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Ford wants to patent self-defense for autonomous cars

Ford wants to patent self-defense for autonomous cars

Autonomous cars might count avoiding hurting pedestrians as a core safety skill, but Ford's latest patent application covers what happens when it's the vehicle at risk instead. Among the automaker's most recently published filings is a system for "Detecting physical threats approaching a vehicle," with the same sensors used for driverless navigation on the roads turned into a proximity alarm system. Indeed, Ford envisages the car even being able to deploy countermeasures.

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LG, HERE join forces on self-driving car tech

LG, HERE join forces on self-driving car tech

No, LG isn’t making autonomous vehicles. It isn’t even making its own in-vehicle unit itself. Instead, it is hooking up with HERE, formerly owned by Nokia, to provide car and head unit makers with a new telematics platform that will leverage the two companies’ key strengths in order to give self-driving cars a better picture of the world around them. Basically, it’s a partnership that bundles HERE’s navigation technology and LG’s communication expertise for the cars of the future.

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This Apple self-driving car patent is all about building trust

This Apple self-driving car patent is all about building trust

Apple's plans for how autonomous cars could navigate you around have been given a rare preview, with a new patent application detailing what riders could see on their dashboard. The Cupertino firm has been working on self-driving car technologies for some time now, though is believed to have scaled back on its original plans to launch a vehicle of its own.

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Waymo just cut an insurance deal for its autonomous taxi riders

Waymo just cut an insurance deal for its autonomous taxi riders

Car insurance is a headache at the best of times, but things get even more confusing when, like Waymo, you're trying to figure out liability for a self-driving vehicle. The Alphabet-owned company has filled in at least one of the blanks ahead of starting its own commercial ride-hailing service, with news that it has found an insurance firm that will cover members of the public when they're using the autonomous cars.

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Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

By now it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Uber relies on numerous shady practices, but as part of the ongoing lawsuit between the ride-hailing company and self-driving start-up Waymo over stolen technology, new evidence has been released that shows the lengths Uber has gone to in order to succeed. A 37-page letter written by a former employee has been published, and it includes claims that the company regularly conducted corporate espionage, illicit hacking, unlawful surveillance, and even bribery.

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Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Just a few months ago, Apple was believed to have given up hopes, albeit temporarily, of making its own autonomous vehicle. Of course, the company has neither confirmed nor denied it was even working on one, but it seems it never really took that off the table in the first place. At a machine learning conference called NIPS, Apple director of AI research Ruslan Salakhutdinov revealed some of the projects Apple has going internally. Curiously, almost all of them can be connected to systems needed for a self-driving car.

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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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