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California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

Self-driving cars have been testing on open road for quite some time now, albeit every one has a human backup driver inside that can take control the moment the need arises. In California, arguably the home of autonomous driving tech, that could soon change. The state's Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill late last week that allows limited testing for autonomous vehicles with backup drivers or manual controls of any kind.

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Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google's self-driving Lexus 450h SUVs getting in minor accidents is not a new thing, but the latest incident appears to be the worst one yet. The vehicle sustained serious damage after it was hit directly on its right side by another car when it entered an intersection in Mountain View, California on Friday afternoon. The Google car was in autonomous mode at the time, but with a human behind the wheel, and thankfully there were no injuries to either party.

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Lyft has bold predictions for self-driving cars by 2021

Lyft has bold predictions for self-driving cars by 2021

Most proponents of self-driving cars cite benefits to driver and passenger safety and traffic decongestion as some of the biggest benefits of the technology, which continues to face tough opposition, especially after a series of accidents attributed, properly or not, to autonomous driving technologies. Lyft, however, is trying to appeal to a slightly different side of the same coin: economy and ecology. It so strongly believes in the self-driving future that it predicts that by 2021, majority of Lyft rides will be on self-driving cars. Even more, by 2025, private car ownership in the US will be no more. At least almost.

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Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

After receiving a $150 million investment from Ford and Baidu last month, Velodyne LiDAR has introduced the world to its latest LiDAR (Light, Detection, and Ranging) sensor. The next installment in its Puck line of sensors, the Puck Hi-Res looks to corner markets that require higher resolution images that standard 3D sensors can't offer, so it's no wonder that the world of autonomous cars is firmly in its sights.

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Uber kicks off self-driving tests in Pittsburgh

Uber kicks off self-driving tests in Pittsburgh

Last month, we told you that Uber had plans to launch a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, kicking off a slew of real-world tests for the system developed by its Advanced Technology Center. At the time, the tests were said to begin before the end of August, but we entered September without any word of self-driving Uber cars arriving to pick up passengers. Despite showing up a little late to the party, Uber has announced that its real-work tests of self-driving technology begin today in Pittsburgh.

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NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI board now has a smaller, single-core form

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI board now has a smaller, single-core form

When you speak of NVIDIA, you will mostly like first think of high-end graphics cards mostly used to power gaming rigs and hard-core multimedia computers. Of late, however, the company has been putting its processing power at the service not of gamers only but also of car makers. Earlier this year, it unveiled its new DRIVE PX 2 single-board computers that would drive, pun perhaps intended, hi-tech AI systems inside autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles. Now it is announcing the DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise, which is basically a DRIVE PX 2 that has been pared down to a single NVIDIA Parker chip.

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Apple car project sees layoffs amid report of ‘reboot’

Apple car project sees layoffs amid report of ‘reboot’

Apple's mysterious work in the automotive sector, the oft-reported "Project Titan," seems to be going through a number significant changes recently. There are said to have been "dozens" of employee layoffs following a "reboot" in strategy and closure of part of the project, according to the latest report on matter from the New York Times. These changes are believed to be tied to the recent change in leadership, which saw longtime Apple executive Bob Mansfield take over the project in July.

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NVIDIA and Baidu team up for autonomous car AI platform

NVIDIA and Baidu team up for autonomous car AI platform

Nvidia has announced a new partnership with Baidu, China's largest search engine, to work together on developing an artificial intelligence (AI) platform for self-driving cars. The announcement was made at the Baidu World Conference last week, with Baidu planning to use the jointly-developed technology in its own fleet of autonomous taxis. But the companies also plan to make the platform available to other car manufacturers to who want to add self-driving tech to their vehicles.

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Drive.ai puts a deep learning spin on self-driving technology

Drive.ai puts a deep learning spin on self-driving technology

You can add one more name to the constantly expanding list of companies that want a slice of that autonomous driving pie, as a new company named Drive.ai made its existence known today. The new company, which also announced that it has added former General Motors Vice Chairman and Board Member Steve Girsky to its Board of Directors, is looking to put its stamp on the self-driving space with its own deep learning algorithms.

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nuTonomy beats Uber with self-driving taxis in Singapore

nuTonomy beats Uber with self-driving taxis in Singapore

Ride-hailing giant Uber made headlines last week when it announced that it would soon begin conducting real-world tests of self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for them, MIT-spinoff nuTonomy has just taken the title of world's first autonomous taxis with the debut of pilot program in Singapore on Thursday. The trial is free for passengers, inviting them to schedule a ride in one of six self-driving cars, with specific locations for pick-ups and drop-offs.

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Roborace DevBot self-driving racecar needs no humans to win

Roborace DevBot self-driving racecar needs no humans to win

The most common argument used by self-driving car proponents like Google is that these vehicles, which practically robots, are better at maintaining road and driver safety than humans have proven to be. DevBot, however, is different. While its own survival is probably a key consideration, it is more interested in speeding. Because, yes, DevBot is the prototype for a robotic, fully automated, self-driving racecar for Forumula E’s Roborace and it will be zooming, not cruising, on a race track soon. The NHTSA’s worst nightmare.

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Mobileye and Delphi team up aims for autonomous driving system by 2019

Mobileye and Delphi team up aims for autonomous driving system by 2019

Delphi and Mobileye have announced a partnership that will see the two attempt to make a splash in the autonomous driving sector. Though both companies have already made a name for themselves when it comes to autonomous driving, they won't be developing an self-driving vehicle like so many other manufacturers out there. Instead, the focus of Delphi and Mobileye will be on developing a turnkey autonomous driving system their carmaker customers will be able to implement in their vehicles.

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