Toyota, Lexus to Launch Vehicles That ‘Talk’ to Each Other in U.S.

Toyota and Lexus said Monday they plan to start deployment of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems on vehicles sold in the United States starting in 2021, with the goal of adoption across most of its lineup by the mid-2020s. According...

Lethal Autonomous Drone Weapon Systems to Identify Targets With Self-Learning Algorithms

For the most part, current military aerial weapon systems are still controlled by people, but all that is set to change with the push for technology to allow such machines make the final judgment regarding targets to attack. An...

California DMV Adopts New Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday adopted new regulations aimed at ensuring autonomous vehicle manufacturers stick to stricter guidelines when conducting tests of autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. This is partly due to recent fatal incidents...
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Transportation Department Urged to Enforce Standards for Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

A broad coalition representing public health and safety professionals, bicyclists, pedestrians, smart growth advocates, consumers, environmentalists, law enforcement, first responders, and individuals with disabilities is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fulfill its legal obligation to...
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Uber Autonomous Vehicle Kills Pedestrian in Arizona

Uber is halting its self-driving car program following the death of a woman who was fatally hit by one of their self-driving vehicles in Tempe, Arizon. The woman was struck while walking through a crosswalk, and was taken to...
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Spacex’s Tesla Roadstar Puts the Pedal to the Metal, Misses Mars and Heads for Asteroid Belt

Elon Musk’s Tesla roadstar dummy has more to worry about than the liberal dousing of radiation it is getting from its prime position on top of Spacex’s Falcon Heavy. The rocket ferrying the car was somewhat too enthusiastic in...
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Spacex’s Falcon Heavy, World’s Most Powerful Commercial Rocket, Blasts Off Into Space

SpaceX on Tuesday launched the Falcon Heavy, one of the world’s most powerful rockets. Tthe successful liftoff took place at 3:45 p.m. ET at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric...
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PepsiCo Places Largest Pre-Order of Tesla Electric Semis to Date

PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest publicly available order of the vehicle, a company executive told Reuters on Tuesday. This order will boost the total orders by other companies, including those from...

New Jersey Considers Legislation to Regulate the Use of Drones in the State

New Jersey lawmakers are proceeding with legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to operate unmanned aircraft systems while impaired. The legislation cleared an Assembly committee on Monday and is up for a vote in the full Senate...

Volvo to Supply ‘Tens of Thousands of Autonomous Driving Compatible’ Vehicles to Uber

Car maker Volvo Cars said Monday it has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company, to sell “tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles” between 2019 and 2021. The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership...
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ChargePoint, TSG Partner on Charging Solutions for Electric Vehicles

ChargePoint, an electric vehicle (EV) charging network, and TSG (Technical Services Group, formerly Tokheim), on Thursday announced an agreement covering site construction, installation and maintenance, together with a reseller partnership to offer comprehensive EV charging solutions and services to...
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Renault’s Autonomous Control System Handles Challenging Driving Scenarios

Groupe Renault said Wednesday that it has developed an autonomous control system which it says handles challenging driving scenarios. According to the company, this is an “industry first,” and the autonomous system has obstacle avoidance capability as “good as...
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Toyota Collaborates With Renesas to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Development

Toyota Motor Corporation is collaborating with Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, to bring its autonomous vehicles to markets faster, according to Renesas. Toyota’s autonomous vehicles are currently under development and scheduled for commercial launch in...
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Senate Releases Bipartisan Legislation to Guide Driverless Car Industry

The Senate released bipartisan legislation on Thursday specifically aimed at providing federal laws to guide the autonomous vehicle industry. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today introduced the...

Intel, Waymo Partner on Self-Driving Car Tech

Intel Corp said Monday it is partnering with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit to further their goal of bringing “smarter” autonomous driving technology to market. “As Waymo’s self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require...
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Daimler Trucks Launches First All-Electric Truck in Series Production

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks, on Thurday announced the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York City. The FUSO eCanter is the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck and will be...

Waymo Patents Self-Driving Vehicles With Adjustable Rigidity

Autonomous car development company Waymo plans to design autonomous vehicles with less severe impacts in the event of a crash. According to Waymo, the aim of a recent patent is to “reduce the surface rigidity of a vehicle” to...

