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Kia HabaNiro concept is a spicy, self-driving EV that’s confused about its own existence

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, News

As the makers of the Soul and Stinger, Kia has never been one to shy away from bold model names. This becomes especially apparent in the...

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Is Lidar necessary for self-driving cars? Audi seems to think so

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, Technology

There is a long running debate in the realm of autonomous vehicles about whether self-driving cars need to be equipped with lidar sensors,...

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Dutch chipmaker NXP makes China push by backing radar company Hawkeye

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors has come a long way since Qualcomm’s outsized $44 billion offer to acquire it fell through last year....

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Half-baked automated cars will put lives at risk, but (almost-ready) robotaxis will save lives

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, Technology

At the core of autonomous cars is deep neural networks, which improve as they encounter more scenarios, leading to safer autonomous cars....

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Uber looking to sell a minority stake in its autonomous vehicle unit

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, News

Ride-hailing company Uber is preparing to sign a deal to sell a minority stake in its autonomous vehicle unit Uber ATG ahead of next...

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Self-driving automobiles: Two visions of the future

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, Technology, Trucks

Some predictions of the effect of self-driving automobiles, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), include that they will virtually eliminate...

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Aeva will supply lidar sensors to Audi’s autonomous driving division

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

There’s no shortage of startups vying for a slice of a lidar market that’s expected to be worth $3.5 billion by 2024, but Aeva stands out...

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Exclusive: Apple in talks with potential suppliers of sensors for self-driving cars – sources

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Apple Inc has held talks with at least four companies as possible suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars,...

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Aptiv expands its automated driving development into China

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, News

Automotive supplier Aptiv is again expanding its automated driving test and development efforts. Following on its programs in the U.S. and...

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Waymo CEO John Krafcik explains why a parking lot is one of the most difficult environments for a self-driving car

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Since John Krafcik became the CEO of Google’s self-driving car project, now called Waymo, in 2015, the company has achieved two...

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Tesla autonomous driving: Fact or fantasy? Bold but unsubstantiated claims do not mean much

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Elon Musk has made some pretty bold claims on Tesla’s behalf regarding the state of its autonomous driving solution but with no hard data...

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Uber eyes IPO and spies an autonomous future

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

Uber filed its S-1 last week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, setting the stage for its initial public offering next...

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LIDAR Game of Thrones for driverless cars, there will be winners and there will be losers

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

The popular Games of Thrones series has a famed reputation for killing off characters of the provocative cable show, including primary...

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Boeing crashes and Uber collision show passenger safety relies on corporate promises, not regulators’ tests

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Advanced technologies deliver benefits every day. But, sometimes interactions with technology can go awry and lead to disaster. On March...

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GM quiet about Cruise driverless taxi fleet as deadline looms

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Cars, News

As the self-imposed deadline for the self-driving taxi service from General Motors Co.’s autonomous vehicle development unit looms...

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Waymo’s app is now in the Google Play Store, but don’t expect to hail a driverless car right away

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Cars, News

Waymo’s ride-hail app is now available in the Google Play Store for Android users, but don’t download it expecting to summon a...

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Driverless grocery delivery service debuts in Texas’ largest city

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Cars, News

Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE:KR) is introducing driverless, robot-controlled vehicles in high-traffic Houston zip codes. The grocer hopes...

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VW’s ID Roomzz previews a full-size electric SUV due in 2021

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Volkswagen’s growing electric car lineup will include something for those who like the reassurance of a full-size SUV. The automaker...

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Pooling resources to make autonomous vehicles safer

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Buses, Cars, Perspective, Trucks

New industry statistics suggest that autonomous vehicles are becoming better at driving without human intervention. U.S. automakers and...

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Volkswagen unveils next electric SUV in its futuristic ID lineup

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Cars, News

Volkswagen unveiled a new electric car concept at the Shanghai Auto Show this week. The quixotically named ID Roomzz is an all-electric...

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