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Eye-catching hidden message for Uber IPO in self-driving tech investor deal

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Cars, Technology

It is that time of the year for high schoolers to be getting primped and primed for their prom night, trying to ensure that their hair is...

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Google and Tesla say self-driving tech will accelerate exponentially within 24 months

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Google’s Waymo driverless car venture said it will rent a factory in Detroit to retrofit Jaguars and Chrysler minivans with autonomous...

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Apple & Cornell offer alternatives to lidar for autonomous cars

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Lidar is a technology similar to radar that uses light instead of radio waves to gather information about the surrounding environment....

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Intel lays off dozens from autonomous vehicle program, acquires LiDAR startup

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Intel confirmed the layoffs to The Information, characterizing the strategy as a “realignment of resources” designed to...

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Should a self-driving car protect a passenger or a pedestrian? Ideally, both.

Posted on Apr 23, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Much self-driving-car research focuses on pedestrian safety, but it is important to consider passenger safety and comfort, too. When...

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Autonomous driving and Elon Musk, the visionary

Posted on Apr 23, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Like most events involving Elon Musk, yesterday’s Tesla Autonomy Day provided not just a glimpse of the future, but the industry, and to...

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The three challenges keeping cars from being fully autonomous

Posted on Apr 23, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Understanding where we are in the pursuit of self-driving cars can be as confusing as understanding where we are in the pursuit of AI....

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Nunes: Benefits won’t be shared

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

So, my colleague Meredith gave a very eloquent introduction as to why the technology is unsafe, why it doesn’t work. But let’s...

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Tesla vaunts creation of ‘the best chip in the world’ for self-driving

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

At its “Autonomy Day” today, Tesla detailed the new custom chip that will be running the self-driving software in its vehicles. Elon Musk...

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Are we there yet? A reality check on self-driving cars

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

READ THE BREATHLESS articles and bold tweets and you could be forgiven for thinking that the fully autonomous vehicle is around the...

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China site tests autonomous cars in highway conditions

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

China is building its first site to test autonomous cars under highway conditions amid a global shift toward technologically advanced and...

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Teaching an autonomous car to perceive like a human

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Cars, Technology

On April 2, 2019, Ford’s Chief Technology Officer, Ken Washington told Kara Swisher on Recode Decode with Kara Swisher that by 2021,...

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These two companies are making autonomous cars safer on the road

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2019, Nvidia announced they would bring artificial intelligence-powered (AI) Level 2+...

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Tesla Autopilot, full self driving, Elon Musk, ARK Invest — CleanTech talk with Tasha Keeney

Posted on Apr 20, 2019 in Cars, Knowledge Center, Technology, Videos & Podcasts

For our hot new CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, I recently sat down with ARK Invest Analyst Tasha Keeney to discuss various...

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1987 self-driving technology — the future was almost ready decades ago?

Posted on Apr 20, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Isn’t this funny: Here I am, happy about finally placing an order on a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, including the full self-driving...

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Mighty suspenseful: Musk reveals Tesla full self-driving tech on Monday. Brace yourself

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

There’s been a lot of suspense permeating the news lately. For example, in anticipation of the now released Mueller Report, 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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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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