Intel to Build Fleet of 100 Autonomous Test Vehicles

With the recent completion of the acquisition of collision avoidance system company Mobileye, Intel has announced its intention to start building a fleet of fully autonomous (level 4 SAE) vehicles for testing in the United States, Israel and Europe. The...
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Mazda, Toyota Partner on $1.6B U.S. Vehicle Production Venture

Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation said Friday they are partnering to establish a joint venture that produces vehicles in the United States. They also plan to jointly develop technologies for electric vehicles, jointly develop connected-car technology, collaborate...

UK Government Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Autonomous Vehicles

The British government has unveiled new government guidance which it says will ensure engineers developing smart vehicles will apply tougher cyber protections in their designs to help combat hacking. The government is also looking at a broader program of...
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Volvo, Autoliv and NVIDIA Collaborate on Advanced Systems for Self-Driving Cars

Volvo Cars, automotive safety company Autoliv, and NVIDIA, an AI and visual computing company, announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars. The three companies will work together with Zenuity, a newly-formed...
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Avis Partners With Waymo to Offer Fleet Support and Maintenance Services in its Self-Driving Car Push

Avis Budget Group, Inc. on Monday announced that it has signed an agreement with Waymo, an Alphabet Inc. company, to offer fleet support and maintenance services for Waymo's self-driving car program at Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental...
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Qualcomm Demonstrates Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles in Motion

Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., on Thursday demonstrated dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically...
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Delphi Joins BMW, Mobile and Intel on Autonomous Driving Platform

The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced Tuesday they were cooperating to take automated driving technology to the next level, and were bringing in Delphi to help turn this into a reality. Delphi will leverage its expertise in automated...

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.25 Million Trucks in the U.S. Due to Software Error

Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. division said Friday it is voluntarily recalling over 1 million trucks in the U.S. to reprogram computer modules that help control restraint-system deployment in rollover situations. The error has reportedly been linked to two injuries and...

New York to Allow Test of Autonomous Vehicles

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York is now accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads. New legislation allows for testing autonomous technology through a year-long pilot program. Applications for testing...
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Faurecia, ZF Partner to Develop Interior and Safety Technologies for Self-Driving Cars

ZF and Faurecia will partner to development interior and safety technologies for autonomous driving, they said in a statement on Wednesday. ZF specializes in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, while Faurecia is...
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IBM Granted Patent For Transfer of Packages Between Drones During Flight

IBM said last week that its inventors have been granted a patent for transferring packages between drones during flight. The invention described in US Patent No. 9,561,852: In flight transfer of packages between aerial drones helps to extend the range...
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Delphi Zooms in on Data Generated by Connected Vehicles With Strategic Investments

Car parts supplier and integrator Delphi Automotive on Thursday announced a string of investments and partnerships in three companies to profit from the growing volume of data generated by the increasing number of internet-connected vehicles. The company invested in Isreali-based...
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Bosch, Daimler Collaborate on Driverless Taxis

Bosch and Daimler are working together to take the development of fully automated, driverless vehicles, Bosch said on Monday. Both companies have agreed to set up a development alliance that aims to make a system for fully automated (SAE-Level 4)...
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Swift Navigation, Carnegie Robotics Collaborate on Navigation Systems for Autonomous Vehicles

Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology to power autonomous vehicles, is teaming up with Carnegie Robotics, makers of robotic components and systems. This technology-focused alliance will yield a line of navigation products for autonomous vehicles, outdoor...
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China’s Tencent Purchases Five Percent Stake in Electric Car Maker Tesla

A filing at the Securities and Exchanges Commission reveals that China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd has purchased a five percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla Inc. Tencent, Asia’s second most rated tech firm, shelled out approximately $1.7 billion...

