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Delphi Automotive PLC, which already offers a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, will partner with Ottomatika, Inc., a spinout from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Raj Rajkumar which provides advanced automated driving software, jointly to develop technology that will help accelerate automated driving.
Dr. Rajkumar is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at CMU; co-director of the CMU-Penn T-SET (Technologies for Sade and Efficient Transportation) UTC (US DOT University Transportation Center); co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Vehicular Information Technology Collaborative Research Lab; and led the development of the CMU advanced Autonomous Cadillac SRX. (Earlier post.)
Delphi, the company that first introduced automotive radar systems, will integrate its active safety technologies with Ottomatika’s automated driving software. The combination of the two creates a technology platform that enables a vehicle to make human-like decisions when driving in the city or on the highway.
The platform is flexible and can be expanded and upgraded as the software is updated. It will also support vehicle-to-environment (V2X) communications. The result, suggests Dr. Rajkumar in the video clip below, will be “connected automation”.
Using their individual strengths, Delphi and Ottomatika have developed a vehicle platform that can instantaneously make complex decisions, such as stopping and proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a city street.
Delphi is supporting the collaboration by making an investment in Ottomatika. (According to a new SEC filing, Ottomatika has raised $2,256,477 via a subordinated convertible promissory note.) Together, the two companies will design a short- and long-term roadmap of steadily increasing vehicle automation in the coming years.
Dealing with highly complex real-world decisions is a limitation for much of the current technology in the market. This partnership with Ottomatika will represent a significant step forward in making automated driving a reality. Your car just got a lot smarter.—Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer
Ottomatika leverages ground-breaking expertise and long-term experience in vehicle automation. Delphi and Ottomatika working together have the potential to solve the automated driving challenge, which makes roads safer for everyone.—Raj Rajkumar
The new 2015 Ford F-150 (earlier post) 4x2 with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (12.4, 9.0 and 10.7 l/100 km, respectively)—the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup sold in America. That is 5% to 29% better than current F-150 models, depending on engine and driveline configuration on the combined cycle.
The improved performance is enabled by saving weight through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys plus smart engineering. Overall, up to 700 pounds (318 kg) of weight have been saved.
The weight savings not only improve fuel efficiency, they improve the new F-150’s capability and performance. Combined with EcoBoost engine technology, the F-150 now tows as much as 1,100 more pounds and hauls as much as 530 pounds more than today’s model with a 5% to 16% better power-to-weight ratio.
Ford offers new F-150 customers four engine choices: the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop; a new standard 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine; a more powerful available 5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT engine; and an available premium 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
Compared to MY 2008 F-150s, the new trucks offer EPA-estimated fuel economy rating improvements of up to 43%; power-to-weight increases of up to 46%; towing improved by up to 3,900 pounds; and payload could improve as much as 1,390 pounds, depending on engine and configuration.
Ford has 2 million EcoBoost engines on the road in cars, utilities and trucks to date. EcoBoost technology was first offered for F-150 customers in early 2011 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. To date, Ford has sold 600,000 F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines.