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Autonomous service vehicles gaining ground in China

The move marks another step by Beijing-based Baidu in applying its autonomous driving technologies to solve real-life problems. The company plans to launch a fleet of 100 robo-taxis in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on 210 kilometres of city roads.

It will be China’s first autonomous taxi fleet managed by Baidu’s V2X system, which integrates smart vehicles and intelligent road More

The move marks another step by Beijing-based Baidu in applying its autonomous driving technologies to solve real-life problems. The company plans to launch a fleet of 100 robo-taxis in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on 210 kilometres of city roads.

It will be China’s first autonomous taxi fleet managed by Baidu’s V2X system, which integrates smart vehicles and intelligent road More

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Waymo’s Building a Factory to Help Mass-Produce Autonomous Vehicles

A little over a month after launching the first-ever commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, said this week that it’s setting up a new manufacturing facility to build some of its autonomous vehicles
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A little over a month after launching the first-ever commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, said this week that it’s setting up a new manufacturing facility to build some of its autonomous vehicles
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Car Designers Show Off Futuristic Interiors for Tomorrow’s Self-Driving Vehicles | NBC Bay Area

You step outside to the curb and summon a ride with an app on your phone — but in the self-driving future envisioned by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, that’s where the familiar part ends.
“Even before it arrives, it’s already cleaning itself,” Yanfeng VP Tim Shih explained as we approached a full-sized vehicle simulator the size of an SUV, with a purple beam of light More

You step outside to the curb and summon a ride with an app on your phone — but in the self-driving future envisioned by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, that’s where the familiar part ends.
“Even before it arrives, it’s already cleaning itself,” Yanfeng VP Tim Shih explained as we approached a full-sized vehicle simulator the size of an SUV, with a purple beam of light More

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Tesla applies for series of patents for new AI chip in Autopilot Hardware 3.0

Tesla is working on an important new product that it claims will enable them to bring full self-driving capability to its vehicles: a new AI chip, or “neural net accelerator’, to be released in the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer upgrade.

We have now uncovered a series of new patent applications from Tesla about this new computer.

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Tesla is working on an important new product that it claims will enable them to bring full self-driving capability to its vehicles: a new AI chip, or “neural net accelerator’, to be released in the Autopilot Hardware 3.0 computer upgrade.

We have now uncovered a series of new patent applications from Tesla about this new computer.

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Boeing enters the autonomous flying taxi race with first successful test flight

There are plenty of startups trying to launch their own flying taxi projects, but now that the concept has been proven, the big boys and girls are getting ready to make their move. One of them, multinational aerospace giant Boeing, has just completed the first test flight for its very own vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric air taxi. The test “flight” took place this week at an airpor More

There are plenty of startups trying to launch their own flying taxi projects, but now that the concept has been proven, the big boys and girls are getting ready to make their move. One of them, multinational aerospace giant Boeing, has just completed the first test flight for its very own vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric air taxi. The test “flight” took place this week at an airpor More

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What Is Apple Doing in Autonomous Driving?

Apple’s (AAPL) ever-secret autonomous driving program continues to create headlines, this time for cutting about 200 employees from its Project Titan; some employees will be reassigned in different departments within Apple, although it’s unclear how many.

Only thanks to a litigation issue over the summer do we have an idea of how big Project Titan is for Apple. In July, we foun More

Apple’s (AAPL) ever-secret autonomous driving program continues to create headlines, this time for cutting about 200 employees from its Project Titan; some employees will be reassigned in different departments within Apple, although it’s unclear how many.

Only thanks to a litigation issue over the summer do we have an idea of how big Project Titan is for Apple. In July, we foun More

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Uber is working on autonomous electric bicycles and scooters, opens robotics division

Uber has been working on autonomous vehiclesfor years. However, they’ve always been of the four-wheeled variety. Now it appears that the ridesharing giant is focusing on autonomous electric bicycles and scooters as well.

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Uber has been working on autonomous vehiclesfor years. However, they’ve always been of the four-wheeled variety. Now it appears that the ridesharing giant is focusing on autonomous electric bicycles and scooters as well.

