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What the Boeing 737 Max can teach us about self-driving cars (and the dangers of machine learning)

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

We don’t yet know exactly what happened with the Boeing 737 Max crashes. But it’s clear from other non-fatal 737 Max incidents...

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Automakers are spending billions on self-driving technology people are afraid of

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Cars, News

On the surface, cost-cutting is the name of the game in the automotive industry. Many automakers are slashing unprofitable, low-volume...

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Drivers embrace tech, but unsure about self-driving cars

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Cars, News

Drivers may love their backup cameras, but remain unsure about a car’s ability to drive itself.  As car manufacturers pile on more...

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Is Tesla Autopilot way ahead of rivals in self-driving race? Video

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Knowledge Center, Technology, Videos & Podcasts

Sure, Tesla Autopilot is still a “hands-on” system. To say that there haven’t been problems caused by the technology would be a lie....

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Navigant Research Leaderboard: Automated driving vehicles

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Buses, Cars, Knowledge Center, Reports, Trucks

Navigant Research, March 14, 2019 2018 proved to be a year of both advancement and setbacks in the commercialization of automated driving...

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Picking and ranking leaders in the automated driving sector

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Buses, Cars, News, Trucks

In my primary job as a principal analyst with Navigant Research, I cover the mobility industry and produce a number of reports that...

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What Uber really gets from selling a $1 billion stake

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

There’s more going on under the hood of a consortium’s planned $1 billion investment in Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving car unit...

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Detroit at center of autonomous tech universe, Navigant report shows

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News, Trucks

The Motor City is firmly at the front of the auto industry’s next revolution. A new study by Navigant Research rates three companies as...

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Uber driverless talks signal IPO imminent

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Uber’s initial public offering appears imminent, with the news it is trying to boost its valuation prospects with a possible stake...

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Virtual pedestrians pave way to safer roads for driverless cars

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Trucks

A “virtual human” suddenly steps out at a blind bend, but the engineer in the Volvo car’s driving seat on the test track...

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Static analysis cracks the code to bug-free autonomous vehicles

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Unlike a glitch in a desktop computer, bugs found in autonomous vehicle (AV) software could be more than just inconvenient. Travelling at...

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Apple’s self-driving cars could automatically take pictures of points of interest for drivers

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Self-driving vehicle systems are complex to produce, with many different elements working together to monitor the local area for hazards...

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The dirty business of keeping autonomous vehicles clean

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Technology

For most drivers, keeping a car clean is a laborious task performed primarily for aesthetic reasons. However, for an autonomous vehicle...

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HD maps—the hidden sensors that help autonomous vehicles see round corners

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will use vision sensors to scrutinise all visible elements of the road, but cameras and laser scanners cannot...

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SoftBank-backed Nuro launches autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News

On the heels of its massive $940 million funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund, Nuro is launching in its second market. Nuro first...

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Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its...

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Ford is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to Austin

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News

Ford is preparing to open an autonomous vehicle program in Austin as the automaker continues to ramp up testing ahead of launching a...

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Three years ago, Elon Musk said a Tesla car would be able to drive itself across the country by the end of 2017 – but that still hasn’t happened

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

In October 2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on a press call that a Tesla vehicle would be able to drive itself across the country, from Los...

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The racism of technology – and why driverless cars could be the most dangerous example yet

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

There is a rule for dealing with computers: garbage in, garbage out. Put the wrong number of zeroes in your Excel spreadsheet and it will...

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Nearly 3 in 4 Americans are reportedly afraid of self-driving cars, study says

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

The latest consumer survey reveals most Americans still fear self-driving cars. Only a small minority, 19 percent, would trust autonomous...

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