On November 1, 2023, Aurora Innovation located in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) announced the launch of a modern transport terminal in Houston, and thus its readiness to provide comprehensive service and supervision of cargo transport carried out by autonomous trucks on the route between the cities of Houston and Dallas. The project will involve operating a fleet of approximately 20 autonomous trucks that will transport loads without the participation of drivers, but with the support of staff from transport terminals.
Meetings of experts on automated/autonomous and connected vehicles (GRVA) are an opportunity to discuss issues related to the need of harmonizing vehicle regulations. The topics discussed during the 17th GRVA Session, which took place on September 25-29, 2023 in Geneva, included: issues related to the proposal of implementing the new UN Regulation on uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to advanced driver assistance systems.
The 17th Session of the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) was held from September 25 to 29, 2023 at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, attended by a representative of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Competence Centre (CK:PAP) Dr. Eng. Artur Gołowicz. During the meeting, the need to introduce changes in the categorization of vehicles equipped with ADS (Automated Driving Systems) was discussed.
The implementation of autonomous vehicles is a long-term venture, fraught with doubts and barriers that are gradually being solved and overcome, both at the technological and legal level, as well as by building understanding and social acceptance. On September 30, 2023, Dr. Eng. Mikołaj Kruszewski, expert of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Competence Centre (CK:PAP), took part in a conversation on Polish Radio of Drivers (broadcast "Na luzie"). The main topics of the discussion were global trends in autonomous mobility and the prospects for implementing autonomous vehicles in Poland.
The implementation of automated and autonomous vehicles affects the demand - from the automotive industry - for employees with specific competences, especially in the area of technology and software. The current level of development and implementation of autonomous vehicles in Poland still requires many years of work, so it is important to educate specialists who will contribute to overcoming the barriers related to their implementation.
CK:PAP expert Dr. Eng. Mikołaj Kruszewski was a guest of editor Wiktor Niedzicki on the CiekaWizja YouTube channel. The conversation concerned various aspects of the implementation of automated and autonomous driving, including the benefits, but also the doubts raised by the new technology in drivers and other road users.
On August 7, 2023, an expert of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Competence Centre (CK:PAP), MSc. Eng. Aleksandra Rodak was a guest in Program 4 of Polish Radio. During the "Reset" broadcast, autonomous mobility was discussed.
Raising the awareness and level of knowledge among drivers and candidates for drivers in the use of driving automation systems will ensure proper and safe interaction between a human and a vehicle. Traffic participants, and above all drivers, should know the principle of operation of individual systems (especially those installed in their vehicles) and know when their operation may be disrupted.
The advanced driver assistance system - Autobahnassistent - developed by BMW has been approved for use on motorways at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). An additional feature, unique on a global scale, is Active Lane Change Assist, which can be initiated and confirmed by the driver's glance in the exterior mirror. Approval for the use of the systems was issued in June 2023 by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority - Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA).
On June 14-15, 2023, the 5th National Convention entitled "Cross-sector cooperation and innovations for road safety" was held. During the convention, badges were presented for contributions to Road Safety. The badge was received by Dr. Ewa Odachowska-Rogalska, who is CK:PAP expert in the field of psychology of transport.