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Ford and Virginia Tech are shedding a light on pedestrian and self-driving car communication, and testing it with a clever disguise. When pedestrians and drivers need to communicate, it’s a simple task. A gesture as subtle as a nod can do the trick. Eye contact, a wave, a flash of the headlights – all easy […]

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Looking to keep the sport as relevant to future road car technologies as possible, the FIA has begun to look at introducing a fully autonomous safety car in Formula 1. The FIA believes an autonomous safety car would put self-driving car technology in front of the eyes of millions and paint it in a positive […]

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt is more than a relatively cost-effective EV, it’s also the testbed for General Motors’ self-driving technologies. Chevrolet has already been road testing 30 prototype self-driving Bolts in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Ariz., deployed by GM’s Cruise Automation subsidiary, and next move is in its home turf. That is, it will begin building […]

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Apple has refused to confirm or deny it is developing an autonomous electric vehicle, but a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates it does have skin in the game. The Nov. 22 letter to NHTSA from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity said Apple “is investing heavily in the […]

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Hyundai pulled off a surprise today when it introduced its Autonomous Ioniq concept at the just-starting Los Angeles Auto Show – now being called AutoMobility LA. Nearly identical in appearance to the other Ioniq Electric models, the self-driving car does not use a roof-mounted LIDAR (laser-based radar detection) module and hides the system discreetly in […]

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Chinese technology company LeEco’s planned U.S. introduction of its LeSee Pro self-driving car in San Francisco yesterday didn’t go exactly as intended. Instead of the car making its way down a long runway through a cloud, LeEco founder, Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, came running through the mist and told the gathered media throng his LeSee […]

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Electrified vehicles could make the most sense for the self-driving car of the future, according to a commentary piece in Detroit Free-Press. Scanning the test tracks points in this direction, with Uber testing the Ford Fusion Hybrid in Pittsburgh, Google using the Toyota Prius Hybrid and its own electric self-driving test cars, and the Chevy […]

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A Swedish engineering firm has developed an autonomous car that beams a big smile on the grille to let pedestrians know it is safe to cross the street. Semcon produced the concept in response to concerns that self-driving cars won’t be able to communicate with other road users, including pedestrians, in the way human drivers […]

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There is little to know about Apple’s secretive Project Titan, the company’s alleged electric car project, but a report by South Korean technology news source ETNews may give a peek inside. According to the report, Apple may be working with an as yet unidentified Korean battery company to develop a new hollow core lithium-ion battery for […]

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Toyota is planning to offer self-driving cars to the public by 2020. The Japanese automaker has been testing new automated driving technologies through a program called Highway Teammate with the aim of launching related products by 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The test vehicle is a modified Lexus GS that features […]

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