Tag: category-/Autos & Vehicles

BMW and Olo pilot in-car food ordering for U.S. drivers

German automotive giant BMW has partnered with on-demand food platform Olo to trial a new in-car food ordering service for drivers in the U.S. The new service constitutes part of BMW Labs, a program that BMW uses to test-drive new digital connected services, and is available now across the U.S. for all compatible BMW vehicles […]

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PerceptIn to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020

Self-driving cars are coming to Indiana, courtesy Santa Clara, California-based PerceptIn. The startup today announced that it’s relocating its headquarters to the IoT Lab accelerator in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, to launch an autonomous vehicles pilot program, creating 50 new jobs by 2022. As a part of the deal, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation […]

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Daimler takes ‘reality check’ on robotaxi spending due to safety hurdles

(Reuters) — Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving “robotaxis”, acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius told journalists on Thursday Daimler would “rightsize” its spending level on robotaxis and that self-driving technology would more likely be applied to […]

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Tactile Mobility raises $9 million to derive insights from vehicle sensor data

Tactile Mobility, a tactile virtual sensing and data company headquartered in Haifa, Israel, today announced that it’s secured $9 million in funding from Porsche, Union Tech Ventures (the technology investment arm of the Union Group), and previous investors. Tactile Mobility chairman and managing partner of LAIG investments Jorge De Pablo noted that the company is […]

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Waymo begins offering robot-taxi trips sans safety driver in Phoenix

(Reuters) — Waymo Chief Executive John Krafcik said the self-driving vehicle company is now offering limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona, as it looks beyond the robo-taxis business to generate future revenue. Waymo, a unit of Alphabet, has begun offering fully automated rides, without attendants in the vehicle, to a few hundred early users of […]

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How AI is impacting the automotive world

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The idea of self-driving cars has captured consumer imagination, but AI is having a much broader impact across the entire automotive industry. From design, manufacturing, and infrastructure to predictive maintenance, safety, and a slew of AI-enabled cockpit features, auto experiences are evolving and improving. It’s having a foundation-disrupting impact for […]

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Pony.ai to launch BotRide robo-taxi service in Irvine

Guangzhou, China-based startup Pony.ai today announced it’ll launch an autonomous ride-sharing program in Irving, California on November 4. The service — dubbed BotRide — follows on the heels of an April test of the company’s “product-ready” driverless cars in Nansha, which enabled participants to hail rides from predetermined points. Like PonyPilot, BotRide will allow riders […]

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Volvo will report autonomous truck financials from 2020

Volvo is setting up a new business area specifically for autonomous transport, as the company looks to ramp up its ambitions in the driverless vehicle realm. With Volvo Autonomous Solutions, the Swedish automotive giant is committing itself to breaking out its financials specifically relating to self-driving trucks, a process that will start after the change […]

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Yandex’s self-driving cars have driven 1 million miles

Russian tech giant Yandex has been testing autonomous vehicles on public roads since December 2017, starting in Moscow and then expanding to Innopolis and Skolkovo, Russia, as well as Las Vegas. The program’s next phase saw cars reach Tel Aviv’s city limits, and roughly a year after launching what it claimed was Europe’s first robot-taxi […]

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U.S. senators want carmakers to install tech that detects drunk drivers

(Reuters) — Two U.S. senators on Wednesday plan to introduce legislation that would require automakers to install technology to prevent intoxicated drivers from starting a vehicle by the middle of the next decade. For more than 10 years, major automakers and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been researching technology solutions to […]

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Nvidia’s AI prevents car high beams from producing glare

High lights cut through thick precipitation like a knife cuts through butter, but they’re a literal eyesore to oncoming drivers. That’s because most commercially-available systems don’t automatically adjust to compensate for daytime brightness, and because they have a habit of producing glare. The problem spurred a team at Nvidia’s Drive Labs division to investigate an […]

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Arm unveils consortium for autonomous vehicle computing

