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Ford patents removable steering wheel for driverless vehicles

Ford has revealed patent drawings envisioning an autonomous-capable vehicle with removable driver controls - such as the steering wheel, instruments and pedals...

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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program
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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the autonomous vehicle development program led by the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The Italian-American car company says it will contribute engineering and other technical resources to the development of the new self-driving car platform, as well as large sales volumes and a significant presence in the North American market...


Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials
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Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials

The Victorian government has started its autonomous driving technology trials, first announced in December last year. Launched to "help Victoria prepare for the future of driverless vehicles", the trial is being carried out in cooperation with roads company Transurban, along with VicRoads and RACV. Manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are also involved...


Intel plans 100 strong Level 4 self-driving car fleet after Mobileye acquisition
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Intel plans 100 strong Level 4 self-driving car fleet after Mobileye acquisition

Intel will, by the end of the year, begin rolling out a test fleet of around 100 Level 4 autonomous vehicles on public roads. The chip maker announced its plans after revealing it had completed the bulk of its acquisition of Mobileye, a major automotive safety systems supplier. To be developed and built by Mobileye, the Level 4 test fleet will be tested on public roads in Israel, the United States and Europe...


GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees
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GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees

GM employees in San Francisco have begun testing a fleet of self-driving taxis on public roads. In an interview with TechCrunch, Kyle Vogt, founder and CEO of GM's Cruise automated driving division, revealed the company has begun beta trials of its new Cruise Anywhere service...


That's no driverless car, it's just a dude inside a seat... for science!
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That's no driverless car, it's just a dude inside a seat... for science!

"That's no moon…", Obi-Wan said as his motley band of rebels neared the Death Star. And, it turns out, this is no driverless car. Instead, it seems some inspiration has been taken from the many memes of people hiding inside seats, or even more elaborately dressed as a seat. The story, as unravelled by NBCWashington...


Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans
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Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans

Mazda Motor Corporation will launch a world-first commercially produced compression-ignition petrol engine series, to be called SkyActiv-X, in 2019. This technology cuts fuel use, which is vital as Mazda look to slash its well-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions to half of what they were in 2010...


UK issues guidelines to protect connected cars from hackers
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UK issues guidelines to protect connected cars from hackers

The UK government has issued a new set of guidelines regarding automotive cyber-security of today's increasingly interconnected vehicles. As the government notes in the introduction to its guidance paper, cars are "more vulnerable than ever to hacking and data theft" thanks to new capabilities, including internet Wi-Fi hot spots, and autonomous driving features...


Bosch, Mercedes-Benz launch automated valet parking site in Germany
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Bosch, Mercedes-Benz launch automated valet parking site in Germany

The valet experience will be available to all in the near future, thanks to autonomous driving technology - and Bosch is planning to be at the forefront of providing that tech. In a new video released today, Bosch and technology partner Daimler have previewed a system that sees a Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan guided to its space by newly installed infrastructure in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage...


Audi offers rides in self-driving car to the public
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Audi offers rides in self-driving car to the public

Audi is offering select members of the public a 60 minute ride in the driver's seat of a vehicle from its autonomous driving development fleet. Riders will be chosen from social media feeds run by Audi Germany. Raffle winners and high mileage users of the Audi On Demand service will also participate in the ride-along program...


US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards
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US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards

A bipartisan draft bill relating to "highly automated vehicles" has been released, and it seeks to significantly reduce the burden on car makers and other companies working to develop, test and deploy self-driving car and autonomous vehicle technology on public roads. As currently worded, the new bill would exempt up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year, per company, from having to comply with existing car safety legislation...


New Audi A8: The good and the bad
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New Audi A8: The good and the bad

The new-generation 2018 Audi A8 limousine — its answer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series — doubles as a technology figurehead for the brand, and its comfort-focused flagship. There’s a lot that’s new, very little that isn’t, and even aspects that change the game completely...


Rolls-Royce to skip hybrids and go straight to EVs
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Rolls-Royce to skip hybrids and go straight to EVs

Rolls-Royce vehicles will one day feature electric drivetrains and autonomous driving modes, but that day isn't in the near or, even, medium term future. Torsten Mueller-Otvoes, CEO of Rolls-Royce, spoke to Autocar during the Goodwood Festival of Speed and outlined the company's thinking on electrified drivetrains...


Jaguar Land Rover reveals autonomous systems for urban driving
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Jaguar Land Rover reveals autonomous systems for urban driving

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has demonstrated several autonomous driving technologies, dubbed Autonomous Urban Drive, which the company says brings it one step closer to bringing driverless vehicles safely through city streets. The Autonomous Urban Drive suite of driver assistance tech allows vehicles to obey traffic lights, along with negotiating T-junctions and roundabouts...


Subaru 'not aiming to develop driverless cars', says engineering chief
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Subaru 'not aiming to develop driverless cars', says engineering chief

Subaru has confirmed it has no plans to produce autonomous vehicles, despite major industry players aggressively pursuing research to that end. In comments reported by Reuters, Tetsuo Onuki, chief general manager of Subaru's engineering department, declared: "We're not aiming to develop driverless cars. What we're trying to do is make driving safer for people...


Apple working on self-driving car technology, CEO confirms
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Apple working on self-driving car technology, CEO confirms

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has confirmed the tech giant is working on autonomous vehicle technology. In an interview with Bloomberg Television recorded at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Cook admitted, "We’re focusing on autonomous [driving] systems...


Honda plans to have autonomous vehicle on sale by 2025
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Honda plans to have autonomous vehicle on sale by 2025

Last week Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, held a press conference to outline elements of the company's Vision 2030. As part of the plan, the company is hoping to have a personal use level four autonomous vehicle on the market by around 2025. A level four self-driving vehicle can be driven by a human, but can operate in all situations by itself...


Nissan X-Trail gets ProPilot autonomous tech in Japan - UPDATE
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Nissan X-Trail gets ProPilot autonomous tech in Japan - UPDATE

The Nissan X-Trail has been the latest recipient of the company's semi-autonomous ProPilot driver assistance suite, launching in its home market of Japan this week. Joining the Nissan Serena - the first of the company's models on sale with the semi-autonomous technologies - the updated Japanese-market X-Trail can now accelerate, brake and steer without driver inputs during single-lane driving on a highway...


BMW will always have a steering wheel, despite market push for autonomy
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BMW will always have a steering wheel, despite market push for autonomy

Automotive manufacturers are rapidly being forced to diversify into becoming mobility providers and technology companies, but BMW assures that despite the push for more onboard technology, the steering wheel (or something along those lines) will always have a place in ‘the Ultimate Driving Machine’...


Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google
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Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who formerly headed up the company's self-driving car development team. Overnight, Uber confirmed to The New York Times it had fired its star engineer. Levandowski is at the centre of a court case launched earlier this year by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, against Uber...