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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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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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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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Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic Virginia spot

It will mix with actual traffic, but will have a safety operator on-board

The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six and drives itself through the region’s notorious traffic. State and local officials debuted the Relay system Thursday, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that will provide free shuttle rides back and forth from the Dunn Loring Metrorail stop to the bustling Mosaic District in Fairfax County. While some projects are limited to college campuses or operate in dedicated lanes, this

Tesla 'full self-driving' comes under fire: 'This is actively misleading people'

Despite not making regulatory moves, NHTSA still says there are no full self-driving cars

Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its “full self-driving” software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. The conflicting messages have experts in the field accusing Tesla of deceptive, irresponsible marketing that could make the roads more dangerous as the system is rolled out to as many as 1 million electric vehicle drivers by the end of the year. “This is actively misleading people about the capabilities of the system, based on the information I've seen about it,” sa

Waymo and TuSimple autonomous trucking leaders on the difficulty of building a highway-safe AI

TuSimple and Waymo are in the lead in the emerging sector of autonomous trucking; TuSimple founder Xiaodi Hou and Waymo trucking head Boris Sofman had an in-depth discussion of their industry and the tech they're building at TC Mobility 2020. Hou and Sofman started out by talking about why they were pursuing the trucking market in the first place.

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Envisics raises $50M for its in-car holographic display tech, reveals $250M valuation

Hyundai and GM are on board

The jury is still out on what might become the most viable business models for augmented reality technology, but in the meantime a startup out of the UK is betting one big area will be in vehicles, in the form of holographic displays. Envisics, which brings together technologies like computer vision, machine learning, big data analytics and navigation to build hardware that integrates into vehicles to project holographic, head-up displays providing enhanced "dashboards" of information to driver

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Vintage Electric E-Bikes Review | Big power and retro style without the sweat or spandex

Pedal-assist Cafe, throttle-controlled Roadster have us sold on electric bicycles

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Tesla investors banking on Battery Day, big quarterly production number

'We (and the market) expect the announcements to be significant'

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Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

The company was acquired by Amazon earlier this year

Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in the state, but it's still notable, considering the company will be able to test its vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates automated vehicle testing in the state,

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British students invent a device that captures tire dust

Tire dust is the second largest source of microplastic pollution in oceans

A group of students in Britain have invented a way of capturing tyre dust - a major contributor to air and water pollution - as a car drives along, winning them this year's James Dyson Award in the UK. Tiny particles of rubber from tyres are responsible for nearly half of road transport particulate emissions, according to the UK government, and they are the second largest source of microplastic pollutant in oceans after single-use plastic. "Everyone focuses on air pollution being directly from

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Safety driver charged with homicide in fatal 2018 Uber self-driving car crash

Police said the crash was 'entirely avoidable,' but driver was watching a TV show

The back-up safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber Technologies test vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018 was charged with negligent homicide, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Rafael Vasquez, age 46, who is also known as Rafaela, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday after being charged in the death of Elaine Herzberg on Aug. 27, court records show. Herzberg died after she was struck while walking a bicycle across a street at night.

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GM is considering getting into the electric 'flying car' market

Mary Barra: 'Our Ultium battery system opens doors ... including aerial mobility'

General Motors Co is exploring options in the aerial taxi market, including whether to build the vehicles known colloquially as "flying cars," as part of a push by the U.S. automaker to look for growth in related transportation markets, two people familiar with the matter said. Chief Executive Mary Barra on Monday briefly made her first reference ever to Detroit-based GM's interest in the air taxi market, saying that it fit with development of electric vehicles (EVs) and its Ultium advan

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GM will use a wireless system to manage its Ultium electric car batteries

Part of a string of big EV announcements from the General

General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra has reeled off two significant deals in the past week in response to investor concerns the No. 1 U.S. automaker is stuck in neutral while Tesla Inc and other electric vehicle makers are leaving legacy automakers behind. A 10% jump in GM's shares on Tuesday helped the stock top its post-financial crisis 2010 initial public offering of $33. On Tuesday, GM announced a deal to take an 11% stake in and build electric pickup trucks for Nikola Corp, as wel

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Electric delivery vans in high demand after pandemic e-commerce surge

Demand is soaring, but supply is still virtually non-existent

Fleet operators such as United Parcel Service Inc hunger for computers on wheels that can harvest data and upgrade safety or autonomous features overnight to save money and boost profit. "For us, it's not just about making the wheels turn with a zero-emission vehicle," said Scott Phillippi, UPS's senior director of fleet maintenance and engineering, who envisions "Tesla-like" vehicles in the company's vast fleet. With its ability to send wireless upgrades and fixes to customers' electric cars,

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Nissan shows off a new CFRP production innovation

New method cuts the molding time from hours to just two minutes

Nissan says it has developed a new way to produce high-tech auto parts that highlights the Japanese automaker’s engineering finesse, even as it faces a criminal trial in an ongoing scandal involving former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Nissan Motor Co. said it has achieved a “breakthrough” in molding carbon fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP, components, now used in racing cars and jets because of their light weight and strength. All of the world’s top automakers are working to boost CFRP use.

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Is the car next to you driverless? NHTSA launches new tool to help you find out

The U.S. Department of Transportation's new tracking tool identifies autonomous vehicles and testing sites

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