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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...

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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...


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...


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program
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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the autonomous vehicle development program led by the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The Italian-American car company says it will contribute engineering and other technical resources to the development of the new self-driving car platform, as well as large sales volumes and a significant presence in the North American market...


GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees
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GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees

GM employees in San Francisco have begun testing a fleet of self-driving taxis on public roads. In an interview with TechCrunch, Kyle Vogt, founder and CEO of GM's Cruise automated driving division, revealed the company has begun beta trials of its new Cruise Anywhere service...


UK issues guidelines to protect connected cars from hackers
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UK issues guidelines to protect connected cars from hackers

The UK government has issued a new set of guidelines regarding automotive cyber-security of today's increasingly interconnected vehicles. As the government notes in the introduction to its guidance paper, cars are "more vulnerable than ever to hacking and data theft" thanks to new capabilities, including internet Wi-Fi hot spots, and autonomous driving features...


US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards
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US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards

A bipartisan draft bill relating to "highly automated vehicles" has been released, and it seeks to significantly reduce the burden on car makers and other companies working to develop, test and deploy self-driving car and autonomous vehicle technology on public roads. As currently worded, the new bill would exempt up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year, per company, from having to comply with existing car safety legislation...


Subaru 'not aiming to develop driverless cars', says engineering chief
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Subaru 'not aiming to develop driverless cars', says engineering chief

Subaru has confirmed it has no plans to produce autonomous vehicles, despite major industry players aggressively pursuing research to that end. In comments reported by Reuters, Tetsuo Onuki, chief general manager of Subaru's engineering department, declared: "We're not aiming to develop driverless cars. What we're trying to do is make driving safer for people...


Apple working on self-driving car technology, CEO confirms
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Apple working on self-driving car technology, CEO confirms

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has confirmed the tech giant is working on autonomous vehicle technology. In an interview with Bloomberg Television recorded at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Cook admitted, "We’re focusing on autonomous [driving] systems...


Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech
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Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech

The Volkswagen Group is set to hire over 1000 IT professionals over the next three years as it seeks to shore up its technological and autonomous future. IT experts from industries as diverse as gaming and big data research will be hired to expand and develop the Group’s push into artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, smart production and connectivity...


Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes
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Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes

Uber has admitted that its self-driving vehicles perform illegal and potentially dangerous right turns. In an email to The Guardian, an Uber spokeswoman admitted that its self-driving cars have a "problem" when they turn across bike lanes, but said that the ride-sharing firm was working on a fix...


Self-driving Chrysler Pacifica revealed by Google's Waymo and FCA
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Self-driving Chrysler Pacifica revealed by Google's Waymo and FCA

The autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid developed by Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has been revealed. These first images of the new autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, released overnight, come just over seven months after Google and FCA announced that they would team up to develop a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles for the search giant's on-going research and development...


Uber ordered to stop autonomous car tests in California, caught running red light
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Uber ordered to stop autonomous car tests in California, caught running red light

California has ordered Uber to stop trialling self-driving cars in the state, as it does not have necessary permits to do so. Earlier this week, Uber announced that it would be bringing a small number of autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs to its home town. Some of these vehicles will be assigned to pick up and drop off customers who request an UberX car...


Audi's driverless future is coming sooner than you think
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Audi's driverless future is coming sooner than you think

The next-generation Audi A8 luxury sedan will feature autonomous driving and is due in Australia in 2018, the company has confirmed. Audi board member Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter told CarAdvice the brand is marching ahead with autonomous driving technology, despite government legislation around the world yet to catch up with the new tech...


US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars
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US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars

The US government has announced a new federal policy for self-driving cars, which includes guidelines for the responsible federal agencies, a model legislative template for state governments, and a 15-point checklist that car makers and technology companies will be encouraged to measure their autonomous vehicles against...


Grand Theft Auto V used by researchers to train self-driving software
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Grand Theft Auto V used by researchers to train self-driving software

Grand Theft Auto V and other open world computer games are being used by researchers to train artificial intelligence systems that could one day power computers responsible for self-driving cars. Commercially available assisted driving systems, as well as most prototype autonomous vehicle technologies, work best in closed environments, such as freeways and motorways, where the number of variables that need to accounted for by the computer are limited...


Volvo Drive Me autonomous car trial begins in Sweden
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Volvo Drive Me autonomous car trial begins in Sweden

Volvo has officially begun its Drive Me autonomous vehicle public road trial, with the first set of self-driving XC90 SUVs rolling out of Volvo's facilities last week. The Drive Me program is far from the first trial of self-driving cars on public roads...


World's first public autonomous taxi trial begins in Singapore
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World's first public autonomous taxi trial begins in Singapore

Nutonomy has begun what it claims to be the world's first public self-driving taxi trial, beating Uber to the punch. At present only "select Singapore residents" will be able to use Nutonomy's smartphone app to book themselves a free taxi ride in a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which has been kitted out with the company's suite of detection and processing hardware, and self-driving software...


Volvo and Uber team up to work on autonomous vehicles
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Volvo and Uber team up to work on autonomous vehicles

Overnight Volvo and Uber announced that they will join forces to develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles. According to Volvo, the two companies will "establish a joint project that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in [autonomous driving] technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars"...


Hyundai and Google in collaboration talks - report
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Hyundai and Google in collaboration talks - report

Hyundai Motor's president, Jeong Jin Haeng, has confirmed that the Korean automaker and Google are currently in collaboration discussions, but refused to elaborate further. In an interview with Bloomberg, which took place after a meeting between the ministry of trade and local car makers, Jeong said that Hyundai and the tech giant had common areas that could result in cooperation...