July 23, 2017

Lyft Embarks on Grandiose Plan to Build Its Own Self-Driving Technology

Within the next eight years, executives from the ride-hailing service Lyft say, they’ll be delivering a billion rides per year. But those will all be in autonomous vehicles. Considering that such vehicles aren’t even deployed on the road right now, aside from pilot projects, that’s an ambitious vision for such a tight timeframe. Lyft has […]

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New Company Crowdsources Mapmaking to Pave the Way for Self-Driving Cars

Do you earn a living by hustling for ride-hailing companies or driving delivery gigs? There may be a new way to add a few extra dollars to your bottom line while helping to lay the groundwork for autonomous vehicles. Mapping ever-changing road environments is one of the trickiest aspects of preparing self-driving vehicles for the […]

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Getting to Know Jack, the Autonomous Audi That’s Lobbying Congress for Action

We were headed south on Interstate 395 leaving Washington, D.C., when Kaushik Raghu, principal engineer of Audi’s autonomous driving program, pressed a button on the steering wheel to engage one of the most sophisticated self-driving systems being tested today. A band of turquoise-colored lights across the top of the dashboard illuminated, a chime sounded, and […]

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High-Tech Headlights Could Thwart Certain Types of Crashes—If We Could Get Them in the U.S.

Imagine it’s the future. You’re driving at night, high-beams blazing. You didn’t have to remember to turn them on—they brightened automatically. As you approach an oncoming vehicle, your high-tech lights—which make thousands of individual points of light and use data from the car’s onboard camera and sensors to focus the beam—make a dark hole in […]

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Toyota Launches Venture Capital Subsidiary and Invests $100 Million in Startups

One might think that the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), founded with a billion-dollar investment and a mission to develop artificial intelligence and advanced robotics, wouldn’t need to look elsewhere for fresh ideas. But even with the resources of one of the world’s biggest automakers behind it, executives with company’s research arm acknowledge that they can only do […]

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With More Partnerships, Nvidia Solidifies Its Grip on Self-Driving Tech

From its roots as a provider of graphics processing power for video games, Nvidia has risen to become one of the most important Silicon Valley companies developing technology for self-driving vehicles. This was underscored recently when the company announced further collaborations with two major OEMs—Volvo and Volkswagen—and top global automotive supplier ZF. Together, the announcements […]

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Here’s Why Waymo Is Partnering with Avis

For a while now, the future of rental-car companies has appeared bleak. Whether because arriving passengers are opting for Uber at airports or because younger drivers prefer car-sharing services that offer hourly rates, traditional rental-car companies have been battered by the ongoing shift in the way people move around. Stock prices have followed: Hertz has […]

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“Cavalier Attitude” toward Safety Won’t Help Push for Self-Driving, Report Warns

Nine years after an employee warned of a flaw in certain ignition switches, General Motors began recalling millions of vehicles to repair the defect. Nine years after the first recall for Takata airbags that can shower vehicle occupants with deadly shrapnel, the company still hasn’t replaced all the defective components, and some drivers remain at […]

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Driverless Shuttle Buses Will Transport Students on Michigan Campus [Video]

Autonomous shuttles have made regular appearances at Mcity, the self-driving test track located at the University of Michigan. By the time students return to the Ann Arbor campus for the 2017 fall semester, such driverless buses will have become part of the university’s everyday transportation plan. As part of a new focus on southeastern Michigan, […]

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Audi Wants High-Performance EVs to Join Hybrid RS Variants

The great thing about talking to senior executives at auto companies is that they know considerably more than their PR minders do. And sometimes, if you get the right exec on the right day, they’re prepared to talk about things the spin doctors would advise against revealing. We suspect that Peter Mertens, new head of […]

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