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Volvo’s self-driving cars are thrown off by kangaroos

Volvo, like seemingly every other company, has been working on their autonomous vehicle technology and it has run into an interesting problem. While testing its cars in Australia, the company found that kangaroos were both a nuisance and very confusing to its cars.<p>The vehicles' detection system has …

Ocado Begins Driverless Van Delivery Trial

They're already on the streets of London.<p>The weekly shop will never be the same again.<p>Imagine ordering through your app, paying using the fingerprint …

Autonomous Cars

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.<p>Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, …

Tesla Isn't the Only Company With Bold Plans for Self-Driving Cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shook up the tech, energy, and auto industries this week by revealing an ambitious roadmap for his company’s future. One of his …

Android Auto update coming to 8 Kia cars

Those who are looking to hit the road with Android Auto have a growing list of options to choose from. And the list is growing this month. If you happen to be a Kia vehicle owner, you might be getting Google’s infotainment system (as well as Apple Carplay) via a software update very soon.<p><b>Read more</b> …

Self-driving Mercedes-Benz bus takes a milestone 12-mile trip

CityPilot has taken a key early step towards fully autonomous public transportation: The Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus program saw one of its Future Bus vehicles drive 20 km (or around 12.4 miles) in the Netherlands, on a route that connected Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the nearby town of …

Autonomous Vehicle

Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space

Rob Toews Contributor<p>Rob Toews is jointly pursuing degrees at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He is the co-founder of SHFFT.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity<br>• What will a driverless future actually look like?<p>As …

Autonomous Vehicle

New Zealand safety campaign wants tourists to take driving tests and display T-plates

Foreign drivers should have to take a compulsory driving test to display ‘T-plates’ when on road trips in New Zealand.<p>This would warn other motorists of potential dangers and also improve the foreign drivers who are responsible for a disproportionate number of traffic accidents every year in the …

Automakers have chosen sides in the ride-hailing wars

The strategic investments were flowing on Tuesday (May 24), with two automakers announcing they’d taken stakes in ride-hailing companies. First was Volkswagen, which committed $300 million to Gett (formerly GetTaxi), a ride-hailing and black cab company whose biggest markets include London, Israel, …

Automotive Industry

NuTonomy raises $16M to make self-driving taxis a reality by 2018

Another week, another story about a promising independent self-driving vehicle company. Last week, Otto came out of stealth to offer autonomous technology for trucks, and today MIT spinoff NuTonomy announced $16 million in funding to go after its ambitious goal of offering self-driving taxis within …

Smart Cities

Google wants Android to take over your entire car

Cars are the new smartphones<p>Google's ambitions for Android in the car go <i>far</i> beyond Android Auto, and it just laid those plans out at its I/O conference this afternoon.<p>The company is demonstrating a Maserati Ghibli that has been completely retrofitted in partnership with Qualcomm to have a 15-inch, …

NXP introduces computer for self-driving cars

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Chipmaker NXP announced the release of its BlueBox computer for self-driving cars.<p>The BlueBox computer collects data from radar, Lidar, cameras, and other sensors, and then processes …

Autonomous-trucking startup Otto comes out with retrofit-ready self-driving tech

If you want to get involved with the future of trucks, your options are still quite limited. You can drop $375,000 on a turbine-powered electric truck that may never exist, or you can spend a pretty penny picking up one of Freightliner's autonomous rigs. But what if you're not flush with cash? It …

Autonomous Cars

Elon Musk says ‘ludicrous mode’ is coming to the Tesla Model 3

It looks like Tesla’s most affordable car yet, the Model 3, will have a ‘Ludicrous’ mode.<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed via Twitter Friday night that the upgrade will be available on the $35,000 vehicle.<p>Ludicrous mode is a feature that enables Teslas to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 …

Google, Uber, Lyft join automakers in self-driving car lobby

Google, Uber and Lyft have joined forces with automakers Volvo and Ford, creating a coalition to influence lawmakers, regulators and the public, Automotive News reported on Tuesday.<p>The new lobby, dubbed The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, will be led by David Strickland, long-time safety …

Automotive Industry

Singapore Is Getting Driverless Taxi Cabs

NuTonomy, a driverless car startup that spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology three years ago, has its sights set on operating a …

Autonomous Cars

Automakers agree to make auto braking a standard by 2022

By 2025, almost all new vehicles in the US will come with automatic emergency braking systems, thanks to a pact 20 automakers made with the government. The companies and the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Insurance Institute for …

Automotive Industry

Automatic braking to be standard by 2022? U.S. and automakers reportedly have a deal

Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached an agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard on most cars by 2022, two people briefed on the deal said.<p>The agreement will be announced Thursday by automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Automakers will …

A wild new Tesla feature lets a car park itself without anyone in the car

But now they're sure to get even more stares, thanks to a head-turning new trick that Tesla cars can perform.<p>A new "Summon" feature allows Telsa cars to park themselves, driving completely autonomously, without anyone in the actual automobile.<p>The Summon feature is part of the new 7.1 software …

Forget self-driving cars, China’s Baidu says it will put self-driving buses on roads in 3 years

<i>BEIJING (By Jake Spring, Reuters)</i> – China’s top online search firm Baidu Inc said it aims to put self-driving buses on the road in three years and mass produce them within five years, after it set up a business unit to oversee all its efforts related to automobiles.<p>The unit will also include its …

41 Tech Startups Disrupting The Car Industry

CB Insights:Connected CarOne of the more popular categories for consumer-focused auto tech startups is the connected car, in which companies exploit …

Building the Next

Consider for a moment what the creation of a truly connected and intelligent vehicle could mean. First and foremost, increased safety. Also, improved …

Internet of Things

Older Drivers Are OK With Tech Features, If They Improve Safety

Automakers are introducing new, high-tech features considerably faster than many drivers can learn how to use them or even fully understand what they do, according to a couple of recent studies.<p>But even older consumers see the value in some of the newer features, especially blind-spot warning …

Articles about sustainable wisconsin home nearly grid on Dwell.com - Dwell

After a devastating fire, architect David Salmela designs a house to replace a beloved lakeside retreat in Wisconsin.<p>Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.<p>Two families live large and comfortably in this beautiful, self-sufficient …

Meet The Yamaha Motobot: A Robot That'll Learn To Ride Motorcycles Better Than Humans Can

Yamaha is delving into the world of autonomous vehicles in a way befitting the unique company that it is: by building a robot that is capable of learning to pilot a motorcycle better than a human can, but not just any human.<p>The Yamaha Motobot aims to outperform an elite world champion—nine-time …

Motorcycles

Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in Japan

Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its "Piloted Drive" mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to the test, which can take control of the car in …

Domino's unveils the DXP, the first purpose-built pizza-delivery vehicle

Domino's has just lifted the veil on the DXP, a vehicle built solely for pizza delivery. The car, which started life as an ordinary 2015 Chevrolet Spark, has been re-engineered for the sole purpose of delivering pizza and everything that entails, including keeping the food at the right …

Travis Kalanick says Uber needs self-driving cars to avoid ending up like the taxi industry

"That Uber, a five-year-old company has the potential to be disrupted if we don't do this right, is super fascinating," he said on stage at The Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive conference.<p>In the last year, Uber has poached more than 40 autonomous vehicle experts from the robotics program at Carnegie …

Driverless bus pilot hopes to revolutionise mass transport in Europe

The city of Trikala, in central Greece, is the first in Europe to host a driverless bus in the city center.<p>It is part of CityMobil2, an EU-funded pilot project to revolutionise mass transport and wean Europe’s cities off oil dependency over the next 30 years. Each in turn, five different sites are …