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Tesla Smart Summon unreliable and error-prone according to Consumer Reports

Tesla Smart Summon unreliable and error-prone according to Consumer Reports

Futurists and car makers envision a day when cars would drive themselves while humans sit back and relax or chat on the way to their destinations. that future is still far away given innumerable considerations but one can always start with baby steps, like getting out of the parking space on its own. That's what Tesla newly released Smart Summon was supposed to deliver but, confirming increasing reports from owners, Consumer Reports' review found it to be severely lacking, even dangerous.

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Waymo’s autonomous cars arrive in LA – but don’t expect a ride

Waymo’s autonomous cars arrive in LA – but don’t expect a ride

Waymo's autonomous cars are exploring Los Angeles, with Alphabet's self-driving business weighing the possibilities in one of the most stressful driving environments in the US. The company - a spin-off of Google's driverless project - confirmed its fleet is spreading to LA this week, though no customer rides are planned at this stage.

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Uber will start mapping Dallas streets this fall using human drivers

Uber will start mapping Dallas streets this fall using human drivers

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has announced plans to expand into Dallas, Texas, building upon its existing presence in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. The company will start gathering data in the city in early November, the company revealed in a statement today, and it'll be kicking things off with manually-driven cars. The cars will be driven on the city's downtown streets.

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Turns out physical controls in autonomous cars are super-controversial

Turns out physical controls in autonomous cars are super-controversial

What manual controls should be present in autonomous vehicles, how they should be tested as road-worthy, and just how advanced the current state-of-the-art is are all points of controversy, as US road safety regulators mull feedback on what might be holding back driverless technologies. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) threw down the gauntlet to skeptics, enthusiasts, and everyone in-between to comment on the challenges of control-free autonomous car regulations, and as you might expect the responses were spirited.

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Ford just bought its autonomous car plans a huge advantage

Ford just bought its autonomous car plans a huge advantage

Ford is about to give its autonomous vehicles a whole new playground to test their driverless tech in, as it snaps up a simulation specialist already building virtual worlds for futuristic vehicles. The American automaker has acquired Quantum Signal, a Michigan firm which develops testing, algorithm, and military remote control software for autonomous platforms.

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This Automated Valet Parking garage shows how Level 4 may go mainstream

This Automated Valet Parking garage shows how Level 4 may go mainstream

The road to robo-parking isn't an easy one, but Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are about ready to open up their fully automated parking garage to drivers in Germany. The Level 4 valet parking system is the first of its sort in the world to be approved by authorities, and while the initial number of drivers able to actually take advantage of it may be relatively small, the way the two companies have implemented autonomous technology could have a bigger impact in the long run.

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Peloton’s autonomous trucks use the human touch to speed L4 onto roads

Peloton’s autonomous trucks use the human touch to speed L4 onto roads

Autonomous cars may be a sexy, sci-fi vision of the future, but autonomous trucks could be far closer to reality - and a lot more beneficial. Peloton today is showing off its new Automated Following system, a straightforward name for Level 4 autonomy that the company believes is far closer to public highways than others might have you think.

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These 4 features of Bentley’s outrageous concept have production in mind

These 4 features of Bentley’s outrageous concept have production in mind

Concept cars like the Bentley EXP 100 GT are eye-catching - and extreme - showcases of blue sky thinking at car companies, but according to the British automaker the huge luxury grand tourer also represents a roadmap of sorts for future production vehicles. While that might seem hard to believe, given features like the vast illuminated, animated grille and 6.5 foot long doors, the reality is that Bentley has used its concept to preview several features it intends to bring to market.

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Ford and VW electric and driverless tech deal reportedly imminent

Ford and VW electric and driverless tech deal reportedly imminent

Volkswagen and Ford have put together a deal to share electric and autonomous car tech for passenger vehicles, sources close to the talks claim, a significant extension of a previously-announced alliance. The two automaker heavyweights confirmed they'd be working together on products back in January, though at the time insisted it was only for commercial customers.

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Your next Lyft could now be a Waymo autonomous car

Your next Lyft could now be a Waymo autonomous car

Waymo is starting its slow autonomous drive into existing ride-hailing services, with a partnership with Lyft seeing some users of the service offered self-driving minivans for their journey. The collaboration builds on Waymo's existing pilot scheme for Waymo One, the autonomous ride-hailing service it has been offering since late last year.

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Apple swoops in to grab autonomous car talent as another startup fails [Updated]

Apple swoops in to grab autonomous car talent as another startup fails [Updated]

Autonomous car startup Drive.ai will permanently shut down, with Apple swooping in to grab key driverless tech engineers, it's been confirmed, as the tough challenge of removing humans from behind the steering wheel claims another victim. The company launched publicly back in mid-2016, promising its artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms would allow its self-driving vehicles to quickly assess and learn new locations.

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Car assistance tech like Autopilot is misleading says study

Car assistance tech like Autopilot is misleading says study

Driver assistance systems like Tesla Autopilot are confusing potential users and even leading them to unsafely assume the tech is more capable than it is, according to new research from one vehicle safety organization. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that poor understanding of just what systems like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance are able to do - and what they can't - is undermining the potential safety benefits of such technologies.

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