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Uber inks deal with Volvo for fleet of self-driving cars

ZDNet

Volvo has signed a deal with Uber to supply the ride-hailing company with tens of thousands of "autonomous driving compatible" vehicles between 2019 and 2021, the 90-year-old car company announced Monday. The financial terms of the non-exclusive agreement were not disclosed. However, the massive deal, reportedly worth more than $1 billion for 24,000 vehicles, keeps Uber up to speed in the crowded race to bring self-driving vehicles to consumers. "The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption," Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. "Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally.


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Wall Street Journal

"The approach that we are taking to that is to control a lot of that system ourselves because it allows us to move more quickly," Mr. Ammann said at The Wall Street Journal's WSJD.Live technology conference here. At first, GM seemed eager to team up. In early 2016, for example, GM announced a $500 million investment in Lyft Inc., where Mr. Ammann sits on the board of directors, and a partnership with the ride-sharing company to develop self-driving vehicles. But now the two companies appear more interested in going it alone. In July, Lyft said it was creating its own autonomous-car development division, and in August, GM said it had begun testing its own ride-hailing app for self-driving cars.


Driverless Car Technology to Provide Huge Boost for Road Safety by 2025 says Toyota

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The debate over whether technology is changing the world for good or bad is unlikely to ever be definitively won by either camp. However, few would argue that technological advances that promise traffic-related deaths dropping from 1.3 million a year to zero could be considered as anything but a positive development. That's exactly what Gill Pratt, chief executive of the Toyota Research Institute, believes will be the result of the impending transition to driverless cars. Using the analogy of two iconic photographs of New York's Fifth Avenue, one taken in 1905 and one in 1913, Pratt believes that this technology-based traffic utopia could happen much more quickly than any of us imagine. Talking at an open doors presentation at Toyota's Brussels R&D centre, Pratt demonstrated how quickly the age of the automobile manifested itself in central New York.


Nvidia hails a robotaxi with next step in AI computing

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It will be the first of its kind among the autonomous vehicle market, as Nvidia race ahead and offer passengers an on demand service to take them to their destination and giving accessibility to everyone including elderly and disabled passengers. The technology making robotaxis a possibility is Nvidia's Drive PX AI platform, dubbed Pegasus, which delivers all the capabilities of a data centre in a supercomputer the size of a license plate. The size, cost and power demands of existing AI computing solutions, Nvidia claims, makes them impractical for production vehicles. The fleet will use ZF's ProAI self-driving platform for the vehicles, based on Nvidia's Drive PX AI platform.


BMW-FCA autonomous alliance wants third major partner

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BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are seeking one more automaker to join their autonomous driving partnership. If the technology develops fast enough, BMW is open to selling a Level 3-equipped iNEXT to retail consumers and Level 4 or 5 cars to ride-sharing fleets, Frickenstein said. Project partners are driving the vehicles, developing software algorithms and collecting data from cameras, radar and lidar technology. That data are being crunched at a separate autonomous driving data center that opened near Munich.


Waymo and Intel are officially teaming up to build self-driving cars

Mashable

The two companies, which are among the leaders in the race to develop driverless car technology, officially announced their partnership in a blog post penned by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. There were no financial terms revealed, and other details about the partnership were not disclosed, but we did gain some new insights about Waymo's driverless vehicle platform. We now know that Waymo was using Intel's tech well before the partnership was made official earlier today. Intel played a big part in developing Waymo's in-house self-driving hardware platform, which is used in its fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans.


Self-driving Lyft cars will pick up passengers in the Bay Area with new partnership

Mashable

SEE ALSO: Ford and Domino's team up for self-driving pizza deliveries Lyft hopes to collect data to improve the passenger experience in self-driving cars, while Drive.ai The deal is similar to Lyft's partnership with nuTonomy to bring self-driving cabs to Boston, which was announced earlier this year. This will be the first public partnership for Drive.ai, The startup is known for its emphasis on familiarizing the public with self-driving tech, which will continue to be a focus during the Lyft trial, Drive.ai She said the company has been testing its tech on public roads in California since last year, but this will be the first time the public will have a chance to ride in its cars. Notably, Lyft's pilot program with nuTonomy in Boston hasn't launched, even though it was announced back in June. These two programs and the regions in which they'll operate are very different, however, so there might be a chance that the Bay Area's driverless Lyfts could hit the roads before Boston's.


Intel's self-driving supergroup brings Fiat Chrysler into the fold

Engadget

Intel's self-driving supergroup has added another member to the team: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The partnership, which already includes BMW, Intel and Mobileye, has ambitious plans to get autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021, and FCA's inclusion is likely to make that goal more achievable. Scalability remains an issue for autonomous vehicles -- that is, making the technology work with different makes and models. FCA owns a number of very different brands, including Chrysler, Fiat and Jeep, so the partnership can now work towards autonomy across the board, from Jeeps used off-road to Fiats designed for zooming around cities.


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving car alliance

USATODAY

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is joining a partnership that includes German automaker BMW and U.S. tech giant Intel to develop self-driving car technology. "In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers," Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. BMW, Intel and self-driving car tech firm Mobileye formed the partnership in 2016, saying they'd welcome others to join to help accelerate and spread the technology. In April, Fiat Chrysler announced that Waymo had ordered an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids that it will modify for its self-driving fleet.


Toyota, Mazda to form capital alliance to jointly develop electric vehicles

The Japan Times

NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are set to form a capital alliance to boost joint development of electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Friday. Toyota and Mazda decided to deepen their partnership to survive the intensifying competition for developing the self-driving technology and environment-friendly vehicles, the sources said. Toyota is aiming to fully enter the EV market by 2020 and Mazda aims to start selling EVs in the United States in 2019. The influence of technology firms in the industry has also grown with Google Inc. entering the race to develop automated car technology while U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. is showing rapid growth.