Magna’s Role in Self-Driving Cars
Magna International Inc. is helping car companies integrate such building blocks for autonomous driving as automatic steering, adaptive cruise control and emergency automatic braking.
The company’s goal is to provide an integrated solution that delivers the desired user experience, tailored to the model-by-model expectations of the carmaker, explains Chris Van Dan Elzen, global product director for Magna Electronics’ driver assistance systems.
He says Magna enables carmakers to offer automated features that drivers can use when they wish but also switch off and do the driving themselves if they prefer.
Visteon Corp. is developing DriveCore, an open platform to control and operate autonomous vehicles.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.