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China’s Baidu Wants To Accelerate Autonomous Driving Tech By Throwing $1.5 Billion At It

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Here’s When You Say You Will (Or Won’t) Embrace Self-Driving Taxis

Yesterday, we asked you just what it would take for you to step inside a self-driving taxi, which, whether we like it or not, are probably our future, even if that future may still be some years away. Your responses varied from the not-under-any-circumstances to full-on embrace.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Uber’s Legal Fight With Google Could Screw Its Self-Driving Truck Employees

In August 2016, Uber purchased autonomous truck startup Otto in a deal that reportedly called for Otto employees to receive 20 percent of future profits Uber earns from self-driving trucks. It seemed like a nice deal for any startup. But now that lucrative arrangement may be torpedoed, leaving Otto employees who…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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What Will It Take For You To Embrace Self-Driving Taxis?

One big question surrounding autonomous vehicles is whether or not human beings will actually want to use them at all. While fully autonomous taxis seem more plausible at first than commercially available, single-owner autonomous cars, Automotive News says that, according to a new survey, 55 percent of respondents…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Self-Driving Car Patents Are Weird And Awesome

Removable steering wheels, conference room-styles seating in cars, see-through doors. The self-driving car race is fueling a boom in quirky, eye-popping ideas and a crush of patents are being filed by automakers, something highlighted by a super enjoyable piece in the Wall Street Journal today.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Google Has Spent At Least $1.1 Billion On Self-Driving Car Tech: Report

Billions are being spent on developing self-driving cars, as seen in megadeals like General Motors dumping $1 billion into Cruise Automation, or Intel paying $15 billion for chipmaker Mobileye. Now, thanks to an ongoing lawsuit between Google’s self-driving car project and Uber, we now know how much Google has spent…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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‘We Need To Fire Anthony’: Google Before Finding Out Self-Driving Car Engineer Allegedly Stole Tech

Google is currently locked in a bitter legal fight with Uber over whether an engineer at the former company stole self-driving tech and brought it to the latter. That engineer abruptly left Google in January 2016 to launch a self-driving truck startup called Otto, which Uber quickly sought to purchase. But as early as…Read more… […]

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Facebook Says, Again, That It Won’t Be Making Cars

Remember that non-existent rumor a couple years back about Facebook—that, like other oversized tech behemoths of Silicon Valley, it could be making a self-driving car? It wasn’t true then, and it’s not true now. That’s according to the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Self-Driving Cars Won’t Deliver You Weed In California

Pizza? Sure. People seem keen to the idea of letting a robocar deliver a greasy pie to your door. Marijuana? Not so much—at least in California. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control issued emergency regulations last week that ban autonomous vehicles from delivering a bag of weed to you, reports Ars Technica.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Here’s The Government’s Useful Guide To All The Self-Driving Technology On Your New Car

Between the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board weighing in on the probable cause of a fatal Tesla crash and the U.S. Transportation Secretary issuing new voluntary guidelines on how to deploy self-driving cars, today has been crazy busy on the autonomous vehicle front. There’s more to share, though: the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The U.S. Transportation Department’s New Guidelines For Testing Self-Driving Cars Are Finally Here

Ever since being appointed by President Trump to run the U.S. transportation department, Secretary Elaine Chao has said her agency would update a set of voluntary guidelines issued by her predecessor on how automakers should test and deploy self-driving cars. On Tuesday, already a jam-packed day for automated tech in…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Limits Of Tesla’s Autopilot And Driver Error Cited In Fatal Model S Crash

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board ruled today that the “operational design” of Tesla’s Autopilot played a key role in a 2016 fatal crash that left the owner of a Model S dead. The vehicle’s semi-autonomous system permitted the driver, Joshua Brown to use Autopilot in ways “inconsistent” with warnings from…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Feds To Partially Blame Tesla’s Autopilot In Fatal Crash: Report

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to find that Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system, known as Autopilot, should partially be blamed for a 2016 fatal crash involving a Model S that slammed into the side of the truck, according to Bloomberg. The report comes after the family of Joshua…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Tesla Temporarily Turns Off Automatic Emergency Braking For Newer Models 

Tesla kicked off a spirited debate with its decision to expand the battery range of Model S and X owners in Florida who were trying to escape Hurricane Irma’s wrath. It seems as more vehicles rely on over-the-air updates, more control is ceded to corporations over how we drive. Tesla gave us the latest example of […]

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Ex-Google Engineer ‘Personally Owned And Controlled’ Competing Self-Driving Car Startup Years Before Leaving For Uber

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google engineer at the center of the tech giant’s legal battle with ride-hailing company Uber, “personally owned and controlled” a competing self-driving car startup while he was still employed by Google, the company said in court filings Thursday. Soon after he left Google for Uber, the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This One Paragraph Illustrates The Insane Payouts For Silicon Valley’s Autonomous Tech Engineers

The going rate for a self-driving car engineer in Silicon Valley is, depending on who you ask, as much as $10 million a head. Google knows as much; it arranged a $120 million bonus for Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google engineer at the center of the company’s lawsuit with Uber. But new court testimony filed Wednesday…Read […]

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We Can’t Trust Humans Not To Screw Up In Audi’s New Semi-Autonomous System

Audi lately has been showing off its new semi-autonomous system planned for the 2018 Audi A8 sedan. Dubbed the Traffic Jam Pilot, the automaker confidently says it will allow drivers to “focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watching the on-board TV”—so long as they pay some attention to…Read […]

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We Can’t Trust Humans Not To Screw Up In Audi’s New Semi-Autonomous System

Audi lately has been showing off its new semi-autonomous system planned for the 2018 Audi A8 sedan. Dubbed the Traffic Jam Pilot, the automaker confidently says it will allow drivers to “focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watching the on-board TV”—so long as they pay some attention to…Read […]

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This Start-Up Wants To Use CCTV Footage To Develop Self-Driving Car Technology

Autonomous tech start-ups have offered a number of ways—all of which they believe to be the most appropriate and correct—to approach the development of self-driving cars. A new company out of the United Kingdom, FiveAI, has a fresh take, though: CCTV cameras.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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