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Uber looked into partnering with automaker for self-driving project

Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information. In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration with automakers, to offset some […]

nuTonomy wants to be self-driving in Singapore by summer 2018

Self-driving startup nuTonomy said it hopes to launch a commercial ride service in Singapore by the second quarter of 2018, possibly in partnership with local ride-hailing service Grab. Originally an MIT spin-off, nuTonomy has worked on self-driving software for three years. It started trialling its tech in Singapore in 2016, and expanded its shuttle program […]

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Ford patents removable wheel for self-driving vehicles

In the interim between semi-autonomous and self-driving, cars will need to be able to switch modes with relative ease. Ford has shown one possible way to move to self-driving mode, by making the steering wheel and brake pedals removable. In a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ford shows how the […]

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Waymo patents collapsible self-driving car design

Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, has received a patent for an automotive design where the car loses rigidity before a crash, minimizing the damage to the rider and any other cars. Waymo would achieve this by reducing the tension of hood, panels and bumpers before an accident, according to Silicon Beat. The release of tension should, […]

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Jabil and eyeSight to keep an eye on you in the self-driving future

Jabil and eyeSight have announced a partnership to develop ‘next-generation’ driver monitoring and gesture control solutions for automotive customers. The monitoring technology checks the attentiveness of the driver in real-time, recognizing when they are not attentive or drowsy. In the video, the software alerts the driver through audio cues, although visual and sensory alerts could […]

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Waymo working on competitor to Uber’s self-driving trucks

Waymo, the self-driving division of Google, has confirmed that alongside an expansion to its autonomous car efforts, it is looking to develop self-driving trucks. “We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” a Waymo spokesperson said […]

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Roborace autonomous car steps it up for Formula E Paris ePrix

Roborace, a collaborative autonomous development that uses Formula E tracks to test the robocar, managed to complete a full lap at Paris ePrix last week. The robocar is built from scratch, tires are provided by Michelin and Nvidia supplies the Drive PX2 processing unit, capable of 24 trillion operations per second. See Also: First autonomous […]

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Wisconsin creates committee on autonomous cars and connected vehicles

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order on Thursday to create a steering committee, which will look into autonomous cars and connected vehicles. The committee will research and evaluate all aspects of autonomous cars and submit policy recommendations to the Governor’s office by the summer of 2018. See Also: Will Delphi and their self-driving […]

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Connected cars may give automakers the key to advertising dollars

The automotive industry is undergoing its biggest transformation since the 1908 Model T, the car that opened up travel to the middle-classes of America. But unlike in 1908, it isn’t about the price or production of a car, but how connectivity and automation will change the business model for manufacturers and the experience for consumers. […]

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New York is the newest state to allow self-driving car tests

New York will start approving applications for self-driving car permits this month, making it the latest U.S. state to open its roads to driverless vehicles. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the year-long pilot program, aimed at exploring the possibilities of self-driving cars in New York and figuring out if they’re safe. See Also: NYC’s smart city […]

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Germany greenlights self-driving vehicle tests on public roads

Germany’s large automotive industry will soon be able to test self-driving cars in their home-country. The upper house of parliament approved a law on Friday that enables manufacturers to test vehicles on public roads for the first time. The legislation requires a human driver to remain in the vehicle at all times and a black […]

Samsung receives approval to test self-driving cars in South Korea

Samsung has received approval to test self-driving vehicles in South Korea and will begin with a “Hyundai equipped with the latest cameras and sensors,” according to The Korean Herald. Little is known about Samsung’s intentions at this time. The move comes a few weeks after Apple received similar approval to test self-driving vehicles in California. […]

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Apple, Google call on California to change self-driving tests

Apple, Tesla, Google and Uber have all asked for specific changes to California’s self-driving test policy. The letters come a few weeks before the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reviews new regulation proposals. The latest company to receive a self-driving permit, Apple, has called on the DMV to redefine “disengagement” and ensure that reports […]

Self-driving car trials to hit UK roads in 2019

A British self-driving car project aims to have a fleet of driverless vehicles on the road in two years, after receiving a $13 million grant from the UK government. The project is led by Oxbotica, an Oxford University robotics spin-out. Tests will take place alongside the startup’s driverless pod trial in London and at RACE, […]

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Consumers less confident in self-driving cars than 12 months ago

Consumers have grown ‘more skeptical’ of self-driving cars over the past year, according to a J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Tech Choice study. The report shows all generation groups, apart from Gen Y (born 1977 – 1994) have less confidence in automated technology for cars. 11 percent more Gen Z (born 1995 – 2004) and nine […]

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Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars in California

Apple’s secretive self-driving project has received a permit to test driverless vehicles in California, which could be our first preview of the iPhone maker’s autonomous technology. The self-driving tech has been in development, under the codename Project Titan, for a few years. During that time, the project has supposedly moved from a hardware, software, and […]

General Motors drops $14 million on its Silicon Valley pad

General Motors announced on Thursday a major expansion of its self-driving operations in Silicon Valley. The automaker intends to hire 1,100 people and double the research and development space available for its self-driving subsidiary, Cruise Automation. See Also: Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehicles GM has, in collaboration with Cruise, been testing […]