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Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

It was, conservatively, 90 seconds before I was satisfied Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system wasn't going to kill me. By that point, a combination of cameras, super-accurate maps, and a fancier-than-usual GPS system were keeping me dead-center at 65 mph on California's 280, headed north toward San Francisco. As the CT6 eased its way around the corners, I spent a few moments considering that the car of the future apparently communicates not with the voice of Mr Feeny from Boy Meets World, but with a glowing green steering wheel instead.

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NVIDIA just made a huge play to dominate self-driving cars

NVIDIA just made a huge play to dominate self-driving cars

Forget powering smartphones and tablets: NVIDIA's big target is being the brainpower behind autonomous vehicles. The chip company has announced a trio of deals today which see it push aggressively into the automotive space, inking a deal with Volkswagen to work on artificial intelligence, with Volvo to commercialize self-driving cars in just a few years time, and with some of the biggest existing suppliers to get its silicon into their ranges.

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Chevrolet triples self-driving Bolt EV fleet amid accelerated roll-out

Chevrolet triples self-driving Bolt EV fleet amid accelerated roll-out

130 new autonomous Bolt EV test cars have rolled off GM's production line, the automaker has announced today, each fitted with the new version of its self-driving hardware. The expanded Chevrolet fleet will join the 50+ current-gen autonomous Bolt EV cars which GM has already been using to refine its self-driving platform. They're currently navigating the streets in three US states.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

This week Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was "focusing on autonomous systems" for vehicles. Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Cook suggested that autonomous cars are "a core technology that we view as very important," going on to suggest that it is "probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on." This is the most plain and public statement Apple has made on autonomous car tech yet.

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Major self-driving car projects are heading to Ohio via new collaboration

Major self-driving car projects are heading to Ohio via new collaboration

Intel subsidiary Wind River has announced a new collaboration with The Ohio State University, Transportation Research Center, and the City of Dublin in Ohio to further progress with self-driving cars and related autonomous technologies. The collaboration will happen in the Columbus region, according to a statement from Wind River, and will involve, among other things, testing 'emerging technologies' with the goal of figuring out how these cars can be used alongside infrastructure for the betterment of communities.

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Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the controversial vice president of technology who had until recently been leading the ride-sharing firm's autonomous car business. Levandowski was one of Uber's highest-profile talent grabs, joining the company after it acquired his startup, Otto, in July 2016. That prompted a lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo, accusing the engineer of stealing tech secrets.

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Ford’s big CEO shuffle puts AI and autonomous car chief at the wheel

Ford’s big CEO shuffle puts AI and autonomous car chief at the wheel

Ford is having a huge management shake-up, with CEO Mark Fields being replaced with the automaker's former smart mobility and self-driving car head. Fields, Ford says today, will retire, with Jim Hackett taking over as Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Most recently he'd been executive chairman of Ford Smart Mobility, the startup that the automaker created to tap into new markets including ride-sharing, mixed-mode transportation, and autonomous vehicles.

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Uber engineer told to comply with Waymo lawsuit or risk being fired

Uber engineer told to comply with Waymo lawsuit or risk being fired

As the ongoing trade secrets lawsuit between Google's Waymo and Uber continues to heat up, the ride-sharing company has threatened to fire one of its top engineers if he doesn't cooperate with court orders. Anthony Levandowski is currently an employee on Uber's self-driving car efforts, but before that he was a technology lead at Waymo, similarly developing autonomous vehicle tech. Now he's at the center of the lawsuit and is being accused of stealing confidential information and taking it with him to Uber.

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Intel, BMW, Mobileye add Delphi to autonomous car tech super-group

Intel, BMW, Mobileye add Delphi to autonomous car tech super-group

Three titans in the technology and automotive industries have announced that they'll be joining forces. Intel, the BMW Group, and the folks at Mobileye have announced that they will onboard Delphi as a development partner for their autonomous driving platform. This comes after a July 2016 announcement that Intel, BMW, and Mobileye would be joining forces for autonomous vehicles - with Delphi, the dream of self-driving cars takes another step closer to reality.

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Germany passes law approving autonomous car testing

Germany passes law approving autonomous car testing

While the US continues to be the center of self-driving car development, locations like California and Michigan will no longer be the only options for car makers to test and develop their autonomous technology. Germany has just passed a law that gives auto companies permission to test their self-driving cars on public roads, as long as a number of safety conditions are met.

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Uber vs Waymo sent to DOJ for possible criminal case

Uber vs Waymo sent to DOJ for possible criminal case

Things don't seem to be going Uber's way of late. And we're not just talking about gender-related controversies. San Francisco District Judge William Alsup as issued a ruling that rejected Uber's attempt to take the matter behind closed doors. He has sent the lawsuit to the Department of Justice to investigate whether there was indeed a case of trade secret theft. Unless it catches a break, it will see its self-driving ambitions dashed even before they could take root.

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In Delphi’s latest self-driving car, aggression is an option

In Delphi’s latest self-driving car, aggression is an option

Intel's autonomous car plans aren't pie in the sky, and there are already driverless vehicles using the company's technologies plying the public roads. Vehicle tech supplier Delphi, a mainstay in the automotive manufacturing world, brought along its latest self-driving prototype to Intel's Autonomous Vehicle Showcase in its new San Jose, CA facility, and offered to take me for a spin. Funnily enough, what's most special, you can't actually see.

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