Bosch Collaborates With Nvidia on AI for Autonomous Vehicles

As the race to develop the ultimate self-driving vehicle heats up, Bosch said Monday it is teaming up with Nvidia to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. Bosch, the world's largest automotive supplier, said the AI onboard...
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Intel to Acquire Autonomous Driving Tech Company Mobileye in $15.3B Deal

Intel is betting big on autonomous vehicle technology. The company announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mobileye. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of Intel will commence a tender offer to...
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Takata to Plead Guilty, Pay $1 Billion in Criminal Penalties for Faulty Airbags

Takata Corporation, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive safety-related equipment, has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company’s fraudulent conduct in relation to...
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Fiat Chrysler Failed to Disclose Engine Management Software – EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine...
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BMW Partners With IBM to Explore Integration of AI in Vehicle Production

IBM said Thursday it is collaborating with the BMW Group to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future. As part of the agreement,...
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U.S. DOT Proposes a Requirement That New Vehicles ‘Talk’ to Each Other

Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on U.S. roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule Tuesday that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...
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Self-Driving Car Company nuTonomy to Test its Vehicles on Public Roads in the U.S.

nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, said Monday that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that authorizes nuTonomy to begin testing its growing fleet...
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Tesla Acquires Germany’s Grohmann Engineering to Boost In-House Automated Manufacturing

Electric carmaker Tesla said Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, an engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation. Grohmann Engineering develops automated manufacturing systems for batteries and fuel cells, and will...
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Dept. of Energy Awards $32 Million in Funding for Connected Tech Resulting in Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on Wednesday announced up to $32 million in funding for what it called “10 innovative projects,” part of its newest program: Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR). With...
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Auto Tech Company Charge Reveals Self-Driving Electric Delivery Van

Businessman and entrepreneur Denis Sverdlov today revealed the latest model in a range of electric vehicles being developed for sale in 2017 by his automotive technology company ‘Charge’. The vehicles are built using ultra-lightweight composite materials that significantly reduce the...
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BlackBerry, Ford Collaborate on Software Deal

BlackBerry said Monday it has signed an agreement with Ford Motor Company for expanded use of BlackBerry’s QNX and security software. As part of this agreement, BlackBerry will dedicate a team to work with Ford on expanding the use...
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Uber Unveils Plans for Flying Vehicles

Uber on Thursday Unveiled futuristic plans for what it called “on-demand urban air transportation.” This is part of the company’s push to transform the transportation structure, and also cut down on the amount of productive time wasted during long...
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Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Completes First Shipment of 51,744 Cans of Beer

Uber has claimed the first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck, a feat achieved by its self-driving truck unit, Otto. Uber partnered with brewing giant Anheuser-Busch Cos. to carry 51,744 cans of Budweiser down a preprogrammed route on Colorado's...
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U.S. Federal Judge Approves Record $14.7 Billion Volkswagen Settlement

A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday approved one of the largest consumer settlements in U.S. history, a $14.7 billion settlement that could remove nearly half a million diesel-powered cars off U.S. roads. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer in San...
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Federal Regulators Issue First-Ever Guidelines for Improving Automobile Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday released proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity, aimed at protecting vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access. The proposed cybersecurity guidance focuses on layered solutions to...
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DOT to Establish Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Wednesday that he will establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT), which will serve as a critical resource for the Department in framing federal policy for the continued development...
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Aurora’s ALIAS Automated Flight System Successfully Flies Plane

Aurora Flight Sciences is breaking ground in the world of automated flight through its work on the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. On October 17 Aurora demonstrated automated flight capabilities with ALIAS flying a Cessna Caravan through...
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Feds Award $65 Million in Grants for Advanced Tech in Transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday announced that local communities across the country will receive nearly $65 million in grants to support advanced technology transportation projects. The grants are being awarded through two U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT)...
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BMW, Toyota, Allianz Partner With Autonomous Startup Nauto

Toyota, BMW and insurer Allianz said last week they will license technology from Silicon Valley start-up Nauto, which uses cameras and artificial intelligence systems in cars to understand driver behavior. The carmakers and insurer plan to integrate the technology into...
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Driver Blames Autopilot for Tesla Crash in Germany

A driver of a Tesla car in Germany has blamed the car’s autopilot feature for an accident in which the vehicle crashed into a tourist bus on Germany’s autobahn outside Hamburg on Thursday. The bus had been trying to maneuver...
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UPS Teams Up With CyPhy Works to Test Use of Drones for Delivery

