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Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber's aspirations for a self-driving fleet of cars are no secret, and today the company took a big step toward realizing that dream. Uber has struck a new deal with Volvo that will see the latter produce tens of thousands of SUVs that Uber will then outfit with its autonomous driving systems. We'll see all of this happen within the new few years, too.

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Self-driving shuttle crashes in Vegas on first day, but a human is to blame

Self-driving shuttle crashes in Vegas on first day, but a human is to blame

Automotive accidents happen every day, and humans are the cause of the vast majority of them (as opposed to road conditions, mechanical failure, etc). Self-driving vehicles aim to curb these human-related errors by automating the entire process, putting machines in control of what is currently performed by humans. One such autonomous vehicle, a shuttle in Las Vegas, was recently involved in a wreck.

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Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo is beginning completely driver-free testing of its autonomous cars, removing the safety human ahead of a new Waymo driverless service launching. The company announced the move today, after more than eight years of trials on public roads. Until now, those trials have always seen a backup driver ready to take over at the wheel, should something go awry.

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Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo has partnered up with AutoNation, an automative retailer, to provide repairs and maintenance for the company's fleet of self-driving cars. We've heard rumbles about such a deal before, but now it is official. The deal will involve AutoNation USA stores, franchised stores, and other locations providing both long-term maintenance for Waymo's fleet and any repairs they need as troubles arise.

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Argo AI just spent Ford’s cash on a key driverless sensor tech

Argo AI just spent Ford’s cash on a key driverless sensor tech

Autonomous car developer Argo AI has snapped up a key developer of the sensors driverless vehicles rely on to see the road, as the industry ponders on how to make self-driving cars affordable. Argo AI was the brainchild of former Google and Uber experts, and caught the attention of automaker heavyweight Ford in the process. Earlier this year, Ford said it would invest $1bn in the startup over the next five years.

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Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Back when Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car was revealed at CES 2017 in January, the automaker described it as a vision of how humans and AI would travel in partnership. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this week, Toyota is adding two new "friends" to the line-up of concept vehicles. Interestingly, while rivals at the show are pushing sleek coupes or aggressively-designed sedans, Toyota's focus is a group that often doesn't get much attention from concept vehicles.

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Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan IMx autonomous EV concept is a “virtual” power station

Nissan has brought an autonomous vision of the future to the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, with the Nissan IMx concept offering a distinctly Japanese spin on driverless vehicles. An all-electric crossover, the IMx features what Nissan describes as "a future version of ProPILOT", its driver-assistance system currently offered - albeit without full autonomous capabilities - in its existing cars. When activated, Nissan envisages, the crossover would draw in its steering wheel and take control.

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Voyage’s driverless cars want suggestions where to go next

Voyage’s driverless cars want suggestions where to go next

Self-driving car startup Voyage already has one small fleet of cars giving community rides, and now it's opening up for requests as to where its driverless vehicles should pull up next. The company, made up of former Apple, Google, and Udacity engineers among others, launched earlier this year at a retirement community in San Jose, CA. There, it offers the roughly 4,000 residents rides around the 15 miles of private roads.

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Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

Delphi’s $450m nuTonomy buy sees a self-driving empire grow

The race to be at the heart of tomorrow's autonomous vehicles continues, with automotive tech firm and component supplier Delphi snapping up driverless startup nuTonomy. The deal, announced today, will see Delphi spend $400m on the company and a further $50m on earn-outs, for a total of $450m. It will effectively double Delphi's autonomous driving team.

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comma.ai EON Dashcam DevKit continues self-driving car dream

comma.ai EON Dashcam DevKit continues self-driving car dream

Everyone and anyone seems to have an idea about what the ideal self-driving vehicle should be like, but only few are able to turn those into reality. Startup comma.ai only knows that too well. It’s plans were more or less dashed when the NHTSA put down its foot, only to resurface in open source form. comma.ai, however, never really gave up on the dream and has just taken one step closer to becoming the “Android of self-driving cars” with the launch of its EON Dashcam.

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Apple’s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple’s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple may not be making its own cars, but its mysterious Project Titan work continues as the company refines software and systems for other autonomous vehicles. The Cupertino firm has been plying the local streets for some time now with its Titan-topped test mules, bristling with LIDAR and more. Now, we've got what's arguably the best view of the current Project Titan hardware in the wild, and it comes courtesy of a rival.

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Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel may have scaled down or even axed some of its extracurricular activities, like wearables and IoT, but it isn’t yet backing down from down from one of those: autonomous vehicles. After acquiring Mobileye just recently, the chip maker has double down on its involvement in making the self-driving car dream come true. It’s latest contribution, curiously, is a mathematical formula that it claims will offer a more or less standard way to not only ensure driving safety but also assign responsibility for when accidents do happen.

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