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Yandex begins public tests of its self-driving cars in Russia

Its ride-hailing service is operating in the city of Innopolis.<p>Russia's Yandex has taken its self-driving efforts one step further, launching an autonomous ride-hailing service in the university city of Innopolis, Russia. The company claims it's the first such service to launch in Europe. For now, …

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Google's Self-Driving Cars Have Trouble With Basic Driving Tasks: Report

If the autonomous revolution ever arrives, it’s almost certain that self-driving cars will drive with an over-abundance of caution, which makes …

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Uber's self-driving truck program is done

Uber's self-driving truck program feels like it just took off, but after a court trial and several major leadership changes, it's been a long road to …

Mercedes-Benz self-driving taxi pilot coming to Silicon Valley in 2019

Daimler and Bosch will offer NVIDIA-powered rides for free (with a safety driver)<p>Daimler and automotive parts supplier Bosch will pilot a free self-driving ride-share service in the San Francisco Bay area starting in the second half of 2019, the companies announced this week. Using a custom version …

Driverless-car makers want Congress to free them from state safety standards

As Silicon Valley and automakers attempt to steer the nation toward a future of driverless vehicles, a group of influential lawmakers remains concerned that bipartisan legislation now moving through Congress could leave consumers at risk by preventing states from demanding tighter safety …

Self-driving cars will require new business models - Selling rides, not cars

Special report<p>Selling rides, not carsSelf-driving cars will require new business models<p>IF YOU WANT to buy a fully self-driving car, you may have to …

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Baidu's Apollo teams up with Mobileye to smarten up its decision making

Baidu, aka China's version of Google, has its fingers in a lot of pies, maybe most notably, autonomous driving. Its open-source Apollo self-driving car program has been around for awhile now and has been adopted by several small autonomous vehicle startups here in the US. Baidu plans to take a …

Baidu and Softbank’s SB Drive are bringing an autonomous bus service to Japan

Chinese search engine giant Baidu have partnered with Softbank subsidiary SB Drive and manufacturer King Long to deploy a self-driving mini bus service to Japan early next year.<p>The agreement was announced at Create Baidu, the company’s annual AI developer conference in Beijing. Under the agreement, …

This self-driving grocery delivery car will sacrifice itself to save pedestrians

The vehicles will take part in a pilot program with Kroger in the fall.<p>Most self-driving cars are designed to carry people. That’s what Google’s autonomous vehicles do in Arizona, for example. But a company called Nuro has created a diminutive ‘bot that can drive itself down streets toting eggs, …

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New shuttle to drive South Australia around town on its own

There's a new first- and last-mile solution in South Australia and it's not those brightly coloured bikes that have been subjected to abuse and irked regulators around the world.<p>A self-driving public electric shuttle called the Flinders Express will begin operations at the Tonsley Innovation …

Volvo’s self-driving cars are getting new laser sensors to see the world

Luminar will supply lidar sensors to the Swedish auto giant<p>Lidar startup Luminar is on a bit of a hot streak. After announcing a major deal with Toyota, the company said it would be slashing costs and scaling up rapidly to meet the growing demand for its laser sensors that help self-driving cars …

Waymo's Push Into Robot Cabs Is So Big There May Be Little Room For Anyone Else

82,000 robot cabs is so big, there might not be enough room for anyone else<p>Waymo’s recent bet on self-driving cars is big – so big there may be little room for anyone else.<p>The Google spinoff announced last week that it planned to buy up to 62,000 minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, adding …

Here’s what SoftBank’s investment into GM’s Cruise means for the self-driving race

Some takeaways from the deal and interviews with SoftBank, GM and Cruise execs.<p>SoftBank’s $2 billion investment on Thursday into Cruise, GM’s self-driving subsidiary, triggers a bunch of questions about the feverish race in Silicon Valley to master autonomous vehicle technology.<p>The deal, on its …

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This May Be The Biggest Economic And Social Shift Of The Last 100 Years. Are You Ready?

