Tag: category-/Autos & Vehicles

Ford to deploy up to 100 autonomous cars by the end of 2019, expand testing to third city

Ford intends to deploy upwards of 100 driverless vehicles by the end of 2019 and begin testing in a new city as it ramps up development of its autonomous technologies, CEO Jim Hackett told investors during the company’s Q1 2019 earnings call on Thursday. Hackett said that Ford is focusing on “more complex” environments with […]

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CarGurus: 32% of consumers are ‘excited’ about self-driving cars

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. But how do consumers feel about them? According to a survey of 1,146 automobile owners published […]

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Tesla claims its latest self-driving chip is 6 times more powerful than its rivals’

As predicted, Tesla discussed its car lineup’s forthcoming self-driving features during an Autonomy Day keynote ahead of its Q1 2019 earnings call later this week. Autopilot Hardware 3.0 — which it claims is the “world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving” — is significantly improved over the current-gen Autopilot Hardware 2.5, according to Telsa chip […]

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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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Toyota, Denso, and Softbank invest $1 billion in Uber’s self-driving division

(Reuters) — Uber’s autonomous vehicle unit has raised $1 billion from a consortium of investors including SoftBank, giving the company a much-needed funding boost for its pricey self-driving ambitions on the eve of its public stock offering. Uber said on Thursday that the investment valued its Advanced Technologies Group, which works to develop autonomous driving […]

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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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Affectiva raises $26 million to bring emotional intelligence AI to car safety systems

Affectiva today announced the close of a $26 million funding round to advance its emotion and object detection AI for monitoring vehicle passengers. The funding round was led by automotive supplier Aptiv. Affectiva wants its solution to be incorporated into cameras used in car safety systems to recognize when a driver is happy, sad, drowsy, […]

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Daimler acquires majority stake in Torc Robotics to accelerate autonomous truck development

Daimler is betting big on autonomous trucks, as the German automotive giant today announced that its trucking division is buying a majority stake in self-driving vehicle company Torc Robotics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2005 by a group of engineers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Torc Robotics initially focused […]

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Adobe previews connected car platform with maintenance tips

At its annual Summit conference in Las Vegas this week, Adobe took the wraps off of a cloud-based app designed to anticipate — or mitigate, worst-case scenario — serious mechanical issues. It made its debut during the eighth annual Adobe Sneaks, an internal program that offers Adobe engineers, researchers, product managers, and designers the chance […]

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Nissan Design works with Haptx to bring realistic touch to VR vehicle design

Nissan Design is collaborating with Haptx to bring a realistic touch to designing cars in virtual reality, the companies announced last week. HHaptxmakes VR gloves that have haptic technology, or the sensation of touch, thanks to 130 tiny actuators in the gloves. You can use these gloves to virtually touch things in a VR environment. […]

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SoftBank and Toyota could invest $1 billion in Uber’s self-driving unit

(Reuters) — A group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp and Toyota Motor Corp is in talks to invest $1 billion or more into Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving vehicle unit, which would value the unit at $5 billion to $10 billion, said two people familiar with the talks. The investment would provide a cash […]

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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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Honda Dream Drive — hands-on with a prototype for car infotainment

The Honda Dream Drive is a passenger information and entertainment experience that is meant to give us an idea of what being a car driver and a passenger will be like in the future. Honda showed off for the first time a couple of years ago, is now being tested as a way to integrate driver […]

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Brumbrum raises $23 million led by Accel for refurbished car platform

Milan-based Brumbum announced today it has raised a $23 million round of venture capital as the company expands its platform that sells and rents refurbished cars. The round was led by Accel, and also included investment from Bonsai Ventures, eVentures, and United Ventures. Brumbrum wants to reinvent the way people buy and rent used cars. With […]

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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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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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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where we’d met […]

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Ford taps Clinc for conversational AI in autos

Clinc, a four-year-old conversational AI startup, is teaming up with Ford to power voice recognition in the Detroit automaker’s cars. The two companies announced the collaboration today during the Detroit Auto Show, at a panel hosted by Inforum about machine learning and the future of in-vehicle technology. According to Clinc CEO Dr. Jason Mars, the […]

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