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Google’s self-driving car fleet has been decidedly Toyota-heavy since the project's inception, with the vast majority of the fleet consisting of Toyota Prius and Lexus RX 450h hybrids. If a new report is to be believed, it looks as though Google may be throwing Fiat Chrysler a bone (and a vote of confidence) by adding several dozen of the company’s newly launched Pacifica minivans to its self-driving vehicle fleet. Citing sources that “asked not to be identified,” Bloomberg says that Google and Chrysler have nearly finalized the partnership and an announcement could be made a soon as today. Naturally,... Read more...
Where autonomous driving is concerned, two things are certain: it's going to be a big part of our future, and companies like Google want that future to get here as soon as possible. Last month, we reported on Google's proposal to the government which highlighted reasons why the allowance of autonomous vehicles on our roads should happen sooner rather than later. In effect, Google believes that if a self-driving car can pass the same driving tests that humans must pass, then they should stand the same exact chance of being allowed on the road. It's hard to fault that logic. Fast-forward to today,... Read more...
Back in December, we learned that famed hacker (and one-time Apple intern) George Hotz was looking to go toe-to-toe with heavyweights like Google and Tesla Motors in the burgeoning self-driving car market. Whereas those two companies have billions of dollars at their disposal and teams of engineers to develop software and hardware to make self-driving cars possible, Hotz created his own solution in his garage. The 26-year-old gutted out the dashboard of his brand new 2016 Acura ILX and went to work using off the shelf hardware components including LIDAR, cameras, and a 21-inch dashboard-mounted... Read more...
Google has been heavily invested in its self-driving car program since 2009, and has made great strides in improving the technology it has racked up over a million miles of real world testing. The self-driving fleet, which includes various Toyota Prius, Lexus RX 450h and Audi TT models, until recently has a spotless driving record. Thanks to Google’s transparency with regards to its self-driving fleet, we were quickly alerted to the first at-fault accident involving an RX 450h in its test fleet. But in the grand scheme of things, the fact we've seen only one accident - a minor one, at that - really... Read more...
Have you ever found yourself at night behind a large crossover or a minivan with large display screens hanging from the ceiling (usually playing some Disney movie or other child-centric content)? While it provides tiny tots with something to occupy their attention when traveling, the moving images can be somewhat distracting to following motorists. Well, Ford is looking to up the ante and has patented a "autonomous vehicle entertainment system" that truly brings a living room movie experience to your car. Ford’s patent, which was granted on March 1st, features a large projector screen that unfurls... Read more...
Do you want Skynet? Because this is how you get Skynet! The U.S. Military currently deploys a number of robotic weapons systems – vehicles and platforms that can roam the earth or take to the skies, taking humans partially out of the equation. Aerial drones often carry extremely lethal payloads that are tasked with taking out enemy insurgents on the battlefield. However, military policy has safeguards in place to ensure that these robotic weapons platforms never go “rogue” by firing on friendly targets or innocent civilians. As a result, there’s always a human “behind the trigger” that makes the... Read more...
Of all the companies out there that are committed to autonomous vehicle, Google by far has the most experience and has racked up the most amount of “driver free” miles. The company started its autonomous efforts with modified Toyota Prius hybrids and then later expanded the fleet to include Lexus RX 450h hybrids. More recently, Google has devoted attention to its homegrown fully electric vehicle (EV), which looks like a supersized Cozy Coupe. With its homegrown autonomous EV, Google has already eliminated the driver from the equation — now it wants to simplify things even further by recharging... Read more...
Hopping in a vehicle today to get from point A to point B? Realize this: we're currently in the midst of an uptick in vehicle-related deaths, so it's never been more important to be cautious and keep your eyes on other drivers. This past week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report that sums up the first 9 months of 2015 in traffic deaths, and the trend is a little disconcerting. It's found that in the first three quarters between 2014 and 2015, the number of deaths rose 9.3%, and in particular, the growth in the third quarter alone (versus the previous third quarter)... Read more...
We've been talking about Apple's secret automotive project for what feels like forever, and despite all that's been reported up to this point, the company has stuck to its guns and remains quiet on the matter. At this point, though, we must imagine that Apple has just about given up on trying to keep things a secret, as it seems we can't go a single day without seeing more proof of it. The latest bit of "proof" comes from Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche who recently paid a visit to Silicon Valley with other senior management members. In talking to German weekly Welt am Sonntag, Zetsche said that during... Read more...
NVIDIA may be a graphics powerhouse when it comes to add-in boards for desktops and integrated graphics for notebooks, but the company isn’t putting all of its eggs into one basket. It also tiptoes into supercomputing efforts, automotive technology (the company’s Tegra X1 powers the 2016 Audi TT’s “virtual cockpit” gauge cluster), and even SoCs for mobile devices. NVIDIA is expanding its reach into new markets with Jetson TX1, a new platform that has a footprint smaller than a credit card and is destined for autonomous devices. Aerial drone leader DJI was already moving down this past using NVIDIA... Read more...
Despite the fact that it couldn't be more obvious that Apple is going to be getting into the automotive market, the company remains quiet on the matter. Well, kind of. It seems like every week the company drops one major hint after major hint. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the automotive market is in need of a "massive change", and a few months ago, it leaked out that he visited BMW's factory in Leipzig, Germany, to help become familiar with the intricacies of the industry. Now, there's even more fuel being poured on the fire. According to Re/code, Apple has just plucked a top AI expert... Read more...
Despite the fact that Apple has never been explicit about its desire to create an electric vehicle, it's hard to imagine at this point that it won't happen. Even Tesla's Elon Musk has weighed in on things, going on record to say that the Cupertino's EV team is like "Tesla's graveyard" - a statement he later went on to quell a little bit. Back in August, it leaked out that Apple's Tim Cook had paid a visit to BMW's Leipzig factory to gauge and discuss things. Ultimately, it's not clear if BMW is going to have anything to do with Apple's foray into vehicle making, but it no doubt gave Apple a boost... Read more...
A new American city is set to take form in the New Mexico desert, and at first glance, nothing really seems to be amiss. Tentatively called CITE, the city measures roughly 15 square miles in size and could support a population of around 35,000. Littered throughout the city will be single-family homes, multi-story office buildings in an office district, agricultural land, residential streets and even a highway along its outskirts. However, no one will live in this city — it is simply being used a test bed for future technology innovations that run the gamut from autonomous vehicle testing to home... Read more...
With vehicle makers focusing on making our future travel autonomous, a major concern arises: is it going to be safe and secure? If companies expect people to trust their lives with their technology, it goes without saying that it must be bullet-proof. There can be no compromises. Uber is a company that understands this very well, as it recently beefed-up its security brain-power by hiring two people who've proven that all of the technology lacing our vehicles could prove to be a serious detriment if it's insecure. It's a good thing that autonomous vehicles haven't littered the market quite... Read more...
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