self-driving cars
Emerging Tech

Shrimp eyes inspire new camera focused on helping self-driving cars see better

By mimicking the vision of mantis shrimp, researchers were able to make significant improvements on today’s commercial cameras. They hope their technology can help mitigate accidents by letting self-driving vehicles see more clearly.
Cars

A public/private autonomous driving institute blooms under the Arizona sun

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM), partnering government, academic, and private organizations to develop self-driving tech and safety standards. Intel is the first private-sector member.
Cars

Watch this driverless Range Rover tackle one of U.K.’s ‘most challenging roads’

Jaguar Land Rover just sent its autonomous Range Rover Sport vehicle onto one of the U.K.'s "most challenging road layouts," and the automaker has posted a video online showing exactly how it fared.
Cars

Waymo sees improvements ahead as its self-driving fleet logs 10 million miles

Waymo's fleet of self-driving cars has crossed the 10 million-mile mark. The company isn't resting on its laurels; it has outlined the improvements it wants to make over the next 10 million miles.
Cars

‘Navigate on Autopilot’ is conspicuously absent from Tesla software Version 9.0

Tesla began a wide rollout of software update version 9.0 with a number of enhanced features, but without Navigate on Autopilot. New features include mobile apps, a dash cam, obstacle-aware acceleration, and enhanced 360-degree views.
Cars

LM Industries asks cities to find uses for its autonomous vehicles

LM Industries is launching a "fleet challenge" in Sacramento and Phoenix asking interested parties to propose uses for its Olli low-speed autonomous electric vehicles. Winners get a handful for vehicles to carry out their plans with.
Cars

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a ride through the history of self-driving cars

It’s not easy to compress the history of self-driving cars into 10 milestones, but we’ve done our best. From a 1920s stunt in downtown New York to Google's Waymo, here are the events you should know.
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Ikea jumps on the autonomous car bandwagon — because why wouldn’t it?

Space10, Ikea's research and development arm, has introduced seven autonomous car concepts. Some fall in line with what we've seen from established automakers, while others bring new ideas to the conversation about autonomous cars.
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Startup inks ‘world’s largest deal’ for driverless grocery deliveries

An increasing number of companies are testing delivery services using autonomous vehicles. Startup Udelv already has experience of running a trial in San Francisco, with Oklahoma City, Oklahoma set to become its next destination.
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Autonomous Mercedes concept shape-shifts from cargo van to rideshare vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic concept can switch bodies to become either a cargo van or a 12-passenger vehicle for ridesharing services. The concept vehicle is fully autonomous and uses an all-electric powertrain.
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FCA drops $30 million on Michigan autonomous-driving research facility

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will spend $30 million on an addition to its Chelsea Proving Grounds dedicated to testing autonomous cars and driver-assist tech. The facility will include a simulated highway and other testing areas.
Apple

Apple self-driving car found not to be at fault after being rear-ended

One of Apple's self-driving cars has been involved in an accident with a Nissan Leaf. The autonomous car was moving at low speed while attempting to merge into traffic when it was rear-ended, It was found not to be at fault.
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Not everyone is happy with Waymo’s self-driving cars, report says

Waymo's self-driving cars aren't perfect, according to a new report. They allegedly frustrate Arizona drivers with overly cautious maneuvers and unpredictable braking. Waymo says it's just trying to prioritize safety.
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Toyota extends a lifeline to Uber’s troubled self-driving car program

Toyota will invest $500 million in Uber, and partner with the ridesharing company on a new fleet of prototype self-driving cars. The Sienna minivans will use both Toyota and Uber tech.
Cars

Wavesense ground-penetrating radar aids navigation with road data

Originally developed for military applications where vehicles travel unmarked roads and trails, Wavesense localizing ground-penetrating radar adds the fourth dimension, subterranean mapping, to autonomous driving systems.
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Lyft’s self-driving taxis have made 5,000 trips for paying riders in Las Vegas

Ridesharing company Lyft said its robot taxis have now made more than 5,000 paid trips around Las Vegas since joining its fleet in May, with the majority of riders happy to choose such a vehicle for their next trip, too.
Smart Home

Kroger supermarket chain tests driverless grocery deliveries in Arizona

Kroger and autonomous delivery innovator Nuro began a pilot program in Scottdale, Arizona, for grocery home deliveries with Prius cars to test the self-driving concept. The first tests do not use the purpose-built Nuro vehicle.
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Waymo expands its partnerships in Phoenix, teams up with Walmart and Avis

Waymo is offering Arizona residents rides in its fully self-driving cars as part of an expansion of its testing program. Now, Waymo is doubling down on its program with even more partnerships, with companies such as Walmart.