Autonomous vehicles are exceedingly complex to develop, so Arm announced a consortium today to tackle the various safety and computing probles in a collaborative way. Dipti Vachani, senior vice president of automotive and embedded at Arm, announced the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium during a keynote at the Arm TechCon 2019 conference in San Jose, California. […]

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Waymo begins mapping streets in Los Angeles

Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas and Jaguar I-Paces have arrived in yet another test city: sunny Los Angeles, California. The Alphabet subsidiary today revealed that it’s begun mapping roads in the City of Angles, a step toward the building of the databases necessary for its cars to drive autonomously. It’s the latest expansion of pilots in […]

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Regulators investigate Tesla’s automated parking feature following crash reports

(Reuters) — U.S. regulators are looking into parking lot crashes involving Tesla cars driving themselves to their owners using the company’s Smart Summon feature, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday. Several users have posted videos on social media of Tesla vehicles that appear to have been in near accidents. One posted […]

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Hyundai and Aptiv form $4 billion pact to build self-driving cars

(Reuters) — Hyundai Motor Group will invest $1.6 billion in a joint venture to develop self-driving vehicle technologies with Aptiv, the biggest overseas investment by the South Korean carmaker to catch up to rivals in the autonomous car market. Global carmakers and their suppliers are forging alliances to develop autonomous car technologies partly due to […]

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Think car ownership will soon be a thing of the past? Think again.

It’s received wisdom these days that car ownership is about to go the way of horse ownership. As people ditch their Fords and Toyotas in favor of shared mobility services like Uber, Lyft, Getaround, and Turbo, two-car garages will become as rare as stables. Self-driving cars will only accelerate the trend by erasing the boundaries […]

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Security on the road: Locking down tomorrow’s connected vehicles

This article is part of a series on the subject of edge computing that was made possible with funding from Intel. This coverage remains entirely independent, with no input from Intel on how this article was reported or written. The kinetic energy of a 3,500-pound Toyota Camry barreling down the freeway at 75 miles per […]

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Volocopter raises $55 million to commercialize flying taxis

Volocopter, a German company that’s developing electric take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced it has raised €50 million ($55 million) in a series C round of funding led by Chinese automotive company Zhejiang Geely, which owns well-known car brands such as Volvo and Lotus. Founded in 2011, Volocopter is one of several urban aviation […]

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Daimler brings driverless truck tests to public roads in Virginia

Another day, another fleet of self-driving vehicles hit the road. Daimler, the Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker behind Mercedes-Benz, announced that it’s begun testing autonomous trucks on Virginia highways in partnership with Torc Robotics, the startup in which it recently agreed to acquire a majority stake. The trucks in question — Freightliner Cascadias retrofitted with arrays of […]

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TomTom launches a fully autonomous test car to develop HD maps

TomTom has launched its first autonomous test vehicle, as the Dutch location technology giant looks to improve its various mapping technologies aimed at the burgeoning driverless car industry. Ahead of IAA, the annual International Motor Show taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, next week, TomTom today announced that the number of Level 1 and Level 2 […]

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Pony.ai and Toyota partner to build self-driving cars and services

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving car startup Pony.ai today announced it’ll team up with Toyota, the Japanese auto giant with a roughly 9% share of the global car market, to explore “safe” mobility services involving driverless technology across a range of segments and industries. Specifically, the two companies say they’ll collaborate on a pilot program to “accelerate […]

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Waymo cars refuse to drive in unsafe conditions

Heavy rain and blizzards aren’t the only forms of severe weather Waymo’s self-driving cars encounter on the regular. In a blog post published this morning, the Alphabet subsidiary laid out the ways its cars in over 25 cities contend with fog, dust, smoke, and other environmental conditions that trip up even human drivers. “Challenging weather […]

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Waymo open-sources data set for autonomous vehicle multimodal sensors

Other such collections include Mapillary’s Vistas data set of street-level imagery, the KITTI collection for mobile robotics and autonomous driving research, and the Cityscapes data set developed and maintained by Daimler, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the TU Darmstadt Visual Inference Group. Progress toward truly driverless cars It’s been over six months since […]

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