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Toyota leads $50 million investment in autonomous shuttle startup May Mobility

May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup that is operating autonomous shuttle services in three U.S. cities, has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Toyota Motor Corp. The funding, which comes less than a year after May Mobility raised $22 million, will be used to expand every aspect of the company, including its…
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6th December 2019 0

Mapping autonomously: The cost of helping a self-driving car get around the city

In the highly competitive race to get self-driving cars to the market, most companies hold their secrets close. But when it comes to helping those cars figure out where they are on the road, some experts are ready to open up. Argo AI, based in the Strip District, and Aptiv, based in O’Hara, publicly released…
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5th December 2019 0

Daimler starts pilot testing of self-driving Mercedes S-class taxis

FRANKFURT — Daimler is testing robotaxis in the U.S. despite new CEO Ola Kallenius saying that the automaker will “rightsize” its spending level on self-driving technologies. Daimler’s autonomous-driving technology will more likely be applied to commercial vehicles for freight companies on long haul routes than taxis, Kallenius told journalists at the company’s investor day in…
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3rd December 2019 0

The Challenges to Developing Fully Autonomous Drone Technology

Autonomous drone technology is, to an extent, already available. To demonstrate, let’s assume the aerospace industry were to adopt the automotive industry’s five levels of autonomy. If so, then we can define: Level 0: There is no autonomy. Level 1: There are autonomous systems, like altitude control, but the pilot is in control. Level 2: There…
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2nd December 2019 0

Exploring the “Deep & Meaningful” Impact Autonomous Vehicles Will Soon Have

At Shift Automotive 2019, a two-day conference focused on the future of mobility held during IFA 2019, among the many topics covered was the profound impact autonomous vehicles will soon have in the world. Former Apple developer relations specialist, Pejvan Beigui is now the CTO of EasyMile, a company that develops and deploys autonomous mobility…
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27th November 2019 0

Swiveling seats and sound ‘bubbles’: What the inside of cars will soon be like

Ever since cars first hit the road, the basic interior layout has remained the same, with everything built around the driver: a driver’s seat, driver’s steering wheel and driver-controlled power and brake mechanisms. But that’s only until autonomous vehicle technology completely eliminates the need for a driver. Cars can now be designed for a new…
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26th November 2019 0

Wayve Raises $20 Million To Improve Autonomous Vehicle AI

VentureBeat is reporting that U.K.-based startup Wayve has raised $20 million in Series A funding to improve AI for autonomous vehicles. Wayve takes a different approach to autonomous vehicles than many other companies. Rather than hand-coded rules, or throwing more sensors at the problem, Wayve is trying to improve the AI behind autonomous vehicles to…
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21st November 2019 0

TomTom highlights autonomous vehicle push

To grab a larger piece of the burgeoning connected and autonomous vehicle markets, digital mapmaker TomTom launched its self-driving test vehicle and is integrating navigation and diagnostic capabilities in the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform. While the company has tested the technology for years, TomTom officially announced the availability of its own autonomous test vehicle, which…
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20th November 2019 0

Lyft Is Another Step Closer to Driverless Ridesharing

Ridesharing company Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT) inched a little bit closer toward self-driving ridesharing last week when it said in a blog post that it’s adding Chrysler Pacifica hybrids to its autonomous vehicle (AV) testing fleet and opening a new self-driving vehicle test facility. The new facility, located in East Palo Alto, California, will allow the…
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19th November 2019 0

Dealing with cybersecurity threats in the age of autonomous vehicles

In 2015, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely took control of a Jeep Cherokee vehicle as an experiment. By exploiting vulnerabilities in the vehicle’s Internet-connected entertainment and navigation systems, the two researchers activated the windshield wipers, turned on the radio and even turned off the engine in the middle of the highway. It…
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18th November 2019 0