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Toyota’s ambition is to have self-driving cars on the road by 2020, but rather than replace the driver, the automaker’s top priority is to help them drive safely. “A completely autonomous car is not what we’re looking for,” said Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota’s assistant chief safety technology officer, during a presentation to Automotive News. “Our priority […]

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Self-driving cars, autonomous cars, or robot cars, whatever you choose to call them not only promise to make riding in them safer, but those working on making them a reality say they will also have a side bonus of making motorcycling safer. “It would mean a dramatic enhancement in safety for the motorbike,” said Karl […]

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Cruise Automation is now testing a self-driving Chevy Bolt in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to a social media post. The company revealed a photo yesterday of a test model Bolt with a LiDAR unit mounted on top, parked in a Scottsdale lot. The Twitter posting said that “We’re testing @Cruise autonomous tech on @Chevrolet Bolt EVs […]

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It looks like 2021 could be a benchmark year for Volvo as it says it will join BMW in having self-driving cars on the road in five years. The Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker will begin testing vehicles with advanced self-driving features next year in Gothenburg, Sweden, London and China. Eventually, 100 test cars will be on […]

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The global hustle and bustle by automakers, tech firms and ride hailing companies to develop a breakthrough autonomous car is well known. Behind the scenes, however, another battle has emerged — the location of autonomous car testing facilities. In the U.S., the fiercest competition is between California and Michigan, each wanting not just the money […]

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It appears that Google may be moving beyond the research phase of its self-driving cars, ramping up production for possible retail sale in the future. For the past six years Google has been testing autonomous vehicle technology. Then, in 2014, the company released its own vehicle: a compact self-driving car with no steering wheel or […]

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This week, the University of Michigan opened a 32-acre miniature city with intersections, streetlights and construction zones to offer a real world environment for testing autonomous technology. University officials said Mcity, the name of the test course, is “the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies […]

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Ford announced that it is advancing the research and development of its autonomous technology, moving towards production with semi-autonomous – and eventually fully autonomous – vehicles. The company’s Research and Innovation Center, located in Palo Alto, manages the Ford Smart Mobility Plan, “which aims to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, […]

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A new study published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) suggests that utilizing autonomous electrified vehicles as driverless taxis can maximize the technology’s potential. The research team, which includes Berkeley Lab scientists Jeffery Greenblatt and Samveg Saxena, said lower carbon emissions, lower energy costs and cheaper maintenance were among the benefits of self-driving […]

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Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick recently said that when Tesla Motors’ vehicles become fully autonomous, he is interested in buying every one of them. The comments were relayed by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson during last month’s Top 10 Tech Trends dinner, as reported by Charged EVs. Uber is a ride service that swaps fleet-owned taxis and […]

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