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Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta v10 software lands for early access fleet

Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta v10 software lands for early access fleet

Tesla has a large early access fleet consisting of owners of its vehicles who are willing to beta test software. Tesla often pushes new software updates out to this smaller number of users before rolling it out to the masses. Reports are coming in that Tesla started pushing its Full Self-Driving Beta v10 software out to owners who are part of its early access fleet.

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Police in Singapore are deploying a robot called Xavier

Police in Singapore are deploying a robot called Xavier

Police in Singapore have announced that, for the first time, they will conduct a trial that will see robots patrolling the streets augmenting police officers. The robot, called Xavier, is part of a project that involves five public agencies in Singapore, including HDX, National Environment Agency, Land Transport Authority, Singapore Food Agency, and Housing & Development Board. Xavier will patrol the streets during a three-week trial launching on September 5.

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Argo AI and VW are showing off their self-driving test vehicle

Argo AI and VW are showing off their self-driving test vehicle

In Munich, automakers and partners are gearing up for the first IAA Mobility conference. Two of the companies showing off high-tech vehicles during the show are Argo AI and Volkswagen. They are showing off the all-electric ID. BUZZ AD, the "AD" in the name stands for Autonomous Driving.

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Study finds microscale concave interfaces could be useful to autonomous vehicles

Study finds microscale concave interfaces could be useful to autonomous vehicles

A new study has looked into the science behind microscale concave interfaces (MCI). This type of structure reflects light and can produce rainbows which are potentially useful optical phenomena. The goal of this study was to learn how the technology works. The paper outlines how light interacts with an MCI, hoping to open the door for potential uses down the road.

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Hyundai and Motional reveal the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi

Hyundai and Motional reveal the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi

People worldwide are being encouraged to transition from conventional combustion engine vehicles to hybrid or fully electric vehicles. Pressure is being put on fleet operators that have large fleets of vehicles, such as taxi and ride-hailing services, to transition away from combustion vehicles to EVs. At the same time, ride-hailing services are also working to integrate autonomous vehicles into their fleets for safety and reduced costs.

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Waymo’s plan to make autonomous car sensors cheaper gets axed

Waymo’s plan to make autonomous car sensors cheaper gets axed

Waymo is pulling the plug on its ambitions to be a LIDAR supplier, with the autonomous vehicle company set to be the only customer for its homegrown sensor tech. LIDAR - or light detection and ranging - sensors have become commonplace in developing self-driving vehicles, though Waymo had hoped to push adoption of the technology in other industries.

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New autonomous cargo ship needs no crew and produces no emissions

New autonomous cargo ship needs no crew and produces no emissions

Many of the goods we consume daily are produced outside of our country and travel here by massive ships that cross the ocean. Typically, those massive ocean-crossing vessels are operated by a large crew of men and women, making sure the ship operates and arrives at its destination as planned. However, a company from Norway has completed the first zero-emission autonomous cargo ship in the world.

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Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo is starting up autonomous ride-hailing in San Francisco, though don't expect to be able to summon a self-driving cab any time soon. Though the Google spin-off's Waymo One service currently offers public rides in Phoenix, AZ, its new Trusted Tester program will be a more exclusive experience.

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Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo has revealed a concept image showing the massive autonomous trucking hub it is building in the Dallas-Forth Worth region of Texas. In addition to the architecture, the company has also revealed some details about the planned facility, including that it will span nine acres and be able to accommodate hundreds of big trucks.

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Starship delivery robots are coming to four more campuses in the US

Starship delivery robots are coming to four more campuses in the US

Delivery robots and drones are the stuff of science fiction, but many companies have been slowly but surely working to make that a reality in the past years. The need for autonomous delivery methods, however, became even more apparent last year because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Starship was able to discern that need and deployed its fleet of robots to students in several campuses in the US, and it is now expanding its operations with more robots, and more customers served.

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Audi skysphere concept EV literally stretches and shrinks

Audi skysphere concept EV literally stretches and shrinks

Audi is no stranger to bedazzling concept cars, but few stretch the imagination quite like the new Audi skysphere. More ambitious than the the e-tron GT Concept - which, three years ago, was a production-ready prototype - or the A6 e-tron Concept which itself looks almost ready for the showroom, it's a vision of a Level 4 autonomous future that intersects with the recent grandsphere concept, formerly known as the Artemis Concept, but at the same time takes pains not to leave keen drivers out of the game.

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Tesla Autopilot system thinks the moon is a yellow light

Tesla Autopilot system thinks the moon is a yellow light

One of the more interesting pieces of technology integrated into Tesla automobiles is the Autopilot system. Most are familiar with Tesla's autopilot system, which allows the vehicle to operate semi-autonomously. However, the driver is expected to maintain vigilance behind the wheel as the system has been known to encounter problems.

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