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The autonomous car industry is about to get hammered

May 24th, 2020 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Today on Speed Lines: The “coronavirus economy” means a huge potential setback for self-driving car tech. Good morning and welcome back to Speed Lines, The Drive’s morning roundup of what’s going on in the world of transportation. I think it’s Wednesday, although I’m not really sure anymore, let alone what that even means. A ‘Bumpy […]

Cars could go completely driverless ‘very soon,’ says CEO of Chinese autonomous driving tech start-up

May 17th, 2020 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

AutoX rolls out self-driving robotaxis in Shanghai’s ride-hailing market  KEY POINTS Despite current regulations and safety concerns over self-driving cars, the time that cars could really go driverless is coming “very soon,” according to Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and founder of AutoX, a start-up developing autonomous driving technology based in Shenzhen. It had received approval from […]

MIT tech lets self-driving cars “see” under surface of road

March 5th, 2020 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

In poor visibility, your car could look for landmarks — under the surface of the road.  MIT is working on self-driving technology that allows cars to “see” through the ground up to a depth of ten feet below the surface of the road. The idea is to allow self-driving cars to figure out exactly where […]

Hackers stuck a 2-inch strip of tape on a 35-mph speed sign and successfully tricked 2 Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph

February 25th, 2020 at 1:52 pm » Comments Off

McAfee researchers were able to trick a Tesla’s autonomous systems. Researchers at McAfee were able to trick two Teslas into autonomously speeding up by 50 mph. The researchers stuck a 2-inch strip of tape on a 35-mph speed sign, and the car’s system misread it as 85 mph and adjusted its speed accordingly. The safety […]

General Motors wants to do away with the steering wheel

January 10th, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Almost all major automakers are gearing up to enter the new era of self-driven cars. Taking this concept further is General Motors, which wants to do away with the steering wheel altogether in its latest self-driven model. The automaker has put in a request to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow it […]

Smart intersections could cut autonomous car congestion

December 26th, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets of the future, reduce congestion and minimize accidents. In the not-so-distant future, city streets could be flooded with autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars can move faster and travel closer together, allowing more of them to […]

Here’s how quantum computer supremacy will impact self-driving cars

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

  Quantum supremacy, achieved? The news recently was agog with the claim that the so-called and highly sought “quantum supremacy” had been achieved via an effort undertaken by Google researchers. Not everyone agreed though that the Google effort warranted waving the superlative supremacy flag. That’s not to say that the use of their 54-qubit Sycamore […]

The problem with all self-driving cars looking alike

November 7th, 2019 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Self-driving cars within fleets will look alike, creating problems. Have you ever seen a sea of yellow cabs, all of which seem indistinguishable from each other? It used to be that if you booked a yellow cab for picking you up at a busy airport or similar venue, the odds were that a slew of […]

Autonomous taxis have made their driverless debut in London

October 22nd, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Are London cabbies’ days numbered? SELF-DRIVING taxis have hit the streets of London for the first time during a week-long trial in the capital. The culmination of a 30-month development process lead by the government and industry-supported the DRIVEN autonomous vehicle technology consortium, the tests saw a collection of Ford Mondeo-based test cars complete short […]

Hyundai to start mass production of driverless cars in 2024

October 22nd, 2019 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

  South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group will start mass production of self-driving cars within the next five years, said Chung Euisun, the heir to the auto giant, as he made a hefty investment in a joint venture the company established with Aptiv on Sept. 23. At a luncheon session held in New York with […]

Special report: Driverless cars are the new dot-com bubble

September 22nd, 2019 at 1:18 am » Comments Off

We simply don’t know what sort of jobs will be available in the future. After all, imagine yourself in the year 1900 peering into the future. How could you know then that the proportion of people employed in agriculture in the USA would fall to a twentieth of what it was then? Or that there […]

Waymo cars refuse to drive in unsafe conditions

September 8th, 2019 at 3:21 am » Comments Off

Heavy rain and blizzards aren’t the only forms of severe weather Waymo’s self-driving vehicles encounter on the regular. In a blog post published this morning, the Alphabet subsidiary laid out the ways its cars in over 25 cities tackle fog, dust, smoke, and other dangerous conditions that trip up even human drivers. “Challenging [environmental] conditions, […]

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