To help identify current leaders in developing autonomous cars in the last 12 months, we announced nominees in the SBD Autonomous Car Awards 2017. In this insight, we announce the winners across four categories.
Our first award looks at which car available in the market today pushes the boundaries further than any other in offering autonomous functionality. All cars in this category are semi-autonomous to SAE Level 2.
Number of sensors
Performance in a range of weather, road and traffic conditions.
BMW 7 Series
Tesla Model S
Although all the cars nominated have a high level of ADAS functionality, the E-Class is significantly ahead of the rest. It has the highest number and most advanced features and the highest number of sensors. The only feature not included is the ability to be ‘summoned’ but it does have remote parking.
High level of safety across all vehicle segments at little (or no) cost to the consumer
Fitment rates across mainstream segments.
Toyota has recently taken the decision to standardize ADAS features across most of its models. The package offers a range of features including a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, auto high beam and adaptive cruise control. While this trend is not unusual in premium brands such as Volvo, this manufacturer is the first to include these features as standard on a wide range of lower segment vehicles.
In this category, we recognize the company that has gained most hands-on experience of testing future levels of autonomy on real roads with real drivers.
Type of driving environment
Going the extra mile to understand how drivers are likely to react to higher levels of automation.
When it comes to highly automated driving on real-world roads with members of the public in the driving seat, Volvo has a clear lead. With the pilot kicking off in September last year and customers taking to the road again this year, this manufacturer will have members of the public regularly driving autonomous cars in their family-centric program.
Our final award is for the leader who has challenged the industry to think in new and more ambitious ways over the last year.
Amnon Shashua (Mobileye - REM)
Elon Musk (Tesla – hardware standardization)
Jen-Hsun Huang ( NVIDIA – PX3)
Louay Eldada (Quanergy – solid state LiDAR)
Song Youzhou (TEB - Transport Elevated Bus)
Every one of the nominees in this category has in the past year demonstrated a technology or an implementation that demonstrates their ambitious vision. Tesla is a close runner up for standardizing SAE Level 4 hardware into all its new cars, however, the winner has produced a solution that (when implemented) is likely to create a step-change in the industry.
Congratulations to all this year’s winners from everyone at SBD.
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