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Technology giant Samsung has been granted permission by the authorities in South Korea to begin testing self-driving vehicles. Samsung is not looking to get into the car manufacturing business, instead looking to develop the components and artificial intelligence software that can then be equipped on other automaker’s vehicles. Samsung plans to use its first self-driving […]

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Tech companies and advocacy groups are battling potential new state laws that would only allow automakers to test autonomous vehicles in those states. A handful of states are considering enacting what’s usually called Safe Autonomous Vehicle acts that would bar technology companies and only allow vehicle manufacturers to test drive self-driving cars. The legislation kicked […]

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicle disengagement report. The report includes data from all companies that are actively testing self-driving cars on roadways in California, and those companies are required to disclose the number of times human drivers have to intervene while testing a self-driving car. Waymo, Google’s new […]

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt is more than a relatively cost-effective EV, it’s also the testbed for General Motors’ self-driving technologies. Chevrolet has already been road testing 30 prototype self-driving Bolts in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Ariz., deployed by GM’s Cruise Automation subsidiary, and next move is in its home turf. That is, it will begin building […]

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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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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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Since Google began testing autonomous, or self-driving, cars it has continuously updated the technology. For example, last month the software named “Google Chauffeur” learned how to toot its horn, honking with appropriate intensity and frequency depending on the situation. Now its autonomous cars “can detect a cyclist’s hand signals as an indication of an intention […]

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Michigan wants to be the first state to move beyond testing self-driving cars to allowing them to be sold and operated on its roads. Although driverless cars are perhaps years away, a package of bipartisan bills includes one that would update 2013 laws allowing for the operation of autonomous cars on public roads without anyone […]

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