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BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz: Which Automaker Is Leading in Driverless Tech? - AI Trends

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Recently, BMW mentioned that it would introduce an autonomous car by 2021, called the iNext. The automaker hasn't released much detail about the vehicle, but it will most likely resemble the similar-sounding Vision Next 100 concept vehicle, which the company showed off back in March. At BMW's annual shareholder meeting this month, the company's CEO, Harald Krueger, said, "Our goal is already clearly defined -- to be number one in autonomous driving." But BMW will find plenty of driverless-car competition among its fellow luxury automakers, most specifically from Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler. Daimler is currently a leader in driverless technology among automakers, and it's likely Krueger's mention of autonomous tech is an effort to reassure investors the German automaker isn't falling behind one of its biggest rivals.


Uber in the market for a fleet of self-driving cars, source says

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Ride-hailing service Uber has sounded out car companies about placing a large order for self-driving cars, an auto industry source has said. "They wanted autonomous cars," the source, who declined to be named, said. "It seemed like they were shopping around." Loss-making Uber would make drastic savings on its biggest cost -- drivers -- if it were able to incorporate self-driving cars into its fleet. Volkswagen's Audi, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, BMW and car industry suppliers Bosch and Continental are all working on technologies for autonomous or semi-autonomous cars.


Uber in the market for a fleet of self-driving cars, source says

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Shedding drivers would save Uber a lot of money. Ride-hailing service Uber has sounded out car companies about placing a large order for self-driving cars, an auto industry source has said. "They wanted autonomous cars," the source, who declined to be named, said. "It seemed like they were shopping around." Loss-making Uber would make drastic savings on its biggest cost -- drivers -- if it were able to incorporate self-driving cars into its fleet.


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"Highly autonomous cars and everything they connect to will require powerful and reliable electronic brains to make them smart enough to navigate traffic and avoid accidents," Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said last Friday at a joint news conference announcing the alliance. It is too early to say which other carmakers would join the alliance, BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger said at a news conference on the outskirts of Munich on Friday. But creating common technology standards would help all manufacturers update their vehicles faster, Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said. Auto camera and software maker Mobileye will supply its Road Experience Management (REM) technology and make its latest EyeQ5 chip available to be deployed on Intel computing platforms.


Uber 'shopping around' amid rumours of giant order with Mercedes-Benz

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Ride-hailing service Uber has sounded out car companies about placing a large order for self-driving cars and may have placed a giant order with Mercedes for 100,000 limousines, it has been claimed. 'They wanted autonomous cars,' a source, who declined to be named, told Reuters. Uber has sounded out car companies about placing a large order for self-driving cars and may have placed a giant order with Mercedes for 100,000 S-Class limousines, it has been claimed. Uber is already testing an early version of its system, which is being developed with Carnegie Mellon University. The firm hopes to develop a self driving taxi to take on autonomous car projects from Google, Apple and others.