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Germany passes law approving autonomous car testing

Germany passes law approving autonomous car testing

While the US continues to be the center of self-driving car development, locations like California and Michigan will no longer be the only options for car makers to test and develop their autonomous technology. Germany has just passed a law that gives auto companies permission to test their self-driving cars on public roads, as long as a number of safety conditions are met.

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This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This week at GTC 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed Project Holodeck to the masses. This system "brings visually stunning, collaborative, and shareable VR to everyone." The first demonstration had several users standing near a vehice rendered with 50,000,000 polygons - that's inside a virtual, shared space. The vehicle was a $1.9-million dollar supercar showed off via Christian Koenigsegg.

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Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas

Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas

For a few years now we've heard about Apple deploying vans outfitted with camera equipment around the country to collect street-level imagery. While we'll have to continue to wait to see if this data will play a part in the company's autonomous car platform efforts, in the meantime it's surely going to use by improving Apple's own Maps service.

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Tesla boasts record production and car deliveries during Q1 2017

Tesla boasts record production and car deliveries during Q1 2017

Tesla's first quarter fiscal results are in and things are looking up. The company reports a huge 64-percent vehicle production increase year-on-year; during Q1, the automaker delivered 25,051 vehicles to customers. This ultimately resulted in $2.7 billion in GAAP revenue, though year-on-year losses increased this past fiscal quarter due to 'operations improved' during its most recent fourth fiscal quarter. All things considered, Tesla says that it is still on track for the initial Model 3 production to kick off in July.

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Tesla rolls out automatic emergency braking for AP2 cars

Tesla rolls out automatic emergency braking for AP2 cars

If you're a Tesla owner, you might have noticed an update this past week that adds limited use of automatic emergency braking (AEB), a safety feature that was first announced some six months ago. The roll-out of the feature came just ahead of Consumer Reports lowering their scores of the Model S and Model X vehicles, specifically citing the absence of the AEB as their justification.

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Amazon’s autonomous car strategy is not to build one

Amazon’s autonomous car strategy is not to build one

Much like what's suspected of Apple's driverless car strategy, Amazon has been reported to be taking a different approach. Instead of building their own vehicles that'd be able to drive themselves, Amazon is said this week to be working on leveraging the incoming technology. This means Amazon would use autonomous cars made by 3rd-party companies instead of going through the trouble of making their own.

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Apple’s self-driving car platform detailed in training documents

Apple’s self-driving car platform detailed in training documents

Last week it was revealed that Apple had requested and was granted permission from the California DMV to test its own self-driving technology on public roads. Now documents that were filed as part of the application have been published, and they detail the safety and training procedures for employees who will work with the software platform and act as backup drivers to take over the controls when needed.

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Tesla recalls 53,000 of its 2016 models over parking brake issues

Tesla recalls 53,000 of its 2016 models over parking brake issues

Electric car maker Tesla has announced it's issuing a voluntary recall for its 2016 year models, affecting 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. The cause for concern has to do with potential parking brake problems, however there have been no accidents or injuries reported in relation to the issue. The company says it believes the problem to be present in only 2% of the recalled vehicles, but is erring on the side of caution.

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BMW launches first of 100 EV charging stations in US National Parks

BMW launches first of 100 EV charging stations in US National Parks

Electric vehicles are only as great as the charging network available to those who buy them. We've seen different companies roll out charging stations at destinations all over the U.S., and now BMW is adding its name to the list (again) with plans to launch 100 electric vehicle charging stations at National Parks throughout the nation. The first of those 100 planned stations has gone live at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of Edison.

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GM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet

GM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet

Back in February it was revealed that General Motors has plans to have thousands of self-driving taxis on the road from 2018, with many serving as vehicles for ride-sharing service Lyft. Now the car manufacture is taking steps to make that happen, as a new report says that GM and Cruise, its autonomous car development arm, are looking to put another 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road in the coming weeks in order to improve data collection.

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Hyundai Blue Link gets Google Home support, is now standard for 3 years

Hyundai Blue Link gets Google Home support, is now standard for 3 years

Hyundai has announced that Blue Link, its connected car service, now works with Google Home and, therefore, with Google Assistant. Thanks to this support, certain Hyundai owners with a Google Home are able to control aspects of their vehicle using voice commands, such as firing up remote start or locking the doors from within your home. As well, Hyundai says that Blue Link is going to be a complementary, standard feature for three years on all of its 2017 IONIQ models and all of its 2018 vehicles.

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Toyota turned a HiLux pickup into a real-life Tonka Truck

Toyota turned a HiLux pickup into a real-life Tonka Truck

At some point growing up, most kids spent some time playing in sand or dirt with big yellow toy trucks — more thank likely those from Hasbro's Tonka Trucks line. Those with fond memories of those times are just who Toyota is looking to appeal to with its latest concept: a 2016 HiLux pickup designed to resemble a life-sized Tonka Truck. Outfitted with plenty of off-road gear, it looks just as if a kid's toy was brought to life.

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