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Nvidia approved to test self-driving cars in California

Nvidia approved to test self-driving cars in California

Along with Michigan, California is a hotbed for autonomous vehicle testing, with big companies like Google, Ford, Tesla, Mercedes, and more all getting approval to put their cars on the road. Well, things are going to get even more crowded in the state, as Nvidia is the latest company to get permission from the California DMV, allowing it to test its own self-driving car technology on public roads.

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Michigan first state to pass fully self-driving car law

Michigan first state to pass fully self-driving car law

Self-driving cars might find the roads in Michigan most welcoming for their AI pilots, with the state being the first in the US to make autonomous driving legal. The new law was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder this morning after extended discussions with automakers and ride-sharing firms, and includes permissions including vehicles that have no traditional controls whatsoever. It's part of Michigan's attempt to get ahead of rivals like California and Nevada in the race to self-driving transportation.

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Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Just when it seemed like Apple's much-rumored self-driving car project was on the verge of collapse, more evidence surfaces that Cupertino still has plans in place. A recent letter from Apple to the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dug up, where the former writes that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

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Comma.ai self-driving agent open sourced after Comma One fail

Comma.ai self-driving agent open sourced after Comma One fail

Try and try until you die, is not what most people would advice. In this case, however, startup Comma.ai is probably close to calling it quits. After being hit by questions and blocks from both the US NHTSA and the California DMV, Comma.ai decide to ax its Comma One device plans. That driver assistance system, however, could live on as the company has just made the software and robotics platform that powered its plug-in system for others to test on their own. Whether that will prove the agencies’ safety concerns to be well-founded remains to be seen.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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GM’s self-driving tech detailed in NHTSA letter: facial recognition and more

GM’s self-driving tech detailed in NHTSA letter: facial recognition and more

General Motors' self-driving technology has been detailed in a letter from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In it we see details about the automaker's autonomous features, including a facial recognition system that monitors the driver's face for signs of issues like falling asleep or distraction. The letter highlights features related to GM's Super Cruise system, as well as one note of caution about it.

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Tesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car sees

Tesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car sees

Tesla is continuing to go all-in with autonomous driving technology, having already promised that all future models, including the upcoming Model 3, will include self-driving features. Now found Elon Musk has shared a new video that attempts to better demonstrate to drivers how the technology works. The demo clip shows what it's like for a Tesla vehicle to drive itself on local, public roads, all while showing the car's point of view of things.

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Baidu & BMW call off collaboration on self-driving car project

Baidu & BMW call off collaboration on self-driving car project

Baidu, the Chinese search engine and internet giant, and Germany's BMW have announced that they're ending the autonomous car technology the pair first announced last summer. A formal product was never announced from the two companies, as the project never went beyond a joint research initiative. Thus far, the project saw Baidu make use of BMW's 3 Series sedans in its public road tests in China, and the plan was to do the same in the US in the near future.

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Comma One canceled after NHTSA inquires about safety

Comma One canceled after NHTSA inquires about safety

It would appear that we've reached the end of the road for Comma.ai and its semi-autonomous driving system Comma One, at least here in the US. Comma.ai founder George Hotz has suddenly canceled the product just about a month and a half after it was officially unveiled. The reason? Regulation, as it turns out.

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Uber’s self-driving truck made a beer run…sans a human driver

Uber’s self-driving truck made a beer run…sans a human driver

Remember Uber's autonomous trucking aspirations? The company just had a successful run, with one of the self-driving trucks making a beer run in Colorado without a human driver at the wheel. Anheuser-Busch InBev NV partnered with Uber Technologies to make this happen, tacking its name onto what turned out to be a world’s first…at least as far as commercial goods shipments are concerned. The entire trip was more than 120 miles in length.

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Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

While dubbed "Autopilot," the well-known feature in Tesla's cars is far from a fully automated driving system and more of a driver assistance tool. But a fatal car accident earlier this year involving a Tesla driver with the feature activated has triggered criticism and investigations, and now enough concern has been raised that Germany is issuing warnings on the use of Autopilot.

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