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This weekend Audi will follow through on existing plans to tackle a race track with an autonomous version of its Audi RS7 sans driver. More than sedately piloting a street course, Audi will attempt to turn a hot lap in the 150-mph high-performance car with no human at the wheel. The previously reported goal of […]

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Mercedes-Benz is another German company receiving an autonomous vehicle license from the state of California. With “Senate Bill No. 1298″ taking effect, Mercedes-Benz received a license allowing the company to test vehicles in autonomous driving mode in daily traffic on California roads. Mercedes-Benz, which has been in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years now, said […]

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Audi announced it will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. This came as a number of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads took effect September 16. California has allowed limited use of its roads for automated vehicle testing in […]

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Volvo Car Group;’s autonomous driving improvements are forging ahead with the opening of AstaZero, the world’s first full-scale proving ground for future traffic safety solutions. The company said its opening has brought it a step closer to realizing its vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo […]

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Nissan says it intends to make autonomous drive systems commercially viable by 2020. Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced yesterday the Japanese carmaker’s launch timetable for the latest vehicle automation technologies aimed at accelerating consumer adoption of Autonomous Drive systems. The Nissan CEO said new technologies including automated lane controls […]

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Always interested by safety, Volvo believes it can offer even safer cars in the future through systems that can recognize and distinguish whether a driver is tired or inattentive. Examples of this stated by the Swedish company include technology that detects what the driver is looking at or whether he or she has closed eyes. […]

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Volvo is counting on magnets embedded in the road to make autonomous driving feasible on a large scale. Volvo Car Group said it has completed a research project using magnets in the roadway to help the car determine its position. The research, which has been financed in strategic co-operation with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), […]

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More automated driving vehicle research was announced for Ford as the company wants to provide the vehicle with common sense. Following last month’s unveil of the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle, Ford is announcing new projects with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to research and develop solutions to some of the technical […]

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Nissan Motors says its first autonomous drive car projected to be on sale in 2020 may be launched initially in the U.S. In August at its Nissan 360 event, the Japanese automaker announced ambitious plans to globally launch a first-generation vehicle, with intent to make the technology available in all its cars – gas and […]

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As automakers are putting the finishing touches on autonomous vehicle technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed created a concept placing the occupants at the center of the driverless car. “So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver,” said Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht. “After all, traveling […]

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