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Ride-hailing firm Lyft is taking the future of self-driving cars very seriously – maybe even more seriously than arch-competitor Uber and other companies testing the autonomous systems. John Zimmer, Lyft’s cofounder and president, expects that most of the company’s rides will come from autonomous vehicles within five years. Zimmer shared his perspectives in an exclusive […]

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Toyota’s research arm has forged an alliance with a robotics foundation to support both open source and proprietary tools to be used in the automaker’s robotics and automated vehicle initiatives. Toyota Research Institute is working with the Open Source Robotics Foundation and its newly-formed for profit subsidiary Open Source Robotics Corporation. TRI is also awarding […]

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Volvo Car Group has teamed up with Autoliv Inc. to develop autonomous driving software and compete in the new and emerging automotive market. The joint venture, which will be headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, will develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous drive (AD) systems for use in Volvo Cars, according to announcements by both […]

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Mobileye and Delphi Automotive are working together to launch a more-affordable technology for self-driving cars that the two companies say will be available by the end of the decade. Their technology will rely less on costly Lidar sensors, which are being used in most of the autonomous vehicle test projects, according to a Bloomberg report. […]

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Automakers are racing to achieve full-self driving autonomy and it looks like Ford wants to be the leader of the pack. To claim the top spot – and cars including those with no steering wheels or pedals by 2021 – it announced a $75 million investment in Velodyne, a leading light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors […]

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General Motors invested $500 million last January for a nine-percent stake of ride-sharing company Lyft, and apparently wanted to own all of it. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the automaker approached Lyft in “recent weeks” about a potential acquisition that was declined. Citing a post from technology website The Information, the report said […]

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Last March, Jaguar’s design head Ian Callum said that within two years the company would have something not powered by a gasoline engine available in the lineup. Now, according to Automobile magazine, the Tata-owned British automaker will have two of those somethings in the lineup: a battery-electric large luxury sedan and an all-electric small crossover […]

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While Tesla’s Autopilot system is being investigated from a May 7 fatality, another Tesla driver credits Autopilot for potentially saving lives. On July 26, a Tesla Model X driver was able to use Autopilot to guide himself to an emergency room in Missouri. He’d been feeling intense pain that felt “like a steel pole through […]

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If General Motors’ plans continue on pace, its first fully autonomous cars could be in limited use by a partnering car sharing service in five years, and on sale to consumers within 10. This is according to Mark Reuss, head of global product development, who spoke last week at an automotive cybersecurity conference in Detroit. […]

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Despite a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating with the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” software engaged, the federal government will not slow down the development of self-driving cars. Speaking at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind said that “no one incident will derail the Department […]

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