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Self-driving lorries hit the road in Sweden


Instead, the truck drives itself, and veteran driver Roger Nordqvist is at the ready only in case of unexpected problems. Swedish truck maker Scania is not the only auto manufacturer developing autonomous vehicles, but it recently became the first in Europe to pilot them while delivering commercial goods. "We take their goods from point A, drive them to point B, fully autonomously," Peter Hafmar, head of autonomous solutions at Scania, tells AFP outside the company's transport lab in Sodertalje, south of Stockholm. In the pilot project, the self-driving truck is manoeuvring a stretch of some 300 kilometres (186 miles) between Sodertalje and Jonkoping in Sweden's south, delivering fast-food goods. From the outside, the vehicle looks almost like any other lorry, save for a rail on the roof packed with cameras and two sensors resembling bug antennae on the sides.

GM's Cruise Seeks Regulatory OK to Test Shuttle With No Steering Wheel WSJD - Technology

General Motors Co.'s driverless-car unit has requested approval from California regulators to begin public testing of a shuttle that has no steering wheel or manual controls, showing the auto maker's determination to make progress on autonomous vehicles as rivals step back. GM's Cruise LLC division in August submitted an application to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, requesting permission to test its Origin driverless vehicle on San Francisco streets, according to a copy of the document obtained through a public records request. The California DMV began reviewing the application in late October, according to emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal as part of the request. In its application, Cruise said it would begin test runs of the electric Origin in a confined area of San Francisco during limited hours and gradually expand over time. While GM and Cruise push ahead on plans to commercialize robotaxis, other players have pulled back, expressing doubts about whether the technology can support a viable business any time soon.

Honda Plans New Autonomous Features but Sees Long Road Ahead to Self-Driving Cars WSJD - Technology

HAGA, Japan--Honda Motor Co. said it would focus for now on partially autonomous driving technology to improve safety, adding itself to the list of auto makers that say fully self-driving cars aren't ready for prime time. The Japanese auto maker, an investor in General Motors Co.'s Cruise self-driving unit, this week showed off a prototype system that allows a car to automatically overtake slow-moving vehicles on a highway. It plans to roll out the technology globally starting in 2024, and it says it has found ways to use less-expensive radar and sensor technologies to make the system affordable for mass-market cars. An alert human driver still needs to be at the wheel. Honda's executive chief engineer, Mahito Shikama, said the company intends to focus on technologies such as the automatic passing system and other crash-prevention measures that fall short of full autonomy.

The top 100 new technology innovations of 2022


On a cloudy Christmas morning last year, a rocket carrying the most powerful space telescope ever built blasted off from a launchpad in French Guiana. After reaching its destination in space about a month later, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) began sending back sparkling presents to humanity--jaw-dropping images that are revealing our universe in stunning new ways. Every year since 1988, Popular Science has highlighted the innovations that make living on Earth even a tiny bit better. And this year--our 35th--has been remarkable, thanks to the successful deployment of the JWST, which earned our highest honor as the Innovation of the Year. But it's just one item out of the 100 stellar technological accomplishments our editors have selected to recognize. The list below represents months of research, testing, discussion, and debate. It celebrates exciting inventions that are improving our lives in ways both big and small. These technologies and discoveries are teaching us about the ...

Investors Are Losing Patience With Driverless Cars' Slow Pace WSJD - Technology

After years of ambitious targets and bold promises, investors are growing impatient with the pace of driverless-car development, applying pressure on an industry that had become accustomed to latitude and piles of cash from investors. Auto makers in recent weeks scaled back plans for the technology amid new pressure to curb expenses during an economic slowdown. An influential hedge fund also has questioned Google-parent Alphabet Inc.'s yearslong effort to advance self-driving technology, an endeavor that has proven thornier than many experts predicted just a few years ago. Activist investor TCI Fund Management this month sent a letter to Alphabet questioning the company's continued spending on its self-driving unit, Waymo. "Waymo has not justified its excessive investments, and its losses should be reduced dramatically," Christopher Hohn, TCI managing director, wrote in the letter.

What is the future of artificial intelligence?


If you are reading this article then chances are that some part of your life is affected by technology. In 2019, there were a number of technological advancements that changed our lives and brought us closer than ever. From smartphones to computers, these innovations have had a big impact on us all but they also had a major effect on humans as well. Artificial Intelligence is one such innovation, which has made people think about how we can make machines able to learn as we do with animals. So, if AI gets smarter, it means that humans are getting more intelligent too; making them a bit less human and more machinery.

Investment Opportunity in AV Industry 2023


Several companies are racing to introduce autonomous vehicles. There is a lot of complexity associated with the AV Investment Opportunities landscape. Both hardware and software players are represented, including both start-ups and publicly traded corporations. It provides an overview of the rapidly evolving autonomous vehicle space. Silicon Valley's newest unicorn is secretive AV startup Zoox, which raised $250 million in funding as an Investment Opportunity.

An AI that lets cars communicate might reduce traffic jams


Did you know there's a specific term for the times when you encounter sudden, inexplicable vehicle congestion on the interstate despite no discernible culprit such as rubbernecking or an accident? It's called a "phantom traffic jam," and was first identified around 12 years ago by researchers in Japan conducting a simple experiment. Despite telling 20 human drivers to all drive at a constant speed around a circular track, even the briefest instances of individuals' pressing their brake pedals compounded on one another, resulting in those recognizable traffic fits and starts. This automotive variation on the "butterfly effect" has been carefully studied ever since, and a research group is now approaching the finish line on a potential solution devoid of any sort of half-baked "self-driving" system. As Associated Press recounts, a recent experiment has shown instances of phantom traffic jams can be reduced by linking cars' into a single communication network via utilizing newer vehicles' adaptive cruise control systems.

Renault moves into the industrial metaverse


Renault Group is the latest carmaker to announce significant digitalisation plans, confirming a move into the industrial metaverse. The technology will combine augmented and virtual realities across many platforms, enabling different digital interactions. The industrial metaverse could offer several benefits, including a fresh marketing opportunity in front of a new audience. According to Renault, the system will be based on four dimensions spanning mass data collection, digital twins, supply chains, and advanced technologies. Renault states the integration of the metaverse can offer a'better visibility of the work environment allowing actors to gain agility and autonomy in decision making.'

Another Smart-City Utopia Proposes a Shortcut to Self-Driving Cars


This proposed "equitism" sounds aspirational. The transportation pods, zero-landfill, and sustainable-energy plans all seem technologically feasible. I worry that finding humans today with the altruism, will, and ability to administer the endowment Lore envisions will be more difficult than achieving those desert food-production and water-use goals. While we understand the appeal of a clean-slate approach to experiment, surely the wealthy can find ways of investing and contributing in our broader society that isn't holed off from the rest of the world. But at least Telosa sounds way nicer than The Line.