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How safe are robotaxis? BMW, Intel, Aptiv (and 8 others) just laid out a safety blueprint

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Self-driving vehicles are often trumpeted as the answer to the millions of injuries and deaths that occur each year on the world’s...

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The Nomad Wireless Charger Adds Premium Features To Its Tesla Model 3 Charger

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Cars, Technology

One of the biggest design gaps in the interior of the Tesla Model 3 is the lack of integrated wireless phone charging. The folks over at...

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Driverless Car Add-On Kits Are Dead Ends And By Degrees Sunk Drive.AI

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

A relatively smallish company named Drive.AI that had embarked upon trying to develop self-driving driverless car tech has closed its...

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Self-driving cars face two important challenges, says World Economic Forum executive

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Automakers and technology companies have invested billions into researching autonomous vehicles.But the industry has two big challenges it...

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Suppliers need product technology strategy

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Like it or not, the automotive industry’s shift to electrification is in full swing. Tesla has deservedly gotten the lion’s...

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Baidu releases Apollo 5.0 with upgrades for ‘complex’ road scenarios

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Beijing-based Baidu last week quietly released the latest version of Apollo, its open source full-stack software solution for driverless...

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How Robots May Help Automakers Cope With EV Adoption Uncertainty

Posted on Jun 30, 2019 in Cars, Technology

The automotive industry today finds itself in a no man’s land of risk and reward and contradicting trends. While the number of electric...

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GM faces hurdles with launch of robotaxi fleet

Posted on Jun 30, 2019 in Cars, News

Halfway through 2019, General Motors is running short on time to meet its goal of launching a large-scale fleet of robotaxis by the end of...

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Get Ready For Autonomous Cars To Bring Back Bygone Tradition Of A Sunday Drive

Posted on Jun 30, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

When I was a kid, my parents only had one car for the family and my father used our motorized workhorse to drive to work each day. This...

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Startups at the speed of light: Lidar CEOs put their industry in perspective

Posted on Jun 29, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

As autonomous cars and robots loom over the landscapes of cities and jobs alike, the technologies that empower them are forming...

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The 2019 Chevy Silverado hints at future autonomous trucks in one specific way

Posted on Jun 29, 2019 in News, Trucks

Someday, a truck will be more like a rolling, portable workshop than something you actually drive. In many ways, trucks are already...

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Record Layoffs Loom In Shadow Of Industry Push For Electrification And Self-Driving

Posted on Jun 29, 2019 in Cars, News

Automakers are in a bind. Global car sales are slowing faster than they are able to reinvent themselves as transportation service...

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Self-driving cars are a chance to design a new part of our culture

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Driverless cars aren’t just a new kind of car. They’re teachable machines that come with new ownership models and rules. And we don’t yet...

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Cruise is testing emergency vehicle detection for autonomous cars

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Cruise is testing computer vision and sound detection AI to help autonomous cars respond to passing emergency vehicles, a company...

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Argo AI and Waymo release automated driving data sets

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Cars, News

Until recently, the data collected by companies developing automated driving systems was a closely guarded secret. Automated vehicles...

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Former Anki engineers will steer Waymo’s self-driving trucks effort

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in News, Trucks

More than a dozen engineers, who lost their jobs after consumer robotics startup Anki shut down in April, have found a new home. The 13...

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How self-driving cars will cope with unruly riders

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Cars, Technology

We’ve all had occasions to rate our rideshare drivers, typically on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best), but did you also know that the...

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Waymo makes autonomous vehicles available to Lyft riders

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Cars, News

Waymo, a subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet which is developing autonomous vehicles and related services, has officially expanded its...

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Apple’s latest acquisition shows self-driving cars are in the doldrums of disappointment

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Apple’s recent acquisition of autonomous vehicle startup Drive.ai throws a monkey wrench into the theory that it had backed away from an...

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Aurora: The self-driving startup making big moves

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Cars, News

Currently, there are a number of of self-driving companies racing to make autonomous vehicles a reality. One to keep your eye on is...

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