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Reveals aircraft designs and passenger cost

Uber Technologies said on Tuesday it would work with the U.S. Army to advance research on a novel, quiet aircraft rotor technology that could be used in future flying cars, or military aircraft. Uber also revealed passenger costs for its air taxi service.

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Autonomous cars with safety drivers will give rides in Frisco, Texas

Silicon Valley self-driving startup Drive.ai said on Monday it will launch a pilot program for an autonomous ride-hailing service in July in Frisco, Texas, with safety drivers present.

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Fatal accident was likely caused by software issue

Uber Technologies Inc said Monday it has hired a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman to advise the company on its safety culture after a fatal self-driving crash in Arizona.

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When a Volvo switches on hazards, nearby Volvos will know

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks are separate companies, and have been for almost 20 years. The separation occurred in 1999, when Volvo Group sold its car manufacturing business to Ford, which in turn sold Volvo Cars to Geely in 2010. But despite being separate, the vehicle makers share a name, and now they will also share data between their products to prevent accidents.

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Take a ride in Sin City without a driver

At this past Consumer Electronics Show (CES), autonomous vehicle technology developer Aptiv and its partner Lyft, offered rides in autonomous vehicles to show goers. That test has evolved into a much larger program. The two companies announced that 30 BMW 5 Series sedans equipped with Aptiv's autonomous technology will be ferrying the general public in Las Vegas.

Range of 500-1,200 miles and about 20 minutes to re-fuel

Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch said on Thursday it reserved up to 800 hydrogen-fueled semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company as part of plans to convert its dedicated long-haul fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025. ​​​​

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Software-developed designs will be lighter and stronger, though

Car companies are looking for every possible way to eke out a few more miles per gallon these days, some of which involve high-tech combustion, and some others involve ultra-mild hybrid systems. But one generally accepted move is to remove weight, which helps both in efficiency and performance. General Motors has revealed a new technology that may become commonplace for shaving off a few pounds here and there, and the results are pretty freaky-looking.

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It will test hazardous ‘edge case’ driving scenarios

Autonomous testing is taking off around the country, and Michigan is not missing out on the action. Notably, the University of Michigan has its MCity testing grounds, while another self-driving test facility, the American Center for Mobility, has broken ground at the historic former Willow Run manufacturing site. Now Toyota will have its own autonomous testing facility in southeastern Michigan, near Toledo, Ohio. Today, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced it will open a 60-acre tes

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Changing of the guard for JLR’s ‘exciting electrified future’

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is replacing its director for manufacturing as it prepares its plants for an electrified future, the firm said on Thursday.

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Report Tesla points to was ‘cursory,’ safety agency says

A U.S. traffic safety regulator on Wednesday contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes, saying that regulators "did not assess" the system's effectiveness in a 2017 report.

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Says Tesla violates several of its patents for hydrogen-electric semi

Nikola Motor Co, which makes hydrogen-powered semi trucks, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against electric automaker Tesla alleging design patent infringements.

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Oxbotica shares self-driving data with insurers to assess, control risk

Who is responsible when an autonomous car crashes? That's a difficult question to answer. Is it the owner? The company who built the car or its autonomous hardware? The people who programmed the car to make decisions? It's a complex issue, and one that gives legislators — and the general public — pause.

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Vibrations illustrate the world outside the car window

Ford tends to develop some pretty nifty technology that doesn't always reach mass production, and it recently revealed another device that falls in that category. It's called Feel the View, and it lets blind people get an idea of what's outside the car window. It does this in a very clever way that uses vibrations on the glass.

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$18B plan: Gets Didi's data, co-develop autonomous vehicles

Volkswagen AG, the world's biggest automaker, is in talks to form a joint venture with China's Didi Chuxing to manage part of the ride-hailing company's fleet of cars and help develop "purpose-built" vehicles for Didi's services.

‘They can actually feel’: Collaborative robots work alongside people

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles on the same line.

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Part of a global resurgence in mining to find metals for batteries

Britain is returning to ancient mines on its southwestern tip to secure a slice of the global electric car revolution. The English county of Cornwall and the surrounding area boast one of the world's largest tin deposits.

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Sleeping among the machines, he has underestimated humans

Elon Musk is not using one of those tarps that cover coils of aluminum delivered to the Tesla stamping facility as his blanket. Nor is he resting his head on a pillow made from absorbent mats used to deal with factory spills. At least it is unlikely.

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After years of talk about V2V and V2I, someone's moving forward

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Mech tech is apparently the new hotness

Transcript: Mech suit racing is coming. Furrion exo-bionics has created what they call the world's first racing mech. Designed to compete in the X1 mech racing league. No word when this league will begin.

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Your car can be its own valet

Last year, we brought you news of an automated valet parking system that would allow visitors to the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart to have their cars drop them off and then go park itself autonomously. Now, one of Daimler's German rivals plans to offer similar capabilities. Volkswagen Group, which includes Porsche and Audi, is currently testing autonomous parking at the Hamburg Airport, with plans to put the technology into consumer vehicles beginning in 2020.