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Caddy Going Hands-Free in 2018 Launch of Super Cruise

Set to rival Tesla Autopilot, system on CT6 sedan will cost $2,500.

by on Apr.11, 2017

A motorist lets the Cadillac CT6 do the driving in a prototype equipped with Super Cruise.

Come the 2018 model-year, Cadillac CT6 buyers will be able to press a button on their steering wheel and then slip back and relax.

The automaker has finally set a date to launch its long-awaited Super Cruise system, a significant step along the path towards autonomous driving. Somewhat similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, the Caddy technology takes existing technologies like active cruise control and automatic braking a step further, allowing the vehicle to steer itself when operated on well-marked roads.

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But buyers be advised: you won’t be able to switch on Super Cruise during your morning commute and then stretch out for a quick catnap on the way to work. The system monitors driver behavior to ensure that a human can quickly regain control in the event of a problem. If need be, the system will come to a complete stop and call for help.

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Will the Tesla Model 3 Be the Safest Car Ever?

New battery-sedan could prevent 90% of accidents, says analyst.

by on Mar.24, 2017

Tesla promises to launch Model 3 production in July, with retail sales following later in 2017,

Tesla has promised that its upcoming Model 3 will be loaded with a variety of high-tech features, including the latest version of the maker’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system. And now, automotive analysts from Morgan Stanley are predicting the sedan will be the safest car ever made.

With “a supercomputer in every car,” they estimate in a new report that the new Model 3 will be 10 times safer than existing vehicles – or 90% less likely to be the cause of either vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-pedestrian fatal crashes. But that actually could disrupt both the conventional new and used car markets, Morgan Stanley is forecasting.

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“Look for an acceleration of the market’s awareness of the obsolescence of used cars and an acceleration of insurance company awareness to reprice premiums,” the report suggests.

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Comma One Founder Makes Semi-Autonomous System Free to All

Hotz eliminates governmental red tape by open sourcing project.

by on Dec.02, 2016

Comma.ai's George Hotz at the introduction of the Comma One: an aftermarket device giving cars semi-autonomous capability for $999. Photo credit: TechCrunch.

Less than a month after deciding that dealing with standard government protocol was more than he could bear, Comma.ai founder George Hotz has had a rethink – and found way around the interference he so reviled for his Comma One semi-autonomous system.

He announced on the Comma.ai website he open sourced the software code and robotics research platform for the driver-assistance system. By doing so, he can’t really make a profit off the program, but it does make it immune to involvement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Anyone looking to get in on the ground floor of the next stage of the code can get it for free through GitHub. (more…)

Tesla Delays “Unexpected” News, but Announces Solar Cell Deal with Panasonic

“Needs a few more days of refinement,” tweets CEO Musk.

by on Oct.17, 2016

Panasonic claims to make the world's most efficient rooftop solar cells.

Those who were hoping for a big announcement from Tesla Motors are going to have to wait a couple more days, according to CEO Elon Musk, though the Silicon Valley-based electric car company did have some significant news to report on Monday.

Tesla says it will expand its alliance with Japanese electronics giant Panasonic to start producing solar cells. That could be a major development for SolarCity, the solar panel company Tesla recently said it will acquire. Panasonic already produces batteries for Tesla’s electric vehicles and is a major partner in the massive Gigafactory battery plant being erected in Reno, Nevada.

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Tesla’s Musk had hinted earlier this month that the company would make an “unexpected” product announcement on October 17th, but in an overnight tweet, the South African-born entrepreneur said the project “needs a few more days of refinement,” and won’t be revealed until Wednesday.

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Ford Will Offer Driverless Tech to Consumers by 2025

Fields believes costs will drop as scale increases.

by on Sep.12, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields detailed the company's plans for driverless vehicle technology.

Ford Motor Co. hopes to begin selling fully driverless vehicles to consumers by 2025, CEO Mark Fields says, about four years after the automaker begins marketing the technology to ride-sharing and delivery fleets.

Ford recently turned the auto industry’s conventional wisdom on its head by saying it plans to go beyond basic autonomous technology — which would require a trained “operator” ready to take control in the event of an emergency. Instead, Ford wants to take the driver out of the picture entirely.

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“We believe the next decade will be defined by the development of autonomous vehicles,” CEO Fields said during a conference Ford is sponsoring this week looking at future trends. (more…)

Autopilot Not at Fault in European Crash, Tesla Says

EV maker still cooperating with Dutch authorities in investigation.

by on Sep.09, 2016

Tesla officials are saying that the Autopilot program played no role in the most recent Model S crash.

