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Amazon Investigating Development of Autonomous Technology

Company has team looking at impact of self-driving vehicles on business.

by on Apr.24, 2017

Might Amazon join the ranks of Uber, Waymo and others in the autonomous vehicle market?

Amazon is looking at more than just drones to help deliver tomorrow’s books, shoes and electronics: it’s got a team of a dozen people investigating autonomous vehicles.

Before the folks at General Motors, Ford, Waymo or Uber get nervous, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company is really looking into how it can best exploit the technology for its delivery services.

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The team is really an investigative unit to see how it can best take advantage of the technology rather than a group of engineers looking to build a working model. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to story. (more…)

Volvo Autonomous Driving Software Venture With Autoliv Comes to Life

Zenuity will license software to customers.

by on Apr.21, 2017

Jan Carlson, chairman, CEO of Autoliv with Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson.

Zenuity, a 50/50 joint venture between Volvo Cars and Autoliv Inc., has begun operations, developing leading advanced driver assist systems and autonomous driving technologies.

“Volvo Cars combined its know-how with Autoliv’s to create a world leader in autonomous driving safety systems. With Zenuity starting operations we move a step closer to delivering this exciting technology,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars.

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Autoliv is perhaps best known as an airbag supplier, and in recent times, for being the company jumping into help Takata produce replacement kits to replace the Japanese suppliers faulty airbags that have killed nearly a dozen people in the U.S. (more…)

Chinese Investment Firm Takes 5% Stake in Tesla

Tesla Autopilot car hits police officer, adding new concerns about autonomous vehicles.

by on Mar.28, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company needed an infusion of cash, and it got it, from Tencent, which now holds 5% of Tesla stock.

One of China’s largest technology investment firms has taken a 5% stake in the U.S. battery-electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla.

In a public filing, Tencent Holdings said it has purchased nearly 8.2 million shares of Tesla stock. The automaker’s shares have been on a roller-coaster ride in recent months as the company struggled to fund the development of its critical Model 3 battery sedan.

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The automaker’s shares surged on news of the Chinese investment. (more…)

Drivers Think Autonomous Vehicles will End Distracted Driving

New study shows drivers need a primer on self-driving vehicles.

by on Mar.28, 2017

A new study shows that drivers believe autonomous vehicles will cut down on distracted driving.

As the theory that is self-driving vehicles moves closer to reality, drivers clearly have mixed feelings on what it means for them; however, a new study shows that most think a major benefit will be substantial reduction in distracted driving.

According to a new survey released by Erie Insurance, 59% of drivers believe automated vehicles will eliminate distracted driving. In fact, 66% of the men firmly believed this while just a little more than half, 52%, of the women felt this way.

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However, those results there reveal that consumers don’t have a clear picture on what the role of the driver is when behind the wheel, or big red button depending upon which automated vehicle is being driven. (more…)

Toyota Reveals Its Newest Autonomous Research Vehicle

A smart car designed to get smarter.

by on Mar.03, 2017

Toyota's new autonomous research vehicle is quickly adapting to driver behaviors and other stimuli.

Toyota’s newest autonomous research vehicle is expected to learn from its mistakes, adapting to both individual driver behavior and unexpected situations it will likely encounter in real-world driving.

Based on the current Lexus LS 600hL second-generation research model making its debut at the Toyota Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, today is the first developed entirely in-house by the Japanese automaker.

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The Gen-2 research vehicle help Toyota take two different approaches to the challenges of self-driving automobiles. That includes both driver assistance technology meant to help a human always drive at their best level, as well as fully autonomous technology that could, eventually, allow a vehicle to operate with no human behind the wheel at any time or place. (more…)

Nissan Starts Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Europe

Nissan's already tested in Japan, US.

by on Mar.01, 2017

Nissan kicked off its autonomous vehicle testing program for Europe on the streets of east London.

Nissan continues the expansion of its autonomous vehicle program with the launch of the tests of its next generation autonomous drive prototype vehicles in an area of east London.

While the Japanese maker has conducted tests of autonomous drive technology in Japan and the United States, it is the first time the company has demonstrated its latest technology on public roads in Europe.

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“Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering at Nissan. (more…)

Governments Catalyzing Growth of Autonomous Vehicles Globally

Japan, Dubai leading the way to more autonomous vehicle use, testing.

by on Feb.21, 2017

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chairs a committee reviewing a proposal that would set 2020 as the target for commercializing automated-driving technology.

The push to develop autonomous cars is increasingly taking on a global hue as activist governments around the world take a hand in making more space for self-driving vehicles.

For example, the Japanese government now aims to have self-driving vehicles provide transport to its rapidly expanding population of senior citizens and others with limited vehicle access by 2020 and is deliberately encouraging development of the self-driving technology to address growing social challenges, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

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Meanwhile, Dubai has cut a deal for autonomous vehicles with Tesla. The country’s transportation authority announced a deal to buy 200 Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs for the city’s huge taxi and limousine fleet, which now number numbers more than 10,000 vehicles. (more…)

GM, Lyft Deploying “Thousands” of Self-Driving Bolts in 2018

The new fleet arrives two years ahead of most other maker's planned ventures.

by on Feb.17, 2017

An autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV shown running at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.

General Motors will catapult to the top of the autonomous vehicle class in 2018 when it deploys “thousands” of self-driving EVs with its ride-sharing partner Lyft Inc., according to Reuters.

If it happens, it will be the largest test fleet of fully autonomous vehicles by a major automaker. Currently, Waymo, working in concert with Fiat Chrysler, is testing about 60 self-driving vehicles in four states.

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Most automakers have been pointing to 2020 as the time when they’ll have vehicles ready for autonomous driving tests on America’s roadways. Plans call for Lyft, which GM purchased a stake in last year, to use the self-driving EVs in California and other states, Reuters reported. (more…)

Forget Uber or Lyft, Call a Drone When in Dubai

Autonomous drones taking flight this summer.

by on Feb.15, 2017

Dubai has cleared the way for the first autonomous drones to be used by people. The service is scheduled to begin in July.

Amazon has been talking about using delivery drones for sometime now; however, if you’re in Dubai later this year, the delivery drones could be dropping off more than packages — they could be delivering people.

In fact, the drones will be autonomous, marrying two of the latest trends in transportation. Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency has cleared the way for Chinese-made EHang 184s to dot the city’s skyline.

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The move isn’t all that surprising. Dubai’s leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said last year that he wants to the city to be on the cutting edge of transportation technologies. The city has already cleared the way for autonomous vehicles and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is going to get its first real-world trial linking Dubai with Abu Dhabi. (more…)

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Wind Up in Arizona

"Arizona welcomes Uber...with open arms and wide open roads.”

by on Dec.23, 2016

Uber moved its autonomous vehicle fleet from San Francisco to Arizona.

Wondering what’s happened to the 16 autonomous Volvo XC90s Uber pulled off the streets of San Francisco this week? Rather than park the prototypes, the ride-sharing giant has decided to take them to Arizona.

Uber kicked off a storm when, on Dec. 14, it began testing the vehicles in the City by the Bay without the necessary permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The agency quickly pulled the registrations on the autonomous vehicles, forcing them off the road. Uber also took heat when reports surfaced revealing the vehicles had violated numerous traffic laws, among other things running red lights.

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While Uber admitted it had to fix a “problem” with its software, it made it clear it wasn’t abandoning its effort to develop autonomous technology. An initial statement from the company suggested it might move to another part of California, but Uber now says it will head to another state that does not require permits for testing. (more…)