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Cruise can now test driverless vehicles on the streets of San Francisco

Posted on Oct 15, 2020 in Cars, News

Cruise,  the self-driving car subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Honda and T. Rowe Price & Associates,...

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Riding in a self-driving car is Waymo relaxing than you might expect

Posted on Oct 14, 2020 in Cars, Knowledge Center, Perspective, Videos & Podcasts

Despite what Elon Musk would have you believe, most Americans are still a long way off from experiencing a ride in a truly driverless...

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On the hit-and-maybe-run self-driving car dilemma (akin to ‘The Molly Problem’)

Posted on Oct 14, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

Please prepare yourself for a driving scenario that we all dread and profusely hope will never occur. Wham, while driving your car, you...

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Velodyne Lidar and Baidu sign a three-year sales agreement

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

 Velodyne Lidar, Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a three-year sales agreement with Baidu for its Alpha Prime Lidar...

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Throwing wrenches at autonomous vehicles

Posted on Oct 13, 2020 in Buses, Cars, Perspective, Trucks

If you need to quickly figure out whether or not an AV is safe, you might want to throw a wrench at it.  If it doesn’t crash, it’s worthy...

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Swiss lab tests out Chinese driverless delivery van

Posted on Oct 12, 2020 in Cars, News

Swiss research lab EPFL is testing out a driverless delivery van from a Chinese supplier across its campus. The Autonomously Delivered...

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Hidden factor steering for trouble in latest Elon Musk versus Waymo self-driving cars squabble

Posted on Oct 12, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

There is an elephant in the room, but it seems as though nobody is noticing it. In the ongoing push toward the fielding of self-driving...

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The real question: When do we ban human drivers?

Posted on Oct 12, 2020 in Buses, Cars, Perspective, Trucks

Every year, about twenty million people die or suffer serious horrific (and permanent) injury every year, worldwide. With self-driving...

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Nissan leads driverless car project for London

Posted on Oct 12, 2020 in Cars, News

A project has launched in London to bring driverless cars to the UK capital using Nissan’s electric Leaf. The ServCity project brings...

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Baidu fully opens Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Beijing

Posted on Oct 12, 2020 in Cars, News

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- Baidu announced on October 11 that it has fully opened its Apollo Go Robotaxi service to ordinary users in Beijing....

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Chinese self-driving cars ready to roll abroad

Posted on Oct 12, 2020 in Cars, Perspective, Trucks

Chinese startups in the field of self-driving or fully automated vehicles are beefing up their presence in foreign markets. Their move...

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You may not have heard, but the autonomous vehicle has now arrived

Posted on Oct 11, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

No one said it would be easy. Much less that its deployment would be immediate, or that it would be available to everyone around the...

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Self-driving car UX shifting gears from stony silence to avid chitchat

Posted on Oct 9, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

What usually happens today when you get into a ride-sharing car that you requested as a pick-up for your trip to a local store?...

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Waymo will allow more people to ride in its fully driverless vehicles in Phoenix

Posted on Oct 8, 2020 in Cars, News

Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, announced it will be opening up its fully driverless vehicles to all customers of its...

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Uber still sees micromobility and AVs in its future, and could push Prop 22 beyond California

Posted on Oct 7, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

Uber made headlines earlier this year when it offloaded Jump, the shared bike and scooter unit that once appeared to be a critical piece...

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Halloween trick-or-treating in an era of self-driving cars

Posted on Oct 7, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

Halloween is almost here! Even if this year’s celebrations might be somewhat less extravagant and require added care and precautions,...

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Volvo’s new patent would let drivers slide a steering wheel out of the way when their car is driving itself

Posted on Oct 7, 2020 in Cars, News, Technology

Although driver-assistance systems are the new craze, true autonomous vehicles — cars that will allow for driving without any human...

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BMW uses Unity 3D to create virtual world for autonomous driving development

Posted on Oct 7, 2020 in Cars, Technology

BMW needs to amass 150 million virtual miles of testing for its autonomous driving technology before it will be ready for customers, so...

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You’ve got mail: Japan Post delivery robot debuts in Tokyo

Posted on Oct 7, 2020 in Cars, News

Japan Post Co. unveiled Wednesday a self-driving mail delivery robot as demand grows for minimizing human contact amid the coronavirus...

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Semi-autonomous vehicle brings future to Japanese mountain village

Posted on Oct 5, 2020 in Cars, Perspective

AKITA, Japan (Kyodo) — Asa Ishikami has seen much change in her 85 years of life, and now she is witnessing the future of travel...

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