In the News - 2019 | Dataspeed

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Recapping VSI Labs’ Automated Drive West & East

December 11, 2019 – In the fall of 2019, VSI Labs embarked on two unprecedented cross-country journeys in its research vehicle. Both drives provided VSI with the opportunity to test various autonomous-vehicle applications developed by its engineering team. Testing self-driving cars these days is common, but VSI Labs needed to test various autonomous-vehicle (AV) applications. So, the company took its research vehicle (Fig. 1) on two unprecedented cross-country journeys.

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Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces its 2020 AVT ACES Award Winners

December 2, 2019 – BNP Media’s Autonomous Vehicle Technology recognizes the most innovative technologies, products, and services of the year in its main areas of coverage: vehicle autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and mobility services.

Digital Trends

Most people want to keep their cars away from full self-driving, study says

November 6, 2019 – Americans and their cars are a tight-knit relationship that goes back to the Model T and in some cases, it is a love story. Some of us love the feel of the road and the symbiotic relationship between human beings and machines. What about when the autonomous machine takes over and we are reduced to nothing more than freight?  That is what SAE International wanted to know in a poll conducted over 18 months.

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Automotive News

Consumers prefer to share control with self-driving vehicles, SAE says

November 5, 2019 – While automakers pour investments into deploying fully autonomous technology, most consumers still prefer to share control with the car, according to an SAE International survey on public perceptions and preferences for AVs.

Silicon Valley Business Journal

Self-driving car companies tackle public fears at Santa Clara conference

October 3, 2019 – Hundreds attended a “World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology” at Levi’s Stadium on Wednesday, sponsored by San Jose-based Velodyne Lidar Inc. Detroit-based Dataspeed Inc. showed off its ADAS technology at the autonomous safety conference.

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World Safety Summit On Self Driving Car Tech Kicks Off At Levi’s Stadium

October 2, 2019 – A gathering of autonomous vehicle industry leaders at the 2nd annual World Safety Summit in Santa Clara offered a glimpse into the state of the industry, and progress towards widespread rollout and mass adoption of self-driving cars.


VSI Labs To Conduct Further Autonomous Testing On Drive East

September 21, 2019 – Fresh off their Automated Drive West, the team from Minnesota-based VSI Labs will now head in the opposite direction. The Automated Drive East will cover approximately 1,000 miles between their Minneapolis office and Washington D.C. Similar to their trip west, VSI will be testing state-of-the-art autonomous vehicle technology.

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Managing Autonomy: Regulators seek to promote the av industry, boost safety, protect spectrum

August 25, 2019 – Automotive industry regulators, in the United States in particular, are seeking to remove regulatory restrictions on the development and testing of autonomous vehicles without compromising job No. 1 — safety. “There is widespread recognition that automated vehicles will coexist with conventional vehicles and at some point operate side-by-side with them on the highways,” said Nicole Nason, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), one of several government speakers at the Automated Vehicles Symposium held in Orlando in July.

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Automated Drive West: VSI Labs Going Cross County In Autonomous Car

August 9, 2019 – It’s a hot afternoon in the Twin Cities and the offices of VSI Labs are bustling. The team only has so much time before their upcoming cross-country trip in an autonomous test car. The company’s engineers and researchers are combing over every last detail before they depart for the Automated Drive West. 

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2019 Cool Places to Work

August 4, 2019 – What makes people love where they work? Team happy hours and outings, abundant snacks, casual dress and take-your-pet-to-work days? Or are employees looking for a meaningful work experience, a welcoming culture and more substantive perks, such as generous medical benefits, the option to work remotely and a clear path to career growth and advancement? According to the employees surveyed for our annual Cool Places to Work awards, the answer is: yes.

