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This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

A new self-driving truck startup, Embark, has revealed its first autonomous vehicle, and is set to begin testing in Nevada. The company has eschewed the typical self-driving fare of passenger vehicles, despite many rivals focusing their development attention there, and instead predicts that long-distance haulage will be the place AI drivers make the biggest splash. Most importantly, perhaps, it's not threatening to make all truck drivers redundant as a result.

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Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

The tech world might be huge but, if you are able to climb the corporate ladder, there’s always a chance you’ll get around. That, however, always opens occasions for confidential information to also get around. Just recently game publisher Bethesda Softworks won a lawsuit against Facebook and Oculus Rift for patent infringement in the vein. Similarly, Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project, is suing Uber and its newly acquired subsidiary Otto, for patent infringement willfully done by a former Waymo employee.

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First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

This weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests like this, an accident did occur when one of the cars crashed while navigating a turn.

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Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet is readying a fleet of "thousands" of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its own car-sharing scheme, Maven.

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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford will pump $1bn into a self-driving car artificial intelligence startup, Argo AI, with former Google and Uber experts at the helm. The investment will be doled out over the next five years, the automaker says, as Argo AI cooks up a smart and adaptable computer that can take over driving responsibilities from humans. The hope is that the resulting technology will be in charge of Ford's self-driving vehicle due to hit dealerships in 2021, as well as under the hood of other manufacturers' cars.

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Uber adds autonomous Mercedes to roadmap amid #DeleteUber boycott

Uber adds autonomous Mercedes to roadmap amid #DeleteUber boycott

Uber's upcoming fleet of self-driving cars will including autonomous Mercedes-Benz, the two companies have announced today. The deal, between ride-sharing firm Uber and Mercedes parent Daimler, is the first example of Uber's autonomous platform opening up to a third-party car manufacturer. Under the terms, users will be able to use Uber's app to summon a self-driving Mercedes.

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Tesla sues ex-Autopilot head for stealing self-driving tech

Tesla sues ex-Autopilot head for stealing self-driving tech

Tesla is accusing its former Autopilot chief of stealing self-driving car secrets and illegally poaching staff, a lawsuit in California filed this week reveals. Sterling Anderson was Tesla's Director of Autopilot Programs for just over a year until he left the electric car company in December 2016, and before that had been responsible for the design, development, and launch of the Model X SUV. However, he left to set up his own company working on autonomous cars.

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Tesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous features

Tesla Autopilot update now rolling out with new semi-autonomous features

Tesla's latest Enhanced Autopilot update is finally rolling out today following months of delays. As CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, the update is coming to all Tesla vehicles with second-generation Autopilot hardware installed, known as HW2 models, which includes any Model S and Model X cars manufactured since October. Installed as an over-the-air update, it introduces new and improved semi-autonomous features.

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Tesla’s latest cars are getting Autopilot HW2 this week

Tesla’s latest cars are getting Autopilot HW2 this week

Tesla has begun pushing out its newest version of Autopilot to its latest-hardware cars, though drivers shouldn't expect to actually be able to use the tech initially. The roll-out is being delivered over-the-air, as is Tesla's standard practice, taking advantage of the connected cars' integrated modems. However, for the final round of testing, it'll only be observing - not taking part - in the driving process.

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Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas

Electric self-driving shuttle bus begins testing with passengers in Las Vegas

If you're in downtown Las Vegas during the next week, you might spot a small, pod-like shuttle bus driving passengers up and down Fremont Street. Operated by transit company Keolis, the electric vehicle is fully autonomous, and offering free rides to the public. Officials says it's also the first self-driving vehicle of its kind to be tested on public roads with passengers in the US.

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Autonomous Nissan Leaf begins testing on London streets next month

Autonomous Nissan Leaf begins testing on London streets next month

Car-maker Nissan has announced that it will be deploying a fleet of its Leaf electric vehicles outfitted with self-driving technology on the streets of London next month. This will mark their first public test of autonomous cars to be held in Europe. Nissan adds that it has received the permission of the necessary local authorities and the modified Leafs will be driving on public roads, however exact routes haven't been decided yet.

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