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Semi-autonomous systems 'aren't robust substitutes for human drivers' - study

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Semi-autonomous systems 'aren't robust substitutes for human drivers' - study

The current crop of semi-autonomous driver assists aren't proper substitutes for hands-on attention, according to a new study from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)...

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Uber ends self-driving truck development - report
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Uber ends self-driving truck development - report

Uber has decided to close its self-driving truck department, and concentrate its autonomous vehicle efforts in passenger car sphere. "We recently took the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh, and as we look to continue that momentum, we believe having our entire team’s energy and expertise focused on this effort is the best path forward,” Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in an internal email sent to employees and seen by Techcrunch...


We have 'pedigree' on safety - Bosch talks autonomy
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We have 'pedigree' on safety - Bosch talks autonomy

Car manufacturers aren't the only ones working on autonomous technology apace. Along with Google and Uber, traditional automotive suppliers are beavering away on their own technology, extending the reach of the systems they already offer. Bosch is one of those suppliers...


Tesla's Autopilot has driven 1.9b kilometres - report
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Tesla's Autopilot has driven 1.9b kilometres - report

Tesla customers have driven over 1.2 billion miles (1.9b kilometre) with the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot systems engaged, a new report says. First covered by Electrek, a team from MIT Human-Centered AI has produced (and is still updating a report) estimating the distance covered by Tesla vehicles operating with Autopilot turned on...


Autonomy will kill BMW M manuals
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Autonomy will kill BMW M manuals

The manual gearbox might be living on a serious time overdraft in many parts of the world, but BMW’s M Division has no plans to stop offering it any time soon. When we spoke to boss Frank Van Meel at the launch of the M2 and M5 Competition earlier this week, he said we can expect to still have the option of a stick shift, even as the company moves to its new, modular fifth-generation architecture...


Bridgestone to use autonomous cars for tyre testing
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Bridgestone to use autonomous cars for tyre testing

Autonomous cars are being put through their paces off the road and on public streets – even at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, the tyre development team at Bridgestone is looking to use the technology for road-noise testing in Japan from next year, in search of more precise and efficient tests...


NHTSA unwilling to regulate self-driving cars ... for now
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NHTSA unwilling to regulate self-driving cars ... for now

The acting administrator of the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it's too early in the game to begin working on regulations for autonomous vehicles. “At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think it is appropriate today to regulate this technology,” Heidi King, the agency's acting administrator told Automotive News...


Self-driving Mustang wobbles its way up Goodwood hillclimb - video
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Self-driving Mustang wobbles its way up Goodwood hillclimb - video

We wrote about a self-driving Mustang preparing for the first autonomous run up the hill at Goodwood yesterday. We all had a good laugh about the possibility of it crashing on the big stage, with the world's motoring enthusiasts watching online. Remember that? It was a fun time... Turns out all that laughing and joking was kind of accurate...


1965 Ford Mustang to drive itself up Goodwood hillclimb
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1965 Ford Mustang to drive itself up Goodwood hillclimb

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner, and car manufacturers are getting ready to let their loudest, sexiest metal loose on the hillclimb. Siemens and Cranfield University are taking a different approach, however, letting their best autonomous technology pilot a converted 1965 Ford Mustang on the famous course...


Chinese search engine launching self-driving bus
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Chinese search engine launching self-driving bus

Baidu, China's equivalent of Google, has launched a new artificial intelligence chip, which will power its upcoming self-driving buses. The company unveiled its Kunlun AI chip last week, which will not only be used in autonomous vehicles, but also be employed in data centres where it will do natural language processing, crunch search rankings and other tasks...


Tesla Model 3 gets 'Summon' functionality
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Tesla Model 3 gets 'Summon' functionality

Tesla has wirelessly added its 'Summon' functionality to the Model 3, allowing owners of the affordable electric baby to remotely park their cars in tight spaces. The news was revealed on Twitter, but it wasn't announced on Elon Musk's feed. Instead, Tesla tweeted a video of an owner remotely parking his Model 3 in a very skinny garage, and said "Summon now available in Model 3"...


Australians distrustful of autonomous cars - study
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Australians distrustful of autonomous cars - study

More than 58 per cent of Australians don't trust autonomous cars, and more than 17 per cent think robots can't match human driving skills – according to a study from a local law firm. The report from Smith's Lawyers, titled Seven Problems Self-Driving Cars Face, found 58.6 per cent of people said "no, I like to have control of my car at all times", while just 7...


Jaguar Land Rover trialling connected car tech
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Jaguar Land Rover trialling connected car tech

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has released details of its connected vehicle testing, commencing new trials as part of the UK CITE Project. The British automotive group says it has deployed a fleet of connected cars – based on current models like the Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport – with an array of communication systems that can 'talk' to other vehicles and compatible infrastructure...


Uber 'safety driver' was watching Hulu before fatal crash
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Uber 'safety driver' was watching Hulu before fatal crash

The driver responsible for overseeing the self-driving Uber prototype that struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona earlier this year was watching The Voice on her phone before the crash, according to a new report from Tempe Police...


Electric, autonomous cars to cause 'pile-up of epic proportions'
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Electric, autonomous cars to cause 'pile-up of epic proportions'

The "unprecedented" amounts of money being spent on autonomous and electric vehicle development have put the automotive industry on track for a "pile-up of epic proportions" in the coming years. According to a report from consulting firm AlixPartners, a whopping US$255 billion ($344 billion) will be poured into electric vehicle research and development (R&D) between now and 2023...


Volvo XC90 to get Level 4 driverless tech in 2021 - report
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Volvo XC90 to get Level 4 driverless tech in 2021 - report

The Volvo XC90 is set to get some serious autonomous driving technology early next decade, according to a new report out of the US. Speaking with The Car Connection, Volvo's senior vice president, Henrik Green, said the next-generation XC90 will be able to transport "sleeping passengers" to their destination on "limited roadways" – likely referring to highways and freeways...


Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami
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Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami

Ford has teamed up with Postmates to test a self-driving food truck in Miami, in an attempt to better understand how people interact with unmanned delivery vehicles. When we say unmanned, we mean vehicles that appear unmanned. Ford is already running a number of trials with autonomous cars, but this is aimed at better understanding how people actually deal with the car once it's arrived with their food...


Byton K-Byte concept revealed
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Byton K-Byte concept revealed

Just 24 hours after announcing it had raised US$500 million in a funding push, Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Byton has revealed its second concept car. The K-Byte follows on from the M-Byte SUV revealed at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, incorporating Level 4 autonomy into an interesting, luxurious package...


Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August
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Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter promising some 'full self-driving features' will be rolled out as part of an August update for Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system. At the moment, Autopilot is limited to Level 2 automation. Although stories about Tesla 'drivers' sleeping and sitting in the passenger seat – and, unfortunately, crashing while reliant on the system – abound, Autopilot is only meant to operate under constant driver supervision...


Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident
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Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident

A preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says Autopilot may have steered toward the dividing barrier on US Highway 101 before a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model X earlier this year. It's worth mentioning up front, the investigation isn't complete, and the NTSB hasn't nailed down a probably cause for the crash...