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Volvo will perform China’s most advanced self-driving car tests

Volvo will perform China’s most advanced self-driving car tests

Volvo has announced plans to conduct China’s “most advanced autonomous driving experiment,” and it’ll involve up to 100 cars. According to the auto maker, efforts to get the experiment underway will be taking place “in the coming months,” though which cities it will happen in hasn’t been determined — Volvo says it will start talking with potential cities soon. Autonomous technology, says Volvo, will be a big contributing factor to better vehicle safety.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

The autonomous race cars set to compete in the Roborace Championship will have NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 as their artificial intelligence brains, the company has announced. This is the first global autonomous competition of its kind, and it’ll be pitting software against software rather than human driver against human driver. A total of ten teams will be competing, each of them having a pair of autonomous race cars running Drive PX 2.

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Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google is pressuring the US government to green-light more advanced autonomous car testing, including ditching the requirement that prototype vehicles have controls for emergency use. Leader of Google's project, Chris Urmson, has penned a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting more flexibility in how self-driving vehicles are judged, a move which would not only affect Google but any other company working on such technology.

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Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Baidu: ‘modest’ city changes needed for self-driving future

Self-driving cars are the future, and humans have to learn to deal with that. There’s the need to accept that we won’t always be behind the wheel, of course, but it’s more than that — autonomous cars will one day drive as well as humans, but they will also drive differently, and that means both humans and the cities we construct must shift accordingly. Such is the argument recently put forth by Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese company Baidu.

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GM buys autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation

GM buys autonomous driving start-up Cruise Automation

US auto giant General Motors has announced that it's acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based start-up focusing on self-driving technology. There's no doubt this is in effort for GM to develop and bring its own autonomous vehicles to the market as soon as possible. GM says Cruise will operate as an independent unit, keeping their West Coast office open, but exist as part of their recently formed Autonomous Vehicle Development Team.

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Video shows Google self-driving car hitting city bus

Video shows Google self-driving car hitting city bus

Valentine's Day marked the first instance of a Google self-driving car causing an accident, and now there's a video of it taking place. Recently released by the Associated Press, the video shows the bus before, during, and after being struck by the autonomous vehicle, as well as shots of the Google car itself. While the bus doesn't appear to suffer much from the blow (its damage mostly amounts to long scratches and cracked glass), the Google car isn't quite as lucky.

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Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Ford patent details a movie theater on (self-driving) wheels

Self-driving cars — the thought of relinquishing the wheel in favor of a passive presence in one’s car is a hard pill for some to swallow, but the technology isn’t without its upsides. You’ll get to nap on the ride to work, some argue. Or, for the parents out there, you’ll get to spend those blessed minutes swaddled in utter silence, free to daydream in peace. For those who find silence uncomfortable, Ford has a different idea: self-driving cars with integrated movie projectors.

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Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

While Audi already has its own, err, self-driving Audi, researchers at Stanford University have been working with an autonomous TTS for several years now, developing their own artificial intelligence. Now the school has shared that they're even hitting the race track, letting their car navigate the course at speeds up to 120mph. The purpose is not to have the Audi TTS, dubbed "Shelley," compete in a circuit with real humans, but rather to use the data from high speed driving to improve safety.

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Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear unveils spherical concept tires for autonomous cars

Goodyear has taken the wraps off two new concept tires designed specifically for autonomous vehicles. The most interesting of the two is the Eagle-360, a spherical concept tire that can move in any direction using, in part, a magnetic levitation system. As exciting as the Eagle-360 is, it isn’t reasonable for the upcoming fleet of self-driving cars. To meet present-day needs, Goodyear has also introduced its new IntelliGrip concept tires.

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Google’s self-driving car hits bus in first at-fault accident

Google’s self-driving car hits bus in first at-fault accident

Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in automotive accidents occasionally during their time on public roads, but up until recently those incidents were the fault of a human driver, not the autonomous cars. That trend changed this month, with a Google self-driving Lexus SUV hitting the side of a bus in a low-speed accident. No one was hurt, and Google has accepted some responsibility for the auto incident.

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Michigan’s self-driving test site sales pitch: we’ve got potholes

Michigan’s self-driving test site sales pitch: we’ve got potholes

The Great Lakes region can be brutal during winter months, with the true damage becoming apparent once spring rolls around: potholes. Potholes everywhere. It takes time to resurface these destroyed roads, and in the meantime drivers have to be extra careful, otherwise they risk a cracked wheel or more serious damage to their vehicle. It’s for this reason, a new proposal argues, that self-driving car manufacturers should use testing grounds in Michigan, not California.

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NHTSA will consider Google’s self-driving car AI as “driver”

NHTSA will consider Google’s self-driving car AI as “driver”

It seems that President Obama's declared push to make the US a haven for self-driving cars is already starting to bear fruit. In what may be a significant milestone, the National Hightway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA has just given Google the break it needs to move forward. In a letter sent to the company, the traffic agency agreed to one of Google's proposal to have its Self-Driving System (SDS) AI to be considered as the legal "driver" of the car, opening the doors for more legal opportunities for Google's self-driving car.

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