Tag: Autonomous

Tesla Expands “Full Self-Driving” Beta To 160,000 Owners In The U.S. And Canada

Tesla is expanding the rollout of its “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) beta program, confirming that an additional 60,000 owners in the United States and Canada will be granted access to the program. There are already 100,000 Tesla owners included in the FSD beta program and more than ever will now be granted access to version 10.69.2.2. […]

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Volkswagen Sets Up New Dedicated Division For Autonomous And Electric Cars

Volkswagen is creating a new division specifically to work on the development of electric and autonomous cars. Dubbed “New Mobility,” the department will take responsibility for current ID-badged vehicles and future EVs that will be based on the VW Group’s new SSP scalable electric car architecture. The spinoff division will also take charge of VW’s […]

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Model X Owner Sues Tesla, Says FSD and Autopilot Don’t Live Up To Promise

Tesla’s autonomous features are under attack again. This time the challenge comes from a Model X owner who is suing the carmaker for for falsely advertising the capabilities of the car’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies. Briggs Matsko claims Tesla promoted the autonomous features as either already working, or just around the corner, despite knowing […]

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Lincoln’s Model L100 Ultra-Luxurious Concept EV Is A Visitor From The Future

When Lincoln unveiled its latest concept car in August, the Model L100, it wowed with its streamlined shape and exuberant design. Now, we’ve had the opportunity to see the study up close at the Detroit Auto Show. Some of the concept’s features remain pretty cool, if a little impractical. Our live photos from the Detroit […]

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Cruise Has Developed Its Own Chips For Self-Driving Vehicles

Tired of its inability to negotiate a better chip supply deal, the Cruise autonomous driving unit of General Motors has developed its own chips for forthcoming self-driving vehicles. Cruise had been sourcing its chips from Nvidia but its forthcoming Origin robotaxi will use chips that were developed in-house, head of Cruise hardware Carl Jenkins told […]

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German Regulators Still Not Happy With Tesla’s Autopilot Fix After Finding ‘Abnormalities’

Tesla may have solved some of the issues that Germany’s Federal Motor Transport authority (KBA) found with its Autopilot advanced driver assistance system, but the regulator still isn’t fully satisfied with the brand after finding “abnormalities” during its investigation. The KBA has been running an investigation into Tesla since the beginning of the year as […]

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Unsurprisingly, Many Tesla Owners Don’t Think ‘Full Self-Driving’ Is Worth $15,000

On September 5, Tesla raised the price of its Full Self-Driving semi-autonomous driving software to $15,000. That price has drawn the ire of many since the software itself is still unfinished according to Tesla’s own standards. Now, a new report sees some who already own FSD saying that it’s just not worth that kind of […]

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Ford’s BlueCruise Adds Hands-Free Lane Changes And Predictive Speed Assist

Ford is updating its advanced driver assistance system, BlueCruise, with version 1.2. The system updates add three new features that are designed to make the driving experience more human-like and reassuring. “We are investing in our ADAS team to constantly improve BlueCruise and ActiveGlide for our customers,” said Doug Field, Chief EV & Digital Systems […]

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Tesla FSD Can Allegedly Be Tricked Into Stopping Early For Bigger Stop Signs

Tesla drivers are reporting issues with their vehicles’ Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) stopping too early at certain intersections. The cause, a few drivers believe, is that the stop signs at these intersections are larger than average. Twitter user @Cowcumber posted about the problem on August 21, as first noted by The Drive. […]

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Cruise Recalls And Updates Software On Autonomous Vehicles After Crash In Which AV Was Not ‘Party At Most Fault’

Cruise, the robotaxi company owned by General Motors, filed a recall notice that was published today. The notice follows a June 3 accident in which one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a crash while making a left turn. Cruise says that the driver of the oncoming vehicle, a Toyota Prius, was found to […]

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California Passes False Advertising Bill Targeting Tesla’s FSD And Autopilot

The California state senate has passed a bill codifying rules surrounding false advertising regarding autonomous functions in automobiles into state law. The bill, which targets Tesla’s use of the terms “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) and “Autopilot” now goes to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature. The bill was sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chair Lena Gonzalez, […]

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Performance Of Pedestrian Emergency Braking Systems Drops Significantly At Night

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that the performance of the automatic emergency braking systems aimed at saving pedestrians’ lives suffers significantly when the sun goes down. The institute looked at the performance of 23 vehicles, among them midsize cars, SUVs, and small pickups. Just four earned its highest “Superior” rating, while […]

