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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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You can ride a Waymo driverless car in this 360-degree video

You can ride a Waymo driverless car in this 360-degree video

Strap on your VR headsets and prepare to let Waymo take the wheel. Few of us will get to hitch a ride in Waymo's self-driving minivans - at least, not for some time yet - but you can get a taste of how it feels to be chauffeured by a robot with a new Waymo 360-degree experience.

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Ford self-driving pizza delivery launches Miami autonomous trials

Ford self-driving pizza delivery launches Miami autonomous trials

Ford is setting self-driving cars loose in Florida, picking Miami for the automaker's first autonomous vehicle business. New pilots with partners like Domino's Pizza and Postmates will kick off through 2018, Ford says, ahead of its full driverless car launch which is still scheduled for 2021.

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Nissan begins testing self-driving taxi service in Japan

Nissan begins testing self-driving taxi service in Japan

The US has been at the forefront of self-driving technology, with Silicon Valley serving as a hotbed for its development and Uber as a pioneer for the ride hailing market. But Japan's tech and auto giants are eager to catch up, with Nissan announcing that its new autonomous taxi service, Easy Ride, is ready to begin live testing with passengers next month.

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VW I.D. VIZZION bets you’ll swap your steering wheel for luxury

VW I.D. VIZZION bets you’ll swap your steering wheel for luxury

Volkswagen is adding a new, even smarter model to its I.D. family of all-electric concepts, with the VW I.D. VIZZION previewing its, well, vision of tomorrow's autonomous transportation. While the concept car may not be an outlandish coupe or a go-everywhere SUV, it does have what's arguably an even tougher challenge ahead of it. Persuading people that driverless vehicles can still forge an emotional connection.

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Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber has conceded to allowing an independent audit on its autonomous car technology, it's reported, as part of its lawsuit settlement with Waymo. The two companies reached an agreement to end the lawsuit today, having spent already several days in court. Uber will avoid a jury verdict as a result, but there were apparently fierce wranglings over just what the ride-sharing firm was willing to allow.

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