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NHTSA reveals crash clampdown on autonomous and driver-assist cars

NHTSA reveals crash clampdown on autonomous and driver-assist cars

US road safety regulators are set to dramatically increase the reporting requirements for car crashes where driver-assistance tech like Tesla Autopilot was engaged at the time, the NHTSA confirmed today. Under the new policy, serious incidents involving vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), or SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems (ADS), will need to be reported to the agency.

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Cruise cuts $5 billion deal to pay for its autonomous Origin EV robotaxis

Cruise cuts $5 billion deal to pay for its autonomous Origin EV robotaxis

Autonomous vehicle company Cruise is figuring out how to pay for its fleet of self-driving electric taxis, and it turns out that's a little easier when you already have a foot in the door with GM's big financial division. The company - which is backed by GM, Honda, and others - has cut a deal with GM Financial for a $5 billion line of credit, it announced today.

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Apple car team picks up former BMW and Canoo EV expert

Apple car team picks up former BMW and Canoo EV expert

Apple has quietly hired a former BMW EV exec to the Apple car project, with Ulrich Kranz joining a growing roster of electric vehicle talent as the Cupertino company gets more serious about transportation. Kranz is no stranger to Apple, or to electrification, having also co-founded EV startup Canoo and, before that, spent a brief stint at Faraday Future.

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Tesla Cabin Camera has been enabled for Autopilot driver monitoring

Tesla Cabin Camera has been enabled for Autopilot driver monitoring

It was discovered last year that some Tesla cars had cabin-facing cameras inside. Back then, CEO Elon Musk made it clear that the purpose of those cameras was more as a deterrent and as evidence against vandalizing future robotaxis. It wasn't, in any way, to be used to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers by keeping an eye on how attentive drivers are. It seems, however, that recent events may have finally forced Musk's hands and a new update finally enables that cabin camera to be used for Tesla's ill-named Autopilot feature.

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Tesla drops radar on Model 3 and Y: What new buyers should know

Tesla drops radar on Model 3 and Y: What new buyers should know

Tesla is ditching radar for its most affordable EVs in North America, switching to a camera-based system for Autopilot in a controversial change. The latest evolution of Tesla Vision - the hardware and software which powers Autopilot and other advanced driver assistance systems on the electric vehicles - will see the Model 3 and Model Y no longer fitted with radar.

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Sleeker Pony.ai self-driving SUV hints at more road-ready autonomous cars

Sleeker Pony.ai self-driving SUV hints at more road-ready autonomous cars

Autonomous car headgear keeps getting smaller, with Pony.ai revealing its latest self-driving car design and its much sleeker, Luminar-powered scanning hub. Far from the "upturned trashcan" aesthetic many still associate with the bulky LIDAR sensors atop driverless vehicles, the new version adds less than 4-inches of height to Pony.ai's modified Lexus SUVs.

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Breakthrough Argo Lidar could be key to Ford and VW’s autonomous cars

Breakthrough Argo Lidar could be key to Ford and VW’s autonomous cars

Ford-backed autonomous vehicle company Argo has announced its own LIDAR sensor, claiming to have cracked the balance between long-range scanning and commercial-ready scale. The Argo Lidar promises what the company believes to be the longest sensing range at over 1,300 feet, despite still supporting nighttime use and high-resolution scanning.

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Tesla claims a driver was behind the wheel in latest fatal crash

Tesla claims a driver was behind the wheel in latest fatal crash

Tesla is on the cusp of launching a subscription program for its Full Self-Driving add-on but recent events may throw doubt and concern regarding the rather pricey semi-autonomous driver assistance. It also probably explains why the company and its CEO are working overtime to dispel those doubts and divert attention elsewhere, like on the media. A recent crash in Texas involving one of Tesla's Model S cars cost the lives of two men but not only is the company insisting there was someone on the driver's seat, it also says that Autopilot wasn't even engaged.

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Lyft sells Level 5 autonomous car division to Toyota’s Woven Planet

Lyft sells Level 5 autonomous car division to Toyota’s Woven Planet

Lyft is selling its autonomous vehicle division to Toyota, with the Japanese automaker setting up a new subsidiary, Woven Planet Holdings, to pick up the reins of the self-driving car project. Lyft established Level 5, its driverless division, back in mid-2017, and at the time had no shortage of promises for what autonomy would bring to the ride-hailing service.

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Tesla crash with two dead might have had no one behind the wheel

Tesla crash with two dead might have had no one behind the wheel

Fully autonomous or self-driving cars are both a dream and a nightmare. The stuff of science fiction still has a long way before becoming reality, especially with practical and legal hurdles that carmakers like Tesla have to overcome. Technologies like its Autopilot and upcoming FSD, short for Full Self-Driving, are meant to reduce vehicular accidents that are mostly due to human error. Unfortunately, as the most recent fatal crash demonstrates, it might not be enough to save humans from themselves.

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Walmart invests in GM’s Cruise ahead of starting autonomous deliveries

Walmart invests in GM’s Cruise ahead of starting autonomous deliveries

Walmart has invested in autonomous car company Cruise, ahead of a pilot delivery program with the GM-backed company's self-driving vehicles. The pilot was announced late last year and is expected to begin in 2021, as Walmart explores new options for the so-called "last mile" of getting groceries and more to shoppers.

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Volvo taps NVIDIA Orin for its self-driving cars: The juicy details

Volvo taps NVIDIA Orin for its self-driving cars: The juicy details

Volvo plans to bake NVIDIA's DRIVE chipsets for autonomous and smart cars into its next-generation platform, with the first fruit of that partnership to be revealed in 2022. The next-generation Volvo XC90 luxury SUV will use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for its self-driving system, the chip-maker confirmed today at its GTC 2021 conference.

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