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Mercedes autonomous valet garage: No tips required

Mercedes autonomous valet garage: No tips required

Mercedes-Benz's cars could already pull themselves in or out of a parking spot; now, they can completely autonomously park themselves in a garage structure. The driverless parking system has been installed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, as a trial for the new convenience technology. Built in collaboration between Mercedes and Bosch, it allows drivers to hand over their car to an automated valet to be parked.

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Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes expects its Level 4/5 autonomous cars to be on the road as soon as 2020, but for now the automaker's vehicles are being purposefully held back from becoming too self-sufficient. That's the state of play according to according to Ola Källenius, at least, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Speaking at the launch of the company's most advanced model in Zurich, Switzerland, he described the two strategies that are running in parallel to allow drivers to kick back even though they're at the wheel.

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Lyft self-driving car plans put it in the big leagues [Updated]

Lyft self-driving car plans put it in the big leagues [Updated]

Lyft is developing its own self-driving car technology, joining rideshare rival Uber and a host of automakers in chasing driverless vehicles. The company is opening a new self-driving research facility in Palo Alto, CA. over the next few weeks, Lyft announced today. However, where other companies have closely guarded their autonomous tech, Lyft is taking a very different approach.

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Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft and Baidu are hooking up on autonomous car tech, with the Seattle software giant playing cloud host to the Chinese behemoth's self-driving ambitions. The collaboration will see Microsoft Azure made the home for the Apollo alliance, Baidu's attempt to make autonomous driving an open platform. Importantly, it gives Apollo some degree of legitimacy outside of Baidu's home turf.

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Waymo self-driving cars are learning to better handle emergency vehicles

Waymo self-driving cars are learning to better handle emergency vehicles

Autonomous vehicles have to be equipped to deal with many, many different situations, and some of them involve emergency vehicles. Whether it is a police cruiser trying to pull over the self-driving car or an ambulance needing to drive past, autonomous cars must be able to respond appropriately and safely, a category of knowledge that Waymo has revisited lately. According to a long post recently published by the Waymo Team, June brought new efforts to improve the company's autonomous cars' abilities to detect these emergency vehicles.

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Waymo is down to one patent in its self-driving Uber lawsuit

Waymo is down to one patent in its self-driving Uber lawsuit

Waymo has dropped all but one of the patent infringement claims it's challenging Uber over in court, as the two companies fight over self-driving car tech. The Alphabet-owned company had accused Uber of infringing on four different patents related to autonomous driving, filing a lawsuit back in February. According to Waymo, its former employee Anthony Levandowski had stolen a cache of technical documents about the company's developments and taken them to set up Otto, a self-driving vehicle startup later acquired by Uber.

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Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber has a new fleet of autonomous trucks, deploying a new version of self-driving hardware and sensors that won't be impacted by the ongoing legal battle with Alphabet's Waymo. Though the company may be best-known for its passenger ridesharing service - or, more recently, most infamously for its controversial former CEO - Uber has also been working on modernizing haulage, too. That has centered on the Otto autonomous trucks project, another aspect of the company which Uber took over after it acquired Otto last year.

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Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year

Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year

Dubai is upgrading its police force with a bit of machine intelligence, announcing plans to deploy robotic, self-driving patrol cars later on this year. Assuming the police department follows through with the plans, this will mark the first time a city has utilized autonomous vehicles as part of its daily patrols, a reality that won't rest easy with everyone. The vehicles are described as being miniature in size.

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Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

It was, conservatively, 90 seconds before I was satisfied Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system wasn't going to kill me. By that point, a combination of cameras, super-accurate maps, and a fancier-than-usual GPS system were keeping me dead-center at 65 mph on California's 280, headed north toward San Francisco. As the CT6 eased its way around the corners, I spent a few moments considering that the car of the future apparently communicates not with the voice of Mr Feeny from Boy Meets World, but with a glowing green steering wheel instead.

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NVIDIA just made a huge play to dominate self-driving cars

NVIDIA just made a huge play to dominate self-driving cars

Forget powering smartphones and tablets: NVIDIA's big target is being the brainpower behind autonomous vehicles. The chip company has announced a trio of deals today which see it push aggressively into the automotive space, inking a deal with Volkswagen to work on artificial intelligence, with Volvo to commercialize self-driving cars in just a few years time, and with some of the biggest existing suppliers to get its silicon into their ranges.

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Chevrolet triples self-driving Bolt EV fleet amid accelerated roll-out

Chevrolet triples self-driving Bolt EV fleet amid accelerated roll-out

130 new autonomous Bolt EV test cars have rolled off GM's production line, the automaker has announced today, each fitted with the new version of its self-driving hardware. The expanded Chevrolet fleet will join the 50+ current-gen autonomous Bolt EV cars which GM has already been using to refine its self-driving platform. They're currently navigating the streets in three US states.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

This week Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was "focusing on autonomous systems" for vehicles. Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Cook suggested that autonomous cars are "a core technology that we view as very important," going on to suggest that it is "probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on." This is the most plain and public statement Apple has made on autonomous car tech yet.

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