Tag: Autonomous Vehicles

Horses and Guinea Pigs: Elon Musk’s Lofty Promises Raise Safety Advocates’ Ire, Sink Stock

<img data-attachment-id="1534969" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b.jpg" data-orig-size="2880,1920" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="tesla model x" data-image-description=" Image: Tesla Motors ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1534969 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-610×407.jpg” alt=”tesla model x, Image: Tesla Motors” width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TeslaStoryModelX-1b-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Did you miss Autonomy Day yesterday? If you’re unaware, that’s the name […]

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Promise Hour: Tesla Broadcasts Self-driving Tech to Perk Up Investors

<img data-attachment-id="1609826" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523.png" data-orig-size="1066,571" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Elon Musk" data-image-description=" Image: Tesla ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-450×241.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-610×327.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1609826″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-610×327.png” alt=”Elon Musk” width=”610″ height=”327″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-610×327.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-75×40.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-450×241.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-768×411.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523-120×64.png 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Screen-Shot-2018-01-23-at-11.05.38-AM-e1516723672523.png 1066w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Tesla celebrated “Autonomy Day” on Monday, broadcasting a web presentation to investors touting its self-driving strategy […]

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Audi’s New Mobility Egg

Audi’s pitching more than just new models at Auto Shanghai this month; it’s promoting a new way to drive. The AI:ME Concept is a summonable, self-driving urban electric, aimed at reshaping the company’s business model — or at least examining that possibility. While Audi refers to the vehicle as a highly specialized premium automobile that can be […]

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Nvidia makes autonomous vehicle simulator Drive Constellation generally available

In an announcement timed to coincide with its 2019 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, Nvidia today said that it’s making Drive Constellation, its cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform, generally available. It comes months after Nvidia seeded Constellation to simulation partners (in September), and weeks after Uber open-sourced Autonomous Visualization System, the web-based […]

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Trump’s No Fan of Autonomous Vehicles, Like Most Other People

<img data-attachment-id="1666026" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348.jpg" data-orig-size="2762,1841" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Donald Trump" data-image-description=" Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1666026″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Donald Trump apparently belongs to the 71 percent of Americans who remain averse to the thought of riding in self-driving […]

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Self-Driving Cars Still Not Scratching Public in the Right Places

<img data-attachment-id="1634056" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1540584964307.jpg" data-orig-size="2845,1833" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"We\u2019re Going to Miami: The First Proving Ground for Our Self-Driving Service","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Photo Courtesy Ford Motor Company","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"Ford Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Miami","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Ford Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Miami" data-image-description=" Ford Motor Co ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1532463329549-450×290.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1532463329549-610×393.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1634056″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/001-AV-MIAMI_02222018_ford_0414-Edit-e1532463329549-610×393.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”393″> Every few months, the American Automobile Association gives us […]

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Daimler and BMW enter long-term partnership for self-driving cars

German car giants Daimler and BMW have announced a “long-term strategic cooperation” around self-driving cars that will see the duo collaborating to bring new automated driving technology to market by the mid-2020s. In an announcement today, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and BMW — which operates a number of brands, including Mini and Rolls-Royce — revealed […]

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Report: VW to Invest $1.7 Billion Into Ford’s Autonomous Arm

It appears that a presumed rough patch in Ford and Volkswagen’s relationship is over, now that The Wall Street Journal is reporting on VW preparing a nearly $2-billion investment into the Blue Oval’s autonomous development unit, Argo AI. Earlier this month, claims arose that negotiations had reached an uncomfortable crossroad, with Volkswagen balking at Ford’s proposed […]

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How Is Apple’s Autonomous Vehicle Program Doing, You Ask?

