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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...

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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...


Autonomous driving: Office for Future Transport Tech announced by Australian government
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Autonomous driving: Office for Future Transport Tech announced by Australian government

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack today announced the establishment of a new Office for Future Transport Technologies, launched through a  $9.7 million investment...


BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations
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BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations

We've written about it before at CarAdvice and discussed it on our various radio shows and the podcast, and we're not the only ones who think that autonomous vehicle technology continues to grow at a rate much faster than the regulations required to police it. In many instances, manufacturers can already offer autonomy that far outstrips the legal framework we have...


Renault EZ-Ultimo concept unveiled
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Renault EZ-Ultimo concept unveiled

The self-driving Renault EZ-Ultimo concept has been revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show. Despite measuring 5.8 metres long and riding a 3.88m wheelbase, the concept only has seats for three people, with one armchair and one two-seater bench. The EZ-Ultimo stands just 1.38m tall, but is 2.2m wide, leading us to think it might struggle down some French streets...


Autonomous cars may not come 'in my lifetime' - Toyota chief researcher
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Autonomous cars may not come 'in my lifetime' - Toyota chief researcher

John Leonard, head of autonomous vehicle research at the Toyota Research Institute, has expressed doubts about level five autonomous vehicles becoming viable in the near future. "Taking me from Cambridge to Logan Airport with no driver in any Boston weather or traffic condition — that might not be in my lifetime," Leonard told Bloomberg...


Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?
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Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?

One of the best things about today’s automotive industry is the improved vehicle safety. Cars aren’t just infinitely better in a crash, they’re also becoming increasingly proficient at helping you avoid them altogether. But unceasing advancement can come at the cost of clarity. In a market so congested, keeping pace with who offers what is difficult, to put it mildly...


Volvo to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads
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Volvo to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads

Volvo has been granted permission to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads, according to a new report from DI Digital. The publication says Volvo will be able to run autonomous mules on public roads around Gothenburg, its home town, provided they stay below 60km/h. They'll also need to have a human safety driver behind the wheel, with one hand on the steering wheel at all times...


BMW iNext concept unveiled
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BMW iNext concept unveiled

The BMW Vision iNext has been revealed officially just a day after photos of it were leaked online. According to Harald Kruger, BMW's CEO, the Vision iNext answers the question: "What does a vehicle look like which no longer needs to be driven by a person but can be if desired?” The car has two driving modes: Boost for human driving, and autonomous Ease mode...


Volvo Vera autonomous truck concept has no cab
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Volvo Vera autonomous truck concept has no cab

The cabless Volvo Vera autonomous truck has been debuted, as the company continues development on self-driving heavy-haulers. Vera is designed to carry standard container and trailers over short distances within ports, factories and large logistics centres...


Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic unveiled
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Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic unveiled

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic is a conceptual self-driving vehicle platform, which supports interchangeable people carrier and cargo lugging modules. Although it looks quite small in the supplied photos, the Urbanetic is actually rather large, measuring up to 5.14 metres from head to tail. The two bodies seem to be at least two metres tall...


Volvo 360c concept unveiled
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Volvo 360c concept unveiled

The Volvo 360c concept, unveiled overnight, shows what the Swedish automaker thinks a future autonomous electric car might look like. According to Volvo, the 360c concept "capitalises on the freedom in design" afforded by fully autonomous electric vehicles, as they would not need a steering column or reserve a large area for a combustion engine...


Apple reports first self-driving crash in California
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Apple reports first self-driving crash in California

An Apple self-driving prototype has been rear-ended on a Silicon Valley expressway, revealing the technology company is still working on autonomous vehicles. According to a report by Automotive News, filings in a criminal case have confirmed Apple has at least 5000 employees working on its self-driving project...


Volvo expands on 360c teaser
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Volvo expands on 360c teaser

Volvo Car has continued the mysterious tease of the 360c, which now appears to be an autonomous concept car of some kind. Details about the Swedish show car are still hard to come by, but the futuristic lines and (what appear to be) sensors on show in the teaser would suggest self-driving or semi-autonomous systems will feature heavily...


Jaguar Land Rover turns to 'virtual eyes' for self-driving pods
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Jaguar Land Rover turns to 'virtual eyes' for self-driving pods

Small nods to pedestrians, waves for polite drivers and high-beam flashes to warn of impending speed cameras are all part of the fabric making our road system work. They're also beyond reach for cars without an empathetic human behind the wheel. To help self-driving pods better communicate with the world around them, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has turned to a set of (terrifying) virtual eyes...


Autonomous buses 'already close to reality in transport users’ minds' - study
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Autonomous buses 'already close to reality in transport users’ minds' - study

La Trobe University has called for more consideration of autonomous vehicles in future infrastructure planning decisions, having concluded a 12-month self-driving bus trial on campus. More than 500 students and staff rode the 'Autonobus' during its year on the La Trobe Bundoora campus, before providing feedback about the experience...


Holden announces $28 million for autonomy and EVs, 150 new jobs
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Holden announces $28 million for autonomy and EVs, 150 new jobs

General Motors (GM) has announced plans to make Holden a hub for engineering autonomous technology and electric vehicles, pouring an additional $28 million into local research and development, and promising 150 new engineering and design jobs. That takes the annual spend on research and design for Holden beyond $120 million, an increase of around 30 per cent, and will push the local design and engineering team to around 500 employees...


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). According to the non-profit's research, current semi-autonomous systems like lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control displayed behaviours ranging from "the irksome, such as too-cautious braking, to the dangerous"...