Tag: category-/Autos & Vehicles

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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Waymo expands driverless car testing to Florida

Google parent company Alphabet’s Waymo today announced that it’ll soon begin piloting autonomous cars in Florida, expanding from its initial test cities of Novi, Kirkland, Washington, San Francisco, and Phoenix. The company says that in the coming weeks, it’ll bring both its modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans and a Jaguar I-Pace to the Sunshine State to […]

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China’s Didi Chuxing spins off autonomous driving unit

Amid growing pessimism over the pace of autonomous vehicle progress, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has decided to move more aggressively by spinning out its self-driving car unit. Today the company announced that its autonomous driving unit will become a standalone company, a move designed to bring greater focus to research, product design, and the […]

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Bird beefs up new escooter with a 50% larger battery

Just a few weeks after taking the wraps off of the Cruise, a two-seater electric bike with a 52-volt battery and an LCD screen, Bird today announced its second-generation escooter: the Bird Two. In addition to a long-lasting battery and a bevy of damage-detecting sensors, it features anti-theft encryption that protects against malicious hacks and […]

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Ford acquires Quantum Signal to bolster autonomous car effort

Mere months after Ford announced it would collaborate with Agility Robotics to explore a range of autonomous home package delivery concepts, the automaker revealed that it’s acquiring a firm whose bread and butter is self-guided machines, modeling, and simulation. Ford purchased Quantum Signal for an undisclosed amount, a 20-year-old company behind computer-generated environments (ANVEL) used […]

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Waze now lets drivers invite multiple riders to join a carpool

Waze, the community navigation app owned by Google, now allows Carpool users to invite multiple people to join a ride. While Waze is perhaps better known for its flagship GPS app with real-time data provided by other users, the company first dabbled with a separate carpool service in its native Israel way back in 2015, […]

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Bosch and Daimler obtain regulatory approval for level 4 self-parking system

Cars that can park themselves aren’t anything out of the ordinary, but Bosch and Daimler claim they’ve accomplished something of a world’s first with their system. The two companies today jointly announced that the Stuttgart regional administrative authority and Baden-Württemberg state transportation ministry, following an assessment by German certification authority TÜV Rheinland, have approved their […]

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Car contracts: Advice for tech companies entering the auto space

As the automotive and technology industries collide, many tech companies find themselves in an exciting but daunting position: having to contract with established auto makers. These contracts can have long-lasting effects on how the technology is built, on how risk is shared between the tech company and the parts manufacturer, and on who owns any […]

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VW invests $2.6 billion in Argo AI as part of self-driving vehicle alliance with Ford

(Reuters) Argo said VW was investing $1 billion in cash and contributing its European self-driving unit, valued at $1.6 billion. The investment deal gives Argo a valuation of just over $7 billion, one of the highest in the autonomous vehicles sector. VW is buying the Argo shares for another $500 million from Ford, which acquired […]

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Lidar startup Luminar raises $100 million, unveils Iris sensors

Luminar, a lidar startup that in 2017 emerged from five years of stealth with $36 million in funding from 1517 Fund, Canvas Ventures, and GVA Capital, is now expanding its product lineup substantially as it looks to corner an autonomous vehicles market that’s anticipated to be worth $556.67 billion by 2026. Alongside a new lidar […]

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Yandex reveals self-driving Hyundai Sonata

In March, Russian tech giant Yandex inked a deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for the latter’s Mobis division, marking the company’s first official partnership with an automaker. This morning, it revealed the fruit of its labor in an autonomous Hyundai 2020 Sonata that’ll launch this fall with Yandex’s software and sensor suite. […]

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Why Europe just boosted 5G over Wi-Fi for connected cars

Depending on your perspective, the future of transportation just became either a lot clearer or a little more complicated, as European Union member states yesterday rejected (via Reuters) an effort to mandate Wi-Fi as the standard for future car-to-car communications. Twenty-one EU countries voted against a European Commission plan that would have shut out 5G cellular […]

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BMW and Daimler partner to develop automated driving technology

(Reuters) — Some 1,200 developers at BMW and Daimler will team up to develop automated driving technology, the companies said on Thursday, the latest carmakers forced to pool their development resources at a time of shrinking margins. The strategic partnership will focus on developing technologies for assisted driving systems, automated driving on highways and automated […]

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