood installation and real-time measurement of fuel consumption for automotive validation and verification test applications. With an improved flow measurement accuracy of ±0.5% over an expanded turndown range of 1000:1 it offers unrivalled performance compared to its predecessor.
EXPO NEWS: Live from Stuttgart!
Automotive Testing Technology International caught up with MORAI live at the show in Stuttgart to find out more about its tailored digital twins for ADAS and AV testing.
South Korean startup MORAI is making an impact within the ADAS and AV sector with its simulation solution, MORAI SIM: Drive. The innovative digital twin simulation platform is tailored to ‘target locations’, and according to MORAI, feedback from stakeholders and customers has been very positive.