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No more Uber, Hertz, or even car owners: How Amazon and Apple will take us all for a ride

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Driven to distraction: Why IBM's Watson is getting onboard with self-driving vehicles and impatient passengers IBM has teamed up with Local Motors for a new autonomous vehicle. Here's how it will handle difficult passengers - and why you won't be able to buy one. I am, as a product of Generation X, perhaps one of the final generations to be obsessed with the notion of car ownership. I love the different body designs. I love how each one drives differently.


Chinese facial recognition firm raises mammoth $410m in funding

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As governments and tech giants alike target AI advances, one facial recognition start-up has secured a huge amount of funding in China. The Dubai police force is welcoming AI into its operation with open, robotic arms. Apple is reportedly testing a new 3D facial-scanning feature that will unlock your iPhone instead of using a fingerprint. Facebook is powering ahead with its augmented reality camera trials, taking in Meitu (and its 1.bn users) in its latest project. The money it's attracting is massive, too.


Apple's latest self driving car prototype revealed:

Daily Mail

Apple's self driving car project has been shrouded in secrecy - but its latest vehicle has been spotted by an arch rival. Dubbed'The Thing', it looks like an ordinary SUV - apart from a giant white'Star Wars' rack of sensors strapped to its roof. The video was captured by MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of self-driving startup Voyage, which is testing its own vehicles in a San Jose retirement community. He refers to it as'The Thing,' due to the bulkiness of its sensor array. He told CNET he took the video at the intersection of De La Cruz and the Central Expressway in Sunnyvale, and he is convinced that it was one of Apple's cars.


Apple's new, improved self-driving car rig reportedly spotted in the wild

Mashable

Apple's secretive automotive project has flown under the radar over the past several months after news leaked that the company was granted permission to test a self-driving car platform and entered the race to develop autonomous cars -- but that doesn't mean that the cars stopped roving the roads to gather data. SEE ALSO: The'Google of China' is working on a driverless bus for next year and fully self-driving cars by 2021 A keen-eyed observer, MacAllister Higgins, spotted what he believes to be the latest version of Apple's self-driving rig out in the wild and posted a video to Twitter, first reported by The Verge. He said the car, which you can't quite make out in the video, was a Lexus SUV -- the same type of vehicle Apple is approved to use for tests on public roads, one of which was thought to have been spotted back in April. Higgins is more than just a casual Apple fan, however -- he's a robotics engineer and happens to be a co-founder of Voyage, a self-driving startup that recently launched its own pilot program in San Jose. Higgins referred to Apple's rumored internal codename for its long gestating auto program, Project Titan, and called the bulky, plastic-encased setup "The Thing."


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Engadget

Like so many companies, Apple has been working on its own version of self-driving technology. Last year, we learned that the company had moved away from designing its own vehicle, opting instead to develop a system that could be incorporated into existing vehicles. We've had glimpses of this system before -- it's codenamed Project Titan -- but thanks to Voyage cofounder MacCallister Higgins, we now have an up-close view of it. Going to need more than 140 characters to go over's Project Titan. I call it "The Thing" pic.twitter.com/sLDJd7iYSa


In Building an Electric Car, Dyson Goes Its Own Way

WIRED

In 2016, after seven years of developing self-driving technology, Google abandoned plans to build its own jelly-bean pod cars, and partnered with Chrysler for the metal-bending part of the equation. The company had no expertise in hair dryers before building its Supersonic hair dryer, which launched last year and has sold more than 1 million units. "If you know a lot about combustion engines, there is very, very little transferable knowledge from building combustion engines to building electric engines." Conze expects Dyson's vehicles to have 50 percent to 100 percent greater range than existing offerings, though he declines to specify what that means.


Samsung will test its mysterious self-driving cars in the U.S.

Mashable

The California DMV just gave the South Korean tech company permission to test autonomous vehicles on the state's public streets, signaling a new expansion of Samsung's self-driving program. The agency keeps a running tally of all the companies with permission to test self-driving tech on its website, which has become a veritable who's who of the autonomous development space. Samsung's driverless car aspirations haven't been nearly as publicized as many of the other companies racing to develop autonomous systems. South Korean officials gave Samsung permission to test self-driving cars on public roads back in May, but little else is known for certain about the program.


Apple's 'Star Wars' self driving car spotted

Daily Mail

The roofracks contains dozens of sensors, but primarily uses Lidar to'see' their surroundings, and Apple is now using Lexus SUV's, rather than the minivans that have previously been spotted In lidar -- or light detection and ranging -- scanning, one or more lasers sends out short pulses, which bounce back when they hit an obstacle, whether clouds, leaves or rocks. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Apple cuts back its ambitions for a self-driving car

Daily Mail

Chief Executive Tim Cook has suggested that Apple wants to move beyond integration of Apple smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Apple could take on Uber with self driving car

Daily Mail

Disagreements among Apple's top brass have led to a dramatic scaling back of the firm's plans for a self-driving car, industry insiders have claimed. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.