Category: autonomous technologies

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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

How the driverless car of 1971 worked

A person could sit reading a magazine while the car managed the hard part. Every new technology has to start somewhere. And while the driverless car of 1971 doesn’t much resemble the autonomous cars we see today, it still allowed a passenger to pass the time by reading a magazine — under certain conditions, that…
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4th 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

This super-fast ‘light switch’ could revolutionize self-driving cars and quantum technologies

Switching light beams quickly is important in many technological applications. Researchers at ETH have now developed an “electro- optomechanical” switch for light beams that is considerably smaller and faster than current models. This is relevant for applications such as self- driving cars and optical quantum technologies. Self- driving cars have become better and more reliable…
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25th November 2019 0

Didi will soon roll out a self-driving taxi service in Shanghai

Robotaxi services are also available in limited areas of Changsha and Guangzhou China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing will launch a robotaxi service in Shanghai “very soon,” company vice president and chief technology officer Tiger Qie said at a CNBC event in Guangzhou. Once launched, users will be able to hail self-driving vehicles through the Didi…
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22nd 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