Transportation


Waymo Starts Testing Self-Driving Cars in Michigan, Seeking Bad Weather

WIRED

For a moment there, Arizona was the place for autonomous vehicles learning to drive. It's a logical starting point for experimental tech--still in its wobbly, Bambi legs stage--that likes warm weather, little rain, and wide open roads. It's easier for their complicated sensors to "see" there, you see. Arizona is, in other words, a lot like California, without the aggressive Department of Motor Vehicles and its pesky regulations. Governor Doug Ducey has directed all state agencies to make it as easy as possible for fully self-driving cars to test in Arizona, no permitting or reporting required.


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Daily Mail

The University of Michigan opened the $6.5m, 32 acres Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars Ford has become the first major car maker test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, M City includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights and obstacles Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, it includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers. For the most part, self-driving cars will be ready for the open road long before the open road is ready for them. That's true for the private companies designing and building self-driving cars, and for the taxpayer-funded government agencies that design and build the roads on which they'll drive.


Lyft Shifts Gears With New Driverless-Car Division

Wall Street Journal

The new division marks a shift for Lyft, which had favored partnerships with self-driving vehicle developers including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo, NuTonomy Inc., General Motors Co. GM -0.93% and Tata Motors Ltd.'s Jaguar Land Rover. Later this year, NuTonomy and GM plan to test their cars on Lyft's network. "This isn't about bringing one car or two cars or a hundred cars onto the streets of San Francisco--this is about bringing hundreds of thousands of cars" to Lyft's network," Mr. Kapoor said. Uber, which denies the allegations, has sought to be a leader in self-driving cars, rolling out tests in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz. Lyft is opening a new office in Palo Alto, Calif., in a building once used by video-calling company Skype, and hopes that base will help it attract engineering talent, said Director of Product Taggart Matthiesen.


Uber's self-driving car was not to blame for Arizona crash

Daily Mail

Uber's self-driving test car was not to blame for the horrific crash in Arizona, a police report has confirmed. The report states that the crash occurred after the human-driven vehicle failed to give way to oncoming traffic. But the incident has exposed how Uber's self-driving cars aren't equipped to cope with the unpredictable driving of humans, critics have warned. The report, from Tempe Police Department, states driver Alexandra Cole attempted to cross three lanes of traffic as the traffic lights at her intersection turned from green to yellow (amber). She crossed the first two lanes at the speed of 20mph (32km/h) and then attempted to enter the third lane.


Uber resumes self-driving car program after crash

Daily Mail

The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but they resumed operating earlier on Monday. The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but they resumed operating earlier on Monday. The fleet of automated cars in Phoenix, Pittsburgh and San Francisco were pulled off streets by Saturday. Last year, Waymo reported 13 accidents involving its fleet in the state of California, which requires companies testing autonomous vehicles to report any accidents.


Uber halts self-driving car tests after Arizona crash

USATODAY

Uber temporarily hit the brakes on tests of its self-driving cars following a crash Friday evening in Tempe, AZ, that involved one of the company's autonomous vehicles. Vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco were still grounded Sunday while the investigation continued. "We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle," an Uber spokeswoman emailed USA TODAY on Sunday. The vehicle involved in the accident was in a self-driving mode. Fresco News posted pictures of the flipped Volvo SUV that was involved in the crash.


Uber self-driving cars to be tested on San Francisco roads

Daily Mail

In December, Uber released a handful of its self-driving Volvo vehicles on the public roads of San Francisco - without checking with authorities. Shortly after, regulators demanded the firm remove their SUVs and apply for a permit - which was shortly after 20 other companies filed the correct paperwork to test their vehicles. The authorization comes just months after Uber took to the public roads of the California city prior to filing for a permit. In December, the firm launched a handful of its self-driving Volvo vehicles in San Francisco and shortly after, regulators demanded they get off the roads until they obtain the correct documentation.


Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Startup Argo AI

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Last year rival General Motors paid $581 million (roughly Rs. Uber bought autonomous trucking startup Otto for an estimated $680 million (roughly Rs. 4,553 crores) last summer primarily to get Otto's engineers on its team working on driverless vehicles. Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski, another former Google engineer, is now overseeing Uber's testing of driverless cars in Pittsburgh and Arizona.


Ford bets $1B on startup founded by Waymo, Uber vets

Boston Herald

The two will develop the core technology of Ford's autonomous vehicle -- the "virtual driver" system, which Nair described as the car's "brains, eyes, ears and senses." By joining with Ford, Argo gets strong capital backing and expertise on other components needed to run autonomous cars, as well as product development and manufacturing knowledge, Salesky said. Uber bought autonomous trucking startup Otto for an estimated $680 million last summer primarily to get Otto's engineers on its team working on driverless vehicles. Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski, another former Google engineer, is now overseeing Uber's testing of driverless cars in Pittsburgh and Arizona.


Ford Motor Co. strikes unusual deal with driverless car start-up Argo AI

Los Angeles Times

Ford Motor Co. has bought a majority share in a small artificial intelligence start-up that will help the automaker get driverless vehicles on the road, Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields announced Friday. The two founders who took the stage with Ford executives at the San Francisco announcement Friday declined to say how many employees work there. Chief Executive Bryan Salesky worked on hardware development for self-driving systems at Google. Salesky said Argo and Ford hold a "shared vision" on driverless technology.