Tag: autonomous cars

Waymo will build its driverless cars in Detroit

Months after Waymo announced that it’d select a factory in southeast Michigan dedicated to the production of level 4 autonomous cars — that is, cars capable of driving without human supervision in most conditions — the Alphabet subsidiary this morning revealed that it’s settled on a location in Detroit. It’ll partner with Detroit-based American Axle […]

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Tesla plans to launch driverless taxi service in 2020

Tesla says that next year, it’ll leverage a fraction of the millions of Tesla cars on the road to launch an autonomous taxi service powered by its Autopilot software — one that might compete with Waymo’s eponymous Waymo One and other launched and forthcoming driverless ride-hailing programs. It won’t go live in all regions simultaneously […]

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GM’s Cruise is preparing for a self-driving future in the cloud

According to marketing firm ABI, as many as 8 million driverless cars will be added to the road in 2025. Meanwhile, Research and Markets is predicting that in the U.S. alone, there will be some 20 million autonomous cars in operation by 2030. How realistic are those numbers? If you ask Adrian Macneil, not especially. […]

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Pony.ai tests robo-taxi program on its employees, promises self-driving trucks next

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, it took the wraps off of PonyPilot, a test project for “product-ready” driverless cars within a geofenced area in Guangzhou. It’s currently available to Pony.ai employees and “select affiliates” by invitation […]

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Aeva will supply lidar sensors to Audi’s autonomous driving division

There’s no shortage of startups vying for a slice of a lidar market that’s expected to be worth $3.5 billion by 2024, but Aeva stands out in several respects. In just over a year, it’s raised over $45 million in funding and attracted Canaan — an early investor in PrimeSense — as an investor. It […]

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Uber’s 250 autonomous cars have driven ‘millions’ of miles and transported ‘tens of thousands’ of passengers

Hot on the heels of Lyft’s public market debut, Uber filed its S-1 today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, setting the stage for its initial public offering next month. It’s chock full of interesting tidbits (like Uber’s ticker symbol, “UBER”), but one section that stands out is a progress report on its ongoing […]

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Before self-driving cars can get safer, they need to push their limits

Self-driving cars are known for driving conservatively. After all, automakers and tech companies design autonomous vehicles to be textbook safe drivers, not aggressive speed demons. But mechanical engineers at Stanford University have been working on a research vehicle that can drive autonomously right at the edge of the tires’ grip on the surface below them, […]

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Optimus Ride will roll out geofenced driverless taxis in New York City and California later this year

Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, partnered with Brookfield Properties to deploy three driverless cars in the Reston, Virginia mixed-use development of Halley Rise. Now, Optimus is setting its sights on Northern California and Brooklyn. Optimus today announced that it’ll deploy a small fleet of self-driving cars on private […]

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Waymo plans to open 85,000-square-foot technical service center in Mesa, Arizona

Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car division, today announced that it would open an 85,000-square-foot technical service center in the city of Mesa, Arizona, near Phoenix’s East Valley, which it says will “more than double” its capacity to maintain the fleet of cars in Waymo One, its eponymous driverless taxi service in Pheonix. “[O]ver […]

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Nvidia’s Safety Force Field is ‘mathematically’ designed to prevent autonomous vehicle crashes

Today at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CEO Jensen Huang detailed the latest developments regarding the chipmaker’s autonomous driving efforts. He revealed that Nvidia Constellation, its cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform, is now generally available, and announced Safety Force Field, a new component of the company’s Drive AV platform designed to protect driverless […]

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Uber open-sources Autonomous Visualization System, a web-based platform for vehicle data

More than 8 million driverless cars will hit public roads by 2025, according to research firm ABI, and they’ll all have something in common: sensors, powerful PCs, and machine learning algorithms. Nvidia, Intel’s Mobileye, Baidu, and others offer tools that produce visual representations of what those cars are seeing (and have seen) in the real […]

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China is building a 5G smart highway for autonomous cars and AI traffic monitoring

China is moving forward in the global “race to 5G,” as state-owned carrier China Mobile has announced (via Xinhua) that it’s already building the first 5G smart highway — a city-scale system of roads capable of supporting cellular network-coordinated transportation services. The infrastructure is currently under construction in Wuhan, the capital of China’s centrally located […]

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Driverless truck startup TuSimple raises $95 million at $1 billion valuation

There’s a healthy demand for driverless trucks. It’s an industry predicted to reach 6,700 units globally, totaling $54.23 billion this year, and one that stands to save the logistics and shipping industry $70 billion annually while boosting productivity by 30 percent. Besides cost savings, the growth is driven in part by a shortage of human drivers. In 2018, […]

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Nuro raises $940 million for robot car deliveries

Nuro, a startup targeting the multibillion-dollar autonomous delivery robot market, has attracted sizeable venture capital from Softbank. The Japanese holding conglomerate today announced that it has invested almost $1 billion — $940 million — in Nuro through its Vision Fund, at a valuation of around $2.7 billion. That’s up substantially from the $92 million in […]

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Avinew raises $5 million for car insurance that rewards you for using autonomous safety features

As the deployment of autonomous vehicles ramps up globally, it’s raising all sorts of prickly regulatory questions. Which parties should be held responsible if a self-driving car swerves off course and kills a pedestrian — the driver, the automaker, or the systems supplier? And which safeguards should be legislatively mandated to ensure there’s fallbacks in […]

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Argo.ai obtains California permit to test driverless cars

Pittsburg-based Argo.ai, a driverless vehicle startup founded by former executives on self-driving teams at Google and Uber, has obtained a permit to test its autonomous cars on California roads. The approval, which was issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, was first spotted by TechCrunch and confirmed by a spokesperson to VentureBeat. Argo has a […]

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Flir’s Automotive Development Kit taps thermal imaging to improve driverless cars

Lidar — sensors that measure the distance to objects by illuminating them with light and measuring the reflected pulses — are the cornerstone of autonomous car systems from Waymo, Uber, and dozens of others. But they’re susceptible to interference from inclement weather, darkness, fog, smoke, haze, and sun glare, which is why Wilsonville, Oregon-based firm Flir is advancing […]

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Driverless vehicle startup Nuro begins delivering groceries to Kroger customers in Arizona

(Reuters) — U.S. supermarket chain Kroger said on Tuesday it has started using unmanned autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries in Scottsdale, Arizona in partnership with Silicon Valley startup Nuro. The delivery service follows a pilot program started by the companies in Scottsdale in August and involved Nuro’s R1, a custom unmanned vehicle. The R1 uses public […]

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Luminar collaborates with Audi’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving on driverless vehicles

Palo Alto startup Luminar today announced a collaboration with Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID), Audi’s driverless technology spinoff and a supplier for Volkswagen Group brands such as VW and Porsche, to accelerate the latter’s goal of bringing to market fully self-driving cars by 2021. It marks the second such partnership between the two companies, which teamed up […]

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Vehicle telematics data could unlock $1.5 trillion in future revenue for automakers

Presented by OmniSci Vehicle telematics, the method of monitoring a moving asset like a car, truck, heavy equipment, or ship, with GPS and onboard diagnostics, produces an extraordinarily large and fast-moving stream of data that did not exist even a few years ago. And now, the vehicle telematics data hose has been turned to full […]

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