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A day in a Waymo driverless car

Posted on Jun 21, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Before last week, I’d never taken a Waymo robotaxi, despite growing up in the East Valley suburb of Phoenix where the company began...

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Cruise launches an Android app for its self-driving taxis

Posted on Jun 20, 2023 in Cars, News

Cruise has finally launched an Android app for ridehailing, giving potential customers in San Francisco the option to call one of its...

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Baidu’s Robotaxi service permitted for fully unmanned commercial operation in Shenzhen

Posted on Jun 19, 2023 in Cars, News

Beijing (Gasgoo)- Recently, Baidu’s autonomous driving mobility service platform Apollo Go was awarded the first batch pilot notice...

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Is the personal self-driving car for city streets a false early dream?

Posted on Jun 19, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Self-driving efforts today focus on particular niches, such as the urban robotaxi, delivery, trucking or freeeway driving. Other than...

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IDTechEx: buying an autonomous electric car will feel more like buying a laptop than a car

Posted on Jun 16, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Computer chips have been part of cars for a long time, but no one really cares about them until they stop working or they are late to the...

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Chinese EV maker Xpeng expands self-driving capability to streets of Beijing as it bids for autonomous car leadership

Posted on Jun 15, 2023 in Cars, News, Technology

Some cars made by Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) builder Xpeng will be able to drive themselves through Beijing’s streets starting on...

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An autonomous future may be closer than I thought

Posted on Jun 14, 2023 in Cars, News, Technology

It’s been a bit longer than normal since I last posted, but that’s because I’ve been working on a few exciting new things. Today, I’m...

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Cruise robotaxi appears to hinder emergency crews after mass shooting

Posted on Jun 13, 2023 in Cars, News, Technology

A Cruise self-driving car appeared to hinder first responders as they tried to access the scene of a mass shooting in San Francisco’s...

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Tesla Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta V11.4.2 — Is Tesla making progress?

Posted on Jun 13, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

V11.4.2 is the second version of FSD Beta after the supposedly revolutionary improvements going from V10 to V11. There have been intense...

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A Waymo self-driving car killed a dog in ‘unavoidable’ accident

Posted on Jun 6, 2023 in Cars, News

A Waymo robotaxi operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a small dog last month in San Francisco, according to an incident report...

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Self-driving cars know the rules of the road — but not rules of humanity

Posted on Jun 2, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Driving a vehicle involves more than following the rules of the road. It is a social activity involving subtle interactions with other...

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Remote driver car rental service launches in Milton Keynes

Posted on Jun 1, 2023 in Cars, News

A car rental service that delivers a remotely driven vehicle to the user has been launched in a city. The Fetch vehicle system has been...

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Teledriving mobility service Vay to remotely deliver EVs in Vegas as it expands to US

Posted on May 31, 2023 in Cars, News, Technology

Europe’s first teledriving (remotely driving) service is entering the US market and intends to setup shop in Sin City to begin. Vay is...

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Didi, T3 Go, and Caocao Mobility are promoting unmanned ride-hailing services

Posted on May 30, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

In recent years, the competition in the online ride-hailing industry has become increasingly fierce. Autonomous driving has become an...

Read More permitted for unmanned autonomous driving road tests in Shenzhen

Posted on May 29, 2023 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation, Technology

Beijing (Gasgoo)-, the Chinese autonomous driving solution provider, announced on May 29 that it has been granted the first and...

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Tesla leak reportedly shows thousands of Full Self-Driving safety complaints

Posted on May 26, 2023 in Cars, News, Technology

A Tesla whistleblower has leaked 100GB of data to the German outlet Handelsblatt containing thousands of customer complaints that raise...

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Uber teams up with Waymo to add robotaxis to its app

Posted on May 23, 2023 in Cars, News

Waymo’s robotaxis will be available to hail for rides and food delivery on Uber’s app in Phoenix later this year, the result of a new...

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Ford’s Level 3 driver-assist feature won’t be able to handle busy city streets anytime soon

Posted on May 22, 2023 in Cars, News, Technology

Ford’s executive team revealed new details about the company’s partial autonomy features at a capital markets event Monday. BlueCruise,...

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7 more Tesla Full Self Driving (FSD) perspectives & observations

Posted on May 22, 2023 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

For years, the CleanTechnica reader community has amazed me. The quality of thought, diversity of thought, and depth of information is...

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Cruise, Waymo near approval to charge for 24/7 robotaxis in San Francisco

Posted on May 19, 2023 in Cars, News, Policy & Regulation

Self-driving vehicle companies Waymo and Cruise are on the cusp of securing final approval to charge fares for fully autonomous robotaxi...

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