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Autonomous car safety rules get a long-overdue NHTSA revamp

Autonomous car safety rules get a long-overdue NHTSA revamp

The rules for autonomous cars in the US are being updated, with the NHTSA announcing an overhaul that addresses driverless vehicles with no traditional controls, and AVs that aren't designed to carry people at all. Billed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as an "historic step" that should help remove regulatory barriers to deploying autonomous vehicles, it also exempts some types of AV from certain crash-testing.

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Cruise grabs ex-Delta COO to shepherd robotaxis to the road

Cruise grabs ex-Delta COO to shepherd robotaxis to the road

Cruise AV, the GM-backed autonomous vehicle startup aiming to replace cabs with driverless electric pods, has brought in the big guns as it readies for a broad robotaxi rollout. Gil West, former Delta Air Lines Chief Operating Officer, has joined Cruise as its new COO, where he'll be responsible for figuring out how to launch autonomy at scale.

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Apple, Hyundai, reportedly in talks for self-driving cars

Apple, Hyundai, reportedly in talks for self-driving cars

For years, Apple has been repeatedly rumored to be setting its sights on self-driving cars. Those rumors seem to have come to a head in the past few weeks, with more concrete talks of Apple's plans, especially in the battery department. The latest word now is that Apple is in talks with South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai and, judging by how the latter's share immediately jumped, interest in this venture is pretty high, as are the expectations around Apple's self-driving car that may not even appear until 2028.

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Waymo drops “self-driving” term for autonomous vehicle focus

Waymo drops “self-driving” term for autonomous vehicle focus

Waymo is drawing a line in the sand for driverless terminology, announcing today that it will no longer refer to its vehicles as "self-driving" and arguing that the industry needs more consistency in how it refers to cars that can operate themselves. Though the language change may seem slight, the Alphabet-owned company concedes, it's actually key to making sure human drivers know just what is and isn't required from them in future vehicles.

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Nuro R2 self-driving delivery cars receive California deployment permit

Nuro R2 self-driving delivery cars receive California deployment permit

The media frenzy around self-driving vehicles has mostly been drowned out by this year's more pressing concerns. That said, the need for contactless ways to transport goods has actually become even more important exactly because of those concerns. Deliveries have become more common, especially in places where movement has been restricted but human drivers and couriers still pose a health risk these days. It's pretty opportune, then, that Nuro just received California's deploy permit that allows it to commercially operate its autonomous vehicles to make deliveries in two counties.

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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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Tesla Full Self-Driving subscription coming really soon

Tesla Full Self-Driving subscription coming really soon

Tesla did more than just make electric vehicles a thing, it also changed the ways some features are delivered to cars and owners. Rather than requiring a physical upgrade or add-on parts, Tesla's EVs have the capabilities already built-in, just disabled through software. While that makes it easier to "upgrade" to those new features, it doesn't make it cheaper. That's where Elon Musk's idea to place those features behind a subscription system comes in and it will be starting with Full Self-Driving in a few months.

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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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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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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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