UPS has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, in collaboration with drone-maker CyPhy Works. The companies recently staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to...
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Google Self-Driving Car Collides With Bus in Worst Crash Yet

A self-driving Google car, a modified Lexus SUV carrying out testing on the roads near the company's Mountain View headquarters in California was involved in yet another major accident in the United States. The car was struck by a van...
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German Automakers, Mobile Telcoms Firms Partner to Accelerate Autonomous Car Tech With 5G

AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated, announced Tuesday the formation of the “5G Automotive Association”. The association will develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global...
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Renault-Nissan Teams Up with Microsoft on Next-Gen Connected Car Tech

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that they have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide. The partnership will see both companies working together to develop next-generation connected services...
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Grab, NuTonomy Launch On-Demand Robot Taxis in Singapore

nuTonomy, a developer of state-of-the-art software for self-driving cars, and Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app, announced on Friday a partnership to expand nuTonomy’s ongoing public trial of self-driving cars in Singapore, which Grab described as “the first such...
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Hyperloop, Super High-Speed Mode of Transportation Set for 2020

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Hyperloop One, two main firms competing to bring Elon Musk’s concept of a Jetsons-like futuristic mode of transportation to market first are confident that a super high-speed mode of transportation will be in working condition by 2020. Basically, the...
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Security Researchers Demonstrate How to Remotely Hack a Tesla Model S

It goes without saying that the very connectedness of self-driving vehicles is also, without the shadow of any doubt, their biggest flaw. Unlike traditional vehicles that do not require any connections to the digital highway, autonomous vehicles are highly...
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U.S. Government Takes ‘Unprecedented Step’ of Providing Framework for Autonomous Vehicles

The Obama Administration has taken the "unprecedented step" of announcing what it termed a new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy to help facilitate the responsible introduction of automated vehicles to make transportation safer, cleaner, more accessible, and more efficient. "Right now,...
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Tesla’s Self-Driving Autopilot Feature May Have Caused Second Fatal Crash in China

China’s state-owned CCTV reported Wednesday that a man driving a Tesla Model S struck a street sweeper on a highway in January. The driver, identified as Gao Yaning, died in the crash, which was captured on a dashboard camera. The...
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World’s First Self-Driving Uber Cabs go Live in Pittsburgh

Uber announced Wednesday that the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers are now on the road in the Steel City. A year and a half ago, Uber set up an Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh with the aim of making...
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DARPA Seeks Proposals to Develop City-Wide Drone Dragnet Systems

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals for wide area surveillance of small unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in urban terrain. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in systems for performing these...
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Volkswagen, CYMOTIVE Technologies Partner to Form Cybersecurity Company for Vehicles

Volkswagen said Wednesday that it forming an automotive cybersecurity company, in conjunction with newly founded CYMOTIVE Technologies. Agreement aims at developing cybersecurity solutions for future vehicles. CYMOTIVE Technologies led by Yuval Diskin, Tsafrir Kats and Dr Tamir Bechor will develop advanced...
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Volvo Successfully Tests Fully Autonomous Truck Underground in a ‘World First’

Volvo has successfully tested a fully autonomous truck in a working mine about 1300 meters underground in northern Sweden, in what it calls a world first. “This is the world’s first fully self-driving truck to operate under such tough conditions....
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Audi to Collaborate With China’s Three Largest Tech Firms on ‘Connected’ Cars

Volkswagen’s luxury car unit Audi signed agreements with Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu at its annual summit in Shanghai on Sunday, saying it will work closely with each in data analysis, internet-vehicle platform building and urban intelligent transport. Its areas of...
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Mercedes-Benz, Starship Technologies Reach Into the Future: Debut Robovan, Delivery Vans With Autonomous Delivery Robots

Starship Technologies, a start-up involved in the development of "friendly" sidewalk robots,  announced Wednesday its partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans to develop Robovan,  which it called “the world’s first transportation system integrating specially-adapted vans with autonomous delivery robots to allow efficient...
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AT&T, Qualcomm to Test Drones on 4G LTE Networks Preparatory to Wide-Scale Deployment

