self driving

Tesla AI chip “best in the world” Elon Musk teases

Tesla AI chip “best in the world” Elon Musk teases

Tesla is working on a homegrown artificial intelligence platform that outspoken CEO Elon Musk promises could be "the best in the world" as it looks to commercialize fully autonomous driving. The automaker currently offers one of the most advanced driver-assistance systems on the market, which it has dubbed Autopilot. However, Musk has been clear that the goal is even further removing the human driver from the equation.

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Ford reveals its strategy to put self-driving cars on roads

Ford reveals its strategy to put self-driving cars on roads

With the debate over self-driving cars seemingly less frantic, car makers are more openly laying out their plans for the car of the future. The latest to join that chorus is Ford, whose executive vice president Jim Farley has gone on the Web to reveal how the company is designing its AV, or autonomous vehicle. Unlike its competitors, it won’t simply be retrofitting an existing model but will build an all-new self-driving designed around the lessons it learned from its high-profile customers.

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Lyft and nuTonomy are giving public self-driving car rides in Boston

Lyft and nuTonomy are giving public self-driving car rides in Boston

Lyft has started giving rides with a self-driving cars in the Boston region, nuTonomy has announced. NuTonomy is the company providing the vehicles to Lyft, which is sending them out to Boston's Seaport district to let people experience an autonomous ride. This a pilot program, according to nuTonomy, which says its engineers will use feedback to help improve the system.

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Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber's aspirations for a self-driving fleet of cars are no secret, and today the company took a big step toward realizing that dream. Uber has struck a new deal with Volvo that will see the latter produce tens of thousands of SUVs that Uber will then outfit with its autonomous driving systems. We'll see all of this happen within the new few years, too.

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Self-driving shuttle crashes in Vegas on first day, but a human is to blame

Self-driving shuttle crashes in Vegas on first day, but a human is to blame

Automotive accidents happen every day, and humans are the cause of the vast majority of them (as opposed to road conditions, mechanical failure, etc). Self-driving vehicles aim to curb these human-related errors by automating the entire process, putting machines in control of what is currently performed by humans. One such autonomous vehicle, a shuttle in Las Vegas, was recently involved in a wreck.

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Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo is beginning completely driver-free testing of its autonomous cars, removing the safety human ahead of a new Waymo driverless service launching. The company announced the move today, after more than eight years of trials on public roads. Until now, those trials have always seen a backup driver ready to take over at the wheel, should something go awry.

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Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo has partnered up with AutoNation, an automative retailer, to provide repairs and maintenance for the company's fleet of self-driving cars. We've heard rumbles about such a deal before, but now it is official. The deal will involve AutoNation USA stores, franchised stores, and other locations providing both long-term maintenance for Waymo's fleet and any repairs they need as troubles arise.

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Argo AI just spent Ford’s cash on a key driverless sensor tech

Argo AI just spent Ford’s cash on a key driverless sensor tech

Autonomous car developer Argo AI has snapped up a key developer of the sensors driverless vehicles rely on to see the road, as the industry ponders on how to make self-driving cars affordable. Argo AI was the brainchild of former Google and Uber experts, and caught the attention of automaker heavyweight Ford in the process. Earlier this year, Ford said it would invest $1bn in the startup over the next five years.

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Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Back when Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car was revealed at CES 2017 in January, the automaker described it as a vision of how humans and AI would travel in partnership. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this week, Toyota is adding two new "friends" to the line-up of concept vehicles. Interestingly, while rivals at the show are pushing sleek coupes or aggressively-designed sedans, Toyota's focus is a group that often doesn't get much attention from concept vehicles.

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Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan has brought an autonomous vision of the future to the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, with the Nissan IMx concept offering a distinctly Japanese spin on driverless vehicles. An all-electric crossover, the IMx features what Nissan describes as "a future version of ProPILOT", its driver-assistance system currently offered - albeit without full autonomous capabilities - in its existing cars. When activated, Nissan envisages, the crossover would draw in its steering wheel and take control.

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Voyage’s driverless cars want suggestions where to go next

Voyage’s driverless cars want suggestions where to go next

Self-driving car startup Voyage already has one small fleet of cars giving community rides, and now it's opening up for requests as to where its driverless vehicles should pull up next. The company, made up of former Apple, Google, and Udacity engineers among others, launched earlier this year at a retirement community in San Jose, CA. There, it offers the roughly 4,000 residents rides around the 15 miles of private roads.

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Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

The race to be at the heart of tomorrow's autonomous vehicles continues, with automotive tech firm and component supplier Delphi snapping up driverless startup nuTonomy. The deal, announced today, will see Delphi spend $400m on the company and a further $50m on earn-outs, for a total of $450m. It will effectively double Delphi's autonomous driving team.

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