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Uber plans to develop self-driving electric scooters and bicycles

Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Electric scooter and bicycle-sharing services, including Uber’s Jump business as well as competitors Bird and Lime, allow customers to collect the vehicles and then leave them on the pavement outside their destination.

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Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Electric scooter and bicycle-sharing services, including Uber’s Jump business as well as competitors Bird and Lime, allow customers to collect the vehicles and then leave them on the pavement outside their destination.

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Hong Kong self-driving start-up in talks to raise US$100 million

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Baidu announces Apollo Enterprise, its new platform for mass-produced autonomous vehicles

Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put into mass production. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 auton More

Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put into mass production. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 auton More

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Tesla warns ‘self-driving package’ buyers that activation is ‘very far away’ due to regulations

While Elon Musk has been guiding self-driving capabilities by the end of the year, Tesla has been taking a more cautious approach.

Tesla salespeople have been warning buyers of their ‘Full Self-Driving package’ that it could be “very far away” due to regulations.

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While Elon Musk has been guiding self-driving capabilities by the end of the year, Tesla has been taking a more cautious approach.

Tesla salespeople have been warning buyers of their ‘Full Self-Driving package’ that it could be “very far away” due to regulations.

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Baidu to test driverless delivery vans in US for Walmart

One of China’s tech champions will soon be testing its driverless technology in Arizona for customers including Walmart, underscoring how US companies remain potential buyers of Chinese technology even as the two countries remain locked in a race for tech supremacy.

Baidu, operator of China’s largest search engine, has entered a partnership deal with California-based autonomous deli More

One of China’s tech champions will soon be testing its driverless technology in Arizona for customers including Walmart, underscoring how US companies remain potential buyers of Chinese technology even as the two countries remain locked in a race for tech supremacy.

Baidu, operator of China’s largest search engine, has entered a partnership deal with California-based autonomous deli More

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Tesla Q4 2018 Vehicle Safety Report: 1 accident per 2.91M miles with Autopilot engaged

Tesla has released the results of its Q4 2018 Vehicle Safety Report. Just like the company’s previous report in Q3 2018, Tesla released updated numbers for incidents that occurred both when Autopilot was engaged and when the driver-assist feature was deactivated.

Tesla released its first Vehicle Safety Report after the third quarter of 2018. During that period, the electric car maker reg More

Tesla has released the results of its Q4 2018 Vehicle Safety Report. Just like the company’s previous report in Q3 2018, Tesla released updated numbers for incidents that occurred both when Autopilot was engaged and when the driver-assist feature was deactivated.

Tesla released its first Vehicle Safety Report after the third quarter of 2018. During that period, the electric car maker reg More

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Tesla to start testing new Autopilot Hardware 3 in employee vehicles

Tesla is working to bring to market its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’.

The company is now testing the new hardware in employee vehicles as part of its ‘Full Self-Driving Test Program’.

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Tesla is working to bring to market its new Autopilot Hardware 3, which consists of a new neural net computer that they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’.

The company is now testing the new hardware in employee vehicles as part of its ‘Full Self-Driving Test Program’.

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Self-Driving Cars Are Speeding Into View, Thanks To Google And Nvidia

Self-driving cars are real. And make no mistake, they are about to make investors rich.

There are plenty of autonomous vehicle skeptics. Thumb through any car enthusiast magazine, and you are likely to find a story about the limited scope of sensors and software. Dig further and you’ll probably find some anecdote about lack of use cases.

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Self-driving cars are real. And make no mistake, they are about to make investors rich.

There are plenty of autonomous vehicle skeptics. Thumb through any car enthusiast magazine, and you are likely to find a story about the limited scope of sensors and software. Dig further and you’ll probably find some anecdote about lack of use cases.

