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Waymo to open 85,000sqft technical service center in Arizona

Waymo to open 85,000sqft technical service center in Arizona

Self-driving car company Waymo is planning to open an 85,000-square-foot "technical service center" in Mesa, Arizona, the company announced on Tuesday. According to Waymo, this new service will more than double its current capacity for servicing, maintaining, and growing its Waymo One fleet. As well, the company says it will hire "up to" hundreds of new employees in the city.

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NVIDIA’s DRIVE Constellation virtual proving grounds launch

NVIDIA’s DRIVE Constellation virtual proving grounds launch

Testing of autonomous autos is critical since there will be no human behind the wheel. These vehicles have to recognize all manner of obstacles and conditions to operate safely. Testing of autonomous vehicles is done on public roads in some states, but much of the testing is done in the virtual world.

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Apple’s Project Titan driverless car team laid off 190 people

Apple’s Project Titan driverless car team laid off 190 people

Apple's self-driving car team is set to shed 190 jobs, with the Cupertino company confirming that it'll be engineers that make up the majority of the layoffs. Project Titan, Apple's internal name for the autonomous driving division, has had a tumultuous time over the past few years, amid changes of direction and evolving goals.

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FedEx created this autonomous robot for local deliveries

FedEx created this autonomous robot for local deliveries

FedEx has announced a new autonomous delivery robot that's intended to handle same-day deliveries at a local level. A number of different companies have been testing autonomous delivery vehicles of their own for a while now, so it makes sense that FedEx - a company centered entirely around shipping - would want to throw its hat in the ring as well. The robot will enter testing this year, and FedEx has a number of partners that will help it put the delivery vehicle through its paces.

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BlackBerry wants to power your self-driving car

BlackBerry wants to power your self-driving car

BlackBerry is aiming to reinvent itself as a heavyweight in autonomous and connected vehicles, announcing a huge investment into its QNX platform. The expansion will see BlackBerry invest more than $310m into the new project, while the Government of Canada will inject $40m more courtesy of its Strategic Innovation Fund.

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Ford and VW’s huge deal hits EV and self-driving hurdles

Ford and VW’s huge deal hits EV and self-driving hurdles

Ford and Volkswagen's deal to collaborate on cars still needs some work, with insiders suggesting it's yet to be the cost, tech, and time-saving savior that the automakers first promised. The two firms announced their collaboration in January, first on pickup trucks and commercial vans, though with electrification and autonomous driving also set to be added to the deal.

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Self-driving cars may ‘create havoc’ by cruising to skip parking fees

Self-driving cars may ‘create havoc’ by cruising to skip parking fees

Autonomous vehicles may bring a variety of benefits to any given city, but a new study warns they also have the potential to "create havoc" if companies prioritize money over traffic management. The issue may lie in parking fees and a company's effort to avoid paying those rates by keeping empty autonomous cars cruising on the road instead of parked when not in use.

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Microsoft, MIT help self-driving cars learn from AI ‘blind spots’

Microsoft, MIT help self-driving cars learn from AI ‘blind spots’

A collaboration of researchers from MIT and Microsoft have developed a system that helps identify lapses in artificial intelligence knowledge in autonomous cars and robots. These lapses, referred to as "blind spots," occur when there are significant differences between training examples and what a human would do in a certain situation — such as a driverless car not detecting the difference between a large white car and an ambulance with its sirens on, and thus not behaving appropriately.

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Jaguar Land Rover projection system indicates what direction a self-driving car is traveling

Jaguar Land Rover projection system indicates what direction a self-driving car is traveling

Multiple challenges face autonomous vehicles as they move into the mainstream in coming years; among those challenges is how to let other drivers and pedestrians know what the autonomous auto is doing. One way that Jaguar has come up with to let people know that an autonomous auto sees them is to put googly eyes on the vehicles that look at the person the car senses. Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a new system that is designed to show other drivers and pedestrians where the car is going.

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Boeing’s autonomous air taxi has a successful first test flight

Boeing’s autonomous air taxi has a successful first test flight

Boeing has announced that it has completed the first successful test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle or PAV. The test flight was performed in Manassas, Virginia and the PAV is a vehicle aimed at urban air mobility. PAV is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and the aircraft maker plans to continue to test and advance the safety and reliability of on-demand and autonomous air transportation.

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Waymo chooses Michigan for autonomous vehicle manufacturing

Waymo chooses Michigan for autonomous vehicle manufacturing

Waymo is announcing a big step today, as it has committed to producing autonomous vehicles in Michigan. Waymo's choice of state probably won't come as a surprise to most folks given Michigan's deep ties to the US auto industry. The company was granted approval to begin manufacturing by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and will now begin looking for a place to set up shop.

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Stop & Shop to launch self-driving mini grocery stores in Boston

Stop & Shop to launch self-driving mini grocery stores in Boston

US-based supermarket chain Stop & Shop is the latest to unveil autonomous grocery deliveries, but with a twist. Unlike other grocery delivery options unveiled by competitors, Stop & Shop will load self-driving vehicles with a variety of items that consumers can directly purchase, essentially transforming these cars into miniature convenience stores. The vehicles will first deploy in the Greater Boston area this spring.

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