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Essential Science: Neuroscience is aiding self-driving cars

There are many projects underway to attempt to improve the navigation of self-driving vehicles. The answer to improved navigation could rest with neuroscience, in the form of special 'mapping' brain cells.

Domino's experiments with self-driving pizza robo-car

Houston - Domino's, the pizza chain, is experimenting with a self-driving pizza delivery system in the U.S. city of Houston. This takes the form of a temperature controlled robo-car, which takes the pizza directly to the customer.

Why edge computing is key to developing autonomous cars

Edge computing, which involves bringing the processing data near the edge of a network, promises many advantages for developing self-driving vehicles including response times, as well as delivering lower costs.

Autonomous shuttle service to be tested in New York

New York - An autonomous shuttle will be tested in New York City later this year. This represents another step forwards along the path of the implementing self-driving technology.

Study: Who will control the data for autonomous vehicles?

Dartmouth - Self-driving cars, like many inventions of the data-driven age, collect huge volumes of data, relating to the performance of the car and geospatial information. Who will, and who should, own this data? A new study assesses the importance.

Technology advances help autonomous vehicles see around corners

There have been many imaging advances with autonomous vehicles, as the technology moves towards wider implementation. One technological challenge and an areas linked to enhanced safety, is the ability to see around corners.

MIT and Microsoft make self-driving safer

Boston - As electric, autonomous vehicles continue to advance the causes of errors are being addressed. One area that has led to some test-drive accidents are ‘blond spots’ with autonomous technology. A new solution aims to overcome this.

RideOS raises $25 million in Series B funding round

RideOS, a cloud-based transportation management and mapping platform, has raised $25 million in their latest funding round.

Navigation startup for self-driving cars nabs $80 million

Chinese smart location and mapping service startup Wayz.ai, that builds high-definition real-time maps for self-driving cars, has raised $80 million in a Series A funding round.

Baidu begins developing self-driving buses

Chinese company Baidu has advanced its plans for larger autonomous vehicles, and its new self-drive buses are beginning to enter mass production.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Self-driving' trucks to be tested on British roads

London - The British government has given permission for self-driving lorries (trailer trucks) to take to the British roads. This is in the form of an experiment, involving three large vehicles. The trial will take place in 2018.

Hacker is working to make his self-driving car software public

Comma.AI, the start-up run by famous hacker George Hotz, has open-sourced its semi-autonomous, Tesla-like driving system after shutting down the project in late October.

Why driverless cars probably won't make us any more productive

One of the biggest desires connected to self-driving cars is the possibility that time currently consumed by commuting will be available for working.

Google scrambles to figure out why self-driving car struck bus

Mountain View - Google rushed teams of software engineers to downtown Mountain View on Valentine's Day to figure out why one of the company's self-driving cars struck a public bus.

Lawyers stand to benefit the most from self-driving car accidents

When, in the near future, a driverless car gets into an accident with another driverless car, it's going to be difficult to establish who is at fault. Is it the "driver," the car company, or even the programmer?

Robot Taxi planning self-driving car service by 2020

There is a new challenger in the self-driving industry, and it is Robot Taxi. The company has some major plans that could shake up the industry.

Google's self-driving cars involved in several minor crashes

A report has revealed that Google's self-driving cars have acquired an abnormally high crime rate in the state of California since the company acquired a license to let the vehicles roam around free last September. A car by rival Delphi also had a crash.

A self-driving car just drove 3,400 miles across the US

A self-driving car has just successfully completed a trip across the US from San Francisco to New York City, making history and highlighting how far the technology has come in recent years.

New traffic light tech reduces congestion by turning lights green

A new device fitted to the windows of cars that is being trialled in the UK aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in city streets by enabling vehicles to turn traffic lights green as they approach.

Male birth control, without condoms, will be here in a few years

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, is about to enter human trials. Vasalgel could hit the market by 2017.

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 carinsurance.com.
 

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Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class with Intelligent DRIVE PILOT.
Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class with Intelligent DRIVE PILOT.
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Delphi took their self-driving Audi SQ5 on a 3400 mile road-trip across the US
Delphi took their self-driving Audi SQ5 on a 3400 mile road-trip across the US
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Google s self-driving prototype road testing in 2014
Google's self-driving prototype road testing in 2014
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Waymo’s self-driving technology — is not only experienced  but adaptable.
Waymo’s self-driving technology — is not only experienced, but adaptable.
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Two self-driving shuttle buses will share the road with pedestrians  cyclists and other vehicles in ...
Two self-driving shuttle buses will share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles in Stockholm. As they travel at speeds up to 24 km per hour.
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DRIVERLESS: A Google self-driving car is seen parked in Mountain View.
DRIVERLESS: A Google self-driving car is seen parked in Mountain View.
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A very early version of Google’s self-driving vehicle
A very early version of Google’s self-driving vehicle
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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
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File photo: Delphi took their self-driving Audi SQ5 on a 3400 mile road-trip across the US
File photo: Delphi took their self-driving Audi SQ5 on a 3400 mile road-trip across the US
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