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Your autonomous car could have a Nikon 3D sensor

Nikon is getting into the LIDAR business, with the camera and lens company teaming up with Velodyne on sensors and scanners for autonomous cars, robotics, drones, and more. The deal comes as Nikon invests $25m into Velodyne, though the cash is only part of the involvement the two companies will have moving forward.
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Nikon is getting into the LIDAR business, with the camera and lens company teaming up with Velodyne on sensors and scanners for autonomous cars, robotics, drones, and more. The deal comes as Nikon invests $25m into Velodyne, though the cash is only part of the involvement the two companies will have moving forward.
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Firm Wins Passenger OK for Self-Driving Cars in California | NBC Bay Area

Zoox last week released its first safety report, which calls safety foundational to the firm, which is working on both hardware and software for self-driving vehicles.
More than 60 companies have California permits to test autonomous vehicles. But so far they can only carry employees and researchers.
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Zoox last week released its first safety report, which calls safety foundational to the firm, which is working on both hardware and software for self-driving vehicles.
More than 60 companies have California permits to test autonomous vehicles. But so far they can only carry employees and researchers.
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Kroger Starts Driverless Delivery

Cincinnati-based Kroger, the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, is starting unmanned grocery delivery service today in Scottsdale, Ariz., using custom-made Nuro unmanned vehicles. Kroger says it’s the first-ever unmanned delivery service that the public can access.

Kroger began testing self-driving delivery from its Fry’s Food Store in Scottsdale in August. The ini More

Cincinnati-based Kroger, the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, is starting unmanned grocery delivery service today in Scottsdale, Ariz., using custom-made Nuro unmanned vehicles. Kroger says it’s the first-ever unmanned delivery service that the public can access.

Kroger began testing self-driving delivery from its Fry’s Food Store in Scottsdale in August. The ini More

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Levandowski’s Pronto.ai plans to ship automated driving systems for trucks in 2019

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has taken his newest autonomous vehicle technology company out of stealth mode with a product aimed at the commercial trucking industry.

Technically, Levandowski’s involvement in a self-driving trucking company was first revealed by TechCrunch in More

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has taken his newest autonomous vehicle technology company out of stealth mode with a product aimed at the commercial trucking industry.

Technically, Levandowski’s involvement in a self-driving trucking company was first revealed by TechCrunch in More

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Engineer at the center of Uber row claims to have completed self-driving trip across America

The controversial engineer at the center of Uber’s multi-year row with Waymo claims he has completed the longest coast-to-coast trip in a self-driving car across the U.S.

Anthony Levandowski, a former Uber engineer, told the Guardian that he didn’t touch the autonomous vehicle’s steering wheel or pedals during the four-day, 3,099-mile trip from San Francisco to New York C More

The controversial engineer at the center of Uber’s multi-year row with Waymo claims he has completed the longest coast-to-coast trip in a self-driving car across the U.S.

Anthony Levandowski, a former Uber engineer, told the Guardian that he didn’t touch the autonomous vehicle’s steering wheel or pedals during the four-day, 3,099-mile trip from San Francisco to New York C More

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How Google Will Destroy Uber

Google’s Waymo has officially launched the world’s first self-driving, ride-sharing service! Residents in four Phoenix suburbs can now ride around in its robo-taxis for a small fee.

In RiskHedge, I recently explained why self-driving cars are going to gut the auto industry like a fish. And Phoenix is only the first step in Waymo’s domination of American roads.

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Google’s Waymo has officially launched the world’s first self-driving, ride-sharing service! Residents in four Phoenix suburbs can now ride around in its robo-taxis for a small fee.

In RiskHedge, I recently explained why self-driving cars are going to gut the auto industry like a fish. And Phoenix is only the first step in Waymo’s domination of American roads.

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Waymo Meets With Residents to Discuss Plans to Test Driverless Cars in Bay Area – NBC Bay Area

Waymo plans to keep testing its driverless cars on Bay Area roads.
On Thursday, the company met with Mountain View residents to discuss its plans and to make them more comfortable with the idea.
The driverless car company has been testing its vehicles on the roads in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Mountain View, where Waymo is headquartered.

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Waymo plans to keep testing its driverless cars on Bay Area roads.
On Thursday, the company met with Mountain View residents to discuss its plans and to make them more comfortable with the idea.
The driverless car company has been testing its vehicles on the roads in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Mountain View, where Waymo is headquartered.

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Toyota invests in autonomous driving simulation startup Parallel Domain

Parallel Domain, the startup that develops software to train self-driving cars in virtual worlds, has added an additional investor to its seed round. Earlier this month, Toyota AI Ventures contributed to Parallel Domain’s $2.65 million seed round led by Costanoa Ventures, with participation from Ubiquity Ventures and others.

