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Kroger tests Nuro self-driving grocery delivery cars in Arizona

Kroger tests Nuro self-driving grocery delivery cars in Arizona

Kroger is testing the use of self-driving cars for grocery deliveries as a pilot taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona. The test is performed in conjunction with Nuro, which is behind the first ever autonomous delivery car. The new serivce requires customers to purchase items via the Fry's Food website or mobile app, after which point the vehicle will deliver the goods.

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The Apple Car rumor just won’t die

The Apple Car rumor just won’t die

The Apple Car rumor has reignited, with analyst predictions that the Cupertino company will look to four wheels and complex technology for its next iPhone-scale success. Speculation that Apple is considering wading into transportation has been a regular topic of discussion in recent years, as investors and fans alike try to guess what the $1 trillion company might do next.

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We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

Self-driving cars are the future. Almost every car maker, in one way or another, has embraced technology that can take over the wheel partially or completely. It has become not a question of “if” but of “when”. Some car makers are convinced that self-driving cars will be hitting the road in two years’ time. That, however, might be an extremely optimistic outlook that may miss out on how self-driving car tech just isn’t trustworthy yet, and it’s not for the reasons you might immediately think.

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Uber shutters autonomous truck project, but self-driving cars remain

Uber shutters autonomous truck project, but self-driving cars remain

Uber has spent a couple years working on "the future of trucking," a project involving autonomous long-haul trucks intended for commercial transportation. Despite the work already put into the plan, Uber has decided to change its business focus, shuttering the autonomous truck project in the process. Engineers from the trucking unit will be moved over to the self-driving cars project.

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Autonomous Ubers are back on road – but with limits

Autonomous Ubers are back on road – but with limits

Earlier this year, Uber took its self-driving cars off the road after an accident resulted in the death of a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. At the time, Uber promised significant changes to the autonomous hardware and software in those cars and announced plans to put them back on the road at some point during the summer. Today, Uber revealed that its self-driving cars will soon return to Pittsburgh, but when they hit the road again, they'll be under close watch by the company's mission specialists.

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Baraja’s LIDAR sets its sights on self-driving cars

Baraja’s LIDAR sets its sights on self-driving cars

Spectrum-Scan LIDAR startup Baraja wants to knock the silly hat from the top of autonomous cars. Emerging into the light after several years in stealth mode, the Australian company is promising a double whammy for self-driving vehicle manufacturers: better performance than current laser scanning systems, but in a more discreet and flexible package.

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Uber layoff impacts 100 workers involved with self-driving effort

Uber layoff impacts 100 workers involved with self-driving effort

Following a fatal accident earlier this year that involved one of its autonomous vehicles, Uber has laid off about 100 employees who were involved with its self-driving effort. The information comes form Pennsylvania news agencies, which report that most of the impacted individuals were located in Pittsburgh. Uber had started autonomous car tests in the city back in 2016.

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Ex-Apple engineer arrested for stealing self-driving car secrets

Ex-Apple engineer arrested for stealing self-driving car secrets

Waymo isn’t the only one with a car leak problem. Although industrial espionage isn’t exactly and trade secret theft is hardly new nor uncommon, not every crime gets the limelight. But if you get caught stealing from Apple, you better be prepared to be an overnight sensation (not to mention a criminal). That is certainly the case involving a former Apple engineer who was caught and had admitted to stealing sensitive data around a much-rumored but never confirmed Apple secret project: autonomous cars.

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nuTonomy gets Boston OK to test autonomous cars city-wide

nuTonomy gets Boston OK to test autonomous cars city-wide

Aptiv's nuTonomy has been given permission to operate self-driving cars on the city's public roads. The approval follows more than a year of testing within Boston's Seaport District; the new approval covers the entire city. This makes Aptiv the first self-driving car company to be given city-wide testing authorization.

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Safety driver in fatal autonomous Uber crash was watching Hulu

Safety driver in fatal autonomous Uber crash was watching Hulu

The safety driver in Uber's autonomous car that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year was watching Hulu on her phone right up to the crash, local police claim. The incident - which grounded Uber's self-driving car fleet as the company began an investigation into the safety of its vehicles - was "entirely avoidable" law enforcement have suggested.

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Volvo promises self-driving tech you can snooze while using in 2021

Volvo promises self-driving tech you can snooze while using in 2021

Volvo plans to sell an autonomous car in 2021, with the Level 4-capable SUV promising to chauffeur snoozing riders at least some of the way to their destination. Highway Assist, as the technology is expected to be branded, will allow a considerable portion of the typical commute to be automated, though it won't be a cheap option.

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Apple nabs ex-Waymo senior self-driving engineer

Apple nabs ex-Waymo senior self-driving engineer

It's been some time since we've heard about Apple's code-named Project Titan, the autonomous driving project that is believed to have originally included development on an actual vehicle but was scaled back several years ago to focus on self-driving software. It seems work on the project is still moving forward at a somewhat steady pace, and it may even have gotten a nice boost with Apple confirming that it's hired a senior engineer from Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle division.

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