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Volvo taps NVIDIA Orin for its self-driving cars: The juicy details

Volvo taps NVIDIA Orin for its self-driving cars: The juicy details

Volvo plans to bake NVIDIA's DRIVE chipsets for autonomous and smart cars into its next-generation platform, with the first fruit of that partnership to be revealed in 2022. The next-generation Volvo XC90 luxury SUV will use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for its self-driving system, the chip-maker confirmed today at its GTC 2021 conference.

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NVIDIA Hyperion 8 is a near-turnkey platform for autonomous cars

NVIDIA Hyperion 8 is a near-turnkey platform for autonomous cars

NVIDIA has given its "AI supercomputer on wheels" an upgrade, with the latest DRIVE Hyperion 8 getting as close to a turnkey self-driving car system as we've seen to date. It's based on two of the DRIVE Orin SoCs - with a combined 508 TOPS of performance - along with a surfeit of sensors and AV software.

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NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan promises driverless cars sooner than you’d think

NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan promises driverless cars sooner than you’d think

NVIDIA has revealed its newest chipset for smart cars and autonomous vehicles, with DRIVE Atlan promising to be "an AI data center on wheels" with an exponential uptick in processing power. Targeting Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving vehicles - along with the next-generation of highly-assisted cars - NVIDIA DRIVE Atlan is expected to begin sampling to automakers and AV developers as soon as 2023.

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Waymo CEO steps down: Here’s who now drives Alphabet’s autonomous car company

Waymo CEO steps down: Here’s who now drives Alphabet’s autonomous car company

Waymo's CEO is stepping down, Alphabet's autonomous car company has confirmed, with John Krafcik handing over the digital reins to the driverless vehicles to two new co-CEO instead. Dmitri Dolgov and Tekedra Mawakana - currently Waymo's COO and CTO - will both be responsible for Waymo moving forward, as the company considers how best to expand its robotaxi ride-hailing service.

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The Lyft app will offer autonomous Hyundai Ioniq 5 EVs from 2023

The Lyft app will offer autonomous Hyundai Ioniq 5 EVs from 2023

Hyundai's handsome Ioniq 5 electric car will be ditching the driver, with Motional announcing the autonomous Lyft vehicles it's developing will be based on the recently-announced EV. The driverless EV crossovers are expected to go into deployment from 2023, with riders booking their trip through the regular Lyft app.

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GM’s Cruise acquires autonomous car tech rarity Voyage

GM’s Cruise acquires autonomous car tech rarity Voyage

Autonomous car startup Voyage is being acquired by Cruise, with the GM-backed driverless vehicle company confirming deal rumors earlier this month. Voyage distinguished itself from most of the rest of the self-driving car ecosystem with both its deployment - in that it actually had an autonomous vehicle service running in the real world, rather than just plans for one - and its target audience.

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Waymo recreated fatal crashes putting its software at the wheel – Here’s how it did

Waymo recreated fatal crashes putting its software at the wheel – Here’s how it did

Waymo is tackling the safety issue of autonomous vehicles head-on, using simulations to replay fatal crashes but replacing the human driver involved with the Alphabet company's software, to show what the Waymo Driver would've done differently. The research looked at every fatal accident recorded in Chandler, Arizona - where the Waymo One driverless car-hailing service currently operates - between 2008 and 2017.

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Honda very carefully sets loose its Level 3 autonomous car

Honda very carefully sets loose its Level 3 autonomous car

Honda is rolling out the first car with Level 3 driver-assistance, with the new Legend capable of piloting itself on highways without demanding human supervision, though don't expect to be overtaken by an autonomous sedan any time soon. The new Legend with Honda SENSING Elite is only being offered in Japan currently, with the automaker taking a very cautious path to deployment.

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Cruise could buy an autonomous vehicle rival with an unusual strategy

Cruise could buy an autonomous vehicle rival with an unusual strategy

Cruise, the GM-backed autonomous vehicle company busy developing driverless ride-hailing pods, is reportedly in talks to acquire Voyage, another self-driving company. Founded in 2017, Voyage currently has autonomous vehicle pilots running in a number of retirement communities in the US, having focused on delivering geofenced transportation to riders who might ordinarily have been locked out of private car ownership.

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Apple Car made by Kia might still be on the table

Apple Car made by Kia might still be on the table

The past few weeks saw a rather amusing circus of reports, leaks, rumors, and speculation about who Apple will choose to work with to make the long-rumored "Apple Car" electric vehicle. A slip of the tongue may have cost Hyundai that prized position but, as always in the world of business, not everything is what it seems from the outside. Industry sources are now talking anew about how things may still work in Kia's favor but that partnership might not be what people or even shareholders expect it to be.

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Apple Car reportedly shopping for the eyes of its autonomous driving

Apple Car reportedly shopping for the eyes of its autonomous driving

Apple's autonomous car project is hunting for the well-rumored EV's eyes, a new report suggests, with the iPhone-maker said to be in discussions with multiple LIDAR specialists. The scanning technology is widely - though not universally - believed to be key to building vehicles that can drive themselves, given its ability to map an environment, in real time, and in great detail.

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Waymo announces expanded San Francisco testing program

Waymo announces expanded San Francisco testing program

One of the many companies working on getting autonomous automobiles on the roads in California is Waymo. The company has been testing autonomous cars in the San Francisco Bay Area since early 2009. That year, Waymo completed its first 1000 autonomous miles within the state.

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