“We’re not only impressed with their technology, but also wi More

Parallel Domain, the startup that develops software to train self-driving cars in virtual worlds, has added an additional investor to its seed round. Earlier this month, Toyota AI Ventures contributed to Parallel Domain’s $2.65 million seed round led by Costanoa Ventures, with participation from Ubiquity Ventures and others.

“We’re not only impressed with their technology, but also wi More

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Tesla Autopilot is ‘soon’ going to support traffic lights, roundabouts, and full self-driving, says Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is teasing important new developments for its Autopilot system to ‘soon’ support traffic lights, stops and roundabouts, which he says will lead to full self-driving capability.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is teasing important new developments for its Autopilot system to ‘soon’ support traffic lights, stops and roundabouts, which he says will lead to full self-driving capability.
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Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi Service Launched

The self-driving concern of Google’s parent company today announced the launch of its self-driving taxi service. It was reported that Waymo was looking to launch the service before the end of this year. That’s precisely what the company has done today with the launch of Waymo One. The commercial service will initially be available in the Phoenix area.
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The self-driving concern of Google’s parent company today announced the launch of its self-driving taxi service. It was reported that Waymo was looking to launch the service before the end of this year. That’s precisely what the company has done today with the launch of Waymo One. The commercial service will initially be available in the Phoenix area.
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Elon Musk said Tesla owners will be able to use their phones to summon their vehicles from ‘across the continent’ in a few years – Business Insider

Elon Musk said Tesla owners will be able to use their phones to summon their vehicles from ‘across the continent’ in a few years
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla owners will be able to summon their vehicles with their phones “from across the continent” in a few years, CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday via Twitter. “You can summon your Tesla from More

Elon Musk said Tesla owners will be able to use their phones to summon their vehicles from ‘across the continent’ in a few years
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla owners will be able to summon their vehicles with their phones “from across the continent” in a few years, CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday via Twitter. “You can summon your Tesla from More

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AI In China: How Uber Rival Didi Chuxing Uses Machine Learning To Revolutionize Transportation

In the quest to solve the world’s transportation challenges with smart traffic innovation, Didi has three artificial intelligence research centers, one in Silicon Valley and two in Beijing where research is done on natural language processing, computer vision and deep learning.

With the tremendous amount of data Didi collects every day, they are in a unique position to tackle traffic cong More

In the quest to solve the world’s transportation challenges with smart traffic innovation, Didi has three artificial intelligence research centers, one in Silicon Valley and two in Beijing where research is done on natural language processing, computer vision and deep learning.

With the tremendous amount of data Didi collects every day, they are in a unique position to tackle traffic cong More

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Waymo to Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month

The first wave of customers will likely draw from Waymo’s Early Rider Program—a test group of 400 volunteer families who have been riding Waymos for more than a year. The customers who move to the new service will be released from their non-disclosure agreements, which means they’ll be free to talk about it, snap selfies, and take friends or even members of the media along for rides. New cus More

The first wave of customers will likely draw from Waymo’s Early Rider Program—a test group of 400 volunteer families who have been riding Waymos for more than a year. The customers who move to the new service will be released from their non-disclosure agreements, which means they’ll be free to talk about it, snap selfies, and take friends or even members of the media along for rides. New cus More

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Tesla’s Autopilot improvements are the result of Elon Musk’s frontline leadership style

Considering the pace of Tesla’s constant innovation, the upcoming release of Advanced Summon, the first features of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving suite, and the rollout of the company’s custom-built Hardware 3, there is a good chance that Elon Musk’s vision of having a fleet of electric cars equipped with full autonomy could soon become a reality. And once it does, owners would have Musk to th More

Considering the pace of Tesla’s constant innovation, the upcoming release of Advanced Summon, the first features of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving suite, and the rollout of the company’s custom-built Hardware 3, there is a good chance that Elon Musk’s vision of having a fleet of electric cars equipped with full autonomy could soon become a reality. And once it does, owners would have Musk to th More

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Uber Wants To Resume Self-Driving Car Tests On Public Roads « CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads.

The company has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and ta More

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads.

The company has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and ta More

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