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Fully autonomous driving will still need the human touch - Nissan

“[Humans] are the best autonomous systems I know of.” So says Dr Maarten Sierhuis, chief technology director for Nissan, and the man charged with guiding the manufacturer’s autonomous driving technology into the future...

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NSW Government to create national Autonomous Vehicle Centre of Excellence
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NSW Government to create national Autonomous Vehicle Centre of Excellence

The New South Wales Government has committed to creating a National Centre of Excellence for autonomous vehicles, and will later this year host the International Driverless Vehicle Summit (IDVS). According to the Australian Driverless Vehicle Index (ADVI), the new Centre of Excellence will help address Australia's slow progress on autonomous vehicle development...


Waymo leads autonomous vehicle industry on disengagements
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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...


Australia falls down Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index
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Australia falls down Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index

Australia has slipped from 14th to 15th in the Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index, a trend the Australia Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) says should "sound warning bells". According to ADVI, Australia has "gone from being on the international radar as a leader, to a country that risks being marginalised as it slips further into autonomous vehicle obscurity"...


Seat concept teased ahead of Mobile World Congress debut
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Seat concept teased ahead of Mobile World Congress debut

While new smartphones will make most of the headlines at Mobile World Congress 2019, Seat will be using the gathering to unveil a new "mobility platform" concept car. Details about the car are thin on the ground right now, with the company stating the concept will make a "difference in Seat's urban micromobility strategy"...


55-car convoy in 'autopilot' mode claims Guinness world record
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55-car convoy in 'autopilot' mode claims Guinness world record

We've covered a lot of autonomous developments recently, but none are quite as grand in their scale as this one. There's a new world record for 'largest parade of autonomous cars', and it belongs to a Chinese car company. The world record attempt took place in late November 2018 at the Dianjiang test track, near Changan's headquarters in the Chinese city of Chongqing...


Amazon invests in autonomous driving technology company
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Amazon invests in autonomous driving technology company

Aurora, a startup focused solely on self-driving vehicle technology, has secured over US$530 million ($750 million) in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by venture capital firm Sequoia, Amazon, and T Rowe Price Associates, an asset management company. Thanks to this latest round of investment Sequoia gains a seat on Aurora's board...


2021 BMW iNext testing begins
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2021 BMW iNext testing begins

BMW has teased its upcoming pure-electric, autonomous crossover, the iNext, as it gears up to being production in 2021. That's right, 2021. The plug-in technology showcase was teased by a distinctive concept last year, with a suitably eye-catching exterior and a cabin inspired by a "modern, high-end living space"...


Lagonda All-Terrain Concept teased
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Lagonda All-Terrain Concept teased

Lagonda will reveal its second concept car at the 2019 Geneva motor show, designed to offer a glimpse of how its fully-electric off-roader will look. The new All-Terrain Concept will be the first production Lagonda. It appears to be a raised version of the autonomous concept unveiled last year in Geneva...


Jaguar Land Rover using light projection for autonomous communication
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Jaguar Land Rover using light projection for autonomous communication

Jaguar Land Rover has charged ahead with development of another left-field way for self-driving cars to communicate with the world around them. The company last year released a self-driving pod with giant eyes, designed to make pedestrians feel more comfortable interacting with the vehicle, and has followed up with a test vehicle using light projection to indicate its intentions...


Apple cuts 200 people from autonomous car project
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Apple cuts 200 people from autonomous car project

Sources have told CNBC over 200 people have been fired this week from Apple's Project Titan group. A spokesperson for the tech company confirmed the layoffs to the business news channel. The person added "as the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019" some groups have been moved to other areas within the company, such as machine learning...


New South Wales looking to drive autonomous development
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New South Wales looking to drive autonomous development

Transport for New South Wales has announced a $10 million fund for connected and autonomous vehicle trials, as it looks to ramp up self-driving research within its borders. Released yesterday, the fund is part of a Connected and Automated Vehicles Plan outlining how to create a "sustainable transport system that improves on safety, efficiency and the customer experience" for users...


Bosch automated trial coming to regional Victoria
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Bosch automated trial coming to regional Victoria

Bosch will later this year test its self-driving Tesla Model S on rural roads in Victoria, as it looks to refine its autonomous technology in a new environment. Backed by $2.3 million in government funding and the first autonomous driving permit granted in Victoria, the trial kicks off "late in 2019" on country highways...


A timely reality check on autonomous cars
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A timely reality check on autonomous cars

The largest event of the year in tech is called CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. It's held in Las Vegas in January and it is where we get to see what is coming to market in tech today, tomorrow – and sometimes never. We've seen a growing number of car manufacturers attending CES, ranging from car launches to demonstrations of concepts of the future vehicle...


Mercedes-Benz: Autonomous cars to be region-specific
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Mercedes-Benz: Autonomous cars to be region-specific

Mercedes-Benz says that the use of full autonomous cars in the future will likely be region specific, meaning certain cars will be designed and engineered for certain areas, which will see them unable to operate autonomously in other regions...


Arizonans attack self-driving Waymo vans at least 21 times
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Arizonans attack self-driving Waymo vans at least 21 times

Self-driving vehicles being operated by Waymo, the autonomous driving division of Google, have been attacked or threatened at least 21 times since 2016. Incidents have included a resident waving a hand gun at a passing Waymo car, being run off the road, tyre slashing, being assaulted with rocks, and verbal abuse...


Lexus, Telstra trialling V2X communications in Victoria
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Lexus, Telstra trialling V2X communications in Victoria

Lexus and Telstra are teaming up for a two-year connected vehicle trial in Victoria, as they seek to explore how the technology could help lower the road toll. The tests will see a pair of tweaked Lexus RX 450h SUVs communicating with each other through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) tech, and infrastructure using vehicle-to-X (V2X)...


Elon Musk: Tesla driving with 'no driver input' coming soon - UPDATE
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Elon Musk: Tesla driving with 'no driver input' coming soon - UPDATE

Elon Musk has boldly claimed Tesla cars will soon be capable of full autonomy, tweeting his vehicles will "be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no driver input at all". As with all Musk tweets, there's not a whole heap of detail about what that looks like and when it'll actually happen...


Waymo One driverless taxi service launched
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Waymo One driverless taxi service launched

The Waymo One self-driving taxi service has been given a soft launch in and around Phoenix, Arizona. The service is currently limited to people on the company's Early Rider program. Waymo says it will "gradually roll out [the service] so even more people can ride with us", although it hasn't provided a timeline...


Audi Flying Taxi Concept unveiled in Amsterdam
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Audi Flying Taxi Concept unveiled in Amsterdam

Audi, in conjunction with Airbus and Italdesign has presented an operational prototype of Pop.Up Next, its flying taxi concept. Pop.Up Next is essentially a hybrid between a drone and an autonomous car. The idea is the system has a ground module and a drone module. A separate passenger compartment can be transported by, and passed between, both transport modules...