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Why Volvo’s Auto-Braking System Might Have Kept The Self-Driving Uber Crash From Being Fatal

The reason an Uber self-driving car fatally struck a pedestrian in March is coming into sharper focus, thanks to the release of a preliminary report on Thursday from the National Transportation Safety Board. But the agency’s findings raise a notable question: If the car—a Volvo XC90 outfitted with Uber’s own…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash: Report

Uber informed “about 300” workers of their termination earlier today as part of plans to shut down its self-driving car testing program in Arizona following a fatal crash in March, where one of the company’s test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, according to The Arizona Republic.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Consumer Group Says Tesla’s Autopilot Is ‘Deceptive,’ Calls For Investigation

The consumer advocacy groups Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog called on the Federal Trade Commission today to investigate Tesla for “deceptive advertising and marketing practices and representations” made regarding Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. The letter specifically points out…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Mercedes-Benz Is Getting More Serious About Going After Tesla

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t been shy about its intention to flood the world with new electric cars, but one thing still up in the air was if it wanted to put an electric compact car into production. Now, we have an answer. On Friday, the German automaker said it’s dropping nearly $600 million on a factory expansion […]

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Tesla Might Need $10 Billion To Fund All Of Its New Projects: Analyst

Tesla has a new crossover, a semi, and a Roadster in the pipeline, but CEO Elon Musk is adamant the automaker doesn’t need to raise new capital to fund those projects. An analyst from Goldman Sachs disagrees, and suggested Tesla needs a big round number to make it happen: $10 billion.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The Problem Isn’t Media Coverage Of Semi-Autonomous Car Crashes

In some corners of the world where Elon Musk’s word is taken as gospel, there’s a prevailing view that it’s irresponsible for news outlets to cover car crashes involving semi-autonomous technology as diligently as we’ve seen lately. Whether it’s Tesla investors stanning hard for the company, claiming “not one”…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Hyundai Wants You To Drive Around With Holograms In Your Car

Hyundai didn’t plan too far ahead when it came to dealerships for its Genesis luxury brand, but it’s looking way into the future on something much more important: holograms in cars. Holograms? Holograms. Holograms, like a wispy version of your significant other, sitting in a passenger seat next to you. Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The ‘Autopilot Buddy’ For Your Tesla Is Insidiously Dangerous And Stupid

You could consider Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system a bold and revolutionary, if admittedly incomplete, step toward autonomous cars. Or you could think the company has no business giving it that name. Or that human beings are too irresponsible not to use it in exceedingly dumb ways. I actually think all of…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Tesla Model S Driver Says Autopilot Was On Before Crash Into Firetruck: Police

The owner of a Tesla Model S that crashed into a parked firetruck in Utah last Friday said she had the car’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system engaged at the time of the incident, police said Monday. More than likely, this crash will lead to yet more scrutiny around Tesla’s driving assistance system, which is already…Read more… […]

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Tesla’s New Roadster Is Apparently Going To Have An Absolutely Spartan Interior

One of the hypothetical projects in Tesla’s pipeline is a new Roadster, a sports car with a supposedly whopping 620 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 1.9 seconds. When CEO Elon Musk debuted it in November, the accompanying pictures of the car suggested the interior would be minimal, akin to the uber-minimalist Model…Read […]

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Six Months Later, GM Still Hasn’t Received A Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York 

In October, General Motors made a big splash by announcing it was applying for a permit to test autonomous cars in New York State, with plans to deploy vehicles on the busy streets of Manhattan in “early 2018.” But more than six months later, the automaker has yet to receive final approval for the necessary […]

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The 2018 BMW 740e xDrive PHEV Is A Beautiful Car Spoiled By Clumsy Semi-Autonomous Tech 

There’s a lot that’s big about the 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance hybrid, including its mouthful of a name. But while the car delivers a huge presence in size and speed, BMW’s ostensibly helpful driving aids fell way, way short of what I expected.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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NTSB Investigating Fatal Tesla Crash in Florida That Left Two Dead

The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a team to Florida to investigate a fatal crash Tuesday involving a Tesla Model S that left two high school seniors dead. The agency said it doesn’t expect, at this time, that Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system will be a part of the investigation.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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