Tag: autonomous cars

VW invests $2.6 billion in Argo AI as part of self-driving vehicle alliance with Ford

(Reuters) Argo said VW was investing $1 billion in cash and contributing its European self-driving unit, valued at $1.6 billion. The investment deal gives Argo a valuation of just over $7 billion, one of the highest in the autonomous vehicles sector. VW is buying the Argo shares for another $500 million from Ford, which acquired […]

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Baidu’s autonomous cars have driven more than 1 million miles across 13 cities in China

Today at Baidu’s annual Create AI developer conference in Beijing, the China-based search giant announced a slew of updates across its ever-expanding driverless car ecosystem. They come as analysts at Research and Markets forecast there will be some 20 million autonomous and semiautonomous cars in operation in the U.S. by 2030, up from millions today. […]

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ZongMu Technology raises $14.5 million for driver assistance products

It’s anticipated that the autonomous vehicles market will reach $667.77 billion by 2026, and according to marketing firm ABI, as many as 8 million driverless cars will be added to the road in 2025. Startups like ZongMu Technology are taking full advantage of the influx of venture capital, unsurprisingly. The Shanghai-based company today revealed that it […]

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11 companies propose guiding principles for self-driving vehicles

This morning, a coalition of 11 companies — Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Here, Infineon, Intel, and Volkswagen — published a whitepaper (“Safety First For Automated Driving”) describing a framework for the development, testing, and validation of “safe” autonomous vehicles. The members claim it’s the broadest representation across the industry to […]

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Baidu releases Apollo 5.0 with upgrades for ‘complex’ road scenarios

Beijing-based Baidu last week quietly released the latest version of Apollo, its open source full-stack software solution for driverless vehicles. Apollo 5.0 — which follows on the heels of Apollo Lite, the company’s vision-based framework that enables nearly fully autonomous driving under select conditions — introduces a number of new features, including an upgraded perception […]

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Here’s how Cruise’s autonomous cars navigate double-parked cars

Cruise, the driverless car startup acquired by GM for $581 million in 2016, today detailed in a blog post how its fleet of over 180 self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are learning to anticipate human drivers’ behaviors. It’s part of a new series the company is publishing on Medium called How Self-Driving Cars Think, each installment of […]

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Self-driving vehicle startup Drive.ai slams the brakes, lays off employees

Self-driving car startup Drive.ai will cease all operations and lay off 90 employees, according to a June 12 filing with California’s Employment Development Department that was initially spotted by the San Francisco Chronicle. The news comes after reports that Apple was exploring an acquisition of Drive.ai to bolster the former’s secretive self-driving car project. Drive.ai […]

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Baidu claims its Apollo Lite vision-based vehicle framework achieves level 4 autonomy

Baidu is among the dozens of companies developing full-stack hardware and software solutions for self-driving cars, and it’s making steady progress toward its goal of full autonomy. This morning, the Beijing-based tech giant unveiled Apollo Lite, a vision-based framework that leverages multiple cameras to achieve level 4 autonomous driving, meaning operation with limited human input […]

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Uber rolls out next-generation self-driving Volvo

(Reuters) — Uber on Wednesday will unveil its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions. Uber said the new production XC90 will be assembled by Volvo Cars in Sweden and have human controls like steering wheels and brake pedals, but added it has […]

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Argo AI reveals its third-generation driverless car

Argo.ai, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based driverless car startup founded by former executives from Google’s and Uber’s autonomous technology divisions, today unveiled its third-generation test vehicle: A modified Ford Fusion Hybrid. It boasts mechanical, sensing, compute, and software upgrades, and it replaces the fleet currently on the road in Miami, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Palo Alto. Argo […]

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Yandex promises 100 driverless cars on the road by 2020

Russian tech giant Yandex has been testing autonomous vehicles on public roads since December 2017, starting in Moscow and later expanding to Innopolis, Skolkovo, and Las Vegas. The program’s next phase saw cars reach Tel Aviv’s city limits, and now, after five months of successful testing in Israel, the company’s prepping for further expansion. Yandex […]

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Innoviz raises $38 million for lidar and perception software

Innoviz, an Israel-based developer of solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, today announced the closure of its series C funding round with over $170 million, bringing its total raised to $252 million — a great deal more (by $38 million) than the $132 million round total it reported in March. Cofounder and CEO Omer Keilaf […]

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Toyota Ramps Up Electrification Timeline, Outlines Nuanced Strategy

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Zoox CEO explains what makes the company’s self-driving cars better: four-wheel steering, big batteries, AI

Aicha Evans, CEO of Foster City, California-based Zoox, spoke during a keynote about the challenges facing self-driving cars and the promise they might hold if those challenges are overcome. And for the first time, she detailed a few of the hardware and software stacks underlying the company’s custom-designed vehicle platform — stacks which in part […]

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