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Wealthy? You'll jump on the autonomous cars wagon first

Analysis of the Australian market suggests those living in the nation's most affluent areas will likely be the first to adopt autonomous car technology...

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Autonomous driving: Kill or be killed?
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Autonomous driving: Kill or be killed?

When the inevitable finally happens, and the Nannies in Charge decree that humans are too stupid and/or dangerous to be allowed on roads and that computers should drive, the scariest thing won’t be worrying over whether your autonomous car can keep you safe, it will be the fear that it might one day decide you need to die...


Toyota e-Palette Concept can be programmed by its owner
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Toyota e-Palette Concept can be programmed by its owner

The scalable and programmable Toyota e-Palette Concept has made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The e-Palette is an electric vehicle capable of fully autonomous driving, and is designed to be part of the company's Mobility Services Platform, a cloud-like service that can handle vehicle tracking, management, diagnostics, routing, and software updates...


Autonomous car designs to be non-aggressive: Hyundai
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Autonomous car designs to be non-aggressive: Hyundai

The head of design for Hyundai says that autonomous and electric vehicles will likely adapt a non-aggressive design philosophy to suit their inherent nature going forward, with only the second-generation of these vehicles likely to deviate from the path...


Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era
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Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era

Hyundai says in the midst of a technological revolution taking over the automotive industry, it’s aiming to be the global leader in the fields of autonomous driving and the connected car, not a follower...


Autonomous vehicle tech is the biggest computing problem of its kind: Nvidia
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Autonomous vehicle tech is the biggest computing problem of its kind: Nvidia

The world’s leader in graphics processor unit manufacturing and the supplier of both software and hardware to the automotive industry for autonomous vehicles, says the computing challenge facing the industry is daunting. Speaking to the media at today’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nvidia boss Jensen Huang, said “building a computer for autonomous vehicles is at a level of complexity the world has never known...


Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES
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Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has revealed its new-generation autonomous prototype for this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), dubbed Platform 3.0. Based on the previous-generation Lexus LS600h L, the new driverless vehicle platform features a better integration of autonomous driving systems into the car's design, along with greater capabilities over previous prototypes...


Two Australian companies helping drive the global autonomous revolution
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Two Australian companies helping drive the global autonomous revolution

Holden might have officially shut the door on locally-built cars with the Elizabeth Plant closure, but Australia is still playing a role in shaping the cars of the future. As self-driving technology continues to advance, a number of small Australian companies have attracted the attention of big manufacturers by being the best in their field, be it vision or connected vehicle technology...


UK to have fully-autonomous cars on the road by 2021 - report
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UK to have fully-autonomous cars on the road by 2021 - report

The United Kingdom could have fully-autonomous cars driving on its roads by 2021, according to new reports. Autocar says the British government is expected to announce plans to introduce legislation allowing driverless vehicles to be tested and driven on public roads as part of this week's Budget, which will require a change to the UK Road Traffic Act...


Jaguar Land Rover conducts first autonomous driving tests on public roads
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Jaguar Land Rover conducts first autonomous driving tests on public roads

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has taken part in in the UK's first road tests for autonomous and connected vehicles this week, as part of the UK Autodrive project. The company has already revealed it is developing fully- and semi-autonomous technologies for future models, and these latest tests show that JLR is one step closer to bringing the systems to market...


Lexus LS+ Concept launched in Tokyo
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Lexus LS+ Concept launched in Tokyo

Lexus has whipped the covers off the LS+ Concept at the 2017 Tokyo motor show, providing a peek at how the Japanese marque envisions its luxury flagship of the future. Central to the concept is a suite of autonomous driving systems, designed to deal with driving from “entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways”...


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...


Nvidia unveils new 'supercomputer' for driverless vehicles
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Nvidia unveils new 'supercomputer' for driverless vehicles

Nvidia has continued its push toward a fully autonomous future, launching a new 'supercomputer' capable of supporting level 5 autonomous driving. The Drive PX Pegasus chip, billed as the "first artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotaxis", is capable of 320 trillion calculations per second – over 1o times more than its Drive PX 2 predecessor could handle...


GM’s autonomous cars to take responsibility in driverless crashes?
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GM’s autonomous cars to take responsibility in driverless crashes?

Update: A GM spokesperson later told CarAdvice that the liability space is very complex and the company has not made any official comments or position on liability General Motors says it will take full responsibility if its vehicles crash during an autonomous driving trip, alleviating fears that owners would be held responsible by their vehicle’s artificial intelligence system...


Australians don't want to share autonomous cars: survey
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Australians don't want to share autonomous cars: survey

A new study has found that while Australians may be warming to autonomous vehicles as a concept, they're unlikely to share them with other travellers - potentially making congestion worse than the status quo. The Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS), conducted by the University of Sydney Business School, found that one in four participants would buy a driverless vehicle for family use, though only one-third of these people would lease their cars to other travellers when they aren't in use...


Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants
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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. When asked whether an autonomous vehicle can be sporty, Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens suggested autonomy comes in different shapes and sizes...


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...