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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...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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"...


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...


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...


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...


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...