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Florida Governor Signs Bill Allowing Self-driving Vehicles to Operate Without a Safety Driver

Florida Governor Signs Bill Allowing Self-driving Vehicles to Operate Without a Safety Driver

On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that expands the testing and use of autonomous vehicles, allowing companies to test the vehicles without a human driver present.

FutureCar Staff 2019-06-13 17:25 PT

Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

Autonomous Driving Startup Aurora to Acquire Lidar Company Blackmore

Aurora, a well-funded Silicon Valley-based autonomous driving startup, announced that it is acquiring lidar company Blackmore. Aurora said that it chose Blackmore because of its pioneering work in Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar, a next generation lidar technology that can improve the perception capabilities of self-driving vehicles.

Eric Walz2019-05-23 18:19 PT

Toyota AI Ventures Announces New $100 Million Fund for Autonomous Mobility and Robotics

Toyota AI Ventures Announces New $100 Million Fund for Autonomous Mobility and Robotics

​The Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures announced this week a new $100 million fund dedicated to investing in early-stage startups developing new technologies such as autonomous mobility and robotics.

Eric Walz2019-05-03 12:33 PT

BMW Builds its Own IT Platform to Process Data From its Autonomous Vehicles

BMW Builds its Own IT Platform to Process Data From its Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving vehicles generate terabytes of data, which needs to be analyzed during the development process, so that deep-learning algorithms can make safer driving decisions and improve over time. The challenge for automakers is how to sort and analyze all of this data so it can be used more efficiently for self-driving vehicles. To address this problem, BMW is built its own IT platform it calls D3.

Eric Walz2019-03-27 17:15 PT

AdaSky Raises $20 Million for its Far-Infrared Camera Technology for Self-Driving Cars

AdaSky Raises $20 Million for its Far-Infrared Camera Technology for Self-Driving Cars

AdaSky, an Israeli-based company developing Far-Infrared technology (FIR) for the automotive industry, announced it has secured $20 million in new funding from lead investor, Sungwoo Hitech Co., Ltd, a leading global automotive supplier.

Eric Walz2018-11-16 14:09 PT

Waymo to Launch its Driverless Car Service Next Month to Challenge Uber & Lyft

Waymo to Launch its Driverless Car Service Next Month to Challenge Uber & Lyft

Waymo is preparing to launch a commercial ride-hailing service in Arizona next month to rival Uber. For its new service, Waymo has plans to acquire up to 62,000 plug-in hybrid Pacifica minivans and 20,000 fully-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to build out its commercial fleet over the next few years.

Eric Walz2018-11-13 16:55 PT

Volkswagen in Talks with Ford to Invest in Self-Driving Startup Argo AI

Volkswagen in Talks with Ford to Invest in Self-Driving Startup Argo AI

Automakers are continuing to form strategic partnerships with tech companies and rivals to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. The latest being Volkswagen, who is reported to be in talks with the Ford Motor Co to work together on electric and self-driving cars.

Eric Walz2018-11-09 11:53 PT

Renesas to Buy Silicon Valley-Based Integrated Device Technology Inc for $6.7 billion

Renesas to Buy Silicon Valley-Based Integrated Device Technology Inc for $6.7 billion

Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp said it had agreed to buy Silicon Valley-based Integrated Device Technology Inc (IDT) for $6.7 billion, its second major acquisition as it looks to develop semiconductors and sensors used for self-driving cars.

FutureCar Staff 2018-09-11 13:18 PT

Toyota Investing $500 million in Uber to Develop Driverless Cars

Toyota Investing $500 million in Uber to Develop Driverless Cars

Uber’s struggling self-driving program is about to get some new life, thanks to a $500 million investment from Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. On Monday, Reuters reported that Toyota and Uber will work together on the development of self-driving cars, citing sources familiar with the matter. The equity investment will help advance both Toyota and Uber’s autonomous driving technology.

Jeremy Carlton2018-08-27 15:57 PT

Hyundai Develops Car Audio Technology Using ‘Seperate Sound Zones’

Hyundai Develops Car Audio Technology Using ‘Seperate Sound Zones’

Hyundai Motor Group unveiled its "separate sound zone control system," Sunday, via its blog and on YouTube. The system allows each occupant in a car to listen to different music without disrupting others.