The changes coming in driverless vehicles are just the tip of the iceberg. What's yet to come is nothing short of unimaginable.<p>The constant chatter about driverless, autonomous, and electric vehicles is nearly deafening. Yet, in all of that noise what's most often missed is that the implications …

Internal Uber email announces shutdown of Arizona driverless car testing

"We intend to drive in a much more limited way," Uber executive writes.<p>Uber is shutting down testing of self-driving cars in Arizona after one of its …

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Intel just hit the nitro in the self-driving car race

Intel is all-in on autonomous cars.<p>The company's autonomous vehicle division, Mobileye, has signed a deal to provide self-driving technology to eight …

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Watch a truly driverless car navigate city streets

Drive.ai, the company that’s gearing up to launch an autonomous ride-hailing pilot in Frisco, Texas, just released a video showing off its driverless capabilities. Drive.ai’s service will initially launch with safety drivers in July, but the goal is to ultimately operate the ride-hailing platform …

Waymo tells law enforcement what to do in case of emergency

Waymo put together a booklet with instructions for self-driving emergencies.<p>In a decade or so, law enforcement could already be used to dealing with incidents and accidents involving self-driving vehicles. For now, Waymo wants to make sure cops, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders …

Texas becomes the latest state to get a self-driving car service

By Peter Holley<p>Peter Holley<p>Technology reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Texas will become the latest state to host a self-driving car service on public roads when Drive.ai — a Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up — launches a six-month pilot program in Frisco, Tex. this summer.<p>Unlike Waymo or Uber, whose …

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Alibaba is the latest Chinese internet giant to test self-driving cars

Rivals Baidu and Tencent are also working on autonomous technology.<p>China's Alibaba Group has been testing its own autonomous vehicle technology, the <i>South China Morning Post</i> reports, and is looking to hire an additional 50 self-driving vehicle experts. Alibaba's rivals Baidu and Tencent have also …

Waymo formally applies for fully driverless car tests in California

Remote operators linked to the cars will need to stand by in case of an emergency.<p>Waymo has officially applied to the California DMV to test autonomous cars without drivers in the state. A source told the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> that the company will start trials around its Mountain View …

Tech company coalition aims to defend self-driving cars over road deaths

The autonomous car industry has a perception problem — and now a group of related companies has banded together to try to solve it.<p>Uber's fatal crash …

Waymo Isn’t Going to Slow Down Now

Waymo, the self-driving car company started by Google, did nothing after an autonomous vehicle run by Uber killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. It …

Waymo to buy 20,000 Jaguars for robotic ride-hailing service

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Self-driving car spinoff Waymo will buy up to 20,000 electric vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover to help realize its vision for …

Uber hits a roadblock as Arizona suspends its autonomous car tests

Following a fatal accident last week that saw an Uber self-driving car collide with and kill a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona – believed to be the first death caused by an autonomous car – the state has suspended Uber’s tests there.<p>The Associated Press reports that, in a letter to Uber CEO Dara …

Waymo executive claims his driverless technology would have seen the pedestrian killed by an Uber car

Waymo Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik said his company's self-driving software would likely have avoided the pedestrian death in which an Uber autonomous car was involved.<p>"We have a lot of confidence that our technology would be robust and would be able to handle situations like that one," …

Uber suffered from self-driving car problems before Sunday’s fatal crash

Reports indicate problems that existed long before fatal incident in Arizona<p>All was not well with Uber’s self-driving car project before the fatal crash this past Sunday in Arizona, which has prompted widespread criticism of the ride-hailing giant’s approach to autonomous vehicle development and …

Was Uber's driverless car crash avoidable? Experts say yes

It's day five of the Tempe Police Department's investigation into Uber's self-driving car crash, the accident that resulted in the first fatality of a pedestrian from a car in full autonomous mode.<p>And there's still no clear answer as to what went wrong.<p>The Arizona police, along with federal …

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

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Self-driving cars will use flashing lights and weird noises to "talk" to pedestrians

Uber patent application signals a growing trend in autonomous vehicles<p>Over the years, human drivers have gotten pretty good at communicating intent to the people around them. A little wave of the hand, a nod, maybe some eye contact, and that’s usually all it takes to let pedestrians, bicyclists, …

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