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Even Cadillac Wants You To Believe That Flying Cars Are Possible

There’s a pretty good chance that you got one of those cheap consumer-grade quadcopter drones for Christmas or a birthday recently. And there’s a pretty good chance that within minutes you smashed that bitch into a tree or a telephone wire or something. Cadillac wants to scale that technology up to hold a human-shaped …Read […]

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The Cadillac PAV Pod Concept Takes The Nightclub On The Road

Automakers love coming to CES to show off wild concepts, and this year’s virtual CES is no exception. One of Cadillac’s interesting concepts is an autonomous pod — but this one isn’t just another autonomous toaster on wheels. Cadillac designed the PAV pod to be a mobile lounge.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Nobody Seems To Have An Answer To Autonomy’s Biggest Problem But I Have An Idea

I’m finding myself banging on one particular autonomous vehicle drum more and more recently. It’s the annoying drum that many AV enthusiasts (and, I’m gonna say, especially Tesla-stans) like to ignore the most: The sobering but accurate fact that until autonomous vehicles figure out some kind of failover system that…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Bosch’s CTO Seems To Understand The Reality Of Full Autonomy Better Than Elon Musk

In a Bosch news conference streamed yesterday, Michael Bolle, the company’s CTO, laid down some harsh reality about the timeline of autonomous vehicle development. He suggested a timeframe that’s much more sober than what others suggest — notably, world’s richest moneyman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. For the record, my…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Bosch’s CTO Seems To Understand The Reality Of Full Autonomy Better Than Elon Musk

In a Bosch news conference streamed yesterday, Michael Bolle, the company’s CTO, laid down some harsh reality about the timeline of autonomous vehicle development. He suggested a timeframe that’s much more sober than what others suggest — notably, world’s richest moneyman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. For the record, my…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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It’s Been A Year And I’m Still Thinking About The Sony Car

For companies that exist to build cars, automakers sure like to parade around non-working mockups with the promise they’ll one day be drivable. How ironic is it that when Sony, a major tech company, decided to bring a car to the Consumer Electronics Show last year, it brought one that ran.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Volkswagen’s EV Charging Robot Is A Genius Idea

Volkswagen is upping its electric vehicle game in a big way—and not with a car. It says it’s bringing into production a prototype of a charging robot that it debuted back in 2019, and it liked the original design so much that the company is sticking with it.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Volkswagen’s EV Charging Robot Is A Genius Idea

Volkswagen is upping its electric vehicle game in a big way—and not with a car. It says it’s bringing into production a prototype of a charging robot that it debuted back in 2019, and it liked the original design so much that the company is sticking with it.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Toyota’s Robocars Will Wash Themselves Because We Can’t Be Trusted

On Christmas Eve, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publicly released an application submitted by Toyota for a “car wash judgement system.” It’s not a patent application for a system that judges how well you washed your car, nor a system that washes your car while judging you and calling you a bad owner…Read […]

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Elon Musk Promises You Can Pay For ‘Full Self-Driving’ Subscription In 2021 Even Though It Won’t Really Exist Then

For many Tesla owners and fans, the deceptively-named Full Self-Driving (FSD) system that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been promising is a very exciting and desirable thing. Of course, it’s also a $10,000 option, and not everyone has that kind of scratch just sitting around. Benevolent Elon, though, has a solution for you:…Read more… Continue […]

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This Is What Your Future Amazon Robotaxi Will Look Like

Zoox has made good on its promise to unveil an autonomous vehicle on December 14, 2020. We’ve seen glimpses before, but this means the robotaxis are officially not vaporware. Earlier this year, Amazon bought the Foster City, California, company, which prompted speculation about it adding people-moving to its portfolio.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Shared-Use Autonomous Vehicles Really Only Benefit Companies, Not Riders

I was thinking about Monday’s story where the autonomous robotaxi/small bus company Zoox was spotted shooting some sort of promo video with their new bi-directional autonomous transport cube-vehicle when it occurred to me that this company could be accomplishing all of their goals for likely a lot less money than the…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Shared-Use Autonomous Vehicles Really Only Benefit Companies, Not Riders

I was thinking about Monday’s story where the autonomous robotaxi/small bus company Zoox was spotted shooting some sort of promo video with their new bi-directional autonomous transport cube-vehicle when it occurred to me that this company could be accomplishing all of their goals for likely a lot less money than the…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Uber Has Severed Its Ties To A Supposedly Profitable Autonomous Future

After spending years and billions of investor dollars trying to get its autonomous robotaxi fleet off the ground, Uber has cut its losses and dumped the problem child division on a Silicon Valley startup called Aurora As part of the deal, Uber will invest an additional $400 million in Aurora, paying the new company to…Read […]

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Zoox’s Autonomous Taxi Spotted Shooting A Video In San Francisco

The autonomous car startup that I once suggested may be showing “vaporware horseshit” has plans to unveil its new robotaxi thing on December 14, but the reveal seems to have been scooped by people who noticed the vehicles during what appears to have been a video shoot in San Francisco.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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We Might Finally Be Getting Global Self-Driving Standards

There’s been something of multiple discovery-esque situation in the self-driving car world: Tons of different manufacturers are all competing to refine autonomous technology, often in wildly different ways. That means we have a lot of variable ways of understanding and implementing the self-driving challenge. The…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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