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Ford gives shopping trolleys AEB
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28th Apr 2019
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Ford gives shopping trolleys AEB

Ford has been rolling out autonomous emergency braking across a wider range of its cars lately. The Ranger dual-cab ute now has it standard across the range, as does the Transit. Turns out, it's not just commercial vehicles getting the potentially life-saving tech. It's also shopping trolleys. Sort of... This is, obviously, a stunt from Ford of Europe designed to promote autonomous emergency braking in its cars. There's a sensor embedded in its base, designed to detect obstacles ahead.
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Scott Collie
Tesla full self-driving computer revealed: 'The best chip in the world' according to Musk
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22nd Apr 2019
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Tesla full self-driving computer revealed: 'The best chip in the world' according to Musk

Elon Musk says Tesla cars could be able to drive themselves by the end of 2019, on the back of today's full self-driving computer reveal. According to the outspoken CEO, the new computer is "the best chip in the world... objectively". It was unveiled at an investor day in Palo Alto, California. It'll be built in Texas by Samsung, with the company suggesting supply shouldn't be an issue. We've heard that before, though.
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Renault launches vehicle-to-grid charging pilot
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21st Mar 2019
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Renault launches vehicle-to-grid charging pilot

French manufacturer Renault has announced its first large-scale pilot into reversible electric charging, kicking off in the Netherlands and Portugal. In a statement released this week, the company says: "Our alternating-current technology has the particularity of placing the reversible charger inside vehicles, so it just requires a simple, inexpensive adaptation of the existing charging terminals".
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James Wong
Waymo leads autonomous vehicle industry on disengagements
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18th Feb 2019
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Waymo leads autonomous vehicle industry on disengagements

Google's self-driving cars, operating under the Waymo name, required human intervention just once every 11,154mi (17,950km) in 2018, comfortably making it the industry leader for disengagements. Waymo vehicles drove a whopping 1.2 million miles (1.93 million kilometres) in California last year, equating to a "50 per cent reduction in the rate of disengagements and a 96 per cent increase in the average miles travelled between disengagements" compared to 2017.
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Scott Collie
Toyota USA confirms Android Auto for new cars
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8th Feb 2019
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Toyota USA confirms Android Auto for new cars

Toyota USA has confirmed the 2020 Sequoia, Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get Android Auto capability. In Europe, the privilege will also be extended to Aygo and Yaris buyers. Initially, the technology will only be available on newly-purchased vehicles, and Toyota hasn't confirmed whether it'll be standard-fit or an optional extra.
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