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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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An automaker trade group wants regulators to grant CAFE credits for autonomous technology. Collision warnings, automated braking and adaptive cruise control are more than just safety features, said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They are fuel-efficiency boosters. Bainwol’s industry lobbying group represents 12 auto manufacturers, including Ford Motor Co., […]

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Ford is expanding its Silicon Valley presence with the opening of its Palo Alto’s Research and Innovation Center. Ford said the opening of this new Research and Innovation Center allows the company to grow its global research team and accelerate its innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. SEE ALSO: Ford […]

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A new study says that a significant percentage of drivers are interested in buying a partially or fully self-driving car, which will lead to a $42 billion market. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a business consulting firm and author of the study, said consumer interest in autonomous vehicles (AVs) is surprisingly strong. When combined with […]

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Autonomous vehicles may be nearing technological readiness, but may be delayed for legal reasons. This is according an Autonomous Driving Legislation and Liability report by ABI Research released Friday. “Legislation and liability issues and uncertainties are expected to remain the main obstacles for autonomous vehicles becoming widely adopted in the next decade,” said VP and […]

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For the first time yesterday, Nissan’s Autonomous Drive Leaf vehicle drove on Japan’s public highways. The company considers this ride another milestone for the autonomous driving Leaf test vehicle’s cutting-edge technologies. Nissan explained it carried out the highway test with the cooperation of the Kanagawa prefectural government, further progress on a road map that will […]

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