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Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants

Audi used the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as a launching platform for its level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous production and concept vehicles, with the company now indicating it will likely offer a range of autonomous vehicles that suit alternative use cases...

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L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe
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L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe

The European Research Project L3Pilot for autonomous drive systems has been launched this week, led by the Volkswagen Group. As part of the four-year program, the L3Pilot initiative includes a total of 13 vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, operating 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers to test automated driving technologies for both Level 3 and Level 4 standards...


BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design
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BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design

BMW’s head of design says the onslaught of autonomous vehicles and their expected reduction in accidents will have a radical change on car design, with manufacturers able to introduce smaller cars that will not require today’s passive safety requirements...


BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available
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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

BMW says that in order to meet its own stringent safety requirements and built in redundancies, fully autonomous 'Level 5' driving technologies are not yet available for mass-market production. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that his company now uses more sensors and more hardware for Level 2 autonomous technologies than some competitors (such as Tesla) have for Level 5...


Audi Elaine and Aicon: Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles on the horizon for Audi
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Audi Elaine and Aicon: Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles on the horizon for Audi

It was only last week that we had the chance to sample the world's first level 3 autonomous production vehicle, the Audi A8. Audi has today unveiled the Audi Elaine and Aicon concepts that further push the boundaries of vehicle autonomy. Revealed at the Volkswagen Group preview night at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the concepts shape the path for Audi's move into the high technology space of autonomous vehicles...


Audi to take full responsibility in event of autonomous vehicle crash
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Audi to take full responsibility in event of autonomous vehicle crash

Audi has taken out the gong with the world's first level 3 autonomous vehicle, but the best news for consumers is that the manufacturer has confirmed it will take full responsibility in the event of an accident. The all-new Audi A8 debuts an autonomous driving technology designed to work in traffic jams...


Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech
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Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech

Audi used an event in Germany earlier this week to reveal the world's first level 3 autonomous vehicle in the all-new Audi A8, confirming that its technology is tested and it won't be using customers as a test bed. The all-new Audi A8 is capable of driving itself as a level 3 autonomous vehicle in traffic jams, where the driver is able - technically, but not yet legally - to take their eyes off the road and focus on another task...


2018 Audi A8: We've driven the world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle
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2018 Audi A8: We've driven the world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle

The modern day equivalent of the race to the moon is the race to full autonomy in cars - and Audi has landed the first blow. The company has showcased a world-first for production cars, with level 3 autonomous driving technology available in the all-new 2018 Audi A8. Debuting in the Audi A8, the vehicle will launch with a new feature called Traffic Jam Pilot...


Samsung is the latest player in driverless cars
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Samsung is the latest player in driverless cars

Mega smartphone manufacturer and technology giant, Samsung, has officially entered the race for autonomous car dominance after securing approval to test self-driving cars on state roads in California. According to the DMV’s (Department of Motor Vehicles) California website, as of August 30, 2017, there are now 39 tech companies listed as registered permit holders, including the likes of Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen Group, Waymo, BMW, Apple, NVIDA, GM and Samsung Electronics...


Smart Vision EQ Fortwo revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
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Smart Vision EQ Fortwo revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Just days after being teased on social media, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept has been revealed ahead of the Frankfurt motor show. Launching under parent Mercedes-Benz's new 'EQ' electric sub-brand, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo show car measures a diminutive 2699mm long, 1720mm wide and 1535mm tall, and potentially previews the next-generation of the urban carmaker's smallest model, the Fortwo...


Victorian driverless testing highlights need for improved infrastructure
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Victorian driverless testing highlights need for improved infrastructure

Autonomous vehicle technology trials currently underway in Victoria have delivered a first round of results, revealing aspects of infrastructure and technology that must be improved for autonomous systems to reach their full potential. Using current-model vehicles with 'level 2' autonomous technology systems already in market, the trials were first announced in December and have been actively testing in regular daily traffic on the Eastlink corridor...


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...


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...


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’...


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...


Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car
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Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car

Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it. That’s where the next-generation 5G comes into play, promising insanely-fast data transfer rates of up to 45 gigabits-per-second and one-millisecond latency...


Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms
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Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms

German stablemates Audi and Porsche have announced they'll collaborate on the development of a shared next-generation vehicle architecture for future mobility including autonomous driving, electrification and digitisation...


Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology
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Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have announced they will work together on self-driving vehicle technology. The two German automotive firms will jointly develop the software and algorithmic systems required for SAE level four and level five autonomous vehicles, which can drive themselves in urban and extra-urban environments...


Computers can't beat human intuition: Mercedes-Benz
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Computers can't beat human intuition: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz admits that as good as a computer will ever be at driving, it would be very hard to beat a human’s intuitive abilities. Talking to CarAdvice at the Australian Formula One grand prix, Mercedes R&D validation and testing manager Jochen Haab said a computer would find it difficult to beat Formula One world champion and Mercedes-AMG driver Lewis Hamilton on the track...