VehicleTrend Morning Post:Tesla & Model S crash, Waymo & navigation service in snowy days

2018-05-11  |  By Faye  |  In news

1. CPCA: sales of 73,000 new energy passenger vehicles in April
China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) issued that new energy passenger vehicles sold 73,000 units in April, achieving an 31% increase than March and a year-on-year increase of 150%. Electric vehicles in A00 class sold 29,579 units with a year-on-year growth of 87%, accounting for 52% in the market of pure electric passenger vehicles. Pure electric vehicles in A class sold 16,046 units in April, which achieves a year-on-year increase of 129%; plug-in hybrid vehicles in A class sold 15040 units in April with a year-on-year growth reaching 360%.

2. Tesla: its Autopilot system was clean in the Model S crash
Tesla claimed that its autopilot system was unlikely to have been a factor in the Model S crash. On May 10, a Tesla’s Model S electric vehicle drove off on the road in Florida, hit a concrete wall, catching fire, and killed two teenagers. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened a probe into the crash.

3. Waymo's navigation service in snowy days with deep learning technology
At Google I/O, Waymo introduced a function that can navigate a car in snowy days based on results of Google machine learning research. Snowfall or rainfall can be classified as sensor noise that leads to a large purple clouds on the vehicle screen, and a car will automatically park when it detects fixed and non-moving obstacles (purple clouds). However, the navigation function with deep learning technology developed by Waymo allows a car to verify road conditions without the influence of snowfall.

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