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Self-driving robotic delivery vehicles tested

The automation of retail is extending out in many directions, from self-service to drones. Another area being developed is with self-driving delivery vehicles. A new startup has unveiled a robotic solution.

Ford Motors to boost investment in electric and hybrid cars

Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday, Executive chairman Bill Ford announced the auto giant plans to invest $11 billion in bringing 24 plug-in hybrids and 16 fully electric vehicles to market by 2022.

GM to deliver autonomous car with no steering wheel

A further step towards the completely autonomous vehicle: General Motors plans to have a vehicle on the roads with no steering wheel or pedals by 2019.

New depth sensors improve self-driving cars

Boston - Research reveals new depth sensors could make self-driving cars practical. A computational method has improved resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold.

Will agile sensor technology surpass LiDAR?

The competitive race to develop the optimal vehicle sensor technology for self-driving vehicles could be embarking on a new course with ‘agile sensor technology’, which is presented as more accurate, efficient and safer than LiDAR.

Ford does an about-face — Moves EV manufacturing to Mexico

Detroit - Ford Motor Company has taken everyone by surprise, announcing it now plans to build a small electric-powered sports utility vehicle in Mexico instead of at its Michigan factory. The Flat Rock plant is being revamped to produce autonomous vehicles.

GM set for robo-taxi service in 2019

San Fransisco - Car manufacturer General Motors has announced plans for self-driving vehicles to act as taxis to appear in key U.S. cities and suburbs in 2019. The cost of these vehicles is relatively low, at around $30,000, offering high returns for investors.

Microsoft AI simulator includes autonomous car research

Microsoft’s artificial intelligence simulator has been expanded to include autonomous car research. The company has announced that its AirSim system will be used for testing the safety of vehicle artificial intelligence systems.

New high resolution LiDAR becomes more affordable

The company Velodyne has unveiled a LiDAR sensor that has improved resolution, range, and field of view. The system consists of 128 laser beam and it could become the new industry standard.

Waymo to launch driverless robo-taxis in Arizona

Phoenix - If you’re in Arizona in the near future and require a cab the chances are the vehicle that turns up to take you to your destitution will be without a human behind the wheel. This is in light of Waymo’s plan to introduce an autonomous service.

Two autonomous vehicles are better than one

Two autonomous vehicles connected together and traveling along the same route are safer when compared with one lone vehicle, according to a new study. This is due to wider field of view and extended situational awareness.

New software detects if people text and drive

Waterloo - Using mobile devices while driving is fraught with danger, especially those who engage in texting. This is a concern for businesses who require drivers to transport goods. To alert drivers, new software has been developed.

Essential Science: The man who helps cars to see

LiDAR technology can serve a critical role in terms of obstacle detection and avoidance, allowing vehicles to navigate safely through environments. As autonomous cars become a pressing reality, this technology is leading the way forward.

Samsung to begin self-driving car tests in California

Los Angeles - Samsung has been given permission to test out its self-driving cars on public roads in California at the same time that the roads are used for cars driven by people.

Apple handed self-driving test permit

San Fransisco - Apple has been working on autonomous cars for a while but little detail has emerged. That's about to change. Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

Michigan now allows self-driving cars on public roads

Detroit - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Friday that allows companies to test self-driving cars on Michigan roads without a driver or steering wheel, pushing the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technologies.

Self-driving cars to be tested out on Boston streets

Boston - The startup nuTonomy, who brought robot taxis to the streets, are planning to try out self-driving cars by the end of the year. Boston is where the testing will occur.

Intel to spend $250 million to develop self-driving cars

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, said his company plans on investing $250 million towards the development of self-driving vehicles. The money will be spent over the course of the next two years.

Obama endorses self-driving cars as U.S. issues safety checklist

Washington - In an opinion piece published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, United States President Barack Obama endorsed self-driving vehicles as long as they are safe, as the U.S. government outlined a new policy on autonomous cars.

Driver killed in Tesla Model S sedan crash in the Netherlands

Another accident involving Tesla, this time in the Netherlands, occurred when a man driving a Model S sedan was killed after his car crashed at high speed into a tree and caught fire.

Ride-sharing giant Uber buys autonomous truck startup Otto

Ride-sharing service Uber has acquired Otto, a self-driving technology company, as it is vigorously pushing through with its autonomous vehicle undertaking.

German carmaker BMW to develop driverless car

Germany’s BMW is joining the race to develop driverless car as it entered into partnership with two other firms to bring autonomous driving to the streets in five years.

Anticipating the future — Will electric cars lead the way?

Even though electric cars are nothing new, bold thinking and innovations in technology are taking the shine off Detroit's yearly offerings. This was especially true this year, not only at CES 2016, but at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

Op-Ed: Driverless trucks from Mexico to Manitoba: What could go wrong?

Brownsville - Hot on the wheels of Google's second generation of driverless cars, industry heads plan to send driverless big rigs on the road on a planned route from Mexico to Manitoba.

Google's autonomous car ready to hit the road

Google has announced that the first finalised prototype of its much-vaunted self-driving vehicle is set to be tested on the road and could be hitting the roads of Northern California as early as next month.

Toyota engineer warns of the dangers of autonomous cars

A Toyota engineer, among many other people and organizations, are considering the bad effects that driverless cars may have on society.

How driverless cars could cripple police revenues

We recently learned Google's self-driving cars have never received a ticket, and now the big question is if autonomous vehicles will have such a spot-free driving record that law enforcement budgets won't get billions in speeding ticket revenue.

Drivers worry about automated-car liability

Mason - As carmakers continue their drive toward automated vehicles, the driving public is getting increasingly worried about the potential of unattended vehicles crashing on their roads.

Drivers would consider self-driving cars to save on insurance

Ninety percent of licensed drivers would consider buying a self-driving car to save a lot of money on car insurance, according to a new survey by

Will Washington be next to authorize driverless cars?

Washington - The nation's capital may be the next region to approve driverless cars depending on the outcome of a hearing on Tuesday.
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Tesla Model S and Model X side by side at the Gilroy Supercharger, California.
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The Cruise AV is designed to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or other manual controls when it goes on the road in 2019.
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File photo of Google driverless car operating on a testing path
File photo of Google driverless car operating on a testing path
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Google has racked up the most mileage testing its driverless cars on California public roads.
Google has racked up the most mileage testing its driverless cars on California public roads.
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California Department of Motor Vehicles
A Google self-driving car manoeuvred around some sandbags and was hit at low speed by a bus in Mount...
A Google self-driving car manoeuvred around some sandbags and was hit at low speed by a bus in Mountain View, California in February 2016
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File photo: A self-driving car on the road in Mountain View
File photo: A self-driving car on the road in Mountain View