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Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service

(Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight.

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight.

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Why Tesla won’t hit its AV ride-hailing goals – Business Insider

Why Tesla won’t hit its AV ride-hailing goals
Business Insider

This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Transportation & Logistics Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. At Tesla’s “Autonomy Day” event earlier this week, CEO Elon Musk said the company plans to More

Why Tesla won’t hit its AV ride-hailing goals
Business Insider

This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Transportation & Logistics Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. At Tesla’s “Autonomy Day” event earlier this week, CEO Elon Musk said the company plans to More

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Tesla unveils the ‘best chip in the world’ for self-driving cars at its autonomy day event – Business Insider

Tesla unveils the ‘best chip in the world’ for self-driving cars at its autonomy day event
Business Insider

Tesla via YouTube Tesla kicked off its autonomy day on Monday morning at its Palo Alto headquarters. CEO Elon Musk, along with director of AI Andrej Karpathy and head of hardware engineering Pete Bannon showed off the latest in Tesla’s self-driving technology. More

Tesla unveils the ‘best chip in the world’ for self-driving cars at its autonomy day event
Business Insider

Tesla via YouTube Tesla kicked off its autonomy day on Monday morning at its Palo Alto headquarters. CEO Elon Musk, along with director of AI Andrej Karpathy and head of hardware engineering Pete Bannon showed off the latest in Tesla’s self-driving technology. More

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Elon Musk says Tesla will have 1 million robo-taxis on the road next year, and some people think the claim is so unrealistic that he’s being compared to PT Barnum – Business Insider

Elon Musk says Tesla will have 1 million robo-taxis on the road next year, and some people think the claim is so unrealistic that he’s being compared to PT Barnum
Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk jokingly motioned to kick before introducing the Model Y at Tesla’s design studio on March 14 in Hawthorne, California. Elon Musk said Monday that Tesla would have 1 million a More

Elon Musk says Tesla will have 1 million robo-taxis on the road next year, and some people think the claim is so unrealistic that he’s being compared to PT Barnum
Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk jokingly motioned to kick before introducing the Model Y at Tesla’s design studio on March 14 in Hawthorne, California. Elon Musk said Monday that Tesla would have 1 million a More

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Elon Musk said Tesla cars will probably be better than humans at driving by the end of 2019 – Business Insider

Elon Musk said Tesla cars will probably be better than humans at driving by the end of 2019
Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla vehicles will likely be better at driving than humans by the end of 2019, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview with MIT research scientist Lex Fridman. “I think it will become very quickly – maybe even towards the end of this year, but I wou More

Elon Musk said Tesla cars will probably be better than humans at driving by the end of 2019
Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla vehicles will likely be better at driving than humans by the end of 2019, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview with MIT research scientist Lex Fridman. “I think it will become very quickly – maybe even towards the end of this year, but I wou More

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Self-Driving Light Trucks Will Be Allowed on California Roads

According to the DMV’s proposed regulations, companies can test autonomous delivery vehicles” weighing less than 10,001 pounds with an approved permit from the DMV.” That qualifies Class 1 and Class 2 vehicles—minivans, pickup trucks, utility vans, and step vans will all be allowed onto the road. Vehicles over weighing more than 10,001 pounds are out of luck. There’s a cr More

According to the DMV’s proposed regulations, companies can test autonomous delivery vehicles” weighing less than 10,001 pounds with an approved permit from the DMV.” That qualifies Class 1 and Class 2 vehicles—minivans, pickup trucks, utility vans, and step vans will all be allowed onto the road. Vehicles over weighing more than 10,001 pounds are out of luck. There’s a cr More

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Self-driving Cars In 10 Years: EU Expects ‘Fully Automated’ Cars by 2030

The European Union commissioner for transport expects full self-driving capability by 2030, she said this week at City as a Lab conference in Slovenia.

That’s an important part of her “vision zero” to reducing traffic fatalities to none.

