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Peter Suciu
Get Ready for Self-Driving Autos to Wreak Disruption
03/09/15 11:43 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 721 Words

... vehicles are on a roll, suggests a new report from McKinsey & Co. , released last week during the Geneva Motor Show. Acceptance will increase substantially by 2050, accounting for as much of 20 percent of new car sales. The shift to...

Quinten Plummer
Musk: Technology May Revoke Your Driver's License
03/19/15 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 708 Words

... will come a time, in a future not so far away, when it will be illegal for the average person to drive a car, predicted Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Autonomous vehicles will be exponentially safer, he said Tuesday at Nvidia's 2015 GPU...

Katherine Noyes
Robot-Car Finalists Rev Up for DARPA's Urban Road Rally
11/02/07 2:30 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 846 Words

... robotic vehicles will compete in the final race Saturday of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge event, the group announced Thursday. Selected from a group of 35 that participated in qualifying events over the past week or so, the...

Rachelle Dragani
Ford Steps on the Driverless-Car Gas
12/13/13 3:52 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 625 Words

... on Thursday unveiled its Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle, part of an ongoing research project on autonomous cars and other assisted driving technologies that can help lead to safer roads and less traffic congestion.

The research car is part of Ford's Blueprint...

Peter Suciu
Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day Paces
02/04/16 1:53 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 601 Words

The move to Kirkland will allow the autonomous team to experience different -- notably wetter -- conditions, while the area outside of Seattle is known for its winding roads and quick changes in elevation, according to Google.

Real-World Conditions

Peter Suciu
A Convoy of Autonomous Trucks Just Platooned Across Europe
04/09/16 10:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 753 Words

... dozen trucks utilizing an autonomous driving system arrived Wednesday in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after traveling across Europe in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, along with the Directorate General Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands Vehicle Authority and the...

Peter Suciu
Tesla's Autopilot Drifts Toward Driverless Cars
10/15/15 3:09 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 743 Words

The autopilot system is available in Tesla Model S vehicles. The hardware included in those models since last year allows for the gradual introduction of self-driving technology, including forward radar, a forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors situated to sense 16...

Quinten plummer
Google Car Stubs Toe
03/02/16 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 753 Words

... of Google's self-driving cars kissed a bus on Valentine's day, marking the first accident in which the one of the company's autonomous vehicles was at least partly at fault. Possibly too smart for its own good, the self-driving car was attempting to...

Richard Adhikari
Google Patents Driverless Car Tech for Sliding In and Out of Tight Spots
12/16/11 12:19 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 661 Words

Google has been awarded a United States patent for what, in legalese, is "transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode" -- essentially a self-driving car. To be more precise, U.S. Patent 8,078,349 covers a car being driven by a human that transitions to...

Peter Suciu
Laser Pointer Hack Easily Dupes Driverless Cars
09/08/15 3:16 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 705 Words

A setup that costs about US$60 could trick the Lidar system, which autonomous vehicles use to sense objects in the road, into responding as though there were obstacles ahead in situations where there were none, said Jonathan Petit, principal scientist at Security Innovation...

Quinten Plummer
California's Proposed Rules Could Stop Google Car in Its Tracks
12/18/15 1:09 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 515 Words

... California Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday proposed rules for autonomous vehicles , and Google isn't happy about one of the provisions. The new rules for autonomous autos were presented for public commentary. The DMV has invited the public to weigh in...

Jack M. Germain
Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams
09/15/16 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 892 Words

Thrun will teach the courses, along with David Silver, who was an autonomous vehicle engineer at Ford before joining Udacity, and Ryan Keenan, who previously worked as a freelance data analyst.

Thrun is a pioneer in the development of the self-driving...

David Jones
Nevada Issues Historic License to Paralyzed Race Car Driver
10/07/16 12:14 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 618 Words

... state of Nevada last week issued paralyzed former Indy driver Sam Schmidt a license to drive a specially made autonomous vehicle, equipped with a series of high-tech sensors and other equipment that will allow him to operate it with head motions, voice...

Peter Suciu
Self-Driving Concept Cars Impress at CES
01/08/15 3:29 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 816 Words

... Mark Fields on Wednesday took the stage at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas and said that Ford Motor is focusing on bringing autonomous automobiles to the masses. Although Ford may not be the first company to produce a self-driving car,...

Peter Suciu
Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars' Kid Perception
11/02/15 2:32 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 757 Words

Google last week announced that it has developed technology for its self-driving vehicles that would be able to detect people in costumes -- presumably children dressed for Halloween. The company is teaching its cars to drive more cautiously around children and thus be...

David Jones
Consumer Reports Urges Tesla to Pull Plug on Autopilot
07/15/16 7:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 770 Words

Questions recently have arisen over whether Tesla's Model S vehicles can operate safely without regular human intervention.

Consumer Reports' change request sprang from concerns over a number of recent test crashes, including a fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer in Florida, which is...

Peter Suciu
DMV Meeting Revs Apple Car Rumors
09/21/15 9:13 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 531 Words

... executives recently met with officials from California's Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the company's plans to test an autonomous vehicle, The Guardian reported Friday. Mike Maletic, senior legal counsel for Apple, had an hour-long meeting in August with California's autonomous vehicle experts,...

Rob Enderle
Why Intel Is in Such Horrid Condition
01/28/19 11:22 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1512 Words

It continues to amaze me how quickly autonomous flying vehicles are advancing.

Negligent Executive Leadership
At the heart of Intel's problems are two things: 1) Its last CEO lacked board oversight and crippled the company; and 2) Lack of focus...

Peter Suciu
Ford R&D Facility Rolls Into Silicon Valley
01/23/15 1:19 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 791 Words

Ford Motor on Thursday announced the opening of its Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, a 25,000 square foot facility that will help it accelerate the company's innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. This is the latest addition...

Peter Suciu
Veteran Car Guy to Steer Google's Driverless Cars to Market
09/14/15 12:54 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 720 Words

Google on Sunday named auto industry veteran John Krafcik to head up its autonomous vehicle division. Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai's U.S. operations, will be the first CEO of Google's 6-year-old self-driving car project. "This is a great opportunity to help Google develop...

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