Tag: driverless cars

Optimus Ride will roll out geofenced driverless taxis in New York City and California later this year

Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, partnered with Brookfield Properties to deploy three driverless cars in the Reston, Virginia mixed-use development of Halley Rise. Now, Optimus is setting its sights on Northern California and Brooklyn. Optimus today announced that it’ll deploy a small fleet of self-driving cars on private […]

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Waymo plans to open 85,000-square-foot technical service center in Mesa, Arizona

Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car division, today announced that it would open an 85,000-square-foot technical service center in the city of Mesa, Arizona, near Phoenix’s East Valley, which it says will “more than double” its capacity to maintain the fleet of cars in Waymo One, its eponymous driverless taxi service in Pheonix. “[O]ver […]

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Nvidia’s Safety Force Field is ‘mathematically’ designed to prevent autonomous vehicle crashes

Today at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CEO Jensen Huang detailed the latest developments regarding the chipmaker’s autonomous driving efforts. He revealed that Nvidia Constellation, its cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform, is now generally available, and announced Safety Force Field, a new component of the company’s Drive AV platform designed to protect driverless […]

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Nvidia makes autonomous vehicle simulator Drive Constellation generally available

In an announcement timed to coincide with its 2019 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, Nvidia today said that it’s making Drive Constellation, its cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation platform, generally available. It comes months after Nvidia seeded Constellation to simulation partners (in September), and weeks after Uber open-sourced Autonomous Visualization System, the web-based […]

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elon musk unveils tesla model Y – the SUV that rides like a sports car

elon musk has unveiled tesla‘s highly-anticipated model Y, describing it as the ‘safest mid-size SUV in the world by far‘. the entrepreneur debuted the vehicle during event at the company’s design studio in hawthorne, california, last night, 14 march 2019.  ‘it has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,’ musk […]

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fynn.design envisions an autonomous courier system as the future of delivering packages

‘pac’ is a personal, autonomous concierge system imagined by fynn.design as the future of delivering packages. the project seeks to transform the current mode of parcel transportation as currently many do not reach their destinations and couriers are contributing to a large percentage of urban congestion. this proposal imagines parcel distribution of the future by creating a […]

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MUJI debuts a self-driving bus that can handle all weather conditions

japanese lifestyle retailer MUJI, and finnish autonomous driving company sensible 4, have launched the first driverless bus for all weather conditions. titled ‘GACHA’, and previously announced on designboom here, the self-driving shuttle bus has been presented in helsinki with a view to begin public-facing operations as soon as this april. GACHA will begin operating for […]

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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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Driverless truck startup TuSimple raises $95 million at $1 billion valuation

There’s a healthy demand for driverless trucks. It’s an industry predicted to reach 6,700 units globally, totaling $54.23 billion this year, and one that stands to save the logistics and shipping industry $70 billion annually while boosting productivity by 30 percent. Besides cost savings, the growth is driven in part by a shortage of human drivers. In 2018, […]

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Nuro raises $940 million for robot car deliveries

Nuro, a startup targeting the multibillion-dollar autonomous delivery robot market, has attracted sizeable venture capital from Softbank. The Japanese holding conglomerate today announced that it has invested almost $1 billion — $940 million — in Nuro through its Vision Fund, at a valuation of around $2.7 billion. That’s up substantially from the $92 million in […]

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mercedes-benz cooperative car uses lighting effects to signal intensions to pedestrians

it’s seems like autonomous driving will be an integral part of mobility in the future. this explains why car manufacturers are on a mission to build trust amongst consumers when it comes to safety. one way of achieving this is to let pedestrians know what an autonomous vehicle intends to do. which is why mercedes-benz […]

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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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mclaren’s ‘future grand prix’ vision includes all-electric AI-powered racers

grand prix racing meets the age of advanced technology in mclaren‘s ‘future grand prix’ concept. codenamed MCLExtreme (or MCLE for short), mclaren sets out its vision for grand prix racing three decades from now and imagines a 2050 formula 1 world championship transformed by artificial intelligence (AI), autonomy, electrification and mixed reality. images courtesy of mclaren first things […]

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jaguar’s self-driving car projects its next move onto the road ahead

jaguar land rover have developed a system that projects the direction of travel onto the road ahead of self-driving vehicles. the technology is intended to gain trust among pedestrians and other road users by communicating their intentions.  images courtesy of jaguar land rover the intelligent system projects images onto the road ahead to inform pedestrians […]

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carlo ratti serves up an urban self-driving cafe with robotic bartender

following the launch of the first mass-produced robotic bartender in 2018, carlo ratti associati (CRA) and makr shakr enhance driverless technology to create GUIDO, an urban self-driving cafe. the autonomous vehicle comprises a unit with two mechanical arms that can prepare and serve any drink in seconds. it conceptualizes a dynamic shift in leisure within cities […]

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robot dogs in driverless vans are the delivery system of the future

german automative firm continental unveiled a concept delivery system at this year’s consumer electronics show in las vegas, tapping the help of robotics company ANYbotics. the system uses four-legged robot dogs to hop in and out of its driverless delivery vans, carrying packages right up to someone’s door. image courtesy of continentalheader image courtesy of […]

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Mobileye plans to deploy fully autonomous cars in 4 years

Watch out, Waymo — Mobileye has its sights set on you. The Tel Aviv developer of autonomous car systems, which Intel paid $15.3 billion to acquire in March 2017, had an eventful few days at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. During a presentation headlined by cofounder and CEO Amnon Shashua, Mobileye announced that two Chinese […]

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Mobileye proposes automatic preventative braking to eliminate ‘nearly all’ rear-end collisions

Intel’s Mobileye announced plenty at its 2019 Consumer Electronics Show keynote in Las Vegas this afternoon, including a partnership with Valeo, a plan to supply a pair of China-based companies with tools to achieve truly driverless public transportation, and a mapping project underway with Great Britain’s Ordnance Survey. But one thing that slipped through the cracks […]

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