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News, Analysis & Perspective on Autonomous Vehicles

Apollo’s 1202 program alarm, the 737MAX and driverless cars

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

On a scale of one to ten of difficulty and danger, Neil Armstrong thought walking around on the moon was about a one. Landing on the moon,...

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Autonomous cars: safety opportunity or cybersecurity threat?

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

It all started as science fiction, but the possibilities of autonomous cars gracing our roads are getting closer to reality by the day....

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Continental’s self-driving chief sees full autonomy taking time

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Buses, Cars, Perspective

The first fully autonomous vehicles able to handle all conditions on public roads — and potentially replacing private car ownership,...

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Elon Musk is raising the price of Tesla’s ‘full self-driving’ feature by another $1,000

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

The price of a Tesla  vehicle equipped with “full self-driving” is about to get more expensive, the second time in the past several months...

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This Lidar technology is affordable enough to accelerate adoption of autonomous driving

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Technology

With the automobile industry advancing towards making the self-driving a reality, Luminar’s third-generation automotive-grade lidar...

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Multiband GNSS antennas designed for drones and self-driving cars

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Taoglas has introduced a new range of high-performance global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antennas designed to power applications...

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Nissan gives Japan version of Infiniti Q50 self-driving upgrade, more power

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Nissan is giving the sporty Skyline sedan a high-tech, midcycle update with a new semi-autonomous system that allows for truly hands-free,...

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Toyota begins autonomous driving tests on public roads in Europe

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

After successful test runs in the U.S. and Japan, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced the beginning of autonomous driving (AD) on public...

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Masters of Agronomy: Greenskeeping Water Buffalo crews and autonomous Robo Mowers too

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

When it comes to golf course maintenance, deploying herds of grass munching goats and sheep to tidy up turf and keep rough from getting...

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Louisiana’s autonomous truck rules will take effect Aug. 1

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in News, Policy & Regulation, Trucks

Louisiana’s recently approved regulations for autonomous commercial motor vehicles will take effect Aug. 1. The law, signed by Gov. John...

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Lidar startup luminar raises $100 million in latest funding round, is working with 12 of the world’s largest automotive companies

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in Cars, Finance, Technology

Lidar startup Luminar Technologies announced a new $100 million investment and unveiled its new lidar platform called “Iris”...

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Parts makers must change with times as autonomous tech evolves

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in Cars, Technology

The car industry is reinventing the wheel to prepare for autonomous vehicles. Japan’s Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., whose roots date to...

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Louisiana’s autonomous truck rules will take effect Aug. 1

Posted on Jul 15, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Louisiana’s recently approved regulations for autonomous commercial motor vehicles will take effect Aug. 1. The law, signed by Gov. John...

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Week-in-Review: Google’s never-ending autonomous road trip

Posted on Jul 14, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while...

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Driverless cars are taking longer than we expected. Here’s why.

Posted on Jul 14, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

When world-altering technologies come about, people can find themselves, literally, at a loss for words. So they sometimes define new...

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Self-driving gas car — a horse led by a carrot on a stick?

Posted on Jul 13, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Elon Musk has said that buying a car today that will not be upgradable to enable full autonomy is like buying a horse. It’s implied that...

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Luminar’s cheap LiDAR could be a big boost for autonomous vehicles

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in Cars, Technology

LiDAR (laser pulse-based radar) is an essential component of autonomous driving, as it’s what vehicles use to detect obstacles like...

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Ford-VW alliance expands to include autonomous and electric vehicles

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

In a widely anticipated move, Ford and Volkswagen announced Friday their plan to expand their seven-month-old alliance to include...

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This new autonomous startup has designed its delivery robot to conquer winter

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Refraction, a new autonomous delivery robot company that came out of stealth Wednesday at TC Sessions: Mobility, sees opportunity in areas...

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The five components of autonomous leadership

Posted on Jul 12, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

It was only four years ago that AlphaGo began beating the world’s top professional Go players and Google released TensorFlow, an...

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