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Design News

VSI Labs’ Automated Drive West Project: Preparing for a Cross-Country Road Trip with Autonomous Vehicle

July 30, 2019 – This August, autonomous vehicle (AV) research firm VSI Labs is embarking on the classic American cross-country road trip–with a twist. VSI will utilize their autonomous research vehicle for the 2,000-mile journey, driving from Minneapolis, MN, to Santa Clara, CA, where the Drive World conference will be held from August 27 to 29.  The vehicle is a 2018 Ford Fusion equipped with Dataspeed’s by-wire control system, along with numerous other AV technologies. VSI engineers built a Linux-based computer installed inside the vehicle which acts as a domain controller for AV functions.

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The Factors Of Change

July 25, 2019 – Metro Detroit-based Dataspeed Inc provides full autonomous vehicle (AV) integration for R&D that allows engineers to get up and run quickly on their algorithm, sensor, or data research. The ADAS Kit allows seamless control over a vehicle’s throttle, brake, steering and shifting to enable testing for AV applications. It also features full by-wire control with little modification to the vehicle, and without adding any actuators.

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Leaders in autonomous car industry gather in Orlando

July 17, 2019 – People from around the world who are focused on making driverless cars gathered at an international conference for autonomous vehicles at the Orlando World Center Marriott. It’s the first time the conference has ever been outside of San Francisco.

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Dataspeed Inc. Announced as Official Distributor of Ouster Products

June 13, 2019 – Dataspeed Inc., a leading drive-by-wire provider and autonomous vehicle (AV) solution integrator, has announced that their customers will now have access to Ouster’s portfolio of LiDAR technology. This distribution agreement builds upon Dataspeed’s expertise in providing companies and universities with a fully equipped AV platform.


PlanetM Awards New Grants to Advance Mobility Pilots in Michigan

May 17, 2019 – PlanetM, the state of Michigan-backed business development organization, has announced a new batch of grants that aim to entice mobility startups and corporations to pilot their innovations in Michigan, or test and validate their technology at one of Michigan’s proving grounds.

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Dataspeed to integrate Cepton’s LiDAR technology with its AV development platform

May 14, 2019 – Cepton Technologies, Inc., a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial, security, and mapping applications, today announced a partnership with Dataspeed Inc., an industry leading autonomous vehicle (AV) solution provider, to bring Cepton’s high resolution, long-range and compact LiDAR solutions to AV developers.

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Dataspeed partners with Cepton to bring advanced LiDAR to global AV developers

May 14, 2019 – Dataspeed announced Tuesday a partnership with Cepton Technologies, Inc., provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial, security, and mapping applications, to bring Cepton’s high resolution, long-range, and compact LiDAR solutions to AV developers.


Keweenaw Research Center named new PlanetM testing partner

May 13, 2019 – The latest round of PlanetM Mobility Grant recipients are offering consumer-focused solutions in industries with the greatest need, while the addition of two new testing facility partners – Keweenaw Research Center at Michigan Technological University (MTU) and the Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC) – increases opportunities for testing new mobility-focused technologies throughout the state.

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Rochester Hills’ Dataspeed Partners with California’s Ridecell to Develop Autonomous Vehicle Safety Technology

May 2, 2019 – The integration of autonomous technology from Auro, the self-driving division of Ridecell, with Dataspeed’s drive-by-wire vehicle controls, will improve AV data collection, data logging, and analytics, which will generate feedback to further develop advanced drive-by-wire offerings.

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Dataspeed and Ridecell join forces to develop greater AV safety

May 2, 2019 – Ridecell, a platform for shared and autonomous mobility, will take advantage of Dataspeed’s established drive-by-wire solutions to begin collecting data and metrics in real-world conditions and hope to leverage these to improve vehicle safety.

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AUVSI Announces New Board of Directors

May 2, 2019 – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced new members of its board of directors. The new board members and officers will start their terms on May 2 at the conclusion of XPONENTIAL 2019, AUVSI’s annual tradeshow and conference, which was held this week at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

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Detroit Autonomous Vehicle Group: Small Cars & Big Dreams

April 30, 2019 – The Detroit Autonomous Vehicle Group is a growing organization in both Michigan and Canada. Those who enjoy science and engineering will feel right at home, but this group is open to everyone. Founder Alex Polonsky says the group’s mission is to use new technology to make our world better.