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The European Union commissioner for transport expects full self-driving capability by 2030, she said this week at City as a Lab conference in Slovenia.

That’s an important part of her “vision zero” to reducing traffic fatalities to none.

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Elon Musk revealed how a tiny internal camera in Tesla vehicles is going to help the firm compete with Uber and Lyft – Business Insider

Elon Musk revealed how a tiny internal camera in Tesla vehicles is going to help the firm compete with Uber and Lyft
Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla at Manhattan Federal Court. Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday about the purpose of tiny cameras that perch just above the rear-view mirror in Tesla vehicles. Musk says the cameras are there for when Tesla realises its More

Elon Musk revealed how a tiny internal camera in Tesla vehicles is going to help the firm compete with Uber and Lyft
Business Insider

Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla at Manhattan Federal Court. Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday about the purpose of tiny cameras that perch just above the rear-view mirror in Tesla vehicles. Musk says the cameras are there for when Tesla realises its More

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Tesla confirms new full self-driving computer is in production, will demonstrate capability this month

Tesla announced today that its new full self-driving computer, previously known as the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 upgrade, is now in production and the company will hold a demonstration of the new capabilities later this month.
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Tesla announced today that its new full self-driving computer, previously known as the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 upgrade, is now in production and the company will hold a demonstration of the new capabilities later this month.
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Radar research could offer breakthrough for autonomous vehicle technology

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Tech worries throw future of driverless electric bus route into doubt

Hong Kong’s first driverless bus route may not survive its test run at an arts hub, after the district’s manager said the technology was not ready.

The West Kowloon Cultural District has been testing a self-driving electric minibus on a 1km route along the harbourfront for several months, with a proposed timetable to run driverless shuttle services throughout the area by 2023.

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Hong Kong’s first driverless bus route may not survive its test run at an arts hub, after the district’s manager said the technology was not ready.

The West Kowloon Cultural District has been testing a self-driving electric minibus on a 1km route along the harbourfront for several months, with a proposed timetable to run driverless shuttle services throughout the area by 2023.

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Watch Tesla Enhanced Summon In Action: Video

According to Tesla, the Advanced Summon is now part of the Full Self-Driving capability package, which includes:

Navigate on Autopilot
Advanced Summon – “your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.”
Auto Lane Change
Autopark
later this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs (automatic driving on city streets More

According to Tesla, the Advanced Summon is now part of the Full Self-Driving capability package, which includes:

Navigate on Autopilot
Advanced Summon – “your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.”
Auto Lane Change
Autopark
later this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs (automatic driving on city streets More

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Waymo Ramps Up Self-Driving Car Testing In South Bay – CBS San Francisco

> For years, Google, and now Waymo, have been testing the self-driving cars all over Mountain View. The company even built a 90-plus acre test facility – a fake city, if you will – in the Central Valley town of Atwater.

Finally, after 10,000,000 miles, the company is gearing up to expand into Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.

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> For years, Google, and now Waymo, have been testing the self-driving cars all over Mountain View. The company even built a 90-plus acre test facility – a fake city, if you will – in the Central Valley town of Atwater.

Finally, after 10,000,000 miles, the company is gearing up to expand into Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills.

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Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the road

Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet.

The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of the year. The company’s existing 60,000-square-foot faci More

Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet.

The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of the year. The company’s existing 60,000-square-foot faci More

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Navigant: GM Cruise, Waymo Lead Tesla And Others On Full Autonomy

Each year, Navigant Research analyzes the major players in the Autonomous Vehicle space. The research firm ranks each company on their program strategy and execution in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to market in some fashion. According to Navigant, vendors are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to market strategy, partners, production strategy, technology, sales/marketing/distribution, product More

Each year, Navigant Research analyzes the major players in the Autonomous Vehicle space. The research firm ranks each company on their program strategy and execution in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to market in some fashion. According to Navigant, vendors are rated on 10 criteria: vision, go-to market strategy, partners, production strategy, technology, sales/marketing/distribution, product More

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Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal.
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Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal.
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SoftBank, Other Investors in Talks to Invest $1 Billion in Uber’s Self-Driving Unit

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Waymo reportedly seeking outside investors to reduce cost, boost valuation

Late last year, Waymo One launched as a self-driving car service in Phoenix after nine years of development. The Alphabet division still has a long rollout ahead of it, but it can begin recouping R&D costs. A new report today details how Waymo is looking for outside investors.

