Tag: driverless cars

Uber begins mapping public roads in Dallas for its self-driving systems

Uber’s self-driving cars are heading south for the winter, in a manner of speaking. The ride-hailing giant today revealed that its Advanced Technologies Group will kick off manual driving in Dallas, Texas this November, with the goal of developing high-definition maps and capturing scenerios that can be recreated in simulation and on test tracks. It’s […]

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TuSimple raises $120 million to expand its fleet of driverless delivery trucks

Riding high on a newly formed partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS), self-driving truck startup TuSimple today announced that it’s secured an extension to its $95 million series D round led by Weibo creator Sina, which reached a total of $215 million and valued the company at $1 billion. CDH Investments, Lavender Hill […]

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hyundai unveils retro-futuristic 45 EV concept with sharp angular lines

hyundai pays homage to the pony coupe with its new self-driving concept car. unveiled at the international motorshow (IAA) 2019 in frankfurt, the ’45 EV’ puts a twist on the 1974 icon that helped to establish hyundai’s design DNA. images courtesy of hyundai the concept not only references the number of years since the pony […]

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sony and yamaha design driverless cart that doubles up as mobile advertising board

sony has partnered with yamaha to create an autonomous cart concept that double’s up as a mobile advertising board. the SC-1 sociable cart is designed for entertainment purposes including theme parks, golf courses and ‘commercial facilities.’ the all-electric cart seats five people and reaches a top speed of 12mph. replaceable batteries and uses additional image […]

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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 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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new york’s first self-driving cars transport passengers at the brooklyn navy yard

new york’s first self-driving vehicle program is launching within the brooklyn navy yard, a 300-acre industrial park with more than 400 manufacturing businesses. from august 7, 2019, six autonomous cars will shuttle passengers between various points of the complex, including the NYC ferry stop at dock 72 and cumberland gate at flushing avenue — an […]

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J.D. Power: 40% of consumers fear self-driving cars will reduce traffic safety

Consumers are concerned about self-driving cars. That’s according to J.D. Power’s inaugural 2019 Mobility Confidence Index Study published today in collaboration with SurveyMonkey, which found that a majority of the 5,749 respondents harbor doubts about the technology’s robustness. “Out of the box, these scores are not encouraging,” said J.D. executive director of driver interaction 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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Gatik begins using robot vans to haul goods between Walmarts in Arkansas

Retail giant Walmart today revealed that it’s launched a pilot with Gatik, a two-year-old startup developing an autonomous vehicle stack for B2B short-haul logistics, to ferry customer orders between select store locations in Bentonville, Arkansas. The announcement comes months after the Arkansas legislature approved a Walmart-backed proposal allowing companies to test self-driving vehicles on public […]

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Lyft releases open source data set for autonomous vehicle development

In an effort to bolster the development of cars capable of driving themselves around without human supervision, Lyft today released an autonomous vehicle data set that the company is calling the largest of its kind. It’s freely available in the existing nuScenes format, which was initially developed by Aptiv. “Autonomous vehicles are expected to dramatically […]

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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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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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bentley EXP 100 GT envisions the future of sustainable luxury mobility

celebrating the brand’s centenary, the bentley ‘EXP 100 GT’ conceptualizes a future for luxury mobility that is sustainable, autonomous and electric. beautifully sculpted both outside and in, the car not only reimagines grand touring but predicts these changes by the year 2035. it is a future that richly intertwines zero emissions, sustainable materials and highly […]

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Baidu’s autonomous cars have driven more than 1 million miles across 13 cities in China

Today at Baidu’s annual Create AI developer conference in Beijing, the China-based search giant announced a slew of updates across its ever-expanding driverless car ecosystem. They come as analysts at Research and Markets forecast there will be some 20 million autonomous and semiautonomous cars in operation in the U.S. by 2030, up from millions today. […]

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ZongMu Technology raises $14.5 million for driver assistance products

It’s anticipated that the autonomous vehicles market will reach $667.77 billion by 2026, and according to marketing firm ABI, as many as 8 million driverless cars will be added to the road in 2025. Startups like ZongMu Technology are taking full advantage of the influx of venture capital, unsurprisingly. The Shanghai-based company today revealed that it […]

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11 companies propose guiding principles for self-driving vehicles

This morning, a coalition of 11 companies — Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Here, Infineon, Intel, and Volkswagen — published a whitepaper (“Safety First For Automated Driving”) describing a framework for the development, testing, and validation of “safe” autonomous vehicles. The members claim it’s the broadest representation across the industry to […]

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this fully autonomous concept car comes with a personal robotic butler

knowing that self-driving technologies will open many new possibilities in the future, designers bene distler and felix marx have conceptualized a fully autonomous, electric fleet vehicle that services passengers’ storage needs instead. called EXIGEN, the concept car intelligently adapts in space and storage abilities, even including a personal robotic ‘butler’. the design was created in […]

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