self driving

Ford disguised a man as a seat to prove a self-driving car point

Ford disguised a man as a seat to prove a self-driving car point

Believe the autonomous concept cars that have proliferated in recent years, and the exterior of your self-driving vehicle will rival the Jumbotron what with all the displays and screens it's covered in. Communicating exactly what a driverless vehicle is intending to do with other road-users and pedestrians is one of the ongoing headaches automakers and researchers are facing, with answers ranging from color-changing hubcaps to laser beams. It's a question that pushed Ford and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to borrow an old trick from Knight Rider, of all places.

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GM’s Cruise self-driving cars are mass-production ready

GM’s Cruise self-driving cars are mass-production ready

Cruise Automation, GM's self-driving car company, has a new model and a plan for production, it has announced today. The new Cruise car, its third-generation, is based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV and will come equipped with all of the necessary hardware for real-time navigation without relying on a human driver. However, though the vehicle is being described as Cruise's "first production design" it won't be ready to drive itself quite yet.

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Audi Elaine and Aicon Concept cars: Taking autonomy to Level 4 and 5

Audi Elaine and Aicon Concept cars: Taking autonomy to Level 4 and 5

Autonomous driving is huge right now, and Audi is accelerating into the age of self-driving vehicles across a wide range of abilities. First off was the recent Audi AI traffic jam pilot techday, where I got to experience Level 3 autonomy in real-world traffic jams and then hop into the driver seat to experience for myself what happens during the crucial 10 second hand-off period as the tech disengages. Now, at this year’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) motor show in Frankfurt, Audi is taking the wraps off its new Level 4 and 5 concept cars, Elaine and Aicon respectively, that illustrate its vision of future autonomous mobility.

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2019 Audi A8 Level 3 autonomy first-drive: Chasing the perfect ‘jam’

2019 Audi A8 Level 3 autonomy first-drive: Chasing the perfect ‘jam’

Most of the time I'll do my absolute best to avoid a traffic jam, but the 2019 Audi A8 makes them oddly appealing. Forget "Artificial Intelligence": the AI we're talking about today is Audi Intelligence. What exactly does this mean, and why should we care? We as a collective of road-users are going to need to be much more sensitive to the fact that there are cars on the road not being driven by human beings. Instead, we're increasingly going to see advanced driving assistance software taking the wheel, like the new Audi AI traffic jam pilot, the world’s first Level 3 automated driving system in a production vehicle.

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Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept previews 2040’s shared self-driving EV

Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept previews 2040’s shared self-driving EV

Jaguar has already shown us what it believes the steering wheel of the future will look like - now, with the Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept, it's showing us the rest. Revealed today, at the automaker's inaugural Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, UK, the FUTURE-TYPE Concept is a vision of what mobility might look like come 2040. Then, JLR suggests, actually owning a vehicle yourself will be unlikely.

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Jaguar’s AI steering wheel is a gateway to self-driving rideshares

Jaguar’s AI steering wheel is a gateway to self-driving rideshares

As the car of the future - and the ownership model to go with it - approaches, Jaguar is setting out a vision of a smart steering wheel that doesn't even live in your garage. The automaker is outlining its concept at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, a new event intended to explore the cutting edge in transportation, including self-driving vehicles, on-demand ridesharing, and more. First up? Much cleverer controls.

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smart vision EQ fortwo is a talkative self-driving concept EV

smart vision EQ fortwo is a talkative self-driving concept EV

Mercedes-Benz already has a few autonomous car concepts, but now it has a tiny one, the smart vision EQ fortwo. Building on the tiny two-seater city runabout with a more insectile design, the new concept combines four of Mercedes parent Daimler's current obsessions: connectivity, autonomous driving, flexible use, and electrification. Of course, it also has some concept car craziness, too.

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Apple wanted spherical wheels for its autonomous car

Apple wanted spherical wheels for its autonomous car

Apple may be scaling back its self-driving car plans, but the company had some seriously off-beat ideas for what the autonomous vehicle of the future might look like. Reports earlier in the year suggested Apple had realized the scale of the challenge it was facing, were it to try to develop its own vehicle from scratch, with leaks earlier in the week indicating a "more modest" plan was now underway. That will include a self-driving shuttle for Apple employees, but there's another far more interesting tidbit.

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Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fisker's new electric car will make its official debut at CES 2018, with the Fisker EMotion promising not only zero-emissions but full autonomous driving. Preorders of the car began in June, with Fisker taking a $2,000 deposit for what's expected to be a $129k EV by the time it actually launches. However, so far potential owners have had to take a lot on faith.

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Self-driving car tech just took a big step closer to mainstream

Self-driving car tech just took a big step closer to mainstream

Major car part supplier Delphi has inked a deal with a major LIDAR company, baking laser scanners into its turnkey kit for autonomous cars. The deal will see Innoviz Technologies supply solid-state LIDAR scanners to add to Delphi's work-in-progress system, which should give car-makers a shortcut to vehicles that can drive themselves. While Delphi might not be a household name, the vehicle parked outside many of those houses are likely to have at least some of the company's components inside.

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Tesla Autopilot got a secret upgrade en-route to autonomy

Tesla Autopilot got a secret upgrade en-route to autonomy

Tesla has quietly rolled out a new Autopilot system, fitting more recent cars with updated - and more powerful - hardware with the long-term goal of full autonomous driving. The automaker has been one of the most vocal in promising self-driving abilities for its vehicles, with Elon Musk on record as suggesting that the second-generation Autopilot system that debuted in late 2016 would one day be sufficient for an entirely autonomous car. However, what was not publicized was that Tesla was working on another updated "brain" for Autopilot.

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Intel plans 100 car self-driving fleet to pitch Mobileye and 5G

Intel plans 100 car self-driving fleet to pitch Mobileye and 5G

Intel is readying a fleet of fully autonomous cars built on its Mobileye acquisition, with more than a hundred vehicles expected to be deployed across multiple countries. The cars will be capable of Level 4 "high autonomy" according to the SAE definition, thus able to handle almost any situation without human interaction. They'll become a real-world test bed for Intel's experiments in car-to-cloud communication, new sensors, and more.

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