Tag: self-driving cars

Waymo’s self-driving taxi service is now a reality

We always expected Google to turn its self-driving car technology developed under Waymo into a self-driving taxi service of sorts, and Google finally delivered the service we’ve been waiting for. However, Waymo launched Waymo One without making a big deal over the event. Furthermore, the driverless taxi service is very limited, servicing interested users in […]

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Waymo’s First Commercial Self-driving Service Launches in Phoenix

We’ve arrived. It’s officially #TheFuture. After years of talk within the auto industry, Waymo says it will become the first company to offer a commercial taxi service using autonomous vehicles when the program launches in Arizona today. Called Waymo One, the Google subsidiary plans to offer the first batch of rides […]

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AEye raises $40 million for sensor that merges camera and lidar data

With some analysts predicting as many as 10 million self-driving cars will hit the road by 2030, it’s no wonder that the lidar market is projected to be worth $1.8 million in just five years. Lidar — sensors that measure the distance to target objects by illuminating them with laser light […]

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Ford partners with Postmates and Walmart for autonomous grocery delivery in Miami area

Driverless grocery delivery is a hot new trend. Nuro teamed up with grocery giant Kroger for self-driving grocery deliveries in the U.S. this summer, and shortly after, startup Robotmart announced plans to test its driverless grocery store on wheels. In September, Udelv partnered with Farmstead grocery chains in Oklahoma City to transport perishables to […]

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Self-Driving Mercedes S-Class Taxi Service Launches In San Jose Next Year

It was confirmed by Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler and Bosch back in July that they would be launching a pilot program for their robo-taxi service in Silicon Valley next year. Some additional details have been confirmed about the service. Its fleet will consist of luxurious self-driving Mercedes-Benz S class vehicles […]

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Jaguar Land Rover wants to stick googly eyes on self-driving cars so you’ll trust them

It might not have seemed possible after their incredibly slow start, but self-driving cars are looking more and more like the future of personal transportation. Still, some nagging questions remain, not least of which is whether the public at large will warm up to the idea of cars that do their own thing. Jaguar Land […]

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Will self-driving cars kill parking?

Jeff Peters Contributor Jeff Peters, PhD is a principal at Autotech Ventures, investing in transportation startups. He has published academic and media articles on transportation, optimization, autonomous driving and AI. More posts by this contributor The AI in your non-autonomous car Some people have postulated that autonomous ridesharing cars will never need to park and cities of […]

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Waymo partners with Valley Metro for last-mile rides to public transportation

Self-driving cars aren’t just great for delivery, highway driving, and long-haul trucking. As researchers at MIT posited in 2011, they have the potential to fill gaps in local transportation — the so-called “last mile” between destinations and public infrastructure like buses, trains, and light rail. It’s an area of study Google spinoff Waymo intends to explore. […]

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On the eve of a 6-month pilot, Drive.ai details its self-driving car plans

It’s been almost a year since Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Google parent Alphabet, became the first company to operate autonomous cars on public roads without drivers behind the wheel. Now Drive.ai intends to follow suit. This month, the Silicon Valley startup will set loose a fleet of self-driving Nissan NV200 vans in Frisco, Texas. […]

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AI Weekly: For self-driving cars, the path to public acceptance is transparency and an abundance of caution

Self-driving cars have transformative potential. They’re poised to reduce traffic fatalities, ease congestion, and even decrease carbon emissions — not to mention cutting down on the amount of city space dedicated to parking. There’s just one problem: Most people are afraid of them. Two studies this week — one by the Brookings Institution and another […]

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Uber’s self-driving cars are back. Well, sort of.

Self-driving Uber cars will be a familiar sight in Pittsburgh.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Sasha Lekach2018-07-26 00:13:00 UTC Uber’s self-driving cars are back on the road in Pittsburgh, but with a lot of changes. In the four months since a self-driving Uber hit and killed a woman walking a bicycle on an Arizona road, the ride-hailing company […]

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Waymo partners with Walmart, AutoNation, Avis, and others to drive their customers

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Waymo is starting trials to ferry shoppers to Walmart’s stores in Phoenix, Arizona, the company said on Wednesday. Walmart shoppers in Phoenix metropolitan area can order groceries on Walmart.com and as their order is being prepared at the store, self-driving cars will transport them to the store and bring them back, Waymo […]

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Bosch and Foreca’s new service helps self-driving cars respond to changing road conditions

Driving in inclement weather is anything but easy for humans, and it’s equally tough for autonomous cars — Google spinoff Waymo’s prototypes saw snow for the first time this year. That’s why electronics company Bosch is partnering with Foreca, a Finnish weather forecasting provider, on a predictive road-condition service intended to enhance the safety of driverless vehicles […]

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Coast Autonomous’ self-driving shuttles are boring, and that’s by design

Between 47th and 48th street in the heart of Times Square, Coast Autonomous, a startup based in Pasadena, California, today showed off the fruit of its six-year research project: a slow-moving, self-driving shuttle designed to ferry folks between destinations at speeds of around 25 miles per hour. I stopped by and hitched a ride. It […]

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