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Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Self-driving cars is a hot topic these days, eclipsed only by the recent Facebook drama. And because of the deaths involved, it has become an emotional one as well. While the incidents should encourage the industry to take stock of its technology, it shouldn’t cause development and research to come to a grinding halt. Especially when the side hustlers at Microsoft Garage have developed a way to safely teach these autonomous driving AIs. And they’re doing so with the age-old idea of simulations.

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California considers allowing driverless cars to conduct passenger tests

California considers allowing driverless cars to conduct passenger tests

California is one of the hotbeds for driverless car technology, and the state continues to push its development forward. Just recently, rules went into effect that allow carmakers and tech companies to begin testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads without a backup driver present. Now regulators are considering the next necessary eventual step: letting driverless cars conduct tests with passengers inside.

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Uber pens settlement deal over self-driving accident death

Uber pens settlement deal over self-driving accident death

Uber has reached a settlement with the family of a woman who died after being struck by one of the company's self-driving vehicles. The accident happened earlier this month, raising concerns over whether the technology is ready for public roads. Uber indefinitely suspended its autonomous car testing in multiple cities following the fatality, and recently revealed to the state's DMV that it will not be renewing its permit to test the vehicles in California.

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Report: Uber cut back LiDAR sensors in new Volvo fleet

Report: Uber cut back LiDAR sensors in new Volvo fleet

While we're still awaiting the results of the investigation into last week's fatal Uber crash, we're left wondering who or what was at fault. Even though video of the accident exists, we're still not sure what caused it - did the car's autonomous driving systems fail in some way, or can this accident be blamed on some other oversight? That's what this investigation aims to discover, but while we wait for the results, a new report levels some fairly serious accusations at Uber.

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Uber won’t renew its California self-driving test permit

Uber won’t renew its California self-driving test permit

Uber's permit to test self-driving cars in California is scheduled to end on March 31, 2018. The company, which is facing fallout from a fatal crash involving one of its autonomous vehicles, won't be renewing its permit to continue its tests in the state. Uber has indefinitely suspended its self-driving car tests in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Toronto following the accident, an investigation of which is still underway.

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Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar is the luxe autonomy needs

Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar is the luxe autonomy needs

Waymo may not be charging for its autonomous car trials right now, but the company knows that it'll need something more special than a minivan when the digital driver wants paying. Witness, therefore, the news today that Waymo and Jaguar will collaborate to turn the new I-PACE all-electric SUV into the latest self-driving chariot.

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NVIDIA halts autonomous car testing after fatal Uber crash

NVIDIA halts autonomous car testing after fatal Uber crash

NVIDIA has temporarily frozen all of its autonomous car testing on public roads, after the fatal Uber crash last week that killed a pedestrian. The chipmaker is one of Uber's partners on the ride-sharing firm's self-driving car project, supplying chipsets that power the onboard intelligence for the vehicle.

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Waymo Jaguar I-Pace delivering 20k self-driving vehicles in the next 2 years

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace delivering 20k self-driving vehicles in the next 2 years

Waymo just re-introduced the Jaguar I-Pace SUV, what they call the world's first premium electric self-driving car. Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are in the mix together on this, bringing this vehicle to the self-driving world of cars - for testing - later this year. With this partnership, in the first 2-years of production, the company will be able to create 20k more vehicles for their self-driving fleet.

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Intel responds to Uber self-driving accident with critical analysis

Intel responds to Uber self-driving accident with critical analysis

Intel has responded to last week's fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving vehicle. In a lengthy blog post published this evening, Mobileye CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua talks about autonomous car technology and the wider reality around it, not the least of which is transparency. "I firmly believe the time to have a meaningful discussion on a safety validation framework for fully autonomous vehicles is now," Shashua said.

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Nissan promises 8 new EVs and 1m yearly sales by 2022

Nissan promises 8 new EVs and 1m yearly sales by 2022

Nissan will target 1m electrified vehicle sales each year by 2022, the Japanese automaker has announced today, though not all of those cars will do away with internal combustion altogether. The plan is part of the company's ambitious "Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022" roadmap, which includes not only EVs and hybrids but a push for autonomous driving, too.

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BMW iX3 all-electric SUV to pave way for i4 EV sedan

BMW iX3 all-electric SUV to pave way for i4 EV sedan

BMW will launch its first all-electric SUV, the BMW iX3, in 2020 the automaker has confirmed. Part of what the German marque has described as a "drive train offensive" toward full scale electrification, the new SUV EV will be previewed at the Beijing Auto Show later this year.

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Fatal accident shows we’re not ready for self-driving cars yet

Fatal accident shows we’re not ready for self-driving cars yet

They say that it sometimes takes a tragedy to shock our eyes open. Unfortunately, such tragedies often cost human lives. Uber, who actually hasn't been in the autonomous vehicle scene that long, became the catalyst for such a rude awakening. While the investigation, finger-pointing, and media frenzy is still ongoing, the tragic accident revealed a truth we may not have realized amidst the excitement for the future. And that is that none of us are prepared for what's coming next.

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