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USDOT announces $20.3 million grant to improve transport with innovation

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Cars, Finance, News

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced approximately $20.3 million in grant...

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Federal regulators move to make room in safety standards for driver-less cars

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Tuesday moved to make changes in some safety standards to help pave the way for driver-less vehicles....

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Reinventing mobility and manufacturing at once: Local Motors

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Buses, News, Technology

Some of the most consequential technological and economic advances happen where two innovation trends intersect. Local Motors, a company...

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Chinese EV startupXPeng Motors granted permit to test its new P7 sedan on roads in the U.S.

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Cars, News

Chinese electric vehicle startupXpeng Motors is one of a new group of electric vehicle startups looking to follow Tesla’s lead by...

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Waymo pausing some robotaxi service after safety drivers raise coronavirus concerns

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Cars, News

Waymo is temporarily shutting down some of its robotaxi services in Arizona, just days after The Verge reported that its contracted safety...

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The problems of medical emergencies while inside a self-driving car are going to be challenging

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

Jonathan got into his car that morning and was driving over to the grocery store. It was a day like any other day. He had driven the route...

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Coronavirus fears halt autonomous vehicle testing for Uber, Cruise, Aurora, Argo AI, Waymo, and others

Posted on Mar 17, 2020 in Cars, News

Following Waymo’s announcement that it would limit its ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona and autonomous car testing on California...

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Waymo funding shows long road to AVs

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, Finance, Perspective

There can be no doubt: The development of autonomous vehicles is going to require more — way more — time and money than people thought...

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Velodyne Lidar announces multi-year sales agreement with NAVYA

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, News, Technology

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a multi-year sales agreement with NAVYA, a leading company in autonomous driving systems. Since 2015, NAVYA...

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Mining industry laboratory for self-driving tech

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Perspective, Technology

As the debate continues about how – or even whether – to deploy autonomous vehicles in populated areas, lest lives be at risk,...

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Apex’s electric supercar includes an AR race coach and partial self-driving

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, News

How do you make a name for yourself as an EV startup when you have plenty of rivals? By promising a mix of breakneck performance with...

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WeRide resumes robotaxi service in China after COVID-19

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, News, Perspective

WeRide resumes robotaxi service in China with extreme precautions to keep riders and drivers safe after COVID-19. I met the WeRide team at...

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Human behavior and group dynamics can be reshaped by AI use, including via ai self-driving cars

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

Suppose you interact with an AI system, such as a robot, and in so doing your behavior changes based on that interaction. This makes sense...

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Navigant’s nonsense about Tesla autonomous driving

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

It is that time of year again. We see all the self-appointed experts extol their superior vision on the subjects that are most clickbait...

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Tesla trails Waymo, Cruise and others in self-driving strategy, study claims

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Cars, News

When it comes to autonomous vehicle development, the names you see in the news or on social media might not be the ones actually leading...

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Your weatherman says: “Your AV index for today is … “

Posted on Mar 14, 2020 in Cars, Infrastructure, Perspective, Technology

Today’s automobile needs a great deal of infrastructure to be useful. A major part of the infrastructure is the civil transportation...

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Newest trend: Combining healthtech with AI self-driving cars for an upcoming boon in our health and wellness

Posted on Mar 14, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

Having to visit the doctor can be arduous. For those that don’t have a car, they oftentimes need to utilize multiple mass transit options...

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Waymo drivers say they’re being discouraged from cancelingrobotaxi rides during Coronavirus outbreak

Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in Cars, News

Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, says it will keep operating its fleet of roughly 600 self-driving taxis in Arizona during the...

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Roamin’ numerals: this Pi Day, celebrate how math is powering self-driving cars

Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

While Pi Day may seem like a made-up holiday, March 14 – 3.14 – actually provides us with an opportunity to recognize the important role...

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The autonomous EV quarter car offers modular private zones for hire

Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in Cars, News, Technology

The Quarter Car is a ride-sharing vehicle with private zones inside. The creative work of London-based industrial design studio...

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