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Lucid Motors reveals the DreamDrive tech to eventually make its EVs autonomous

Lucid Motors reveals the DreamDrive tech to eventually make its EVs autonomous

Lucid Motors has revealed the bevy of sensors its upcoming Lucid Air electric luxury car will be equipped with, as it paves the way for future autonomous driving capabilities. The Lucid DreamDrive system will consist of LIDAR, cameras, radar, and ultra-sonic sensors, in addition to extra driver-monitoring systems inside the vehicle, all in the name of either supporting the person behind the wheel or, eventually, replacing them altogether.

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Ford taps Intel Mobileye for smarter car vision and crowdsourced-cleverness

Ford taps Intel Mobileye for smarter car vision and crowdsourced-cleverness

Ford and Intel have inked a deal to give future cars better vision, with Mobileye vision-sensing tech being used to power the automaker's driver assistance systems. Mobileye EyeQ will be used for systems like Ford Co-Pilot360, including both hardware and software, and eventually form part of the technology behind Ford Active Drive Assist in 2021.

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Tesla Level 5 autonomy “very close” Musk insists but the true roadmap is murky

Tesla Level 5 autonomy “very close” Musk insists but the true roadmap is murky

Elon Musk is confident that Tesla will have "the basic functionality" of fully autonomous vehicles by the end of the year, though it's uncertain whether the outspoken CEO's predictions will result in an electric car able to truly drive itself on public roads any time soon. Musk has been a vocal proponent of the feasibility of so-called Level 5 self-driving, countering broader skepticism of just how close to deployment autonomous vehicles actually are.

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Amazon just acquired Zoox (not Zoom) for self-driving vehicles

Amazon just acquired Zoox (not Zoom) for self-driving vehicles

Amazon acquired a company called Zoox to "help bring their vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality." It's important right this minute to be extra clear, here, that Amazon did NOT just acquire the video conferencing brand Zoom - that's a different company altogether. Amazon acquired Zoox, a California-based company "working to design autonomous ride-hailing vehicles from the ground up."

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Mercedes and NVIDIA team up on autonomous cars you can actually buy

Mercedes and NVIDIA team up on autonomous cars you can actually buy

Mercedes-Benz will use NVIDIA's DRIVE platform for its driver-assistance and autonomy in future vehicles, the automaker has announced today, including powering cars that can drive themselves from address to address on regular routes. The deal will see the first new Mercedes using NVIDIA DRIVE from 2024, as the German automaker revamps its fleet.

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BMW and Mercedes shelve shared self-driving tech plan

BMW and Mercedes shelve shared self-driving tech plan

BMW and Mercedes-Benz have put their autonomous driving collaboration on hold, blaming the expense of building a shared system for the decision. The two German automakers announced their self-driving alliance in early 2019, focusing on developing a Level 4 autonomous system that would allow their cars to navigate independently without any human involvement, within certain conditions.

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Hands-on, Hands-off: Ford’s new driver assist tech is in rare company

Hands-on, Hands-off: Ford’s new driver assist tech is in rare company

Ford's Mustang Mach-E electric crossover will join a very exclusive club of vehicles with hands-free driver assistance, still far from full autonomy but nonetheless promising a more relaxed driving experience - if the conditions are right. Though the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is on track to begin deliveries later this year, the newly-announced Ford Active Drive Assist system won't actually be available until late 2021. However confusion around the system is already cropping up now.

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Light dumps multi-camera phone plans for autonomous car focus

Light dumps multi-camera phone plans for autonomous car focus

Computational photography trailblazer Light has quietly given up its smartphone camera ambitions, despite inking deals with Nokia, Sony, and others to use complex multi-sensor tech for better images. The company's approach eschewed the "one big sensor" angle that was most prevalent in smartphones, replacing it with a cluster of multiple sensors the data of which would be combined to produce a final frame.

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Self-driving cars address only a third of crashes, according to study

Self-driving cars address only a third of crashes, according to study

The primary objective for self-driving cars, at least the ones pushed by proponents of the technology, isn't the convenience of the driver or passenger. That is just one of the goals or even a by-product of what these autonomous vehicles bring to the table. After all, one can only sit back and relax and take one's hands off the wheel and eyes of the road when you're 200% sure the self-driving car can safely drive itself through any road condition or obstacle. It turns out, however, that our current autonomous driving technologies can only avoid 34% of crashes that human drivers caused.

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VW and Argo AI complete $2.6bn deal: Ford gets new self-driving frenemy

VW and Argo AI complete $2.6bn deal: Ford gets new self-driving frenemy

Volkswagen and autonomous vehicle company Argo AI have completed their $2.6 billion investment deal, paving the way for future VW Group models to gain new driverless tech. Argo AI broke cover in 2017 with a billion dollars of Ford's money to play with; now, it's expanding to a new facility in Europe.

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Yandex reveals its fourth-generation self-driving Hyundai

Yandex reveals its fourth-generation self-driving Hyundai

Researchers all around the world are working hard on self-driving cars to help people unable to drive themselves to get around and take the roads around the nation and the world safer. Yandex has announced its fourth-generation of self-driving cars that originally developed with Hyundai Mobis. The new self-driving platform operates on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and joins an existing fleet of over 100 self-driving Toyota Priuses that Yandex operates.

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Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Self-driving vehicles always look cool on TV and films but getting them right in real life no easy task. Considering the human lives involved, autopilot systems are often put under intense scrutiny to ensure nothing goes terribly wrong. Unfortunately, things do go wrong to different degrees, and, fortunately for one driver in Taiwan, the story didn't have a tragic ending, even if his Tesla met a different fate after crashing into the roof of a truck.

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