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GM’s Cruise just made an audacious autonomous EV prediction

GM’s Cruise just made an audacious autonomous EV prediction

GM-backed Cruise aims to have a million autonomous vehicles on the road by 2030, an aggressively ambitious target that comes as General Motors looks increasingly to EVs and high-tech transportation to bolster profits. Cruise - majority-owned by GM, though which counts Walmart and others as investors - is readying its first custom design vehicle, the Origin AV, built atop GM's Ultium electric platform.

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Elon Musk reveals how many “perfect” Tesla drivers will get next FSD Beta

Elon Musk reveals how many “perfect” Tesla drivers will get next FSD Beta

Tesla plans to release its latest "Full Self-Driving" beta to drivers at the end of the week, Elon Musk confirmed today, though only those owners deemed to be safest behind the wheel will get the newest software. The automaker is using a so-called Safety Score system to gatekeeper access to the functionality, a decision which has become fairly controversial in recent weeks.

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Walmart plans self-driving home delivery in 2021 with Ford and Argo AI cars

Walmart plans self-driving home delivery in 2021 with Ford and Argo AI cars

Ford and autonomous vehicle company Argo AI are working with Walmart to launch a driverless delivery service, with the goal of filling in the last mile of home orders. It'll be the retail behemoth's first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the US, Walmart said today, and see the total number of locations taken to three.

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Audi grandsphere concept removes steering wheel, pedals, displays

Audi grandsphere concept removes steering wheel, pedals, displays

An automobile with an automated driving mode that turns the vehicle into a "spacious sphere of experience." That's what Audi envisioned for their grandsphere concept shown this week at IAA 2021. With Level 4 automated driving in this concept car, the interior removes displays, pedals, and the steering wheel from the ride. This vehicle turns itself into a lounge while it transports you from one place to another.

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Waymo’s plan to make autonomous car sensors cheaper gets axed

Waymo’s plan to make autonomous car sensors cheaper gets axed

Waymo is pulling the plug on its ambitions to be a LIDAR supplier, with the autonomous vehicle company set to be the only customer for its homegrown sensor tech. LIDAR - or light detection and ranging - sensors have become commonplace in developing self-driving vehicles, though Waymo had hoped to push adoption of the technology in other industries.

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Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo is starting up autonomous ride-hailing in San Francisco, though don't expect to be able to summon a self-driving cab any time soon. Though the Google spin-off's Waymo One service currently offers public rides in Phoenix, AZ, its new Trusted Tester program will be a more exclusive experience.

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Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Waymo reveals the big autonomous trucking hub it’s building in Dallas

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo has revealed a concept image showing the massive autonomous trucking hub it is building in the Dallas-Forth Worth region of Texas. In addition to the architecture, the company has also revealed some details about the planned facility, including that it will span nine acres and be able to accommodate hundreds of big trucks.

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Audi skysphere concept EV literally stretches and shrinks

Audi skysphere concept EV literally stretches and shrinks

Audi is no stranger to bedazzling concept cars, but few stretch the imagination quite like the new Audi skysphere. More ambitious than the the e-tron GT Concept - which, three years ago, was a production-ready prototype - or the A6 e-tron Concept which itself looks almost ready for the showroom, it's a vision of a Level 4 autonomous future that intersects with the recent grandsphere concept, formerly known as the Artemis Concept, but at the same time takes pains not to leave keen drivers out of the game.

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Lyft is getting autonomous Argo AI Ford cars for public rides this year

Lyft is getting autonomous Argo AI Ford cars for public rides this year

You may be able to summon an autonomous Ford via the Lyft app later this year, with the automaker and the ride-hailing app working to put self-driving Argo AI cars on the network. It's the culmination of several years of work - and no small amount of investment - for Ford in Argo AI, with plans to deploy at least 1,000 autonomous vehicles for Lyft riders over the next five years.

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Tesla offers Full Self-Driving Capability as a subscription

Tesla offers Full Self-Driving Capability as a subscription

It's looking more and more like the future of buying an automobile will include features that you have to pay for each month. We have seen several automakers offer subscriptions to services like improved navigation more in recent years. Now Tesla has a new subscription service for its Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability. Typically, FSD adds about $10,000 purchase price of the new Tesla vehicle.

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Volkswagen reveals its money-maker plan for EVs and autonomous services

Volkswagen reveals its money-maker plan for EVs and autonomous services

Volkswagen has revealed its New Auto 2030 strategy, its roadmap for the rest of the decade, and the automaker is hoping you'll be willing to pay handsomely for software and autonomous services. Margins on electric vehicles should reach parity with combustion vehicles within 2-3 years, VW predicted today, helping close the gap in the transition, and potentially putting a new audience of shoppers in front of the automaker's store.

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Audi Artemis concept revealed: The autonomous EV that aims to upend everything

Audi Artemis concept revealed: The autonomous EV that aims to upend everything

If you had to define the Audi Artemis project in just a few words, you could say it's upending, well, everything. How a car is designed, how it's driven - or, more accurately, how it drives itself - and how the occupants interact with the technology as a result. Today, as Audi pulls back the curtain on just what its Artemis team has been working on, I caught up with Marc Lichte, Head of Design, to hear about big changes and even bigger promises.

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