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Uber’s self-driving cars begin real-world tests this month in Pittsburgh

Uber’s self-driving cars begin real-world tests this month in Pittsburgh

Uber riders in Pittsburgh may have something to look forward to this month, as a new report from Bloomberg claims the company will begin testing its fleet of self-driving cars in the city. The test is scheduled to begin later this month, and at first will feature a handful of Volvo XC90 SUVs, with Volvo expected to deliver a fleet of 100 cars by the end of the year.

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Mercedes pulls E-class commercial over misleading ‘self-driving’ claims

Mercedes pulls E-class commercial over misleading ‘self-driving’ claims

It looks like the growing concerns over car makers' claims of autonomous driving features, such as the recent issue of Tesla and its use of the word "Autopilot," are starting to be felt by Mercedes-Benz. The company has discontinued a TV commercial for the new 2017 E-class sedan following criticism that the ad could mislead people into thinking it's fully autonomous.

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Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

The influential and well-respected Consumer Reports has chimed in on all the recent controversy surrounding Tesla's Autopilot, calling on the car maker to make significant changes to its autonomous driving feature. The publication wrote earlier this week that it wanted Tesla to rename the technology, feeling the term "Autopilot" to be misleading, and even remove the hands-free system from its cars until it's proven to be safer.

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BMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car tech

BMW tipped in deal with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous car tech

BMW has teamed up with Intel and Mobileye, according to sources, as part of an autonomous vehicles project. The companies will help the auto maker develop technologies for self-driving cars, at least according to the sources; some type of announcement for the initiative will reportedly be made tomorrow, with executives from each company talking about the project.

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Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Olli self-driving bus uses IBM Watson, is live in Washington DC

Local Motors has taken the wraps off a new self-driving bus named Olli. The bus is said to be the first autonomous one of its kind to use IBM’s Watson technology, and it is currently on the road in Washington D.C. Local Motors introduced the bus this morning at the Grand Opening of its new facility in National Harbor, Maryland; soon enough, we’ll see the bus in operation in Las Vegas and Miami-Dade county, as well.

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Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

When some people drive, laying on the horn is second nature. They honk for every possible perceived infraction even if there is no need. Those people are jerks and we all know it. There are those occasions though when the horn can keep you from being in an accident making it an important feature for a car. In the autonomous vehicle future, the self-driving cars will be on the road with normal people much more focused on eating or Facebook than driving and honking the horn could prevent a crash.

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Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

I was talking with some people recently about self-driving cars and how one day you'll be able to pull your phone out of your pocket and order a taxi, and it'll show up just like an Uber car, only without the driver (in fact, Uber's working hard to ditch all of its human drivers). Autonomous taxis are potentially great: they'll be cheaper because there's no driver to pay, they'll be more efficient and, in some instances, less creepy and uncomfortable. The conversation got me thinking, though: how will the owners of these autonomous taxi fleets deal with human nature and its tendency to destroy stuff?

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Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Google's projects have been dominating headlines about self-driving car research for some time now, but it's Uber's turn to make an official announcement. After months of discussing plans on its own efforts to enter the autonomous vehicle game, the ride-sharing company has revealed the first official photo of its self-driving car. The car is a hybrid model Ford Fusion, and Uber says it has received permission to begin testing on public roads in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Google alums to make self-driving 18-wheelers a thing

Google alums to make self-driving 18-wheelers a thing

Google's passion, nay perhaps even obsession, for self-driving vehicles seems to run deep in its employees even after they have left the mothership. Or rather, they leave in order to extend Google's dream beyond the current passenger car limits. That does seem to be the case for Anthony Levandowski, who was instrumental in steering, pun intended, Google's self-driving car efforts. He and two other Google veterans, including other former employees from Tesla and even Apple, have formed Otto, a startup that is working on self-driving trucks that would make highways a safer place to drive.

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Volvo UK to test autonomous cars with real families, real roads

Volvo UK to test autonomous cars with real families, real roads

Last week, Volvo banded together with Google, Ford, and Lyft to form a coalition that will push for safer streets in the US via autonomous driving technologies. In the UK, Volvo is making a similar, perhaps even more aggressive push, also with self-driving cars. Calling it "Drive Me London" the campaign aims to introduce self-driving cars on public roads by putting real-life families inside the cars, and behind the wheels, in what could be both the most ambitious and perhaps most dangerous test of self-driving cars in both continents.

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US Navy’s autonomous warship will soon trawl the seas

US Navy’s autonomous warship will soon trawl the seas

The U.S. Navy has a 132ft unarmed “self-driving” warship, and it has named it Sea Hunter. Much like Google’s car, Sea Hunter is able to operate on its own, cruising the oceans in hunt of unwelcome submarines. Unlike manned warships, though, Sea Hunter won’t require any human operators on board, and as such will cost only a sliver of current manned ships. DARPA recently showed off the then-unnamed warship on video.

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Google’s self-driving cars head to Arizona for desert testing

Google’s self-driving cars head to Arizona for desert testing

Google's self-driving cars continue to expand to more cities for testing their autonomous driving capabilities. The company has announced today that their latest location is the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona. Interestingly, this city wasn't just chosen because it's open to tech projects and has lots of cars to drive among, rather, it features unique environmental conditions for testing — specifically the dust and high temperatures of the desert.

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