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Smart Vision EQ fortwo first ride & Interview with Dr. Annette Winkler on quality of life

Smart Vision EQ fortwo first ride & Interview with Dr. Annette Winkler on quality of life

Cars are making the jump, some more of a slow hop, to technologies like connectivity, artificial intelligence and the like. These days, car makers talk as much about machine learning and neural networks as they do horsepower and torque. But while they are undoubtedly interesting from a technological perspective, in the grand scheme of things they should take a backseat to the most important element of all: the human element. At CES 2018, I got a chance to sit down with Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of Smart Automobile, who describes what smart cars ultimately mean.

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Waymo driverless cars sneak into San Francisco

Waymo driverless cars sneak into San Francisco

Waymo has brought its latest self-driving minivans to San Francisco, expanding its test fleet of fully driverless cars from Arizona. The Alphabet owned company, formerly a Google division, has been operating a closed beta of its ride-sharing service in Phoenix, AZ, since early 2017, having adopted Chrysler Pacifica minivans as its vehicle of choice.

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GM’s Cruise AV self-driving car retires the steering wheel

GM’s Cruise AV self-driving car retires the steering wheel

GM has revealed its new self-driving car, the Cruise AV, which the automaker says is the first production-ready autonomous vehicle. The fourth generation of GM's Cruise AV driverless car, it's even more of a departure from what you'll currently find on the automaker's dealership forecourts. That's because it has no steering wheel and no pedals: indeed, no manual driving controls whatsoever.

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Kia Niro EV Concept gives CES hints of 2025’s 16 EV plan

Kia Niro EV Concept gives CES hints of 2025’s 16 EV plan

Kia is laying out its electric vehicle plans at CES 2018 and it's not playing it safe, with a total of 16 EVs expected to be on the market by 2025. The automaker says its green line-up will consist of a mixture of different electrified powertrains, from entirely battery-electric through hybrids and even a fuel-cell car. It'll go hand in hand with the automaker's plans for connected and autonomous cars, too.

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Toyota e-Palette autonomous concept wins over Amazon, Uber, more

Toyota e-Palette autonomous concept wins over Amazon, Uber, more

Why should autonomous cars look like the vehicles we're driving today? That's the question Toyota is posing at CES 2018 this week, revealing the e-Palette Concept to illustrate its thinking. Fully driverless, powered entirely by electricity, and with flexibility in design to suit everything from logistics through to taxi duties, there's plenty to set the e-Palette Concept apart, not least the open control interface.

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Meet NVIDIA Xavier: A new brain for self-driving, AI, and AR cars

Meet NVIDIA Xavier: A new brain for self-driving, AI, and AR cars

NVIDIA isn't letting up on its goal of being at the heart of as many driverless cars as possible and it's NVIDIA Xavier, its newest autonomous machine processor, it plans to do that with. Unveiled at CES 2018 today, Xavier is the world's most powerful System-on-Chip (SoC), so NVIDIA claims, and comes at the tail-end of $2bn in R&D by the company.

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Hyundai’s 2021 autonomous car roadmap starts with this fuel-cell SUV

Hyundai’s 2021 autonomous car roadmap starts with this fuel-cell SUV

Hyundai is bringing its new fuel-cell powered SUV to CES 2018, the first test model for its Level 4 autonomous car plans. The EV - the official name of which will be confirmed in Las Vegas next week - will form the basis for a partnership between Hyundai and driverless tech firm Aurora, which together aim to have an autonomous vehicle on the market by 2021.

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Bosch buys HERE stake to turn cars into autonomous cartographers

Bosch buys HERE stake to turn cars into autonomous cartographers

Bosch is buying a stake in HERE, snapping up a 5-percent cut of the digital mapping company building high-definition cartography for tomorrow's autonomous vehicles. HERE began life as Navteq, before being acquired by Nokia, rebranded, and then subsequently sold in late-2015 to a consortium of German automakers, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler AG.

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Toyota’s new autonomous car hides the sensor halo

Toyota’s new autonomous car hides the sensor halo

Toyota is bringing a new, next-generation autonomous car to CES 2018 next week, further underscoring the annual tech show's evolution as automakers get geekier with their rides. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Platform 3.0 may have a dull name, but it's hardly a boring car. Based on the Lexus LS 600 hL, the long-wheelbase version of the luxury hybrid sedan, it's a showcase of more than just the cutting-edge in driverless hardware.

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HERE’s crowdsourced road safety data just got its first customer

HERE’s crowdsourced road safety data just got its first customer

HERE, the navigation company that is remaking itself as the potential heart of autonomous driving, has launched a crowdsourced road safety service, with BMW first to sign up. The HERE Safety Services Suite promises to beam real-time information on road conditions, potential hazards, and changing speed limits to the dashboard of new BMW cars from mid-2018, calling on data from a growing fleet of vehicles spanning multiple automakers.

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This car safety tech saves Level 4 autonomy for drowsy drivers

This car safety tech saves Level 4 autonomy for drowsy drivers

Fully driverless vehicles that can shuttle you from A to B may still be a few years out, but a car that can briefly switch into Level 4 autonomy when the driver is incapacitated might step in to save lives much sooner. That's what Hyundai Mobis is aiming for, anyway, with its new drowsy driver safety technology. Making its debut at CES 2018, the Departed Driver Rescue & Exit Maneuver - or DDREM - system promises minimal extra hardware for automakers, and a much smaller headache for regulators.

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BlackBerry and Baidu team up on Apollo driverless cars

BlackBerry and Baidu team up on Apollo driverless cars

You might not have a BlackBerry in your pocket any more, but it may well be powering your self-driving car, at least if Baidu has any say in the matter. The Chinese behemoth has inked a deal with BlackBerry to make QNX the heart of its autonomous driving open platform, Apollo.

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