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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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Does the self-driving car have a realistic due date? Many automakers and industry analysts are pegging autonomous cars to hit the mass market within a decade, but their predictions are often inconsistent with each other. It’s the self-driving dream of the future: you take your hands off the wheel during heavy traffic or a boring […]

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Google’s self-driving cars have now been involved in a dozen accidents, though none were caused by the tech company’s vehicles. The company reported and acknowledged a 12th accident last week, with company co-founder Sergey Brin saying that the self-driving car was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended by another driver. Information on […]

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Google has announced its safety drivers will begin testing fully self-driving vehicle prototypes on the streets of Mountain View, California this summer after undergoing rigorous testing at Google’s test facilities. The self-driving car that Google will be testing will feature the same software that its existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses, which has […]

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Since testing of self-driving cars on California’s public roads began in September 2014, four accidents have been reported. Two of the accidents occurred while the vehicle was being piloted by a human while the other two happened while the vehicle was driving itself. In both the self-driving cases, the cars were travelling 10 mph or […]

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A study released this week says 6-10 percent of American adults in fully autonomous self-driving vehicles “would be expected to often, usually, or always experience some level of motion sickness.” This is one finding in the survey, research and analysis conducted by Michael Sivak Brandon Schoettle or the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Ann […]

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More often than not news of “autonomous” cars that operate without a driver has been positive but last week in Tokyo their future was being predicted as having far more hurdles than is commonly reported. This widespread view was voiced by engineers and IT experts at the ITS World Congress, a venue that in previous […]

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