Eric Walz2018-08-13 16:49 PT

LiDAR Maker Cepton Technologies Inks Deal With Major Automotive Lighting Supplier

LiDAR Maker Cepton Technologies Inks Deal With Major Automotive Lighting Supplier

Cepton Technologies, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of 3D LIDAR solutions for automotive and mapping applications, today announced it will provide Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. a global tier-one supplier of exterior automotive lighting, with its miniaturized LIDAR solution for autonomous driving.

Eric Walz2018-07-27 17:29 PT

Ford Motor Co to Invest $4 Billion in a New Division for Autonomous Vehicle Development

Ford Motor Co to Invest $4 Billion in a New Division for Autonomous Vehicle Development

U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co is committing billions of dollars to develop self-driving technology. The company announced today a new division, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, designed to speed up and capitalize on the development of electric vehicles, self-driving technology and smart mobility services.

Derrick Smith2018-07-24 11:41 PT

Visteon & ZongMu Technology Announce Strategic Cooperation On Autonomous Parking Tech

Visteon & ZongMu Technology Announce Strategic Cooperation On Autonomous Parking Tech

Visteon Corporation, a major U.S. automotive cockpit electronics supplier, and ZongMu Technology Co. Ltd., a China-based supplier of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), announced a strategic cooperation agreement to develop autonomous parking technology.

Eric Walz2018-07-02 11:59 PT

Hyundai Mobis Plans to Become a Leader in Autonomous Driving Technology

Hyundai Mobis Plans to Become a Leader in Autonomous Driving Technology

Hyundai Mobis​, the South Korean auto parts maker, said that it plans to use its new proving ground in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, as a test bed for new technologies, with the goal of becoming a leader in autonomous driving technology.

Jeremy Carlton2018-05-21 14:12 PT

MIT Made an Autonomous Car Capable of Driving Without 3D Maps

MIT Made an Autonomous Car Capable of Driving Without 3D Maps

Other self-driving cars can’t operate on their own on unmapped country roads. MIT’s new machine is one of the rare exceptions.

Vineeth Joel Patel2018-05-20 12:55 PT

Phantom Auto & Renovo Partner on Teleoperation of Autonomous Vehicles

Phantom Auto & Renovo Partner on Teleoperation of Autonomous Vehicles

Silicon Valley startups Phantom Auto, a developer of remote teleoperation safety technology for self-driving cars, and Renovo, the developer of AWare, the first operating system (OS) built specifically for autonomous cars, announced a partnership today to deploy teleoperation safety technology for Renovo’s planned fleet operations.

Eric Walz2018-05-15 12:49 PT

Didi Chuxing Granted Permit to Test Autonomous Cars in California

Didi Chuxing Granted Permit to Test Autonomous Cars in California

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars in California, as it looks to catch up with its Silicon Valley rivals in autonomous driving technology.

Jacky Ho2018-05-14 14:37 PT

GM Sees Personal Ownership & Customization of Self-Driving Cars

GM Sees Personal Ownership & Customization of Self-Driving Cars

Although industry analysts are predicting a decline in car ownership as car sharing and on-demand mobility services take hold, General Motors foresees a future where self-driving cars are still customizable and personally owned.

Derrick Smith2018-05-10 17:43 PT

Decentralized Autonomous Vehicles Foundation Secures Major Investment from Block Crafters Capital

Decentralized Autonomous Vehicles Foundation Secures Major Investment from Block Crafters Capital

The DAV Foundation, the Swiss-based blockchain startup building a decentralized network for autonomous vehicles, announced it has secured significant investment from South Korean-based Block Crafters Capital.

Eric Walz2018-04-23 12:20 PT

California Proposes New Rules to Allow Self-Driving Cars to Pick Up Passengers

California Proposes New Rules to Allow Self-Driving Cars to Pick Up Passengers

California’s public utility regulator signaled on Friday it would allow self-driving car companies to transport passengers without a backup driver in the vehicle, a big step forward for autonomous car developers as the industry faces heightened scrutiny over safety concerns.

Derrick Smith2018-04-09 16:33 PT

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