Tesla Motors officials said the driver of a Model S who died this week in the Netherlands was not using the vehicle’s Autopilot function at the time of the crash. The company said it is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

Police and firefighters arrived at the scene to find the car damaged, but it is unclear if the 53-year-old driver was using the vehicle’s semiautonomous vehicle mode when he crashed in the Dutch town of Baarn, approximately 25 miles southeast of Amsterdam.

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“Thus far, we can confirm from the car’s logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven at more than 155 kilometers an hour,” a Tesla spokesman said in a statement. (more…)

Your Next Car Could Be Updated Just Like a Smartphone

Technology could speed up repairs, save time and money for motorists and makers alike.

by on Sep.06, 2016

Some vehicles are already being updated the same way as that smartphone - over the air.

Stung by a fatal crash that has raised serious concerns about its semi-autonomous Autopilot system, Tesla plans to announce a major update for the technology in the coming weeks.

But unlike a traditional upgrade, Tesla owners won’t be required to visit one of the battery-carmaker’s showrooms. Instead, they’ll have the revised software beamed to their vehicles, much as smartphone makers like Apple use so-called over-the-air, or OTA, technology when it’s time to update their operating systems.

“Tesla is changing the game,” said Roger Ordman, the marketing director at RedBend, and Israeli subsidiary of Harman International,  that has become a leader in the development of over-the-air update technology. “The need for OTA is as big as the need for advanced driver technologies.”

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Wireless updates are commonplace in the computer and smartphone world. It’s the method of choice for distributing everything from anti-virus updates to the latest operating system revisions. But the technology is just beginning to be accepted by automotive manufacturers.

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Delphi, Mobileye Partner on Driverless Vehicle Tech

Partners want to have both fully autonomous and driverless vehicles on the road by 2019.

by on Aug.23, 2016

The first of the Delphi autonomous prototypes will be a modified Audi SQ5. Delphi and Mobileye will show off their new system at CES.

In the latest in a burst of announcements aimed at bringing fully autonomous, and even driverless, vehicles to market, automotive mega-supplier Delphi is teaming up with the high-tech Israeli firm Mobileye.

The two tech firms plan to show off their system during a preview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January, and expect to have it ready for production as early as 2019. The news comes a week after Ford Motor Co. said it would begin building a fully driverless vehicle for use by car-sharing and delivery services in 2021.

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“Our partnership with Delphi will accelerate the time to market and enable customers to adopt Level 4/5 automation without the need for huge capital investments, thereby creating a formidable advantage for them,” said Amnon Shashua, chairman and chief technology officer at Mobileye. (more…)

Tesla to Complete SolarCity Takeover Despite Concerns

All-stock deal worth $2.6 bil, but critics cite conflicts of interest.

by on Aug.01, 2016

A series of SolarCity solar panel installations.

Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Tesla Motors said Monday morning that it would complete its takeover of the solar power company SolarCity, a move it believes will lead to numerous synergies in its broader green energy strategy.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the all-stock, $2.6 billion deal will almost immediately result in $150 million in cost-savings, describing the deal as a “no-brainer” that “we should have done sooner.” But reaction has been skeptical since the proposed takeover was announced more than a month ago.

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Together, Tesla and SolarCity “expect to save customers money by lowering hardware costs, reducing installation costs, improving our manufacturing efficiency and reducing our customer acquisition costs,” Tesla said in a statement.

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Mercedes-Benz Pulls Controversial, Self-Driving E-Class Ad

“You have to evaluate the environment,” especially after Tesla crash, says spox.

by on Jul.29, 2016

In "The Future," a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class (r) catches up with an autonomous F 015 concept.

Mercedes-Benz is pulling out of rotation a controversial ad for the new 2017 E-Class sedan that, critics contend, implies that the vehicle can be driven autonomously.

The issue has become particularly sensitive in the wake of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S sedan in Florida on May 9th. The vehicle was being operated in Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode and, some evidence suggests, 40-year-old Joshua Brown may have been watching a video rather than remaining positioned to take control of the battery sedan in the event of a malfunction.

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“The intent was never to suggest this was (an autonomous vehicle), but that this is the latest of the building blocks” that will eventually lead to self-driving technology, said Mercedes spokesperson Donna Boland, when asked about the video ad dubbed “The Future.”

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