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Late last year, Waymo One launched as a self-driving car service in Phoenix after nine years of development. The Alphabet division still has a long rollout ahead of it, but it can begin recouping R&D costs. A new report today details how Waymo is looking for outside investors.

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Waymo to start selling standalone LiDAR sensors

In January 2017, Krafcik said Waymo engineers were able to bring the cost of LiDAR down 90 percent from the industry norm of $75,000 for a single top-of-the-range LiDAR. In other words, Krafcik was telling the world that Waymo’s top-of-range LiDAR cost about $7,500.

“This is critical as we look to commercialize self-driving technology,” Krafcik said at the time, during a keynote at th More

In January 2017, Krafcik said Waymo engineers were able to bring the cost of LiDAR down 90 percent from the industry norm of $75,000 for a single top-of-the-range LiDAR. In other words, Krafcik was telling the world that Waymo’s top-of-range LiDAR cost about $7,500.

“This is critical as we look to commercialize self-driving technology,” Krafcik said at the time, during a keynote at th More

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Alphabet’s Waymo just explained how it can make money: selling its self-driving car sensors to partners

“Our custom LIDARs have been instrumental in making Waymo the first company in the world to put fully self-driving cars on public roads,” head of Waymo’s LIDAR team Simon Verghese wrote in a company blog post on Wednesday. “Now, we are making these sensors available to companies outside of self-driving — beginning with robotics, security, agricultural technology, and more More

“Our custom LIDARs have been instrumental in making Waymo the first company in the world to put fully self-driving cars on public roads,” head of Waymo’s LIDAR team Simon Verghese wrote in a company blog post on Wednesday. “Now, we are making these sensors available to companies outside of self-driving — beginning with robotics, security, agricultural technology, and more More

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Axios Autonomous Vehicles – March 1, 2019 – Axios

Rivals BMW and Daimler are the latest automakers to start pooling resources in order to stay competitive while they push toward full autonomy.

The big picture: Once there was a race among auto and tech companies to develop self-driving cars, but now there’s a shared belief that it’s frustratingly hard and incredibly expensive to do so at scale.

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Rivals BMW and Daimler are the latest automakers to start pooling resources in order to stay competitive while they push toward full autonomy.

The big picture: Once there was a race among auto and tech companies to develop self-driving cars, but now there’s a shared belief that it’s frustratingly hard and incredibly expensive to do so at scale.

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Driverless buses will soon begin operating in Orlando

Officials Tuesday revealed a glimpse of what could one day be the future of transit in Orlando by unveiling a small driverless bus that soon will maneuver around Lake Nona.

The battery-powered vehicle, run by Beep software, is one of two that are expected to begin operating in southeast Orlando this spring. The shuttles are said to be quiet and smooth riding and can carry a maximum of 15 pa More

Officials Tuesday revealed a glimpse of what could one day be the future of transit in Orlando by unveiling a small driverless bus that soon will maneuver around Lake Nona.

The battery-powered vehicle, run by Beep software, is one of two that are expected to begin operating in southeast Orlando this spring. The shuttles are said to be quiet and smooth riding and can carry a maximum of 15 pa More

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Tesla’s Elon Musk: Full self-driving technology nearly complete – Fox Business

“I think we will be feature complete – full self-driving – this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year,” Musk said during an appearance on the ARK Invest podcast, hosted by the eponymous firm, which invests in Tesla. “I would say I am certain of that, More

“I think we will be feature complete – full self-driving – this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year,” Musk said during an appearance on the ARK Invest podcast, hosted by the eponymous firm, which invests in Tesla. “I would say I am certain of that, More

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Elon Musk: Tesla will have all its self-driving car features by the end of the year – CNBC

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects that the electric car maker will have the technology needed to essentially operate vehicles without drivers by the end of the year.

