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Boston to Allow City-Wide Testing of Self-Driving Cars

Boston to Allow City-Wide Testing of Self-Driving Cars

​For the past year, city officials in Boston restricted companies testing autonomous technology to less populated, industrial areas of the city. Now that is about to change, as the city is now allowing self-driving cars to roam the streets citywide, including during the morning rush hour.

FutureCar Staff 2018-06-20 15:37 PT

Luminar Announces ‘Significant’ Investment & Collaboration with Volvo on Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

Luminar Announces ‘Significant’ Investment & Collaboration with Volvo on Lidar for Self-Driving Cars

Volvo announced and investment and collaboration with Luminar Technologies Inc., a company that developed an advanced lidar system for autonomous cars. As part of the partnership, Luminar is providing the core sensing technology to Volvo’s autonomous vehicles.

Eric Walz2018-06-14 12:45 PT

AEye’s Next-Gen AI-Based Perception May Become the 'Eyes' of Self-Driving Cars

AEye’s Next-Gen AI-Based Perception May Become the 'Eyes' of Self-Driving Cars

AEye is relatively new Silicon Valley startup. Founded in 2013, the company is working on lidar and computer vision systems for self-driving cars. AEye’s computer vision technology is unique, as it uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to mimic how a human eye focuses on objects.

Eric Walz2018-06-13 11:03 PT

Ford Files Patent for System to Detect Lane Splitting Motorcycles

Ford Files Patent for System to Detect Lane Splitting Motorcycles

For a self-driving car to successfully navigate through vehicle traffic, the car needs the capability to avoid motorcycles riding between the lanes. Ford Motor Company recently filed a patent to address this problem. The technology was developed at Ford’s Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

Eric Walz2018-06-04 12:04 PT

SoftBank's Vision Fund to Invest $2.25 Billion in GM Cruise

SoftBank's Vision Fund to Invest $2.25 Billion in GM Cruise

General Motors announced today that the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise to support the company’s plans to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction.

Eric Walz2018-05-31 11:13 PT

Intel’s Mobileye Inks Deal to Supply 8 Million Cars with Self-Driving Tech

Intel’s Mobileye Inks Deal to Supply 8 Million Cars with Self-Driving Tech

Mobileye, the Israel-based autonomous driving unit that Intel purchased for $15.3 billion in 2017, has signed a contract to supply eight million cars at a European automaker with its computer vision-based, self-driving technology.

Eric Walz2018-05-17 14:09 PT

Autonomous Cars Can Get By With a Flash Drive-Sized Map, Says MIT

Autonomous Cars Can Get By With a Flash Drive-Sized Map, Says MIT

Highly detailed maps take up a lot of storage space. MIT is developing a new system called MapLite, which uses a minimalist map that could fit on a flash drive. Self-driving cars can reference this map, and then use their sensors to navigate to a destination.

Mia Bevacqua2018-05-12 08:00 PT

Ohio Governor Welcoming Self-Driving Cars to the State

Ohio Governor Welcoming Self-Driving Cars to the State

Ohio Governor John Kasich said he wants to make the state the “wild, wild west” for self-driving car testing.

Eric Walz2018-05-11 14:39 PT

Uber Says its Self-Driving Cars Will be Back on the Road in "a Few Months"

Uber Says its Self-Driving Cars Will be Back on the Road in "a Few Months"

Speaking at the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles yesterday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that his company's self-driving vehicles will be on the road again "within the next few months," and once that happens "it's going to be in as safe of a way as possible."

Eric Walz2018-05-10 11:56 PT

Drive.ai Launching Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in Texas

Drive.ai Launching Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in Texas

Silicon Valley-based self-driving car startup Drive.ai has announced a pilot program to bring an on-demand self-driving car service to Frisco, Texas this summer.

Eric Walz2018-05-09 12:38 PT

VW in Talks to Manage Didi Chuxing Ride-Hailing Fleet of 100,000 Cars

VW in Talks to Manage Didi Chuxing Ride-Hailing Fleet of 100,000 Cars

Volkswagen AG the world’s largest 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” autonomous vehicles for Didi’s ride-hailing services.

Eric Walz2018-04-30 14:00 PT

Robo-Taxi Startup Voyage to Make its Autonomous Safety Systems Open Source

Robo-Taxi Startup Voyage to Make its Autonomous Safety Systems Open Source

Silicon Valley startup Voyage, which recently launched a pilot autonomous ride-hailing service in two retirement communities in California and Florida, is taken a proactive, safety first approach. Starting today, the company announced today it is opening its safety requirements, test scenarios, metrics, tools, and source code that it has developed for its own autonomous taxis.

Eric Walz2018-04-24 17:50 PT

Ford to Launch an Independent Driverless Fleet Network by 2021

Ford to Launch an Independent Driverless Fleet Network by 2021

By 2021 Ford Motor company plans to set up its self-driving taxi service at scale. The company aims to use its robo-taxi network to move both goods and passengers. Most of the vehicles will be custom built for the platform and Ford is not developing the technology to enter into a partnership with another third-party ride-hailing operator.

Manish Kharinta2018-04-21 11:45 PT

Self-Driving Simulation Startup Metamoto Reveals Early Engagement Program

Self-Driving Simulation Startup Metamoto Reveals Early Engagement Program

Metamoto, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup offering scalable simulation solutions for autonomous vehicles, today announced it has enlisted an assembly of leading automotive players in its early engagement program.

FutureCar Staff 2018-04-12 09:00 PT

Waymo Teaming up With Honda on Autonomous Vehicle

Waymo Teaming up With Honda on Autonomous Vehicle

Just days after announcing a partnership with Jaguar to deploy 20,000 of its new electric i-Pace SUVs for its self-driving taxi service, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced that Waymo is working with Honda on some type of autonomous vehicle, Bloomberg has reported.

Eric Walz2018-04-02 17:34 PT

CTO of GM Owned Cruise Automation Abruptly Leaves the Company

CTO of GM Owned Cruise Automation Abruptly Leaves the Company

Cruise Automation, the company supplying General Motors with its self-driving technology is losing its Chief Technology Officer A.G. Gangadhar, who has worked for less than a year at the company.

Eric Walz2018-03-29 12:08 PT

Arizona Gov Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Tests Following Fatal Accident

Arizona Gov Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Tests Following Fatal Accident

The governor of Arizona has had enough of Uber, as it rushed to beat out other companies in the self-driving car race. Governor Doug Ducey said on Monday said he was suspending Uber's ability to test of self-driving cars on the state's roads indefinitely, following a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on March 18.

Eric Walz2018-03-26 19:00 PT

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Strikes and Kills Pedestrian

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Strikes and Kills Pedestrian

Uber halted all of its self-driving operations after one of the company's self-driving Volvos struck and killed a bicyclist in Tempe, Arizona last night. Tempe police are still investigating the deadly crash.

Eric Walz2018-03-19 12:03 PT

GM Investing $100 Million in Michigan Plants to Build Autonomous Vehicles

GM Investing $100 Million in Michigan Plants to Build Autonomous Vehicles

General Motors Co. will invest more than $100 million in two Michigan assembly plants where it plans to build its Cruise AV driverless car and the roof modules required for autonomous driving.

Eric Walz2018-03-15 10:56 PT

Baidu Apollo Releases the World’s Largest Dataset for Self-Driving Cars

Baidu Apollo Releases the World’s Largest Dataset for Self-Driving Cars

Baidu has announced the release of ‘Apollo Scape’, billed as the world’s largest open-source dataset for autonomous driving technology. The dataset is part of Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform Apollo.

Eric Walz2018-03-14 17:17 PT

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