Recently in the month of February, automobile company enjoying wider popularity and thereby reach, Volkswagen declared to enmesh Corp Cloud service offered by Microsoft Inc, to fashion its software development meant for self-driving cars.
Keeping future in sight, Volkswagen beefs p efforts to design cars which wouldn’t need a driver to cover distances or would thus be self-driving vehicles replete with sophistication enabling smooth drive, such as adaptive cruise control. However, company claims to be developing such features in-house and not any mega Tech Company and branded diligence is said to be roped in for the purpose from outside.
Last year, some portion of such manufacturing was shifted to its subsidiary called Car, by Volkswagen. Clearly, there ought to be a chunk of software codes ensuring efficient coordination among different companies where each group contributes its own share of development in the overall process, and which harps upon ensuring intrinsic safety criteria when cars would hit the roads in reality, such as obstacle perception.
Earlier, many of the companies gathered under the umbrella, resorted to some other framework in the software development process, but then, obviously in grander scheme of things, major decision was made on Thursday, i.e. February 11, stating that cloud provider was going to be aligned with, as per what Mr. Dirk Hilgenberg, Chief Executive, Car Software, revealed to global media.
Not surprisingly, by being associated with Microsoft Inc officially to ensure periodic software updates in cars, this will be easier too and would benefit the company at length and the similar decision has put Tesla cars into different preferred category.
Prominent car maker in US, Tesla speeds ahead in its production amid concerns expressed emphatically by safety activists while far sighted minds also opine that certain cities of this world (especially in US) lack proper roads infra, sophisticated enough, to favour self-driving cars. Besides, regulations are said to be ultra-thin in the US, for self-driving phenomenon and Tesla isn’t supposed to seek permission in enabling this new aspect.
Recently, in fact, just previous month, Elon Musk criticized Waymo Boss, John Krafcik, for doubting Tesla’s system aimed at full length driving. In fact, John Krafcik, who sits in the seat of CEO at Google’s self-driving unit Wayme, expressed doubt over the ultimate success of Tesla’s full driving system, stating, which was a dig aimed at Tesla, “It is a misconception that that you can simply develop a driver-assistance system further until one day you can magically jump to a fully autonomous driving system.”
Taking the war on Tweeter, Mr. Musk tweeted back emphatically, “To my surprise, Tesla has better AI hardware and software than Waymo (money)”.
Clearly, Mr. Krafeik’s criticism was targeted at Autopilot framework which Tesla is highly boastful of while it also calls upon its drivers to remain in full attention while driving and to control the wheel just in case.
However, Mr. Musk rejoiced with hope and confidence in December about his brand car offering considerable autonomy to customers but such was not the first time though, that his confidence spoke more than his actions. He made similar claims in 2019 as well whereby he expressed great hopes about Tesla placing 1 million cars on roads by middle of 2020, maybe the pandemic has thwarted his efforts. But on his part, Mr. Krafcik trashed popular claims that Tesla and Waymo are competitors in any way and expressed confidence in his products stating, “it’s developing a really good driver-assistance system”.