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Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

An autonomous vehicle belonging to ridesharing company Uber struck a pedestrian earlier this week, resulting in her death. Though a human safety operator was at the wheel, the vehicle was driving itself at the time of the collision, which happened at night as the victim was crossing the road. The accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, and though details have been lacking over the past two days, a video of the collision has just been released.

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Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Early evidence suggests the pedestrian killed by an Uber autonomous car in Arizona may have been to blame in the controversial accident earlier this week. The ride-sharing company's self-driving Volvo SUV fleet was grounded on Monday, after a collision overnight. The pedestrian was taken to hospital, but according to police died of her injuries.

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Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber has grounded its entire self-driving car fleet in the US and Canada, after one of its autonomous vehicles reportedly killed a pedestrian in Arizona overnight. The vehicle is said to have been driving itself when the incident took place, though with a safety operator at the wheel.

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GM pumps $100m into 2019 autonomous Cruise AV production

GM pumps $100m into 2019 autonomous Cruise AV production

General Motors will pump $100m into upgrading two plants for autonomous car production, with the automaker expected to commercially launch its driverless cars next year. The production version of the Cruise AV will have no steering wheel, pedals, or any other manual controls. Instead, it'll be given its driving instructions via a touchscreen in the dashboard.

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Lyft wants to make a turnkey autonomous car brain

Lyft wants to make a turnkey autonomous car brain

Lyft has inked a self-driving car deal with automotive supplier Magna, to develop a turnkey driverless car brain that could be licensed out to automakers. The deal, announced today, will see Magna invest $200m into Lyft, as the two work together on adding autonomous vehicles to the ride-sharing firm's fleet.

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Waymo’s early riders are falling asleep in its driverless cars

Waymo’s early riders are falling asleep in its driverless cars

Waymo has shared video of the first experiences of early riders in its self-driving cars, and anybody hoping for horror or white-knuckle excitement will probably find the whole thing fairly anticlimactic. The Alphabet-owned company, spun out of Google's driverless car research, began trials in Arizona last year, but it's only recently that the state has allowed Waymo to do away with the safety driver altogether.

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Kitty Hawk Cora autonomous flying taxi backed by Larry Page

Kitty Hawk Cora autonomous flying taxi backed by Larry Page

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of autonomous flying vehicles, especially ones that will be used for transportation. But Kitty Hawk’s newest flying machine is different. No, not because of its technology, which is pretty much a proprietary secret. No, it’s different because of the narrative around its birth, which includes both the influence and deep pockets of Google’s, now Alphabet’s Larry Page, and its distinction as the soon to be first commercial autonomous flying taxi service in New Zealand and the rest of the world for that matter.

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Waymo’s self-driving tech spreads to semi trucks

Waymo’s self-driving tech spreads to semi trucks

Thus far, Waymo seems to have focused mostly on applying its self-driving technology to the ride-hailing market. Waymo sees a future where consumers can summon a lift from its fleet of driverless cars, and it has been carrying out testing related to such a service. While creating driverless taxis is still one Waymo's main goals, today we're seeing the company branch out to something a little different: Semi trucks.

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VW plans 2022 release for I.D. VIZZION autonomous luxe-EV

VW plans 2022 release for I.D. VIZZION autonomous luxe-EV

Volkswagen already previewed its vision of self-driving, electrified luxury motoring with the I.D. VIZZION concept, and now it's telling us when we can expect it on roads. Previewed last month, and making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 this week, the I.D. VIZZION is the latest in the automaker's I.D. family of electric vehicles.

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Arizona drops human driver rule for self-driving cars

Arizona drops human driver rule for self-driving cars

Arizona, a state that has fully embraced the self-driving car industry, no longer requires human drivers to be present in a self-driving vehicle. State Governor Doug Ducey's office announced a new executive order this week that makes the change, updating the initial autonomous car executive order the governor issued back in 2015.

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Toyota makes $2.8bn play to dominate autonomous car tech

Toyota makes $2.8bn play to dominate autonomous car tech

Toyota is leading a $2.8bn investment into a new autonomous driving company, TRI-AD, aiming to create an industry-leading platform for driverless cars. The Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development will be based in Tokyo, and sees the automaker team up with Aisin and Denso, both automotive parts suppliers.

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Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept car to flaunt full autonomy

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept car to flaunt full autonomy

Upcoming retail car models are interesting because of their practicality and actual availability. But if you’re the time that wants to look beyond just next year’s models, you’ll want to set your eyes on concept cars instead. At the Geneva International Motor Show next week, Volkswagen will show off its four such car. Aptly named the I.D. Vizzion, this four-door, four-seater sedan reveals the car maker’s vision of fully autonomous cars, a vision that has no room for steering wheels, pedals, or even a dashboard.

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