Four driverless electric vans successfully ended an 8,000-mile test drive from Italy to China — a modern-day version of Marco Polo's journey around the world — with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday.
The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.
CAW President Ken Lewenza told a crowd of 150 demonstrators in the parking lot of Burlington Technologies that cutting the wages and benefits of workers will not solve the uncertainty facing the parts industry.
Lewenza highlighted that demands on parts workers for concessions are not limited to unionized shops, as non-unionized workers often face much more severe cutbacks.
A computerized artificial vision system dubbed GOLD, for Generic Obstacle and Lane Detector, analyzed the information from the sensors and automatically adjusted the vehicles' speed and direction. So the PC sends a command and the steering wheel moves and turns and we can follow the road, follow the curves and avoid obstacles with this," said Alberto Broggi of Vislab at the University of Parma in Italy, the lead researcher for the project.
"The idea here was to travel on a long route, on two different continents, in different states, different weather, different traffic conditions, different infrastructure.
Similarly, BMW AG and the Mercedes-Benz unit of Daimler AG, which already lead the luxury segments in Canada, would receive an instant 6.1-per-cent advantage.
“Enhancing Canadian exports and diversifying exports away from the U. are important economic policy goals for Canada,” Mr. “It is clear, however, that merely signing another free-trade agreement – even with a partner as important as the EU – holds no prospect of achieving either goal.” Negotiators from Canada and the EU met two weeks ago in Ottawa in hopes of wrapping up a deal by the end of next year.
The vehicles ran at maximum speeds of 38 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour) and had to be recharged for eight hours after every two to three hours of driving.Though the vans were driverless and mapless, they did carry researchers as passengers just in case of emergencies.The experimenters did have to intervene a few times — when the vehicles got snarled in a Moscow traffic jam and to handle toll stations.At times, it was monotonous and occasionally nerve-racking, inevitably due to human error, Fredriga said. Like when the following vehicle bumped into the leading one and that was just because we forgot, we stopped and we forgot to turn the system off," Fredriga said.CAW members in more than 100 auto parts workplaces took part in a series of lunchtime demonstrations outside their plants during a province-wide day of action on October 27.