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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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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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