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Swarms of teeny robo-tractors will outmaneuver Tesla’s driverless cars

January 14th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

While Elon Musk and Waymo get all the attention — and regulations — autonomous vehicles for farming face fewer tech barriers and could be just as important Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on autonomous vehicles for its Waymo subsidiary, which have so far roamed more than 10 million miles of city streets […]



Waymo is taking the safety drivers out to its autonomous taxis

December 26th, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

No Hands! Waymo, the Google-affiliated self-driving car company, has finally started to operate its self-driving taxi service without any humans sitting behind the wheel. That means passengers using the company’s Uber-like Waymo One service might find themselves shuttled around Arizona in the back seat of an otherwise-empty minivan, as one reporter for The Verge did. […]



A self-driving truck delivered butter from California to Pennsylvania in three days

December 21st, 2019 at 2:54 am » Comments Off

A Silicon Valley startup has completed what appears to be the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck, which finished a 2,800-mile-run from Tulare, California to Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Land O’Lakes in under three days. The trip was smooth like butter, 40,000 pounds of it. Plus.ai, a 3-year-old company in Cupertino, announced the […]



NYC threatens to seize any Fedex delivery bots on city streets

December 5th, 2019 at 2:17 am » Comments Off

In February, FedEx debuted its SameDay Bots, which are parcel delivery robots that use a combination of artificial intelligence and motion sensors to navigate city streets and sidewalks. Last week, social media users began reporting sightings of the bots in New York City. But based on a tweet from Mayor Bill de Blasio, FedEx never […]



Robocar: Watch the world’s fastest autonomous car reach its record-breaking 282 km/h

November 6th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Autonomous cars are set to take over the world’s roads, transforming the way we travel. Leading the pack is Robocar, a futuristic self-driving electric vehicle from British start-up Roborace. Roborace demonstrated its robot’s capabilities by taking the car to 282.42 km/h (175.49 mph) – an average confirmed by the UK Timing Association – at RAF […]



Waymo tells riders that ‘completely driverless’ vehicles are on the way

November 6th, 2019 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

‘You can enjoy having the car to yourself’ Waymo, the self-driving division of Alphabet, is about to put more passengers its fully driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The company emailed its customers in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, to let them know that “completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way.” It’s a sign that Waymo […]



Baidu wins China’s first commercial license for self-driving buses

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:15 am » Comments Off

  A self-driving bus with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform is displayed at the 2018 Baidu World conference. © Reuters  City of Wuhan also picks two other operators for network using Huawei 5G CHONGQING — Chinese search engine giant Baidu is among three companies to win a license from the city of Wuhan to […]



Self-driving carmakers urge regulators to toss the steering wheel out the window

September 23rd, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Waymo, Cruise, and others call on the NHTSA to take action on human controls The federal government should rewrite the safety rules for automobile manufacturing so self-driving carmakers can deploy vehicles without traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals, according to public comments submitted by top car and tech companies. And they should be quick […]



Meet Olli 2.0, a 3D-printed autonomous shuttle

September 11th, 2019 at 2:42 am » Comments Off

From afar, Olli resembles many of the “future is now!” electric autonomous shuttles that have popped up in recent years. The tall rectangular pod, with its wide-set headlights and expansive windows nestled between a rounded frame, gives the shuttle a friendly countenance that screams, ever so gently, “come along, take a ride.” But Olli is […]



China’s autonomous vehicles to reach 1.5 million units by 2025

September 9th, 2019 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

  China’s autonomous car market is expected to reach 1.5 million units by 2025, growing on a compound annual growth rate of 28.4%. According to the latest study by ResearchandMarkets.com, the automotive industry is China is likely to shift into a higher intelligence level by 2025. At present, the L1 and L2 autonomous vehicles are […]



Truckers want to ban self-driving trucks in Missouri

September 8th, 2019 at 3:31 am » Comments Off

Truck drivers worried about losing their jobs to robots staged a protest outside the Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri on Tuesday. Their goal was to convince the government to pass a bill that would prohibit any self-driving trucks from driving on Missouri roads, KRCG reports. While there are no autonomous trucks handling shipping jobs […]



Self-driving cars will only last four years, Ford says

September 7th, 2019 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

Self-driving cars will only last four years because they will be used so much, a Ford executive has predicted. John Rich, operations chief of Ford Autonomous Vehicles, dismissed concerns that demand for cars would wane in the future. “The thing that worries me least in this world is decreasing demand for cars. We will exhaust […]



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