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If Apple built a breakthrough battery, it doesn’t need to make its own car

If Apple built a breakthrough battery, it doesn’t need to make its own car

Some rumors just never seem to die, and the Apple car is shaping up to be an excellent example of that. Ever since the existence of Apple's Project Titan team was first revealed in 2014, we've seen a "will they, won't they" speculation frenzy as to just what the Cupertino firm has in mind, and what it intends to actually sell.

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Apple car reportedly targets 2024 launch with battery breakthrough

Apple car reportedly targets 2024 launch with battery breakthrough

The Apple car is still on the roadmap, insiders say, with the long-rumored electric vehicle potentially aiming for a 2024 launch. The subject of numerous leaks over the past years, the EV - which is part of Apple's Project Titan, an internal group focused on automotive and self-driving technologies - would see Apple expand its ambitions to create a full vehicle.

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Walmart pilot will test autonomous vehicles for grocery delivery

Walmart pilot will test autonomous vehicles for grocery delivery

Following favorable legislation recently passed in the state, Walmart has tapped autonomous vehicle company Gatik to launch a grocery delivery pilot in Arkansas. Under this pilot, Walmart will test the use of autonomous vehicles for customer grocery delivery, though the pilot will be restricted to a small region in Bentonville.

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Zoox self-driving robotaxi revealed – Amazon cash builds bidirectional pod EV

Zoox self-driving robotaxi revealed – Amazon cash builds bidirectional pod EV

Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox has revealed its self-driving car, a purpose-designed robotaxi that the Amazon subsidiary says is ready for the road. Founded in 2014, Zoox was bought by Amazon earlier this year and has come up with a distinctively different take on the driverless vehicle category compared to most vehicles we see claiming to be autonomous.

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Boeing tests a squadron of five autonomous mini-jets

Boeing tests a squadron of five autonomous mini-jets

Boeing has announced that it has successfully carried out flight tests using five high-performance pilotless jet aircraft. The aircraft operated as a team without any intervention required from humans. Testing was conducted at the Queensland Flight Test Range in Cloncurry, Australia. It demonstrated the aircraft's ability to use onboard command and control along with data sharing capabilities, allowing collaboration amongst the squadron.

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Apple leak claims AI boss now leading Titan self-driving car project

Apple leak claims AI boss now leading Titan self-driving car project

Apple's Project Titan, the codename for the autonomous driving division we've been hearing about for years, recently underwent a big change in leadership, according to a new report. The change was, at least according to sources, due to the full retirement of former Apple SVP of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield.

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Uber’s self-driving car project is now someone else’s problem

Uber’s self-driving car project is now someone else’s problem

Uber is washing its hands of its self-driving division, with the ride-hailing company throwing in the towel on the autonomous project as it swaps the tech for a minority stake in Aurora. It's an end to what has proved to be one of the most controversial attempts to get humans out from behind the steering wheel, and will see Uber and its partners hold 40-percent of the Amazon and Sequoia-backed autonomy startup.

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Avenum Ravn X Autonomous Launch Vehicle launches satellites

Avenum Ravn X Autonomous Launch Vehicle launches satellites

A company called Avenum has unveiled a new autonomous launch vehicle called the Ravn X. The launch system is designed to put satellites into space as quickly as every 180 minutes. The company has partnered with the United States Space Force, which also took part in the autonomous aircraft's unveiling.

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Waymo is building a new replica city to test its driverless tech

Waymo is building a new replica city to test its driverless tech

Waymo is opening two new autonomous vehicle facilities, including a dense urban playground for its self-driving passenger cars as they refine their human-replacing technology. The Alphabet-owned company, spun out from Google's labs, currently operates a ride-hailing program in Phoenix, AZ, Waymo One, but has visions of far broader applications for driverless cars and trucks.

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Turns out, we can’t be trusted to use high-tech car assistance tech safely

Turns out, we can’t be trusted to use high-tech car assistance tech safely

Advanced driver assistance systems that help drivers stay in lane and keep pace with highway traffic also lead to a big uptick in driver disengagement, a new study by IIHS concludes, as users get complacent about just what the tech can and can't do. It's likely to be another controversial addition to the arguments between safety regulators and automakers, over just how safe so-called Level 2 systems can be.

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MINI Vision Urbanaut previews an autonomous micro-minivan future

MINI Vision Urbanaut previews an autonomous micro-minivan future

MINI has revealed its newest concept, and the MINI Vision Urbanaut takes the brand about as far from its heritage styling as we've seen since BMW acquired it back in 2000. Unveiled as part of BMW NEXTGen - which also saw the new BMW iX electric SUV shown off for the first time last week - the MINI concept is an exploration of how electrification and autonomous driving could help shape new vehicle interiors.

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This $500 LIDAR wants to give self-driving cars and ADAS better vision

This $500 LIDAR wants to give self-driving cars and ADAS better vision

A $500 LIDAR sensor for ADAS and autonomous cars could help take the technology mainstream, giving new vehicles an extra sense that some driverless experts think will be essential if Level 4 and 5 is to be commercialized. Velodyne Lidar isn't new to the segment - indeed it's one of the better-known companies making laser rangefinders, and its sensors feature on numerous autonomous vehicle prototypes and test cars - but its new range bucks the LIDAR trend.

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