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BMW Says Autonomous Cars Present Design Challenges

In an interview with Digital Trends, BMW’s head design boss Domagoj Dukec lays out the challenges autonomous vehicles present to designers. Dukec told the publication that autonomous driving technologies have a “bigger influence” on the design process than electric vehicles. Integrating the necessary hardware autonomous vehicles need, especially those that offer Level 4 autonomy and…
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Autonomous vehicles deliver COVID-19 tests to lab

As the coronavirus pandemic puts extra strain on health care resources and personnel, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is testing the delivery of COVID-19 tests to processing labs via autonomous vehicles. Traveling across the Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, the unmanned AVs ferry the tests from a drive-thru clinic to a processing lab. The COVID-19 test samples are placed…
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Tesla files patent for sourcing self-driving training data from its fleet

  Tesla has filed a patent on how to source training data from its large fleet of customer vehicles in order to train its self-driving neural network. The patent was filed for Tesla, but Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s head of AI and Autopilot software, is named as the sole inventor on the application. He describes the…
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Trucks rely on data, and that data is open to attack

We live in an era of the increasingly connected vehicle. Every component short of a piece of metal seems to come equipped with some sort of sensor, gathering data about everything from pressures to temperatures, fault codes to voltage. Forms can be automatically populated with VINs, vehicle service histories, and more. It can be a…
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US Regulators to Begin Rating-System for New Autonomous Driving Technology

Autopilot, Super Cruise and Drive Pilot are different names given to the technology that automates steering and braking in a growing number of vehicles, but none of it can safely “pilot” cars without regular human intervention. These systems and the potential for consumers to misunderstand and misuse them are putting pressure on regulators everywhere to…
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When it Comes to AI in Autonomous Vehicles, it Better be Perfect

Although Level 5 Autonomy for autonomous vehicles (AVs) is not widespread yet, the technology is being actively deployed in next-generation cars today and will lay the foundation for the autonomy of tomorrow. The technology being used in testing AVs today is extremely impressive — the field has figured out around 80% of the autonomy puzzle.…
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MIT researchers create new self-driving system that can steer in low visibility settings, including fog and snow

Researchers from MIT have developed a new self-driving car system capable of navigating in low visibility settings, including in fog and snow. The system relies on Localizing Ground Penetrating Radar (LGPR), which takes readings the shape and composition of the road directly below and around the car with electromagnetic pulses. Other self-driving car systems use…
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In the Driverless City, How Will Our Streets Be Used?

Many of our hopes and anxieties surrounding the advent of the so-called smart city find their clearest expression in the driverless car. Suggesting the prospect of more carefree and efficient transportation as well as the looming cloud of ungovernable technology, autonomous vehicles (AVs) can inspire both fear and optimism (see the outraged response to the 2018 death…
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Future Autonomous Cars Could Have Ears: Researchers

There are many features that an autonomous car have, but an artificially intelligent “ear” is not one of them. However, this could change real soon. With today’s modern cars, companies try to provide drivers with a distraction-free drive. This is why sometimes external sounds from the road do not reach the ears of the driver.…
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Meet R2, the First Self-Driving Vehicle to Get Federal Approval

The hype around autonomous, self-driving vehicles has, for the most part, cooled off, the industry having run head-first into reality. But there’s one company that’s not willing to wait years for the technology to hit public roads. This week, Nuro became the first U.S. company to receive a self-driving vehicle exemption, according to founder Dave…
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