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Looking For Hands On Wheel Of Autonomous Vehicle Regulation

April 10, 2019 – At the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress Experience this week in Detroit, an overriding theme isn’t so much how to build better vehicles the public drives, but how are we going to regulate development and testing of the vehicles that will drive themselves, while convincing the public to trust their safety.

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Drivers get chance to test self-driving cars at Cobo Center

April 7, 2019 – About 600 people got the chance to test out self-driving cars over the weekend. Partners for Automated Vehicle Education held its first ever event at the Cobo Center. The company works to educate drivers across the country about self-driving technology.

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Free event shows what it’s like to ride in a self-driving car

April 7, 2019 – Two cars, a Lincoln MKZ and Chrysler Pacifica, provided by Rochester Hills-based Dataspeed Inc., were available for participants. The demonstration was mostly autonomous, but there were two teleop (remote operation) portions, in which a backseat passenger — equipped with monitors and a steering system of their own — could take control of the car. 

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How you can ride in a self-driving car this weekend at Cobo Center

April 6, 2019 – Dataspeed, PAVE, and SAE partnered to provide the public a chance to ride in a self-driving vehicle. There’s no better way to help the public understand autonomous vehicles than to give an opportunity to experience the technology first-hand.

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Take a ride in a self-driving car at Cobo Center this weekend

April 6, 2019 – Ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a self-driving car? What we do know is that they are the future, but how close are we to seeing them on the road?

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Catch yourself a free ride in a self-driving car this weekend in Detroit

April 5, 2019 – Mona Ramouni is excited for these vehicles, mostly because it will give her some independence. She is visually impaired and cannot see or drive, and has to wait for Ubers or someone in her life to drive her and her daughters to places. Having taken a ride in the vehicles, she said they felt safe and she’s excited to be able to use one soon. “The turns, the braking, it all felt natural. I thought it was going to be more nervous than I was,” said Ramouni.

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Everyday people get a chance to take a ride in an automated vehicle.

April 5, 2019 – A nonprofit, Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), is hosting its first of many planned free demonstration events, which gives attendees the chance to ride in a self-driving vehicle, allowing them to see first-hand how the technology works and what is feels like in real-time. Rochester Hills-based Dataspeed Inc., is providing the vehicles.

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Experience a Self Driving Car

April 5, 2019 – Everyday people get a chance to take a ride in an automated vehicle. Jeff Gilbert from “Tales of the Auto Beat” rides along to get their impressions.

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Detroit Free Press

Get a free ride in a self-driving car this weekend in Detroit

April 2, 2019 – This weekend, the Society of Automotive Engineers is hosting Demo Days, during which people can ride in a self-driving car at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The free event scheduled for April 5-7 is being held in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International WCX annual conference and hosted by Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), SAE International and Dataspeed Inc. in Rochester Hills.

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Public Invited To Take A Ride In A Self-Driving Vehicle

March 31, 2019 – Metro Detroiters are being given the opportunity to experience the future with a ride in a self-driving vehicle. WWJ’s Jeff Gilbert reports studies have shown that people are a little nervous about the idea of letting the vehicle do the driving.


Upcoming SAE Conference in Detroit to Offer Rides in Autonomous Cars

March 22, 2019 – Metro Detroiters will have the opportunity to take a spin in an autonomous vehicle as part of SAE Demo Days, being held April 5-7 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The public demonstration, held in conjunction with SAE International’s WCX conference, is free and open to all. The autonomous vehicles, which will come with human safety drivers, are being provided by Rochester Hills, MI-based Dataspeed.


View From the States: Michigan & Driverless Cars

January 19, 2019 – Michigan Mayor Bryan Barnett hosts a town hall discussion on autonomous vehicles, also known as driverless cars, at the Older Persons’ Commission center on November 5, 2018. The panel includes an AARP Senior Vice President and the CEO of a local tech company. Topics include the state of the technology, and the potential impact on infrastructure spending decisions, the job market and insurance rates.

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