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Elon Musk Hits Out At Beta Tester For “Complaining” About Full Self-Driving Beta

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Tesla Sends Cease-And-Desist Letter To Group Funded By Billionaire That Ran FSD Child Mannequin Test

Tesla has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Dawn Project, an advocacy group attempting to discredit the automaker’s advanced driver assistance systems. It alleges that the footage shown in a video produced by the group is defamatory and misrepresents its technologies. In a letter seen by The Washington Post, Tesla objects to the video, which […]

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Toyota Plays Follow The Leader With Autonomous, Hitchless Towing Tech

Autonomous driving technology has an assortment of applications and Toyota is pursuing the idea of “hitchless towing.” Demonstrated during a media event at the American Center for Mobility, hitchless towing sees one vehicle act as a human-driven lead while the other vehicle(s) follows autonomously. Toyota admits the idea is a little out there, but hitchless […]

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Toyota’s Autonomous Drifting Supra And Lexus LC Turn Into Ken Block In The Name Of Safety

Imagine you’re speeding up a twisty mountain pass and suddenly come across a disabled vehicle blocking your lane after going around a blind corner. In this scenario, a collision would likely be imminent, but a professional driver could potentially drift around the stalled vehicle and continue on their way. Since few people have that kind […]

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Lincoln Model L100 Concept Is A Futuristic Look At An Autonomous Electric Coupe That Opens Like A Ladybug

Lincoln today took the wraps off the Model L100 Concept, an all-electric, completely autonomous concept car that looks into the future, while honoring the brand’s history. Unveiled as part of the Monterey Car Week, it will take part in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this week, which is celebrating the brand’s 100th birthday. Indeed, […]

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NHTSA Doesn’t Want People Testing Tesla’s Full Self-Driving On Real Human Children

The NHTSA is warning those who use real kids or people in general for their own safety testing demonstrations. The reaction comes after a bevy of private individuals began posting similar tests online. Those videos were mostly in response to a political ad that seemed to falsely accuse Tesla’s FSD software of being more dangerous […]

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Tesla Wins Right To Continue Using Terms Like Autopilot And FSD In Germany

The Higher Regional Court of Munich has ruled that Tesla is allowed to continue using the terms “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) in its communications materials in Germany. The decision follows a lawsuit that was filed by Wettbewerbszentrale, which acts as a self-regulatory institution for German automakers. The organization alleged that Tesla‘s use of the […]

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Lyft And Motional Give First Rides In Driverless Hyundai Ioniq 5s In Las Vegas

Ride hail company Lyft and Hyundai’s mobility subsidiary, Motional, announced today that people in Las Vegas will now be able to embark on driverless rides throughout the city. The rides will be delivered in a version of the Ioniq 5 designed specifically for autonomous driving. The Level 4 autonomous vehicle will, at first, have two […]

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Senate Candidate Attacks Tesla’s Full Self-Driving In Ad Where FSD Doesn’t Appear To Be Engaged

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving technology has plenty of adversaries. One of those is Dan O’Dowd, a tech executive who owns a company that builds software that competes with FSD and is running for Senate. He and his Dawn Project initiative have just released a smear video purporting to show how dangerous FSD is. Unfortunately for O’Dowd, […]

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Toyota Research Institute’s Autonomous Supra Drift Car Becomes A Hot Wheels Collectible

The Toyota Research Institute announced today that its autonomous Supra that is capable of drifting without a driver will be offered to collectors as a Hot Wheels model. In a short video, the model is torn out of packaging that has “Hot Wheels Boulevard” branding. That sub-brand is a collector-focused premium series of toys that […]

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Baidu To Operate Robotaxi Service Without Human Drivers In Two Chinese Cities

Baidu has received the green light to begin testing fully-autonomous taxis in two major Chinese cities, a first for a company in China. The technology giant received regulatory approvals to operate its Apollo Go autonomous ride-hailing service in Chongqing and central Wuhan. The services will initially be quite limited with just five robotaxis operating in […]

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VW To Buy $4 Billion Worth Of Self-Driving Tech From Israel’s Innoviz

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GM Boss Says You Can Trust Their Autonomous Tech As They’re “Laser-Focused” On Safety

In June, GM announced that the autonomous technology company in which it is a majority stakeholder, Cruise, would be the first to be permitted to charge passengers for robotaxi rides in America. The announcement came just as federal regulators announced that they would be taking a deeper look at advanced driver assistance technologies, and was […]

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