Qualcomm Incorporated said yesterday that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) and AT&T, will test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, on commercial 4G LTE networks. The trials will analyze how UAS can operate safely and more securely on commercial...
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Volkswagen Group, JAC Partner to Develop Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles in China

Volkswagen AG announced today that it has signed  a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC) in Wolfsburg to define the next phase of negotiations between the two companies for the joint development of all-electric...
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Volvo Cars, Autoliv Partner on Autonomous Driving Software Project

Autoliv, Inc., a provider of automotive safety systems and Volvo Cars, a global car maker, announced Tuesday that they have signed a letter of intent to form a new jointly-owned company to develop next generation autonomous driving software. The new...
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Dubai Trials Autonomous Shuttle Service

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled a month-long trial of its first driverless shuttle service in the Gulf city state. The 10-seater bus was built by Omnix International and Easy Mile, and is designed to travel short distances...
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New Drone Rules Take Effect

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rules regulating the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones went into effect on Monday. The new rules on commercial drones largely make it easier for companies to use the unmanned...
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Amtrak Gets $2.5 Billion Federal Loan for Upgrades: To Debut High-Speed Trains in 2021

Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday afternoon in Wilmington that Amtrak will get a $2.45 billion federal loan to upgrade the Northeast Corridor’s passenger rail infrastructure, including tracks and trains. It will be the largest single loan in U.S. Department...
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First-Ever Self-Driving Taxi Unveiled in Singapore

In a move that could revolutionize the transport industry, Singapore became the first country in the world to launch a self-driving taxi service on Thursday. Although the trial is small, it buttresses the fact that race to develop autonomous vehicles...
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Self-Driving Startup Quanergy Systems Raises $90 Million in Funding

Quanergy Systems, Inc., a provider of solid state LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, announced Monday that it has raised $90 million in Series B funding at a valuation well over $1 billion. Sensata Technologies, Delphi Automotive, Samsung Ventures, Motus...
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Airbus Plans to Test Autonomous Flying Taxis by 2017

First, Uber came up with the concept of self-driving taxis, now, the world’s second largest aeronautical company says it is working on an “air taxi.” Airbus group says it is developing the CityAirbus, an autonomous air taxi for individual passenger...
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Massachusetts Enacts Law to Tax Ride-Hailing Apps and Compensate Taxis

In what appears to be a first for the US, Massachusetts is getting ready to apply a five-cent fee per trip on ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber, and spend the money on regular taxi services. Massachusetts Gov....
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Uber Acquires Self-Driving Startup Otto; Collaborates With Volvo on Autonomous Car Project

Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday it has acquired Otto, a self-driving trucks startup. Anthony Levandowski, Otto’s co-founder, will lead Uber’s combined self-driving efforts across personal transportation, delivery and trucking in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Pittsburgh, the company said. “Together,...
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Department of Energy Commits $137 Million to Vehicle Efficiency Technologies

The Energy Department announced Tuesday up to $137 million in investments for two programs, subject to appropriations, to develop next generation technologies that will support industry in going beyond those standards, while also accelerating technology advances for passenger cars...
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DARPA Seeks Ideas on Protection Against Small Unmanned Air Systems

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking ideas on technologies that could potentially help them improve protection of fixed and mobile ground and naval forces against a variety of small unmanned air...
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Intel Debuts Ready-to-Fly Drone Aimed at Developers

Intel unveiled a quadcopter on Tuesday, aimed at developers, researchers, and UAV enthusiasts to “help get applications airborne quickly.” According to Intel, the ready-to-fly unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development platform is a fully assembled quadcopter, built around the Intel Aero...
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Ford Wades Into Autonomous Vehicle Fray: Targets Ride Sharing by 2021

Ford said Tuesday it intends to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. According to Ford, its first fully autonomous vehicle will be a Society of Automotive...
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Audi Vehicles to Communicate With Traffic Signals Soon

Audi of America in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) will be launching the “first” vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology called Traffic light information, the car maker said Monday. The feature enables a vehicle to communicate with the infrastructure in select cities...
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Latest Tesla Autopilot Crash Puts Focus on Self-driving Vehicles Again