The entrepreneur made the comment on a podcast with Cathie Wood and Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest, a firm that owns shares in the company. Tesla’s automated driver assistance system Autopilot has garnered both positive attention f More

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects that the electric car maker will have the technology needed to essentially operate vehicles without drivers by the end of the year.

The entrepreneur made the comment on a podcast with Cathie Wood and Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest, a firm that owns shares in the company. Tesla’s automated driver assistance system Autopilot has garnered both positive attention f More

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China self-driving players narrow the gap in US road tests

Although China has strong hopes for autonomous driving and has beaten Apple in some areas, its leading company still lags Google’s self-driving unit Waymo in US engagement tests.

According to data disclosed in an annual report by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday, drivers disengaged the autonomous driving mode on Apple’s test cars once almost every mile on average More

Although China has strong hopes for autonomous driving and has beaten Apple in some areas, its leading company still lags Google’s self-driving unit Waymo in US engagement tests.

According to data disclosed in an annual report by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday, drivers disengaged the autonomous driving mode on Apple’s test cars once almost every mile on average More

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Waymo One passengers reveal what it’s really like to ride in Alphabet’s self-driving taxis

The world’s most exclusive club might be in Chandler, Arizona.

For months, dozens of self-driving vans owned by the Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have been crisscrossing the Phoenix suburb on the first rollout of the company’s autonomous driving program.

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The world’s most exclusive club might be in Chandler, Arizona.

For months, dozens of self-driving vans owned by the Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have been crisscrossing the Phoenix suburb on the first rollout of the company’s autonomous driving program.

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Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million

Ike, the autonomous trucking startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s self-driving truck program, has raised $52 million in a Series A funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures.

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Ike, the autonomous trucking startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s self-driving truck program, has raised $52 million in a Series A funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures.

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Tesla owner says Autopilot ‘saved his life’ by swerving out of the way at highway speed

Sunday afternoon, Amit was driving his Model 3 on I-95 in Connecticut using Tesla’s latest Navigate on Autopilot when a vehicle quickly impeded in his lane setting him on a collision course with his car.

He claims that the vehicle managed to get out of the way before he could do anything.

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Sunday afternoon, Amit was driving his Model 3 on I-95 in Connecticut using Tesla’s latest Navigate on Autopilot when a vehicle quickly impeded in his lane setting him on a collision course with his car.

He claims that the vehicle managed to get out of the way before he could do anything.

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We Set A Cross-Country Record In A Tesla That Drove Itself – wozezoom.com

Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. I once blitzed across the country in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Ed Bolian beat that run. Earlier this year Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and a team of their friends set an EV Cannonball record in a Tesla Model S. I have to say then when Team Polizei raced across the U.S. in 2006, I never imagined I’d be doing it again one day in an electric car that would More

Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. I once blitzed across the country in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Ed Bolian beat that run. Earlier this year Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and a team of their friends set an EV Cannonball record in a Tesla Model S. I have to say then when Team Polizei raced across the U.S. in 2006, I never imagined I’d be doing it again one day in an electric car that would More

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Amazon is hauling cargo in self-driving trucks developed by Embark

Embark and other firms working on autonomous systems — including fellow start-ups such as Ike, Thor Trucks and Pronto.ai, and major players such as Alphabet’s Waymo and Tesla — aim to alleviate industry pains by making existing truck drivers safer and more efficient.
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Embark and other firms working on autonomous systems — including fellow start-ups such as Ike, Thor Trucks and Pronto.ai, and major players such as Alphabet’s Waymo and Tesla — aim to alleviate industry pains by making existing truck drivers safer and more efficient.
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