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Lutz Pathfinder is the UK’s First Driverless Car

Lutz Pathfinder is the UK’s First Driverless Car

The first driverless car for the UK is set to be unveiled this week and it is aimed at helping commuters, shoppers, and the elderly travel over short distances. The new driverless car will be unveiled in Greenwich, London this week and is called the Lutz Pathfinder prototype pod. The car is the first of 40 cars that will hit the streets of Milton Keynes later in the year.

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Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Here’s an interesting question the folks at Google probably asked themselves not too long ago: how do you pair a human passenger with a driverless car? Aside form looping routes, much like public transportation, the automated car and its human riders have no real way to interact with one another. A new rumor suggests Google is preparing an app, much like Uber, which will likely find a home with their driverless car fleet. Of special interest here is that Google is an Uber investor.

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Ford might just move the driver, not go driverless

Ford might just move the driver, not go driverless

Ford's new Palo Alto research center may have driverless cars on the menu, but technology shifting the human driver from the car to across the country might be closer to primetime if engineers have their way. Virtual valets and remotely-piloted car sharing schemes could take advantage of increasingly electrified cars and faster LTE networks, Ford's Mike Tinskey explained to me, with a controller potentially thousands of miles away taking the wheel when a local driver isn't available or practical. Right now, that means going on a joyride in an Atlanta parking lot, when you're actually sat at a Logitech gaming wheel in California.

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Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford R&D Palo Alto puts driverless cars in pole position

Ford CEO Mark Fields may have been critical of the auto industry’s attempts to over-hype driverless cars, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working on its own model at its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The car firm has snagged a former Apple engineer, Dragos Maciuca, to lead its innovation efforts, heading projects like autonomous and remotely-piloted vehicles, integrating the dashboard with the smart home - including hooking up with the Google-owned Nest thermostat - and leveraging GPU acceleration for things like swifter speech recognition.

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Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford promises driverless car but accuses rivals of hyping

Ford has thrown its hat into the autonomous driving ring, announcing its Ford Smart Mobility plan at CES 2015, and promising a driverless car wearing the blue oval. An entirely-autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid is already on the road in testing, technology chief Raj Nair said during the company's keynote, building on existing parking aids found in production cars. However, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields also poured cold water on the autonomous projects his rivals have announced in recent weeks, downplaying them as more about marketing than anything actually relevant to drivers today.

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UK gives driverless car cities green light for 2015

UK gives driverless car cities green light for 2015

Google may have had its self-driving cars pounding the streets of Mountain View for years now, but the UK is hoping to overtake the US in real-world autonomous vehicle deployment with a quartet of cities announcing plans for the technology. Greenwich, Milton Keynes, Coventry, and Bristol will each operate a driverless car system, funded both by private companies including insurers and the UK government, with projects covering automatic valet parking and private transportation pods.

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You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary steering and pedals be fitted before they'd be road-legal, but that may only be the start of Google's headaches.

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New test facility will be proving ground for driverless cars

New test facility will be proving ground for driverless cars

The US automotive capital is still Detroit, with a rich history of fantastic cars streaming out of the city. Michigan may hold onto the crown of automotive capital of the US, as a new Mobility Transformation Facility is being opened in southern Michigan. The facility is essentially a testing ground for automated vehicles, with traffic lights and other road conditions simulated as needed.

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Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

The state of California has granted licensing for driverless car programs, though not everyone will be eligible to take part. The guidelines for obtaining a license are fairly stringent, and likely meant to allow companies who are testing the new vehicles (Google, obviously) to do so at an increased rate.

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