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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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Cruise Anywhere self-driving Uber rival is already in action

Cruise Anywhere self-driving Uber rival is already in action

Cruise has begun testing its self-driving car ride hailing service, allowing users to summon an autonomous car through an app. The trial is taking place in San Francisco, though is currently only available to Cruise employees as the possibilities of driverless transportation are explored. However, the company claims that around 10-percent of its team based in the city are signed up for the beta.

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Confusing autonomous cars might be worryingly easy

Confusing autonomous cars might be worryingly easy

Confusing a self-driving car could be as easy as applying some stickers to a road sign, researchers have warned. With driverless projects hunting for ways to cut costs and reduce reliance on expensive sensors such as LIDAR, many have looked to camera-based alternatives to better understand the world around a vehicle. Now, researchers at the University of Washington have found that throwing an autonomous car off course might be as easy as making minor changes to roadway signage.

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Tesla Model 3 has a secret camera to watch the driver

Tesla Model 3 has a secret camera to watch the driver

Tesla's Model 3 has the potential to watch you as you drive, with the automaker sneaking a driver-facing camera into the cabin. The camera, currently deactivated, could pave the way for attention monitoring during autonomous or semi-autonomous driving, though Tesla is tight-lipped as to what, exactly, it plans to do with it. Its discovery comes amid growing discussion in the auto industry as to how drivers and increasingly capable self-driving systems should divide the work - and the liability - of being on the road.

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Mercedes autonomous valet garage: No tips required

Mercedes autonomous valet garage: No tips required

Mercedes-Benz's cars could already pull themselves in or out of a parking spot; now, they can completely autonomously park themselves in a garage structure. The driverless parking system has been installed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, as a trial for the new convenience technology. Built in collaboration between Mercedes and Bosch, it allows drivers to hand over their car to an automated valet to be parked.

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Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes’ autonomous path sees cars, cabs, and trucks converging

Mercedes expects its Level 4/5 autonomous cars to be on the road as soon as 2020, but for now the automaker's vehicles are being purposefully held back from becoming too self-sufficient. That's the state of play according to according to Ola Källenius, at least, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Speaking at the launch of the company's most advanced model in Zurich, Switzerland, he described the two strategies that are running in parallel to allow drivers to kick back even though they're at the wheel.

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Lyft self-driving car plans put it in the big leagues [Updated]

Lyft self-driving car plans put it in the big leagues [Updated]

Lyft is developing its own self-driving car technology, joining rideshare rival Uber and a host of automakers in chasing driverless vehicles. The company is opening a new self-driving research facility in Palo Alto, CA. over the next few weeks, Lyft announced today. However, where other companies have closely guarded their autonomous tech, Lyft is taking a very different approach.

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Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft and Baidu are hooking up on autonomous car tech, with the Seattle software giant playing cloud host to the Chinese behemoth's self-driving ambitions. The collaboration will see Microsoft Azure made the home for the Apollo alliance, Baidu's attempt to make autonomous driving an open platform. Importantly, it gives Apollo some degree of legitimacy outside of Baidu's home turf.

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Waymo self-driving cars are learning to better handle emergency vehicles

Waymo self-driving cars are learning to better handle emergency vehicles

Autonomous vehicles have to be equipped to deal with many, many different situations, and some of them involve emergency vehicles. Whether it is a police cruiser trying to pull over the self-driving car or an ambulance needing to drive past, autonomous cars must be able to respond appropriately and safely, a category of knowledge that Waymo has revisited lately. According to a long post recently published by the Waymo Team, June brought new efforts to improve the company's autonomous cars' abilities to detect these emergency vehicles.

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Waymo is down to one patent in its self-driving Uber lawsuit

Waymo is down to one patent in its self-driving Uber lawsuit

Waymo has dropped all but one of the patent infringement claims it's challenging Uber over in court, as the two companies fight over self-driving car tech. The Alphabet-owned company had accused Uber of infringing on four different patents related to autonomous driving, filing a lawsuit back in February. According to Waymo, its former employee Anthony Levandowski had stolen a cache of technical documents about the company's developments and taken them to set up Otto, a self-driving vehicle startup later acquired by Uber.

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Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber has a new fleet of autonomous trucks, deploying a new version of self-driving hardware and sensors that won't be impacted by the ongoing legal battle with Alphabet's Waymo. Though the company may be best-known for its passenger ridesharing service - or, more recently, most infamously for its controversial former CEO - Uber has also been working on modernizing haulage, too. That has centered on the Otto autonomous trucks project, another aspect of the company which Uber took over after it acquired Otto last year.

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Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year

Dubai is getting miniature self-driving police cars later this year

Dubai is upgrading its police force with a bit of machine intelligence, announcing plans to deploy robotic, self-driving patrol cars later on this year. Assuming the police department follows through with the plans, this will mark the first time a city has utilized autonomous vehicles as part of its daily patrols, a reality that won't rest easy with everyone. The vehicles are described as being miniature in size.

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