Tag: AVs

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Does Ford Look Like As a Mobility Company?

These days, every automaker is in the midst of a metamorphosis, eager to emerge from their chrysalis as a “mobility company.” Even brands that don’t seem bent on completely revolutionizing their business model now use the term in reference to themselves. Ford, which has positioned itself as a mobility company ever since Mark Fields was steering […]

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Waymo Spins Tragedy Into Triumph for Autonomous Vehicles

Last month, a motorcyclist was injured by one of Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas. According to the accident report, a car in the left lane attempted to merge into the same middle lane as the Pacifica test platform, which was operating in autonomous mode. The safety driver then “took manual control of the Pacifica out of an […]

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Midterm Elections Add Ticking Clock Element to Congress’ Self-Driving Car Bill

It looks like Congress’ new self-driving bill might have to wait until a new batch of unmentionables plant their collective rear ends in the seats populating Capitol Hill. Already passed in the House, the SELF DRIVE Act has managed to garner bipartisan support — a true miracle in these troubled times. However, it’ll have to spread wings […]

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More Evidence That Self-driving Cars Are on a Road to Nowhere

We’ve been critical that self-driving systems are, ahem, “oversold” by automakers and tech firms hoping to boost their stock valuations. That doesn’t mean autonomous vehicles won’t happen, just that the timeline is probably a lot longer than the public has been led to believe. Still, it makes sense to pursue AVs. The first company to […]

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Tesla Places Pointless ‘Self-Driving’ Option On Hiatus

Tesla Motors is abandoning the “fully self-driving” purchasing option on all of its vehicles. The option debuted in 2016 as a way to ensure your new car would be future-proofed and able to incorporate autonomous features. But those upgrades never really came — leaving customers who spent $8,000 angry enough to file a class-action lawsuit against […]

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Feds Abandoning 10 Self-driving Test Sites, Sticking With Voluntary Regulation

With Honda and General Motors teaming up on a self-driving car and GM’s Super Cruise getting the green light from Consumer Reports, it’s already been a busy week for automotive autonomy — and it’s only getting busier. The U.S. Transportation Department plans to repudiate 10 locations previously outlined by the previous administration to serve as federally recognized proving grounds […]

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Honda Invests Big in GM’s Cruise Self-driving Arm

Honda likes what GM Cruise LLC is doing, and wants it to have some cash. On Wednesday, the Japanese automaker announced it would invest $2.75 billion in the GM-owned autonomous driving company, hoping to reap some of the reward of its purpose-built self-driving car. While still under development, Cruise claims the vehicle — free of such […]

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The Vision iNext is BMW’s Crystal Ball, Slated for Production in 2021

BMW has showcased the new flagship SUV for the electric i brand. Called the Vision iNext, the vehicle’s aim is to make customers appreciate what’s on the inside — which is important when you’re moving into mobility and out of driving. BMW claims that the model represents the union of vehicular autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and […]

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Mercedes-Benz’s Hideous New Mobility Concept Isn’t All That New

On Monday, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision URBANETIC (styled in all caps by the manufacturer) — an all-electric, autonomous nightmare the company claims “answers the questions of future urban mobility.” The modular design is as versatile as it is ugly. But it’s an important example of the direction automakers are collectively heading. Despite autonomous vehicles being oversold by […]

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