Waymo to start testing self-driving cars in Atlanta

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Waymo, Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit, would start testing its self-driving vehicles in Atlanta, it said on Twitter on Monday. 'Atlanta is a major hub for technology and innovation, and a natural fit for Waymo's testing program,' Waymo said on Twitter. With over eight years of testing under its belt, Waymo is a pioneer of self-driving technology, and is already testing vehicles in suburban Phoenix, Michigan, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Waymo, Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit, would start testing its self-driving vehicles in Atlanta, it said on Twitter on Monday. While self-driving car companies test their vehicles in public, they routinely have a human in the driver's seat ready to take over if the technology fails.

Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars

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Self-driving cars promise to be the transportation of the future, but one old-world problem could throw a wrench in the whole experience: motion sickness. It's likely that riders in self-driving vehicles will pass the time reading a book, checking their phone or watching a movie while they sit in an autonomous car - but, these activities all increase the likelihood of getting motion sick. University of Michigan researchers have developed a pair of prototype glasses that could prevent motion sickness in self-driving vehicles. The glasses sit on the bridge of the wearer's nose and have a built-in'light array system' to prevent motion sickness. The lights help to prevent nausea by mimicking the car's movement About half of adults struggle with motion sickness when they read a book in a moving vehicle.

US to 'carefully' review GM request on autonomous car

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Plans for the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals will be reviewed'carefully and responsibly', US regulators said. Law makers are looking at General Motors' request to test its driverless Cruise AV vehicles on the road sometime next year, with no human backup drivers. The company filed a petition with the US federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year. That would let the firm build a fleet of robo-taxis, beating off competition from rivals to launch such a service. The US Transportation Secretary made the comments during a press briefing held yesterday, urging the motor industry to engage with the public over the technology.

Ford lays out grand vision for a self-driving car future


Jennifer Jolly's coolest gadgets from CES you'll actually see in your home this year. Ford CEO James Hackett smiles while getting ready for an interview next to a self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International (Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP) LAS VEGAS -- Ford CEO Jim Hackett offered an ambitious vision for the automaker's self-driving vehicle business strategy Tuesday, depicting a future that will be as much as about networks of cars and traffic signals as any particular models. Ford will build these networked systems, he said, as well as the vehicles on the streets of this "City of Tomorrow." "The car and the system will be talking to each other," Hackett said at the CES tech trade show going on here. "The car obviously is going to learn to drive itself, but the city's transportation grid will mutate around what the cars need."

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This year, the chief technical officer of Aptiv APTV 1.21% PLC wants to demonstrate how the technology might actually be deployed in real life. Aptiv, the automotive-technology company formerly known as Delphi Automotive, is partnering with ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. at this week's show to give free rides in self-driven cars between the convention center and most of the big hotels. The goal is to show how its technology could be deployed in a self-driving car service. "This year is kind of pivoting away from technology demonstrations to really showing the applications," Mr. DeVos said. The convergence of Silicon Valley and the Motor City has helped propel CES, held here every January, into an automotive industry event that rivals the North American International Auto Show, taking place next week in Detroit.

Toyota tries to make its most advanced autonomous car look slightly normal


Toyota is bringing a sleek prototypical autonomous vehicle to this year's 2018 CES tech conference. But the car certainly won't be driving itself there. Similar to many automotive showings at CES, this vehicle, which the Toyota Research Institute calls the "Platform 3.0," is not yet consumer-ready. But it does provide some insight into what some of the first completely self-driving vehicles might look like. Although concealing the vehicle's many sensors and cameras is practically impossible, Toyota seems to have a done an impressive job integrating them into the car's body (it's unclear, of course, how well the systems work).

Hackers are the real obstacle for self-driving vehicles


Before autonomous trucks and taxis hit the road, manufacturers will need to solve problems far more complex than collision avoidance and navigation (see "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Self-Driving Trucks"). These vehicles will have to anticipate and defend against a full spectrum of malicious attackers wielding both traditional cyberattacks and a new generation of attacks based on so-called adversarial machine learning (see "AI Fight Club Could Help Save Us from a Future of Super-Smart Cyberattacks"). As consensus grows that autonomous vehicles are just a few years away from being deployed in cities as robotic taxis, and on highways to ease the mind-numbing boredom of long-haul trucking, this risk of attack has been largely missing from the breathless coverage. It reminds me of numerous articles promoting e-mail in the early 1990s, before the newfound world of electronic communications was awash in unwanted spam. Back then, the promise of machine learning was seen as a solution to the world's spam problems.

Apple supplier Foxconn wants self-driving worker shuttles


See how self-driving cars prepare for the real world inside a private testing facility owned by Google's autonomous car company, Waymo. The Navya passenger shuttle is among myriad autonomous vehicles worldwide in various stages of development. And at an event Nov. 17 and 18 on the University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering campus, visitors will have the opportunity to check it out. The Taiwan-based electronic manufacturer's plans to use driverless vehicles to move thousands of workers a day at its 22 million-square-foot campus about 30 miles south of Milwaukee could pave new ground for the technology, which promises to reshape transportation in this country. More than a dozen states are scrambling to get ready for self-driving cars, and while major companies from Google to General Motors are testing such cars, few are in use yet.

Lyft offers self-driving car rides in Boston

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The ride-hailing company Lyft is now sending self-driving cars to pick up passengers in a Boston neighborhood. The cars will have backup human drivers at the wheel and will be limited to short routes within the city's Seaport District, a burgeoning tech startup hub. Lyft and its Boston-based partner nuTonomy, which builds self-driving software, announced Wednesday that the pilot project has begun. The Renault Zoe EVs will be limited to short routes within the city's Seaport District The cars will initially be a small number of Renault Zoe EVs, which Nutonomy began road-testing in Boston starting last November. Nutonomy engineers are already working on integrating Lyft software into'a couple of' vehicles, to be deployed sometime'in the coming months,' for actual customer pickups, though no more specific timeline was given.

Lyft raises $500m 'war chest' in battle with Uber

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Uber rival Lyft is raising an additional $500 million in funding ion its ongoinjg battle with Uber, according to a U.S. share authorization document filed in Delaware. The additional funding round, led by Alphabet's CapitalG, is an extension of the $1 billion round announced in October. The additional funding round, led by Alphabet's CapitalG, is an extension of a $1 billion round announced in October, and raises the firm's valuation to $11.5 billion Axios was first to report the news. In October Lyft had said that the previous round of funding boosted its valuation to $11 billion from $7.5 billion. The fresh funding would raise its valuation to $11.5 billion.