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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...

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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...


Google's Waymo is speeding away in autonomous vehicle progress
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Google's Waymo is speeding away in autonomous vehicle progress

Waymo, the self-driving division of global technology giant Google, appears to be leaving other companies in the dust when it comes to autonomous vehicle development - according to new reports out of the US. CNBC reports that Waymo, owned by Google's parent Alphabet, is charging ahead of companies like Ford and Tesla in its driverless vehicle development...


No shit: Google's Waymo uses clever rotating blades to wipe bird poop from its dome
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No shit: Google's Waymo uses clever rotating blades to wipe bird poop from its dome

"Oh yeah, and how will your fancy self-driving car even drive itself if it gets mud on the camera and can't see?" I'm so glad you asked. And, look, I admit I'd been wondering how the likes of Google and the rest of the self-driving squad would deal with the not-so-small matter of ensuring their clever cars can actually see where they're going...


Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report
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Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report

Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle division, and Lyft, the ride-sharing app, have agreed to work together on autonomous cars. Both companies have confirmed the deal to The New York Times, although details about the scope of the agreement have not yet been revealed...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2018 Nissan Qashqai could debut autonomous tech in Australia
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2018 Nissan Qashqai could debut autonomous tech in Australia

The facelifted 2018 Nissan Qashqai could debut the company's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technologies when it arrives here early next year. Richard Emery, Nissan Australia's managing director and CEO, told CarAdvice at the local launch of the updated 2017 X-Trail range that, while not confirmed for our market yet, the driver assistance systems could be offered here with the updated crossover...


South Korea to open largest autonomous car test site in October
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South Korea to open largest autonomous car test site in October

In October 2017, the South Korean government will open what it claims is the world's largest facility for testing self-driving vehicles. Dubbed K-City (not to be confused with MCity), the 360,000 square metre facility will have a variety of driving environments and road features, including motorways, bus lanes and autonomous parking zones...


Apple asks California to withhold autonomous testing information from public
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Apple asks California to withhold autonomous testing information from public

Technology giant Apple has submitted a request to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) asking that less information about autonomous vehicle testing being included in publicly-accessible reports - according to online blog MacRumours...


Samsung granted permission to test self-driving cars in Korea
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Samsung granted permission to test self-driving cars in Korea

Samsung Electronics has been given permission to begin public road trials of its autonomous vehicle technology. The Yonhap News Agency says South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has granted Samsung Electronics permission to test its self-driving vehicles on public roads...