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A Waymo engineer reveals how the self-driving car company develops its robot brains

Posted on Mar 19, 2019 in Cars, News, Perspective

It’s a common Silicon Valley story: a young person reads science-fiction novels or watches some movies that feature robots and...

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Zack Hicks is defining the future of driving for Toyota

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Zack Hicks joined in Toyota in 1996, and in the 23 years since, he has held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility...

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In driverless shuttle experiments, the lab rats are the scientists

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 in Buses, Perspective

As America finds itself increasingly peppered with public self-driving shuttle trials, industry analysts could be forgiven for wondering...

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10 lessons from Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The single most important moment in the world of self-driving cars was around 10 PM on a Sunday evening, one year ago today. On that fatal...

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UAW puts its money where its mouth is

Posted on Mar 17, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

With dollars and declarations, the UAW is signaling that it’s prepared for a long and costly strike to get what it wants. Are...

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Unrestrained by heritage, Polestar sets its sights on becoming a digital brand

Posted on Mar 16, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Sweden-based Volvo skipped the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, but sister company Polestar attended the event to quietly show off its second and...

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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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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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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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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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If driverless cars are going to change the world, they have to be affordable

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Silicon Valley is pouring billions into robot cars. Soon – although the time scale keeps shifting – tech manufacturers say driverless cars...

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FCA thrives alone, but tie-up OK, too

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Many observers speculated that without Sergio Marchionne keeping it intact, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would be quickly sold off. But...

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Self driving safety steps into the unknown

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

On August 30, 2017, I published an article in TheDrive about lessons that the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry could learn from decades of...

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How John Deere’s autonomous vehicles are besting self-driving concept cars

Posted on Mar 7, 2019 in Knowledge Center, Perspective, Videos & Podcasts

In this special edition of MashTalk, Mashable sits down with John Stone, Senior Vice President of Intelligent Solutions for John Deere, at...

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Next 5 to 10 years could be ‘really tough’ for our competitors, VW chief says

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The transition towards the electrification of vehicles is a challenge for car industry and whoever manages it best will succeed, the CEO...

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Autonomous vehicles: A pandora’s box of safety issues?

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Greek Mythology is primarily associated with ancient literature, arts, culture, and education; but many of the stories have great...

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Autonomous driving deserves our support or at least understanding

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

It will be years before self-driving cars are consistent and viable, but in the meantime, we should support adoption of the technology....

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MWC Barcelona 2019: On the road to self-driving cars, 5G will make us better drivers

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

I’m not sure I can describe the apprehension you feel when you sit down to drive a semi-truck for the first time in your life—and that...

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Building worse self-driving cars with better disengagement rates

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

California’s caveat requiring self-driving tech companies to report on disengagement rates — the occasions wherein a safety...

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We’ll have to wait before autonomous vehicles are mainstream, CEO of Softbank’s Arm says

Posted on Feb 26, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

It’s going to be “a while” before self-driving cars become mainstream, the CEO of Arm Holdings told CNBC Tuesday. “It is a phenomenally...

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