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Waymo self-driving trucks return to Arizona freeways

Waymo self-driving trucks return to Arizona freeways

Waymo is bringing its self-driving trucks back to Arizona freeways, the company has announced, marking the return of its big rig testing in the Phoenix region. The company previously tested these autonomous semi-trucks in Arizona in 2017, later deploying the same large vehicles in Atlanta, Georgia. The self-driving vehicle company describes this as a continuation of its testing effort.

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Lyft customers have taken more than 50,000 rides in self-driving cars

Lyft customers have taken more than 50,000 rides in self-driving cars

In May 2018, Aptiv launched more than two dozen self-driving cars in Las Vegas where they operate on the Lyft network. By August 2018, according to the ridesharing company, more than 5,000 self-driving rides had taken place through its app, a number it has greatly exceeded in the months since. In an announcement on Friday, Lyft said that it has provided more than 50,000 self-driving rides to the public.

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New legislation seeks mandatory alert system for kids left in cars

New legislation seeks mandatory alert system for kids left in cars

Newly proposed legislation seeks the mandatory inclusion of forgotten child alerts in all new vehicles. The technology, which is currently available as third-party accessories, alerts drivers to the presence of a child in the back seat of a vehicle, helping reduce the number of tragic hot car deaths. The full legislation will be published for the public to read in coming days.

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First Dyson EV images show big wheels, reclined seats

First Dyson EV images show big wheels, reclined seats

First announced in 2017, the Dyson electric vehicle range is just today revealed in imagery. As is always the case with patent imagery, the aesthetics you see today may not reflect the final product. However, given that Dyson himself shared the images with the media, we can be pretty sure they've got some connection with the shapes and movement of the car aimed at a 2021 release.

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Dyson wants gas cars banned by 2030 in UK

Dyson wants gas cars banned by 2030 in UK

Critics of gasoline vehicles have been ramping up toward suggestions of an outright ban of gas-guzzling vehicles around the world for decades. For most, it didn't seem realistic until very recently. The idea that any government would be able to ban the use of a certain sort of fuel didn't seem possible when there was no realistic alternative, but with the rise of the electric car, a no-gas law might well be in the making.

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Tesla rolls out new safety features for all owners to curb accidents

Tesla rolls out new safety features for all owners to curb accidents

Tesla is going all out on its self-driving technologies, going as far as challenging more established hardware and names in the industry. It has painted LIDARs to be deadly and useless and boasts how its self-designed chip trumps NVIDIA's. Now the company has unveiled two features that improve safety by helping ensure drivers don't accidentally depart from their lanes.

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Ford will let Amazon deliver packages into cars for safekeeping

Ford will let Amazon deliver packages into cars for safekeeping

Not too long ago, Amazon made the almost scandalous announcement that it would be letting its couriers into houses via its Amazon Key system. Then this year, it expanded that to garages and finally to cars. Fortunately, the rollout of Amazon Key has been relatively uneventful and companies are, in fact, siding with the retail giant. The latest to join that club is Ford, who will allow select models to become your mailbox to keep your package safe, while hopefully also keeping your car safe.

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Ford Self-Braking Trolley applies driver assistance tech to shopping

Ford Self-Braking Trolley applies driver assistance tech to shopping

While there are people who'd readily admit being addicted to shopping, few of those will probably look forward to doing groceries. It's one of life's necessary evils that has created a market for online groceries and deliveries. Not everyone can afford to escape regular trips to the supermarket, which parents with toddlers may look to with dread for fear of trolley accidents. Putting its driving expertise to work, Ford has designed a new trolley that intelligently step on the brakes to prevent kids from colliding with people or shelves.

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Tesla will launch its own insurance product in the near future

Tesla will launch its own insurance product in the near future

During a call with analysts today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the company plans to offer its own insurance product to its customers. The new offering will be available in around a month, according to Musk, who didn't provide any specific details on the product. The insurance will be "much more compelling" than existing alternatives, Musk claimed.

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Tesla reports huge $702m net loss for Q1 2019

Tesla reports huge $702m net loss for Q1 2019

Tesla has revealed its Q1 2019 financial details, reporting a heavy loss of $702 million for the first quarter. The company ended Q1 with $2.2 billion in cash and equivalents, a $1.5 billion drop from the end of last year. Among other things, Tesla reports that it was negatively impacted by 'non-recurring items.' The company's $4.54 billion quarterly revenue fell short of expectations.

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New Tesla Models S and X can drive farther before needing to recharge

New Tesla Models S and X can drive farther before needing to recharge

Given the nature of electric vehicles, there will always be two things on drivers' minds. One is where and how fast they can recharge their cars on the road and the other is how long they can go even go before they need to plug in. Tesla announced last month improvements to its Supercharging system and now it is boasting of significant improvements to the latter, claiming that the Model S and Model X are, yet again, the longest-range electric vehicles in the market.

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Tesla custom Full Self-Driving Computer is already in all new cars

Tesla custom Full Self-Driving Computer is already in all new cars

Tesla, particularly CEO Elon Musk, isn't exactly popular for its estimates and predictions. It has recently admitted its failure to meet expectations and demand in shipping its Model 3 electric cars. So when the carmaker actually does get the estimate right, it's a pleasant surprise. Even better, however, Musk has said that its custom Full Self-Driving Computer promised 6 months ago isn't just here, it is actually already hiding inside all Tesla models made within the past weeks.

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