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Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

The race to be at the heart of tomorrow's autonomous vehicles continues, with automotive tech firm and component supplier Delphi snapping up driverless startup nuTonomy. The deal, announced today, will see Delphi spend $400m on the company and a further $50m on earn-outs, for a total of $450m. It will effectively double Delphi's autonomous driving team.

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comma.ai EON Dashcam DevKit continues self-driving car dream

comma.ai EON Dashcam DevKit continues self-driving car dream

Everyone and anyone seems to have an idea about what the ideal self-driving vehicle should be like, but only few are able to turn those into reality. Startup comma.ai only knows that too well. It’s plans were more or less dashed when the NHTSA put down its foot, only to resurface in open source form. comma.ai, however, never really gave up on the dream and has just taken one step closer to becoming the “Android of self-driving cars” with the launch of its EON Dashcam.

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Apple’s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple’s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple may not be making its own cars, but its mysterious Project Titan work continues as the company refines software and systems for other autonomous vehicles. The Cupertino firm has been plying the local streets for some time now with its Titan-topped test mules, bristling with LIDAR and more. Now, we've got what's arguably the best view of the current Project Titan hardware in the wild, and it comes courtesy of a rival.

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Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel may have scaled down or even axed some of its extracurricular activities, like wearables and IoT, but it isn’t yet backing down from down from one of those: autonomous vehicles. After acquiring Mobileye just recently, the chip maker has double down on its involvement in making the self-driving car dream come true. It’s latest contribution, curiously, is a mathematical formula that it claims will offer a more or less standard way to not only ensure driving safety but also assign responsibility for when accidents do happen.

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Waymo’s self-driving Safety Report is all about reassuring passengers

Waymo’s self-driving Safety Report is all about reassuring passengers

Waymo, the Alphabet business working on autonomous cars, has released its first safety report, a recap of 3.5m miles of on-road activity. Intended to reassure potential passengers - and wary regulators - that self-driving vehicles are "safer by design," the report covers everything from incidents through to backup systems. It also digs into what sort of interactions with a driverless vehicle passengers might expect.

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California is removing its most controversial driverless car rule

California is removing its most controversial driverless car rule

Autonomous cars in California may do away with the human backup driver behind the wheel, with newly proposed regulations amending one of the most controversial aspects of the current rules. The California DMV had opened up its regulations for driverless testing and deployment regulations earlier this year for public input, releasing a new version today that includes significant changes to what companies working on self-driving cars are required to do should human intervention be demanded.

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NVIDIA’s new Pegasus wants the keys to your Level 5 autonomous car

NVIDIA’s new Pegasus wants the keys to your Level 5 autonomous car

Though development on self-driving vehicles seems to be proceeding nicely at a number of different companies, the end goal of creating level 5 autonomous vehicles is still quite a ways off. Prototypes for cars that feature level 5 autonomy already exist, but the amount of computing power those cars need to carry out their tasks is immense, resulting in heavy, power hungry systems. NVIDIA wants to help with that, introducing its third-generation Drive PX platform at GTC Europe 2017 today.

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Toyota’s new driverless prototype has a surprise inside

Toyota’s new driverless prototype has a surprise inside

Most driverless cars are aiming to do away with physical controls, which makes the fact that Toyota's latest autonomous vehicle has two sets all the more unexpected. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI)'s Platform 2.1 research vehicle gives March's big 2.0 update a sensor update, throwing in a new LIDAR laser scanning system. Arguably more important, however, is how the prototype melds different levels of driver-assistance together.

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This 3D printed sensor could democratize self-driving cars

This 3D printed sensor could democratize self-driving cars

An innovative 3D-printed sensor could dramatically reduce the cost of giving autonomous cars a 360-degree view of the world, potentially replacing radar as a key component of driverless technology. The tech, handiwork of researchers at the University of Arizona, is currently being developed for commercialization by startup Lunewave. That's making some big claims about just how much of an improvement over the traditional sensing suite its spherical sensors might be.

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Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity has announced a new 'nanodegree' program that revolves around self-driving cars, and it is available to anyone who signs up (and pays the fee, of course). The program is designed to help kick off a career in self-driving automotive technologies, though it is an introductory course and not something you're likely to get a job solely with. The course opens early next month and lasts for four months, about the length of a typical semester.

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Intel and Waymo just made a self-driving car behemoth

Intel and Waymo just made a self-driving car behemoth

Waymo just gained itself a pretty big companion in its quest to tackle autonomous vehicles. Today Intel announced that it will be joining Waymo in developing technologies for self-driving cars. Specifically, Intel believes it can provide Waymo with the processing power it needs to create level 4 and level 5 autonomous vehicles.

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Samsung’s new $300m self-driving fund is already splashing cash

Samsung’s new $300m self-driving fund is already splashing cash

Samsung has opened up a $300m fund for autonomous vehicle tech, aiming to splash some cash at projects aiming to help cut human drivers out of the equation. Dubbed the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, it'll focus not only on fully driverless systems but advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) too. Samsung says potential beneficiaries are teams working on machine vision, AI, and smart sensors.

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