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Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'

I’m both excited and nervous about the arrival of the autonomous car. Seeing firsthand at CES 2017  just how dedicated the automotive industry and the big-name tech brands are to making cars that won’t need to be driven, was an eye-opener for me...

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Chrysler Portal production due after 2018: CEO says affordable EVs on the horizon
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Chrysler Portal production due after 2018: CEO says affordable EVs on the horizon

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed it plans to produce the futuristic Chrysler Portal concept after 2018, which it has  dubbed the "next-generation family transportation". Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company plans to produce the Portal or something like it, though didn't give further detail...


Lexus LS: Autonomous driving not a priority
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Lexus LS: Autonomous driving not a priority

Lexus boss Tokuo Fukuichi spoke proudly in Detroit today of the technology packed into the company's new-generation LS flagship, but one technology we shouldn't expect to see in the near future is any level of advanced autonomous driving...


Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla
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Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew. The reason for that is simple: As the revolution of electric cars, connected cars and autonomous cars finally begins to take shape, tech companies are invading the automotive sector...


Nissan says tech companies will struggle to make cars
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Nissan says tech companies will struggle to make cars

The constant rumours and public testing of cars by technology giants like Apple, Google and Uber has some wondering if traditional car companies will soon face an onslaught from the cash-rich industry. Those companies are keen to move into the automotive sector in unison with the revolution of autonomous and electric vehicles, but Nissan’s global CEO says tech companies will find it more difficult than they think...


Ford’s autonomous car that you can’t buy will be joined by one that you can… at some point
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Ford’s autonomous car that you can’t buy will be joined by one that you can… at some point

  The first Ford autonomous car due in 2021 will have no steering wheel, no pedals and will not be sold to the public. But the Blue Oval brand will make a car consumers can buy with the same level of autonomy at some point, it has been revealed...


Buying a car is like a middle point between a ‘refrigerator and a dog’, Nissan CEO says
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Buying a car is like a middle point between a ‘refrigerator and a dog’, Nissan CEO says

Renault Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn says the rise of ride-sharing apps and co-ownership schemes for cars will not have an overall negative impact on the number of cars sold, due to the irrational and emotional connection buyers will have with their vehicles...


Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025
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Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025

Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on its autonomous vehicle technology – as are most brands – and the German maker will aim to have autonomous cars of differing levels on sale between 2020 and 2025...


Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead
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Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead

People die on the roads, that’s a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be, according to the head of an energy industry watchdog in the US. Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 overnight in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level...


Autonomous vehicles without human intervention "useless", Nissan claims
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Autonomous vehicles without human intervention "useless", Nissan claims

Nissan says that autonomous vehicles that don’t include human intervention are next to useless, as the Japanese brand launches its new Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system. SAM (detailed in an article here) is Nissan’s way of addressing the limitations of artificial intelligence in cars by allowing a human in a remote command centre to take control of an autonomous vehicle when it gets stuck...


Nissan partners autonomous driving Artificial Intelligence with human support
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Nissan partners autonomous driving Artificial Intelligence with human support

Nissan unveiled a unique twist on autonomous driving technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, bringing the use of remote human intervention as a way of solving the current limitations of artificial intelligence (AI) in cars...


Hyundai Ioniq self-driving prototypes, electric scooters, powered exoskeletons debut at CES
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Hyundai Ioniq self-driving prototypes, electric scooters, powered exoskeletons debut at CES

Hyundai has brought a number of high-tech concepts to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a fleet of self-driving cars that will be plying the public roads around the show's many convention buildings. Self-driving Ioniq Electric The autonomous Ioniq models include Lidar sensors, which are hidden behind the front bumpers rather than mounted on the roof...


Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech
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Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech

The Volkswagen Group is set to hire over 1000 IT professionals over the next three years as it seeks to shore up its technological and autonomous future. IT experts from industries as diverse as gaming and big data research will be hired to expand and develop the Group’s push into artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, smart production and connectivity...


Hyundai to showcase high-tech house, wearable robot tech at CES
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Hyundai to showcase high-tech house, wearable robot tech at CES

Hyundai is set to show off some intriguing ideas at CES 2017, including a smart house and wearable robot body parts, while fully autonomous Hyundai Ioniq models will be seen on The Strip in Las Vegas. The company says it is showcasing a vision for future mobility at the tech show early in January, with a focus on "intelligent autonomous driving and advanced, hyper-connectivity solutions that will link cars to customer’s lives"...


Honda and Google's Waymo in discussions for self-driving tech
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Honda and Google's Waymo in discussions for self-driving tech

Honda has confirmed it is in discussions with Google parent Alphabet Inc for self-driving technology developed by its recently re-branded Waymo company. The news that Google's autonomous vehicle team would be spun off into the new Waymo brand came earlier this month, just one week before the company revealed a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica developed in partnership with the American/Italian car maker...


Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes
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Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes

Uber has admitted that its self-driving vehicles perform illegal and potentially dangerous right turns. In an email to The Guardian, an Uber spokeswoman admitted that its self-driving cars have a "problem" when they turn across bike lanes, but said that the ride-sharing firm was working on a fix...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


Self-driving Chrysler Pacifica revealed by Google's Waymo and FCA
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Self-driving Chrysler Pacifica revealed by Google's Waymo and FCA

The autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid developed by Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has been revealed. These first images of the new autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, released overnight, come just over seven months after Google and FCA announced that they would team up to develop a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles for the search giant's on-going research and development...


Nissan Intelligent Mobility quick-drive review: A glimpse into the near future

Nissan Intelligent Mobility quick-drive review: A glimpse into the near future

Dave heads to Japan to sample some of Nissan's latest 'Intelligent Mobility' technology, first hand...


Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017
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Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017

Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, will deploy a team of engineers to Australia in 2017 to begin collecting data for the advancement of its autonomous driving technologies, the company has confirmed. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, Mercedes-Benz Australia communications manager Jerry Stamoulis said that the work will focus on 'real-world' hands-on driving, using our unique mix of road conditions to improve the technology's capabilities...