Back in 2015, it was rumored that Apple was sinking significant resources and manpower into an electric vehicle program that also incorporated autonomous driving. But updates on “Project Titan” have been infrequent. Apple takes pains to keep its self-driving program under wraps. There are, however, ways to track its progress. Since Apple tests its vehicles in […]

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WiTricity acquires Qualcomm Halo to accelerate wireless charging for electric vehicles

WiTricity, a venture capital (VC)-backed startup that’s developing wireless charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs), has acquired Qualcomm’s EV wireless charging unit Halo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Qualcomm said it will become a minority shareholder in WiTricity as a result of the transaction. Challenge While the EV market is still modest […]

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QOTD: Feeling Less Than Optimistic About Hands-off Driving?

Sorry for another winter-themed post, but real life has a way of pointing out weaknesses in man’s systems. If you’re enjoying life down in Del Boca Vista, Phase III, this should provide some amusement. Here goes: It’s a mess up north. Mother Nature’s not asking consent, and the roadways around Casa Steph are dirtier than […]

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California Gives Ford’s Argo AI Green Light to Test AVs

Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based firm Ford pumped $1 billion into and handed responsibility for educating its self-driving vehicles, just received a go-ahead for testing in the State of California. The company gained a testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, making its autonomous trials perfectly legal on public roads. Ford’s current trajectory has its […]

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Michigan leans on manufacturing history in bid to become a hub for autonomous vehicles

This week, Waymo announced that it will turn an old factory in the Detroit, Michigan area into a retrofitting facility for level four autonomous vehicles. There’s plenty of unused factory space in the Midwest, but Waymo chose Michigan because of the state’s long history as the center of auto manufacturing. “In the U.S., the auto industry […]

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Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan

Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, announced plans for a Michigan expansion on Tuesday. The company is currently seeking a location in the southeast section of the state and intends to hire up to 400 employees over the next five years. According to a corporate blog post, the new new hires will be tasked with installing autonomous […]

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House Has a New Plan to Pass Self-driving Bill in 2019

Frustrated with House Democrats’ inability to push through legislation on autonomous vehicle development and testing, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) believes the new Congress needs to reassess the situation and rally together behind a tweaked proposal Senate Republicans are still willing to back. Dingell claimed Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who will chair the Energy & Commerce Committee […]

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Guns, Drunks, and Rage: Waymo Self-driving Vans Targeted by Angry Arizonians

Waymo began testing its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans in the Phoenix-area city of Chandler, Arizona two years ago, and the local populace hasn’t left them alone since. A report in the Arizona Republic describes a multitude of incidents where citizens, apparently enraged by the sight of the Waymo vans, decided to threaten and attack their […]

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Work in Progress: Waymo Van Stakeout Reveals the Challenges of Self-driving Tech

The self-driving Chrysler Pacifica vans operated by Alphabet-owned Waymo didn’t know they were under surveillance, but indeed they were. Reporters from the Arizona Republic were on their tail, watching as the autonomous vans — safety driver behind the wheel — tooled around the streets of the Phoenix, Arizona metro area for a period in October. […]

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Waymo’s First Commercial Self-driving Service Launches in Phoenix

We’ve arrived. It’s officially #TheFuture. After years of talk within the auto industry, Waymo says it will become the first company to offer a commercial taxi service using autonomous vehicles when the program launches in Arizona today. Called Waymo One, the Google subsidiary plans to offer the first batch of rides to the 400 individuals who […]

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Michigan Testing Shows Fairly Innocuous Weather Baffles Self-driving Car Systems

Successfully operating self-driving cars on crowded, complex roadways in sunny, dry locales like Phoenix, Arizona is already enough of a challenge, but researchers in the cold, tempestuous climes of Michigan have revealed what the latest and greatest autonomous technology is really up against. Rain, sometimes hard rain. But also light rain. Also: cold temperatures, and […]

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Apple Co-Founder Claims Self-driving Isn’t Realistic, Sick of Lies

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may no longer work for the company in any official capacity, but he has stayed on as a tech advisor and sounding board. When the Woz says something it usually isn’t without merit, which is why it was interesting to learn he thinks self-driving vehicles aren’t going to happen. Previously, Apple […]

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