Monday, December 24, 2018

2018 All Star The University of Waterloo

Autonomoose from the back

The University of Waterloo is a team of all stars, working on all things automotive.

Two of the biggest breakthroughs at the school include three-dimensional, high-definition mapping and a battery that could triple the range of electric vehicles. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

A long-awaited battery that would cut electric-vehicle costs may finally be close

24M batteries

24M is reducing manufacturing costs by stripping out extraneous materials—and just got $22 million to begin building its first commercial factory

In 2010, a pair of MIT materials scientists helped launch 24M, promising to deliver cheaper, better batteries by stripping out inactive materials in the electrodes.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Need R&D help? Take your auto project to WatCar

Autonomoose with autonomoose dot net logo

University of Waterloo is working on the auto industry’s innovation challenges

Auto manufacturers are continuously looking to improve their products, systems and processes. Vehicles and parts need to be lighter, stronger, easier and cheaper to make. They must also be more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and increasingly – as autonomous technology takes over – more intelligent. But innovation is expensive and labour-intensive, so where do companies turn when they need to enhance a product or solve a pressing problem when they don’t have the resources in-house?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Hands off the wheel: A primer on autonomous vehicles

Automated drive vehicle

The common misconception when it comes to automation is that it just happens. Like the Terminator stepping from a crackling energy bubble transported from the future, it just arrives fully intact, ready to go.

Roboticists are quick to point out that reality occurs much more slowly. Automation, instead, happens one small step at a time over the course of many years.

Such is the case with cars, which are on their way to becoming self-driving. But, as per the truism of robotic reality, it’s happening more gradually than some proponents may suggest. Also, the process has been under way for decades.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Four-seasons road mapping touted as WatCAR breakthrough for AVs

Autonomoose

‘To our knowledge, nobody in the world is doing this,’ says researcher

WATERLOO, ONT. — A research project aimed at developing three-dimensional, high-definition mapping (3D HD) could give Ontario an edge in the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

The new technology would give self-driving cars functional capabilities to handle any type of weather, and would be marketed commercially without any proprietary rights.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Celebrating milestone in the self-driving Autonomoose

self driving Autonomoose group

Researchers at the University of Waterloo reached an important milestone this summer by logging their 100th kilometre on public roads in a self-driving car.

Recorded in an industrial area of Waterloo, it was the culmination of almost two years of work since the research team won approval from the Ontario government to do on-road testing in an autonomous vehicle pilot program.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ontario ready to compete in the self-driving car sector

MaRS Discovery District in Toronto

Ontario is becoming a hub of self-driving car development and that’s potentially good news for anyone who’s been stuck in gridlock, or frustrated by the forlorn search for a parking spot downtown in winter. Autonomous and semi-autonomous cars developed in our backyard mean cars that are going to work in our climate – not to mention getting a slice of this trillion-dollar industry.

“We have many of the pieces needed to become a leading player in autonomous vehicle technology, and ultimately – speaking kind of selfishly – for our area to really benefit from it in terms of a better quality of life,” said Oshoma Momoh, chief technical advisor at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

AutoTech sectors converging across southern Ontario

Autonomoose on road

WATERLOO — Two of the most important sectors of the Ontario economy — automotive and high tech — have converged in southern Ontario to form an economic cluster that is unique in North America.

The convergence has been driven mainly by the availability of software developers and other tech talent, Ross McKenzie, managing director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research said Wednesday in an interview during the University of Waterloo's Autotech Symposium.

Monday, October 1, 2018

How to build a smarter factory

Machine cartoon graphic

Imagine the day when manufacturing facilities can fix themselves and require no human workers at all. With industry 4.0, that day is a lot closer than you think

Your car has yet to reach its first birthday when the transmission seizes up unexpectedly. A mechanic informs you the culprit is a hairline crack on a gear deep inside the engine block. You haven’t been in any collisions, so how did a faulty part end up in your new vehicle?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New all-electric passenger service to connect Waterloo Region and Guelph

Tesla vehicles

KITCHENER — He's got the vehicles: A fleet of 10 all-electric Tesla Model X SUVs.

He's got the staff: A team of 18 full-time employees and counting.

Now all Jason Hammond needs are the passengers.

Hammond is the president of Wroute, a new transportation service that's launching between Waterloo Region and Guelph.