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Why Cadillac Super Cruise out-Autopilots Tesla’s autonomous tech

Why Cadillac Super Cruise out-Autopilots Tesla’s autonomous tech

Cadillac's Super Cruise may be a practically invisible change on the 2018 CT6, but the semi-autonomous driving system is actually one of the biggest announcements at the New York International Auto Show. It's intended to take control of the luxury sedan on the roads where drivers get most bored, highways and freeways, and though it may only be Level 2 autonomy, it wraps up a number of hands-off technologies that could give drivers the confidence that rival systems lack. I caught up with Barry Walkup, Super Cruise Chief engineer at Cadillac, to find out why.

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The limits of semi-autonomous driving tech: We go Volvo Pilot Assist II winter testing

The limits of semi-autonomous driving tech: We go Volvo Pilot Assist II winter testing

Semi-autonomous automotive tech has infiltrated a host of modern cars, but the luxury segment sees more than its fair share of systems designed to do as much of the driving for you as is legally possible. Unfortunately, when you pick up the keys to your new car or truck, there's very seldom any information provided about how and when you should use any of these features - let alone a discussion of situations where it might be dangerous to rely on them.

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Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Your Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous driving

Tesla began pushing an Autopilot update out to its cars yesterday, and with it, we're inching closer to a fully autonomous future. If we were going to apply a theme to this update, that theme would unquestionably "speed." That's because this update raises the cap for assisted driving speeds on highways, giving you the potential to go even faster while the car's Autopilot system has the reins.

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Self-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its side

Self-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its side

Uber's on-going troubles are far from over: one of the ride-hailing company's autonomous test vehicles was involved in a serious accident on Friday evening in Tempe, Arizona. The first photos from the incident show Uber's Volvo SUV resting on its side, along with damage to two other human-operated vehicles that were involved in the accent. Fortunately it has been confirmed that there were no injuries to anyone present.

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Uber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpy

Uber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpy

Uber has been testing semi-autonomous vehicles in a handful of cities for a few months now, but a new report suggests that its tests aren't exactly going smooth. While issues are to be expected with any sort of testing phase, the data we're seeing today suggests that Uber is having a hard time making significant progress. This, in turn, could prevent Uber from rolling out a fleet of autonomous vehicles within the timeframe it has envisioned.

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Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers

Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers

This week the folks at Bosch have revealed their plan to work with NVIDIA to create artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. They made this announcement during Bosch Connected World in Berlin, where Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner showed the system to the public. "Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen," said Denner. "We are making cars smart."

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Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving efforts

Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving efforts

Intel just became a bigger player in the realm of autonomous driving, announcing its planned acquisition of Mobileye today. If you've been following the rise of autonomous cars, you've likely already heard of Mobileye, as it has been developing machine learning and computer vision systems for self-driving cars. With Intel's increasing interest in the autonomous driving space, it makes Mobileye a pretty good acquisition target.

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California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California considers approving tests for self-driving cars without humans

California is easily the central hub for the developing autonomous car market in the US, and the state's DMV has just announced some proposed rules that will keep tech and car giants happy. The suggested regulations would allow companies to test self-driving cars without the requirement that a human be present to take over. This is a reversal of rules put forth last year that required autonomous vehicles, such as Google's, have a steering wheel in place and a human passenger at all times.

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Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

First NIO wowed us with its ridiculously fast electric supercar, now the EV startup is promising to have its own self-driving vehicles on sale in the US by 2020. The company - fledgling automotive arm of NextEV, the Chinese firm already known for its Formula E racing team - has taken the wraps off its NIO EVE autonomous prototype today. Dubbed a "vision car" by NIO, it's apparently intended to give us some hints of what we could expect in just a few years time.

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Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo has asked a court to block Uber from running its self-driving cars, after accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing key sensor tech from the Alphabet-owned firm. The former Google autonomous car division filed against Uber back in February, alleging that Otto, the autonomous tech firm set up by ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and acquired by Uber in 2016 for $680m, copied proprietary information about numerous aspects of the team's hardware and software. Among that treasure-trove, details on the bespoke LIDAR laser ranging system that Waymo developed in-house.

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Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber, pressured into applying for a self-driving car testing license by San Francisco, has been granted approval for a small-scale roll out by city regulators. The ride-sharing company had flouted local rules on autonomous vehicles, sending out a fleet of customized Volvo SUVs back in December 2016 for real-world testing of its work-in-progress technology. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles disagreed with Uber's justification for why it didn't require a license.

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Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept car

Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept car

Volkswagen Group has unveiled its first concept car today, and boy is it a doozy. Named Sedric (for self-driving car), this new concept is meant to be an SAE Level 5 autonomous vehicle. That means it's envisioned as capable of operating any driving mode in any environmental condition, allowing passengers to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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