Self driving

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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Jeep 4xe roadmap includes EV SUVs, drones and autonomous off-roading

Jeep 4xe roadmap includes EV SUVs, drones and autonomous off-roading

Your future Jeep may not just be all-electric, but could come with a companion drone and even drive itself off-road, the automaker is teasing today. Jeep's roadmap for electrification under its 4xe branding is being revealed, as part of parent company Stellantis' big EV Day 2021, and just as Dodge is looking to electric for a new breed of American muscle car, Jeep is aiming to take full advantage of its potential out in the mud.

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Volvo reveals its new EV brain – and an unexpected promise

Volvo reveals its new EV brain – and an unexpected promise

Volvo has big EV and autonomous vehicle plans, and it's bringing software development in-house to deliver it sooner rather than later. The automaker revealed VolvoCars.OS today, its own operating system that will power a new generation of electric vehicles that offer unsupervised self-driving features on certain roads.

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NHTSA reveals crash clampdown on autonomous and driver-assist cars

NHTSA reveals crash clampdown on autonomous and driver-assist cars

US road safety regulators are set to dramatically increase the reporting requirements for car crashes where driver-assistance tech like Tesla Autopilot was engaged at the time, the NHTSA confirmed today. Under the new policy, serious incidents involving vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), or SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems (ADS), will need to be reported to the agency.

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Cruise cuts $5 billion deal to pay for its autonomous Origin EV robotaxis

Cruise cuts $5 billion deal to pay for its autonomous Origin EV robotaxis

Autonomous vehicle company Cruise is figuring out how to pay for its fleet of self-driving electric taxis, and it turns out that's a little easier when you already have a foot in the door with GM's big financial division. The company - which is backed by GM, Honda, and others - has cut a deal with GM Financial for a $5 billion line of credit, it announced today.

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Apple car team picks up former BMW and Canoo EV expert

Apple car team picks up former BMW and Canoo EV expert

Apple has quietly hired a former BMW EV exec to the Apple car project, with Ulrich Kranz joining a growing roster of electric vehicle talent as the Cupertino company gets more serious about transportation. Kranz is no stranger to Apple, or to electrification, having also co-founded EV startup Canoo and, before that, spent a brief stint at Faraday Future.

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Tesla Cabin Camera has been enabled for Autopilot driver monitoring

Tesla Cabin Camera has been enabled for Autopilot driver monitoring

It was discovered last year that some Tesla cars had cabin-facing cameras inside. Back then, CEO Elon Musk made it clear that the purpose of those cameras was more as a deterrent and as evidence against vandalizing future robotaxis. It wasn't, in any way, to be used to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers by keeping an eye on how attentive drivers are. It seems, however, that recent events may have finally forced Musk's hands and a new update finally enables that cabin camera to be used for Tesla's ill-named Autopilot feature.

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Tesla drops radar on Model 3 and Y: What new buyers should know

Tesla drops radar on Model 3 and Y: What new buyers should know

Tesla is ditching radar for its most affordable EVs in North America, switching to a camera-based system for Autopilot in a controversial change. The latest evolution of Tesla Vision - the hardware and software which powers Autopilot and other advanced driver assistance systems on the electric vehicles - will see the Model 3 and Model Y no longer fitted with radar.

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Sleeker Pony.ai self-driving SUV hints at more road-ready autonomous cars

Sleeker Pony.ai self-driving SUV hints at more road-ready autonomous cars

Autonomous car headgear keeps getting smaller, with Pony.ai revealing its latest self-driving car design and its much sleeker, Luminar-powered scanning hub. Far from the "upturned trashcan" aesthetic many still associate with the bulky LIDAR sensors atop driverless vehicles, the new version adds less than 4-inches of height to Pony.ai's modified Lexus SUVs.

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