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Ford and Walmart to work on autonomous delivery vehicles

Ford, Walmart and Postmates will work together to develop and trial a delivery service using autonomous vehicles. The companies have revealed the trials will take place in Miami-Dade county in Florida, but haven't announced when it will begin operation...

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How self-driving cars will change... sex
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How self-driving cars will change... sex

Self-driving cars are promising change the way our cities are laid out, how we commute, and how car manufacturers sell their products. According to a report from the USA, they're also going to change sex. Speaking with Fast Company, Scott Cohen, deputy director of research of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, said autonomous vehicles will "provide new forms of competition for hotels and restaurants" when they arrive...


Daimler, Bosch teaming up for San Jose autonomy trials
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Daimler, Bosch teaming up for San Jose autonomy trials

Bosch and Daimler are joining forces for level four and five automated vehicle trials in San Jose, California, set to start in the second half of 2019. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding with the city, flagging an on-demand ride-hailing service set to be offered to a "selected user community" in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor...


Roborace: Autonomous race series won't be fully-autonomous to start
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Roborace: Autonomous race series won't be fully-autonomous to start

Roborace has been in the works for a while now, promising to revolutionise racing by removing the driver. Turns out, the revolution won't happen overnight though, with the series CEO revealing season one will involve a combination of conventional and autonomous racing. Speaking with Motosport...


Motorists set a very high bar for autonomous safety - survey
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Motorists set a very high bar for autonomous safety - survey

The general public has very, very high expectations for autonomous vehicle safety, according to a survey from toll-road operator EastLink...


Uber self-driving crash has made manufacturers 'cautious' on autonomy
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Uber self-driving crash has made manufacturers 'cautious' on autonomy

We've seen some bold claims from car manufacturers about their autonomous programs. General Motors wants to deliver a car without pedals or a steering wheel in 2019, while BMW and Ford are targeting 2021 with their self-driving programs. But the push to automation hasn't been smooth – far from it, in fact...


How much are you willing to pay for an autonomous car?
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How much are you willing to pay for an autonomous car?

If a self-driving car and a human-controlled vehicle were sat side-by-side in a dealership, how much would you be willing to pay for autonomy? According to a new study from the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), over 40 per cent of Australians and New Zealanders would be happy shelling out more cash for an automated vehicle...


Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower - study
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Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower - study

There have been a number of high-profile crashes involving Tesla Autopilot in 2018, caused by drivers overestimating the semi-autonomous assistance system's capabilities. We know leaning heavily on Level Two automation is risky, but exactly how risky is tough to quantify. A team of Australian researchers is trying to do just that, however, as part of a study into driver attention and semi-autonomous vehicles...


EasyMile: Level 5 autonomy could still be 8-10 years away
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EasyMile: Level 5 autonomy could still be 8-10 years away

As the push towards autonomous vehicles accelerates, car manufacturers are ramping up their claims about what their self-driving cars will be able to do, and when they'll be able to do it. General Motors wants to have a vehicle without pedals or a steering wheel on the road by 2019, while Ford says it'll be building self-driving cars at 'scale' by 2021...


As automation spreads, drivers need to get smarter - expert
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As automation spreads, drivers need to get smarter - expert

  More work needs to be done teaching drivers about the semi-autonomous features offered on modern vehicles, especially as we move from level two automation towards levels three and four. Speaking with CarAdvice at the International Driverless Vehicle Summit (IDVS), Dr...


Autonomous shuttle trial headed for rural South Australia
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Autonomous shuttle trial headed for rural South Australia

A new autonomous trial focusing on elderly and mobility-impaired people is headed to regional South Australia, in a push to show how self-driving cars can operate in a rural environment. The trial will take place in Renmark, around three hours north-east of Adelaide, and was this morning announced by Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government in South Australia at the International Driverless Vehicle Summit (IDVS)...


Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service
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Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service

Volkswagen will launch an autonomous, electric ride-hailing service in 2019, as part of a partnership with Mobileye and Champion Motors in Israel. The pure-electric cars will come from Volkswagen, a plug-and-play Level 4 autonomous kit is being supplied by Mobileye, and Champion Motors will manage the fleet control centre...


Federal inquiry into Australian automated mass-transit announced
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Federal inquiry into Australian automated mass-transit announced

A new inquiry into the use of automation in mass-transit systems around Australia has been announced, as the Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee looks to make public transport "better, stronger and faster" going forward. The inquiry, which will also investigate the role new fuel sources like hydrogen and electric power can play on road, rail and point-to-point delivery vehicles going forward, is accepting submissions until December 7, 2018...


Semi-autonomous systems significantly increase repair costs - study
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Semi-autonomous systems significantly increase repair costs - study

Modern cars are safer than ever before, but the complex sensors and cameras required to make features like autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist work can be seriously costly to fix. That's according to a new report from the North American AAA, which found minor accidents damaging only the bumpers, door mirrors or windscreen can cost up to US$3000 ($4200) more when semi-autonomous technology is involved...


Who should a self-driving car save? - study
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Who should a self-driving car save? - study

An experiment from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), dubbed The Moral Machine Experiment, has shed some light on how humans think self-driving vehicles should deal with the infamous 'trolley problem'. The experiment used a game where participants were shown an unavoidable accident situation with two possible outcomes, and asked which they'd prefer, or be more comfortable with...


Autonomy could improve efficiency of Victorian roads by 91 per cent - study
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Autonomy could improve efficiency of Victorian roads by 91 per cent - study

Infrastructure Victoria has revealed its advice on what's needed to support the rollout of highly-automated and zero-emissions vehicles, arguing autonomy could improve the efficiency of our roads by 91 per cent...


Ford patents smartphone-based autonomous vehicle steering
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Ford patents smartphone-based autonomous vehicle steering

Ford has been granted a patent in the United States for a system it calls ‘Non-Autonomous Steering Modes’, which would allow an autonomous car to be steered using a smartphone. First discovered by carbuzz.com, Ford's patent allows the vehicle to be controlled through the accelerometer and gyroscope within most smartphones...


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz may partner on electric, autonomous tech
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz may partner on electric, autonomous tech

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, may expand the scope of their collaboration to include electric drivetrain and self-driving car technology development...


US regulations to allow fully-driverless vehicles
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US regulations to allow fully-driverless vehicles

New rules from the US North American Highway Transport Authority (NHTSA) could allow fully driverless vehicles on American roads. An announcement from the US Department of Transportation, operating through the NHTSA, will "reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards" on autonomous vehicles, taking "active steps to prepare for the future by engaging with new technologies to ensure safety without hampering innovation"...


Honda invests $3.8 billion in GM's autonomous car division
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Honda invests $3.8 billion in GM's autonomous car division

Honda will help General Motors and Cruise, its self-driving car unit, fund and engineer a next-generation autonomous vehicle to be sold throughout the world. Honda will plow roughly US$2 billion ($2.8 billion) into Cruise over the next 12 years, and is also investing US$750 million ($1 billion) upfront for a 5.7 per cent share in the self-driving unit...