Luo Zhen, 33, the owner of a Tesla Motors Model S sedan in China, reportedly said his vehicle crashed into a Volkswagen Santana parked along the side of a road in Beijing while using the car’s autopilot feature, damaging...
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Google Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Another Crash

In an apparent hit and run incident, a driver crashed into a Google self-driving vehicle in Los Altos last month and left the scene without exchanging information. This is according to a report filed with the California Department of...
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FAA Unveils Drone Advisory Committee

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the latest set of policy initiatives aimed at shaping the future role of drones in the United States. Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced that the...
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Singapore Approves Delphi to Trial Self-Driving Vehicle Concept for Adoption in Mass Transit System

Delphi Automotive PLC, a high-technology company that integrates safer, greener and more connected solutions for the automotive sector said Monday it has been selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) to test the use of a fleet of...
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Tesla Acquires SolarCity in $2.6 Billion Deal

Tesla said Monday it has agreed to an all-stock $2.6B merger with Solar City, with the ultimate aim of “creating the world's only vertically integrated sustainable energy company.” Tesla’s offer is roughly half of SolarCity’s value last year, a reflection...
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Uber China Capitulates to ‘Fiercest’ Rival Didi as Both Companies Merge

Ride-hailing behemoth Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday it has given up its expensive battle for China’s riders. Uber will trade in its local investment in the country in exchange for a minority stake in China’s own ride-hailing service, Didi...
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iPhone Sales Surpass One Billion Threshold; Apple Sets its Sights on Autonomous Vehicle Software

Apple  announced on Wednesday it has sold over 1 billion iPhones. The company’s CEO Tom Cook said the one billionth device was recently sold, during a meeting with employees in Cupertino, California. “Last week we passed another major milestone when...
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Automakers Collaborate to Develop Cybersecurity Best Practices for Vehicles

Members of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) on Thursday released an overview of what they called “comprehensive Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices,” which they say was developed as a proactive measure to further enhance vehicle cybersecurity throughout...
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Mercedes-Benz Semi-Autonomous Bus Successfully Navigates 12.4-Mile Drive

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus recently successfully navigated a 20km (or around 12.4 miles) route in the Netherlands, with the help of its semi-autonomous City Pilot driving system. This route connected Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the nearby town of Haarlem. To...
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Fiat Chrysler Will Pay Hackers to Find Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched a bug bounty program aimed at attracting white-hat hackers to discover cybersecurity flaws in its products and connected services. Under the terms of the bounty program, the automaker will give hackers between $150 and...
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Nissan’s ProPILOT is Semi-Autonomous: Claims First Self-Driving Japanese Vehicle

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said today that its new Serena, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late August, will come equipped with the company's ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, as the car maker makes its move to get...
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PARC Gets Funding From DoD to Develop ‘Vanishing Autonomous Vehicles’

Aircraft will be made “entirely of a special transient glass material” PARC, a Xerox company announced today that it has received funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under its ICARUS program. The ICARUS program (for Inbound, Controlled, Air‐Releasable,...
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U.S. Consumer Safety Watchdog Issues Alert on Massive Hoverboard Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission said on Wednesday that ten companies are recalling about 501,000 hoverboards after numerous reports of the self-balancing scooters' batteries catching fire. The recall follows the agency’s investigation of more than 60 hoverboard-related fires causing...
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Alibaba Joins Connected Vehicle Frenzy: Debuts ‘Internet Car’

Alibaba Group on Wednesday unveiled a new internet car for the China market aimed at expanding the internet-of-things (IoT) to the automotive sector. The company’s new OS’Car RX5 sport utility vehicle was built in partnership with SAIC Motor Corp., China’s...
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U.S. Justice Department To Leverage Drone Surveillance For Reconstructing Car Crashes

The Justice Department has issued a notice of request for information on the operational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to measure how well such systems can help reconstruct automobile crashes. In addition, the study will also focus on...
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Hanergy Unveils Fully Solar-Powered Vehicles

Hanergy Holding Group, a thin-film solar power company, on July 2 unveiled four full solar power vehicles at an event themed "Disruptive Innovations Drive the Future" outside its headquarters in Beijing on July 2. The zero-emission vehicles can be powered...