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The complexity of new cars will lead to consolidation, says VW's Hitzinger

'The traditional concept where you outsource to tier one manufacturers does not work anymore'

The auto industry faces a new wave of consolidation as cars become electric, connected and add highly automated driving functions, Alexander Hitzinger, head of Volkswagen's Project Artemis said on Wednesday. Project Artemis is VW's attempt to do just that. "Cars are so complex that the traditional concept where you outsource to tier one manufacturers does not work any more," Hitzinger explained in a Webcast.

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Meet the Mini Urbanaut concept: an autonomous Mini minivan

While small, it's actually bigger than the Countryman, Mini's biggest model.

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Toyota patents autonomous tanker vehicle for on-the-fly refueling

Summon fuel that comes to you, just like an Uber

Daimler will shrink with shift to electric and autonomous cars

The company is looking into subscription services for added revenue

Daimler will be a smaller company five years from now, focused on capturing recurring revenues with software-based services as Mercedes-Benz seeks to redefine luxury in an era of electric self-driving cars, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said. The Stuttgart-based company founded by Carl Benz, who patented the first gasoline-powered car in 1886, is accelerating plans to shift the carmaker beyond combustion-engine vehicles, a step which will result in job losses. "The next five years

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Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora

Uber Advanced Technologies Group was valued at $7.25 billion 18 months ago

Eighteen months ago, Uber’s self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Now, it’s up for sale and a competing autonomous vehicle technology startup is in talks with Uber to buy it, according to three sources familiar with the deal. Aurora Innovation, the startup founded by three veterans of the autonomous vehicle industry who led programs at Google, Tesla and Uber, is in

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The Honda Legend will be the first production Level 3 autonomous car

It will be sold in Japan before the end of March 2021

Japan's Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it will be the world's first automaker to mass produce sensor-packed level 3 autonomous cars that will allow drivers to let their vehicles navigate congested expressway traffic. "Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend (luxury sedan) equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment" before the end of March 2021, Honda said in a press release. The race to build self-driving cars is a key technology battleground for automa

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Head of Ford autonomy joins other automakers rebuking Tesla's 'Full Self Driving' rollout

Self-driving systems need 'safe and reliable development processes'

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Hyundai looks ahead to new SUVs and the Santa Cruz truck in 2021 - plus urban air taxis by 2028

The Korean automaker has lofty plans for the next decade

"We are all-in on autonomous vehicles," as well as electric vehicles, said Jose Munoz, president and CEO and Hyundai Motor North America, at an Automotive Press Association teleconference. Early next year, the redesigned Tucson compact crossover goes into production at Hyundai's Montgomery, Alabama plant, which also will begin building the Santa Cruz in late spring as part of a $410 million expansion. Munoz said Hyundai will work with the new Biden administration to develop infrastructure to s

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GM to hire 3,000 in EV and autonomous car push

It's all about the software to get the hardware on the road

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Robotic delivery firm Nuro raises $500 million as COVID-19 boosts e-commerce

Little R2 has approval for 5,000 units, is currently on the road in three cities

Nuro joins other self-driving firms that raised big money this year. Early last year Nuro raised $940 million from SoftBank and a source close to the company said the valuation doubled from that last funding round to $5 billion. This round was led by T. Rowe Price Associates and includes new investors Fidelity Management & Research Company, LLC. and Baillie Gifford.

Retro-style autonomous coupe has 'see-through' dashboard

It's by Kyocera — yes, the smartphone maker

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Roborace engineer explains why a driverless racecar drove into a wall

The SIT Acronis Autonomous car was doomed before the start of its fateful lap

The SIT Acronis Autonomous car was doomed before the start of its fateful lap.

Qualcomm, FedEx, auto executives to propose transport policies for world in transition

Subjects include autonomous cars and delivery trucks, drones, air taxis and Hyperloop

A group of business leaders and public policy experts is launching a new body to grapple with thorny questions surrounding the future of transportation including self-driving and electric vehicles. The Commission on the Future of Mobility, reported earlier by Reuters, was formally unveiled on Friday. The group plans to propose a new regulatory framework to address a global transportation sector "on the cusp of a worldwide transition driven by shared, connected, autonomous, and electric technol

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Mercedes bets on evolution as Tesla touts revolution in automated driving

Mercedes launches Drive Pilot next year

As Tesla touts the cutting-edge nature of its new Full Self Driving software, rival Mercedes-Benz says it has developed a similar system but stops short of allowing members of the public to take it on urban roads. The Germans, pioneers in developing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are taking a step-by-step approach to releasing new technology, waiting for their own engineers, rather than the general public, to validate their system. Advanced driver assistance systems can pr

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Waymo releases Phoenix area self-driving car incident score card

It recorded 18 minor incidents since 2019

Self-driving tech company Waymo, which this month opened its driverless taxi service in the Phoenix suburbs to the public, on Friday said its autonomous vehicles there had been involved in 18 minor incidents since 2019 during tests and actual rides. Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc , said it was releasing the data https://waymo.com/safety to improve transparency and open a public dialogue. Waymo also said it hopes its safety data will help companies and regulators devise in

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Watch a self-driving Roborace car drive directly into a wall

Robotic racing still has some work to do before it's ready

It's clear robotic racing has some bugs to sort out as a Roborace participant's AI car drove directly into a wall.

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GM Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot again in latest hands-free test

Autopilot is 'a distant second' but ahead of Ford's Co-Pilot 360, says Consumer Reports

General Motors Co's Super Cruise once again edged Tesla's Autopilot in an evaluation of 17 vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems (ADAS) by Consumer Reports, the testing organization said on Wednesday. A Tesla Model Y fitted with Autopilot finished "a distant second," the group said, to a Cadillac CT6 equipped with Super Cruise, which GM is rolling out to more than 20 vehicles - including its new Hummer electric pickup truck - over the next three years.

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Daimler Trucks partners with Waymo to build self-driving semis

This gives Daimler access to Waymo's industry-leading autonomy tech

Two automotive giants are teaming up to bring self-driving semi-trucks to market. Under this deal, Waymo and Daimler Trucks are partnering to build an autonomous version of the Freightliner Cascadia truck. This is Waymo's first deal in the freight business.

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