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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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Waymo inks huge Renault and Nissan deal to spread autonomous cars

Waymo inks huge Renault and Nissan deal to spread autonomous cars

Waymo's driverless cars are headed to France and Japan, with Alphabet's autonomous vehicle devision inking a new deal with Renault and Nissan. The move will see Waymo's technology expand from its current stomping grounds in the US, where in addition to prototype drives it also operates a Waymo One ride-hailing service in parts of Arizona.

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Domino’s is about to unleash autonomous pizza delivery

Domino’s is about to unleash autonomous pizza delivery

In recent years, Domino's has seemed focused on changing the pizza delivery experience. Whether that was through creating apps that could handle placing orders through services like Slack or deploying AI that's capable of checking the quality of cooked pizza, Domino's has been dipping its hand into a lot of different honey pots in search of ways to perfect its business. Today, the company announced that it will soon get the ball rolling on one of its biggest initiatives yet: Autonomous pizza delivery.

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Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar I-PACE EVs have hit the road

Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar I-PACE EVs have hit the road

Waymo has begun real-world testing of its newest autonomous fleet, with the first Jaguar I-PACE electric self-driving cars hitting the road in Mountain View, California. The Alphabet-owned Google spin-off inked a deal with Jaguar Land Rover back in March 2018, agreeing to put an astonishing 20,000 of the then-new I-PACE EVs into the driverless fleet over the next two years.

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Volvo’s autonomous trucks just picked up their first real-world job

Volvo’s autonomous trucks just picked up their first real-world job

Volvo's Vera electric self-driving trucks are headed to public roads with their first proper job, with the autonomous haulers set to shuttle containers to a Swedish port. Revealed in 2018, Vera is the handiwork of the Volvo Trucks division, a driverless alternative to traditional trucks for short distances of travel.

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