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Autonomy isn't gunning for your sports car

There seems to be a sense of fear among petrol heads whenever the topic of autonomy is raised. Fear of handing control over to computers coupled with an overwhelming love of driving - and the dash of hubris that humans are as good as a driver can get - makes the idea of handing over control scary...

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Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV
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Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV

The RACV says it could be ten years before we see fully-autonomous last-mile buses shuttling commuters around public roads. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of driverless bus trials at LaTrobe University, Bryce Prosser, general manager of public policy and corporate affairs at RACV, said autonomous technology testing was still in its "embryonic" stage...


Mercedes-Benz: More cooperation needed on autonomous cars
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Mercedes-Benz: More cooperation needed on autonomous cars

Mercedes-Benz says it's continuously evaluating local market requirements for autonomous vehicle development, but it needs the cooperation other manufacturers, along with legislative and government bodies to bring about a driverless future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the GLC63 AMG launch in Germany, local head of communication, David McCarthy, said it would be remiss to think Mercedes could go it alone with it comes to autonomous cars...


Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive
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Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive

Google’s self-driving project, Waymo, has shared a safety report with the US Transport Department, shining a light on how it operates its autonomous test fleet. The detailed report looks at how the systems in Waymo cars operate, the type of data they record, what happens when something goes wrong and how the car deals with an accident...


Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks
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Mini envisions autonomous driving for race tracks

Mini admits that autonomous driving technology in its traditional sense does not make a whole lot of sense for the young and sporty brand, however, it foresees a future where the artificial intelligence in its cars can be used to showcase the full sporty potential of its vehicles...


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...


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...


Ford invests $1.3 billion in self-driving AI technology company
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Ford invests $1.3 billion in self-driving AI technology company

Late last week, Ford purchased a majority stake in Argo AI, a startup firm specialising in self-driving vehicle technology, for US$1 billion ($1.3 billion). Argo is run by Bryan Salesky, previously the director of hardware development at Google's Self-Driving Project, now known as Waymo...


Tesla rolls out Enhanced Autopilot, Model S and Model X 100D variants added to range
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Tesla rolls out Enhanced Autopilot, Model S and Model X 100D variants added to range

Tesla has rolled out its second-generation of Autopilot hardware - with the option of full self-driving capability - while adding the Model S 100D and Model X 100D to its line-up, providing the longest driving ranges in their respective model families...


Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'
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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. It sounds like a future world full of promise: people won’t need to worry about driving their car home if they’re too tired or too drunk to drive...


Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls
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Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls

Authorities in the US state of Michigan have passed a package of automaker-backed bills that will allow autonomous vehicles to drive on public roads without steering wheels or pedals. According to a new report by the US's Fortune, Michigan's Governor, Rick Snyder, passed the legislation in an effort to re-establish the state as the leader in driverless vehicle development...


Autonomous tech boom expected by 2020 - report
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Autonomous tech boom expected by 2020 - report

Vehicles with autonomous capabilities are expected to create massive growth for automotive suppliers by the end of the decade, according to reports. Despite the cloud of doubt cast over autonomous vehicles following the Tesla Autopilot incident last week, it seems that driverless technologies will continue to grow rapidly in the short-term...


Queen Elizabeth II announces UK plans to pioneer driverless vehicle tech
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Queen Elizabeth II announces UK plans to pioneer driverless vehicle tech

The United Kingdom is determined to become the world leader in the development of autonomous driving technologies, following the announcement of new legislation for driverless vehicles on British roads. Announced by Queen Elizabeth II herself, the new laws will allow the UK’s automotive industry to accelerate research and development into autonomous vehicles...


Driverless cars could dramatically open up urban spaces - study
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Driverless cars could dramatically open up urban spaces - study

A recent study in the UK has found that shared autonomous vehicles could increase available space in urban areas by 15 to 20 per cent. Consultancy WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and architecture firm Farrells investigated the wider implications of autonomous vehicles, along with their benefits to communities and major cities...


UK to begin public road trials of autonomous vehicles this year - reports
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UK to begin public road trials of autonomous vehicles this year - reports

The British government is poised to allow testing of self-driving vehicles on public roads this year. Bloomberg and other sources have indicated that the change in policy will be officially announced as part of the Conservative government's 2016 budget, which will be delivered on Wednesday, UK time...


Toyota to launch autonomous driving system by mid-decade
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Toyota to launch autonomous driving system by mid-decade

Toyota will introduce autonomous driving technologies by the middle of the decade as it aims to improve the safety and convenience of its vehicles and reduce their environmental impact...


Drivers lack confidence in autonomous vehicles: study
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Drivers lack confidence in autonomous vehicles: study

A new study has shown convincing motorists to support autonomous vehicles may be a major challenge, despite many of the world's leading car makers promising to launch driverless technology by the end of the decade. A survey of 1000 adults conducted by ORC International for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies revealed that less than one in five people said they would buy an autonomous car...


Nissan readying autonomous cars for 2020
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Nissan readying autonomous cars for 2020

Nissan says it will be ready to launch autonomous vehicle technology by the end of the decade. The Japanese manufacturer, which has established itself as a technology leader through its global rollout of electric vehicles with partner Renault, says it will be ready with “multiple, commercially viable ‘Autonomous Drive’ vehicles by 2020”...


Ford employs industry-first autonomous vehicle testing
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Ford employs industry-first autonomous vehicle testing

Ford is claiming to be the first car maker to employ autonomous vehicles to assist with its durability testing. Developed by Ford engineers along with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Inc., the autonomous vehicles employ robotic technology to drive cars during accelerated high-impact on- and off-road durability tests...


Toyota opting for 'co-pilot' concept over fully autonomous cars
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Toyota opting for 'co-pilot' concept over fully autonomous cars

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), along with its Lexus division, has unveiled its advanced active safety research vehicle for the first time at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, revealing the company's 'co-pilot' philosophy for automated vehicle safety technology...