Tag Archives: selfdriving cars

Waymo’s self-driving taxi service months away from starting

In a matter of months, Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car subsidiary, will invite the public to ride in its autonomous taxis. Unlike prior tests, these self-driving cars won't have a human behind the wheel. A new report from Reuters published on Tuesday states Waymo will seek public riders in a few months for rides in Phoenix, Arizona. At first, the...

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Renault’s new self-driving obstacle avoidance technology matches pro drivers

Renault debuted its latest self-driving car on Tuesday. Based on the all-electric Zoe, it is named "Callie," and it is capable of matching the accident avoidance prowess of professional drivers. The self-driving Renault challenged pro drivers in sudden obstacle avoidance tests, and "Callie" performed just as well every single time. The French brand says the...

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Waymo found drivers asleep, so it dumped partial self-driving feature

Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, has made a conscious decision to skip partial self-driving technology. Why? The company found its test drivers napping behind the wheel, which meant they'd be unable to resume control of the car if needed. Clearly, this speaks volumes as to how the general public could react to commercialized partial...

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Say, what can you see? How self-driving cars view roads

When a self-driving car boots up and takes in the world around it, its vision is nothing like what a human driver finds familiar. Instead, a self-driving car uses data collection via radar, cameras, and lidar to "see" the world around it. How can humans begin to understand what the machine sees? Make the human a self-driving car, of course. That's exactly...

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Elon Musk is "full of crap" with self-driving car promises, says GM exec

Automakers and technology companies from around the world continue to press forward with their autonomous-driving technologies, but a handful remain standouts. Arguably, Tesla arrived on the scene first with its Autopilot system. However, despite its name, the technology is far from capable of actually driving the car itself. By 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk...

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Nvidia aims to make Level-5 self-driving cars a reality with supercomputer chip

Nvidia may be best known for its computer graphics cards, but its new supercomputer chip may one day be a car's brain—and in the not-too-distant future to boot. The company revealed its latest artificial intelligence computer called Pegasus, and the company developed it with Level-5 self-driving cars in mind. The scale of autonomy ranges from Level...

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GM buys lidar developer for self-driving car projects

General Motors continues to pursue an ambitious self-driving car agenda. It recently acquired Cruise Automation to help speed up development of its own self-driving cars. Now it's purchased another company, Strobe Inc. Strobe develops lidar systems, an essential component for self-driving and autonomous-car technologies. Specifically, Strobe will join...

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Audi Aicon, Elaine preview self-driving, all-electric future

The 2017 Frankfurt auto show hasn't even started yet, and already we have a good idea of what this year's affair at the Frankfurt Messe is going to be all about thanks to Audi. Meet the Aicon (pronounced like "icon") and the Elaine, a pair of all-electric autonomous vehicles that preview the auto industry's self-driving, green future. Let's...

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