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Uber Is Considering Autonomous Scooters and it’s Probably as Dumb as You’re Thinking

When it comes to innovations nobody’s been really asking for, right after self-masticating ham, there has to be the idea of self-driving bikes and scooters. I mean, I guess self-driving anything has some sort of appeal, but when it comes to scooters and bikes, why lobotomize out the one aspect of them that actually…Read more… […]

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Honda Autonomous Robot Cars Are Coming To Make Humans Redundant

Honda has a new concept set to debut at CES in Las Vegas next month, an all-terrain vehicle fitted with autonomous bits meant to make off-road work easier, safer, and more efficient, so says the press release. The concept, called “Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle”, starts off innocently enough. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Deadly Recklessness of the Self-Driving Car Industry

Autonomous vehicles were supposed to make driving safer, and they may yet—some of the more optimistic research indicates self-driving cars could save tens of thousands of lives a year in the U.S. alone. But so far, a recklessness has defined the culture of the largest companies pursuing the technology—Uber, Google,…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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This 1911 Film Predicted the Dangers of Autonomous Vehicles Like Dragging Cops and Dogs and Getting Stranded Inside of Saturn

I know we tend to think that robotically-driven cars are a very recent phenomenon, but the truth is that people have been imagining the consequences of AVs since the turn of the last century. In fact, there’s at least one film that addresses the issues head-on, Walter R. Booth’s 1911 film, The Automatic Motorist. All… […]

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Truck Driving Jobs Won’t Be Significantly Impacted By Autonomous Tech: Study 

The advent of self-driving technology has been followed by rampant concerns that it’ll put tens of thousands of truck drivers out of work. But a new study says it’s a far more complicated question, and won’t displace drivers to such a significant degree.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Of Course Semi-Autonomous Systems Can Fail

We’ve aired our grievances about the fallibility of semi-autonomous driving features time and again, and a new study out this week confirms the fact: Cars with driver-assist systems that include things like lane-keep and auto-steering and braking may not see stopped vehicles. Worse, reports the Associated Press, they…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Uber Is Shuttering Its Controversial Self-Driving Truck Unit From Hell 

Uber is ending its effort to develop self-driving trucks, just two years after the controversial acquisition of the autonomous trucking unit that ensnared it in a high-profile legal war with Google and caused countless controversies for the ride-hailing company. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Ford Autonomous Vehicles: The Spin-Off Company that Will Drop $4 Billion on Autonomous Cars by 2023 

Ford is planning to spend $4 billion on developing self-driving cars by 2023, the automaker said Tuesday, in an announcement that also detailed the creation of a new spin-off entity cleverly titled Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. It seems like Ford is consolidating all its self-driving ventures and tech under one roof:…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Secretive Startup Zoox is Building a Bidirectional Autonomous Car From the Ground Up

Most car and tech companies are working toward self-driving cars by retrofitting vehicles with the necessary gadgetry to make them fully-autonomous But there is one weirdly-named, super ambitious secretive startup named Zoox that wants to build a car of the future for the ground up. And now, thanks to Bloomberg…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Volvo Plans Autonomous XC90 You Can ‘Eat, Sleep, Do Whatever’ In By 2021

The system’s current name is Highway Pilot, according to Henrik Green, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Research & Development. The system will allow you to, “to ‘eat, sleep, work, watch a movie, relax, do whatever,” Green said today, a bold ambition for a company that previously had only said they had planned to be …Read […]

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Uber’s Autonomous Car Had Six Seconds To Prevent Fatal Crash But Failed To Act: Feds

The self-driving car owned by Uber that fatally struck a woman in March detected her in the road about six seconds before the crash, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which also acknowledged delayed responses from the vehicle’s automatic emergency braking system.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Uber Wanted To Put You In A Driverless Car By The End Of The Year

The New Yorker has a very long profile out today on Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, that focuses on his effort to transition the company away from the unseemly culture fostered by its previous leader, Travis Kalanick. Way at the bottom is a mention to this month’s terrible story involving an Uber-owned autonomous car…Read more… Continue […]

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Uber and Lyft Have a Hot New Idea for Screwing Over City-Dwellers

The arrival of autonomous vehicles is an inevitability, so it makes sense that before mass adoption hits, companies like Lyft and Uber would want to band together to determine what our self-driving future will look like. Sounds pretty harmless, right?Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Uber and Lyft Have a Hot New Idea for Screwing Over City-Dwellers

The arrival of autonomous vehicles is an inevitability, so it makes sense that before mass adoption hits, companies like Lyft and Uber would want to band together to determine what our self-driving future will look like. Sounds pretty harmless, right?Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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A Bunch Of Ex-Google Engineers Want To Make An Autonomous Delivery Breadbox Van

It seems super boxy, fully-autonomous concepts are all the rage these days. And now there’s a new startup looking to join the fray. Nuro.ai, started by two former Google engineers, revealed a driverless prototype that’s designed to handle low-speed, last-mile deliveries. Think dry cleaning or food. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Only Half Of Drivers Want Semi-Autonomous Tech In Their Next Vehicle

Americans are somewhat starting to warm up to the idea of fully-autonomous vehicles, but, interestingly, less drivers are interested in having their new cars equipped with semi-autonomous technology like Tesla’s Autopilot or General Motors’ Super Cruise. That’s according to a new study from the American Automobile…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Testing Autonomous Cars In Russia Will Be Hell But It’s The Reality Of The Situation

The majority of self-driving tech testing is happening on the pristine streets of sunny California, but across the Pacific, autonomous tech developers in Russia are also working to make robot cars a reality. But in the hellish driving environments found in Moscow, that’s not an easy feat, as a fascinating story from The Guardian recounts.Read […]

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Apple Patents A System For Self-Driving Cars That Could Make Navigating Easier And More Efficient  

After scaling back its ambitious car plans in 2016, Apple spent this year quietly immersing itself in the field of self-driving cars, and a new patent shows the company’s thinking of more efficient ways for autonomous vehicles to get around. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Best And Worst Car Tech Stories Of 2017

If there’s one thing that came sharply into focus this year, it’s that most of the automotive industry has bought into the idea that autonomous and electric cars are the way of the future. Notice I said the word “idea” there—exactly how that future will look, whether buyers will embrace it and how it will […]

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