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Domino’s and Ford to test self-driving pizza delivery service

Domino’s and Ford have partnered to test a self-driving pizza delivery service to customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The partnership will be part of Ford’s research into how customers respond and interact with self-driving vehicles. Randomly selected customers will have the option of trying the self-driving delivery service, according to The Verge. An engineer will […]

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UK Autodrive scheme to be tested on public roads this year

Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, and Tata Motors are collaborating in the U.K. on a scheme called Autodrive, which is working on communication systems for self-driving cars. The most recent test, held in Nuneaton, a town in Warwickshire, England, looked into several safety systems aimed at reducing accidents. These included emergency warning technology and collision warnings, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehicles

We are witnessing the rebirth of the automobile. It’s quite remarkable if we press pause to think about it. One could argue that much hasn’t changed since the first true gasoline-powered automobile was patented in July 1886 by Karl Benz. Now in the early 21st century, Google (now Waymo), Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, Ford, Volvo among […]

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You won’t be able to buy autonomous cars until 2026, says Ford

Autonomous cars might be road ready in less than five years, but it will take another decade before the general public are allowed to buy them, according to Ford’s head of research, Ken Washington. The comment adds to the growing fear that automakers will not sell autonomous vehicles to customers, instead relying on ride-sharing and […]

Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation

There has been a lot written about the impact of next-generation transportation technologies over the past year. From concerns over driverless trucks during the election to debates over regulation and policies, this booming growth area of technology is becoming unstoppable. We recently sat down with Elliot Katz of DLA Piper, an attorney in the firm’s Connected and Self-Driving Car practice, […]

Ford to skip Level 3 autonomy to keep sleepy drivers happy

Ford plans to skip ‘Level 3’ autonomy and shoot right for Level 5, the highest level of car automation. The automaker decided to skip the midway point after it noticed a few of its engineers dozing while testing semi-autonomous vehicles. Even with “bells, buzzers, warning lights, vibrating seats and steering wheels, and another engineer in […]

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Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goal

Ford has announced it will spend $1 billion to acquire Argo AI, a Pittsburgh robotics startup, in the hopes the expertise will advance its self-driving program. Argo AI was created a few months ago by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, two experts in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Salesky previously worked for […]

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Ford rolls out gas- and driver-less fleet of tomorrow

The Ford Motor Company expanded its investment into the electric and autonomous vehicle market at CES 2017 on Tuesday, with a series of new innovation initiatives. The initiatives are part of a $4.5 billion investment to make the company ready for the next decade. Ford CEO Mark Fields has been focused on expanding research and […]

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Ford to debut autonomous Fusion Hybrid at CES 2017

Ford will debut the next generation Fusion Hybrid, the company’s first autonomous vehicle, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas. The automotive giant has a roadmap to launch the autonomous car by 2021, but will start to preview the vehicle at events throughout 2017. CES will be the first event, followed by […]

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In a crowded field, who is ahead in the autonomous car race?

The race to create the first fully autonomous car has a variety of competitors, from giant automotive firms like General Motors, software conglomerates like Alphabet, to newly minted startups like Chris Urmson’s secretive company. All of them have the end goal of creating some type of self-driving system, able to make it from point A […]

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Will big carmaker brands survive the self-driving world?

In the near future, consumers might not choose a car based on its model or brand, but on the software and services connected to it, according to a new report from Lux Research. The report comes one week after Uber debuted its self-driving fleet in San Francisco, providing customers that can’t afford Tesla’s with their […]

Europe to see an $18 trillion connected cars boost by 2050

A new research report found that autonomous vehicles will contribute over $18 trillion to the European economy by 2050. And vulnerable populations are seen as gaining the most from the emerging car technology. Smart Cities World reported on the release of a Nissan-sponsored study Freeing the Road by the Policy Network think tank. The report, which […]

Ford will test driverless cars in Europe next year

Ford announced it will plans to start testing its autonomous vehicles on European roads by next year as it ramps up its robot car strategy. According to Digital Trends  the U.S. car manufacturing goliath is moving ahead with European testing as it pursues its ambitious strategy to introduce fully autonomous vehicles for ride-hailing by 2021. […]

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BlackBerry signs deal to be Ford’s software provider of the future

BlackBerry has signed an expanded deal with Ford to install infotainment and security systems in future cars. The deal includes BlackBerry’s QNX operating system, which Ford has been using through a partnership with Panasonic for a few years, and Certicom security technology. Ford will also use QNX hypervisor and audio processing software. See Also: Apple picks […]