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Uber self-driving car tests may resume in coming months

Uber self-driving car tests may resume in coming months

Uber suspended its self-driving car tests in March following a fatal collision with a pedestrian. News later surfaced that the company wouldn't be renewing its testing permit with California, but according to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the tests may resume later on this year. The revelation was made during the company's Elevate event in LA today, though specifics weren't provided.

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Waymo self-driving car service will launch in Phoenix this year

Waymo self-driving car service will launch in Phoenix this year

Alphabet has announced plans to launch a Waymo self-driving car service later this year. The service will be launching first in Phoenix, Arizona, where residents and visitors will be able to order a fully autonomous car using the mobile app. Though Waymo isn't the first company to launch a self-driving car service for the public, it does offer a twist: there won't be a human safety driver in the vehicles.

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Uber’s pedestrian-killing autonomous car reportedly chose not to stop

Uber’s pedestrian-killing autonomous car reportedly chose not to stop

The fatal collision involving Uber's autonomous car in Arizona earlier this year saw the vehicle's systems intentionally avoid swerving, insiders claim, having reportedly been programmed with a higher tolerance for unexpected items in the lane ahead. The crash took place in Tempe, AZ, in March of this year, with a driverless car in self-driving mode colliding with a pedestrian who stepped out unexpectedly into the road.

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Drive.ai self-driving car service pilot arrives in Texas this summer

Drive.ai self-driving car service pilot arrives in Texas this summer

Starting this summer, autonomous car company Drive.ai will roll out an autonomous car service pilot program in Frisco, Texas. The company plans to offer more than 10,000 rides to the public as part of the pilot program, one being done in cooperation with the Frisco Transportation Management Association. Though the pilot will start modestly, the company has already revealed some of its plans for expansion.

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MIT self-driving car tech navigates with only GPS and sensors

MIT self-driving car tech navigates with only GPS and sensors

One thing common among self-driving cars right now is that for safe navigation they require 3D maps that are labeled by hand. A breakthrough at MIT will change that if the tech comes to market. MIT's system can navigate, even on country roads, using only GPS and sensor data. MIT's Daniela Rus says that the need for these dense 3D maps has limited where modern autonomous cars can operate.

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I’ve got one big question after Waymo’s autonomous car crash

I’ve got one big question after Waymo’s autonomous car crash

Waymo's computers may not have been at the wheel during the Arizona car crash last Friday, but eventually autonomous car developers will have to figure out just how human they dare let their AI drivers behave. While plenty of attention has been given to the technological barriers to self-driving cars, and a reasonable amount to the insurance and regulatory implications, there's a big black hole in one other key element. That's driverless car ethics.

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Waymo driverless car crash video released after Arizona collision

Waymo driverless car crash video released after Arizona collision

Waymo has released a video from the driverless car involved in a collision in Arizona today, suggesting there was little either the vehicle or the safety driver could have done to avoid the crash. The incident took place in Chandler, Arizona, one of the cities in which Alphabet-owned Waymo is running trials of its autonomous vehicle technology.

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Waymo driverless car crash reported in Arizona

Waymo driverless car crash reported in Arizona

A Waymo self-driving minivan was involved in a crash in Arizona this afternoon, though initial reports suggest the autonomous prototype was not to blame for the collision. Waymo is one of a number of companies running driverless car trials in the state, after efforts by Arizona's governor to encourage high-tech investment with easier regulations.

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Lyft adds 30 self-driving cars for public rides in Las Vegas

Lyft adds 30 self-driving cars for public rides in Las Vegas

Aptiv has announced the launch of 30 self-driving cars in Las Vegas, all of them operating under the Lyft ridesharing network. The general public will have access to these cars via Lyft, though the autonomous technology itself comes from Aptiv. However, riders have to opt-in to self-driving rides before the app will allow them to hail one of the vehicles.

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Toyota is building a dangerous city to challenge driverless cars

Toyota is building a dangerous city to challenge driverless cars

Toyota is opening a 60 acre test site for autonomous vehicles, with the Michigan facility being used for trials considered too risky for public roads. Expected to open by October this year, the site at Michigan Technical Resource Park will be managed by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the group at the automaker focused on developing both autonomous safety systems and self-driving vehicles for convenience.

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Waymo seeks no-driver autonomous car testing permit in California

Waymo seeks no-driver autonomous car testing permit in California

Alphabet's self-driving division Waymo has applied to test driverless autonomous cars on California roads, the company has confirmed. The application was submitted earlier this week with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Assuming sources expanding on the matter are correct, Waymo plans to start its testing in Mountain View and expand into the Bay Area later on.

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Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Self-driving cars is a hot topic these days, eclipsed only by the recent Facebook drama. And because of the deaths involved, it has become an emotional one as well. While the incidents should encourage the industry to take stock of its technology, it shouldn’t cause development and research to come to a grinding halt. Especially when the side hustlers at Microsoft Garage have developed a way to safely teach these autonomous driving AIs. And they’re doing so with the age-old idea of simulations.

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