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Apple’s self-driving Lexus test SUV spotted in Silicon Valley

Apple’s self-driving Lexus test SUV spotted in Silicon Valley

Earlier this month, word surfaced that Apple had both applied for and been granted a permit to test self-driving vehicular technology on public roads in California. Following that, someone has spotted a Lexus vehicle fitted with autonomous technology that Apple is using to conduct tests, though none of it appears to contain any Apple-centric gadgets. The vehicle's presence follows the release of apparent training documents from Apple that detail a trio of 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs being used as testing vehicles.

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Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber's self-driving car lead has been put on the back-burner for LIDAR development, amid accusations from Alphabet's Waymo that he stole secrets about the technology. Anthony Levandowski has been head of the Advanced Technologies group at the ride-sharing firm since his startup Otto was acquired by Uber in July 2016. However, his time there hasn't been straightforward.

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Waymo launches early rider beta program in Phoenix

Waymo launches early rider beta program in Phoenix

If Alphabet managed to pique your interest by launching Waymo and you happen to live in the Phoenix area, good news: beginning today, you can apply to participate in Waymo's early rider program. A trial for Alphabet's self-driving fleet of cars, Waymo doesn't just want to get you from point A to point B once and then call it good. Instead, people who are accepted into this program are invited to use Waymo as much as they need to.

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Apple’s self-driving car platform detailed in training documents

Apple’s self-driving car platform detailed in training documents

Last week it was revealed that Apple had requested and was granted permission from the California DMV to test its own self-driving technology on public roads. Now documents that were filed as part of the application have been published, and they detail the safety and training procedures for employees who will work with the software platform and act as backup drivers to take over the controls when needed.

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This new laser scanner could make self-driving cars actually affordable

This new laser scanner could make self-driving cars actually affordable

The path to self-driving cars just promised to get a whole lot more affordable, with one of the biggest expenses in autonomous hardware potentially dropping exponentially. A new sensor from Velodyne LIDAR should not only be a fraction of the price of current laser range-finders, but also blend much more readily into the bodywork of cars and other vehicles.

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Mercedes’ 2018 S-Class gets a huge semi-autonomous upgrade

Mercedes’ 2018 S-Class gets a huge semi-autonomous upgrade

Mercedes may not have a fully autonomous car in dealerships quite yet, but the automaker has announced an improvement in its driving-assist technologies that will debut on the 2018 S-Class Sedan. The new Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive promises smarter auto-navigation by relying on pre-existing mapping data, while new sensors should give the luxury four-door a better perspective on the world around it. Meanwhile, there are also changes to how the car's self-driving status is communicated to the person behind the wheel.

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GM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet

GM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet

Back in February it was revealed that General Motors has plans to have thousands of self-driving taxis on the road from 2018, with many serving as vehicles for ride-sharing service Lyft. Now the car manufacture is taking steps to make that happen, as a new report says that GM and Cruise, its autonomous car development arm, are looking to put another 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road in the coming weeks in order to improve data collection.

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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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