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Waymo Robotaxis Getting Ready for San Francisco

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After Chandler in Phoenix, Arizona, it is now San Francisco's turn. At the Waymo Depot on Toland Street in San Francisco, 67 Jaguar iPace and 11 Fiat Chrysler Pacifica Waymo robotaxis are lined up nicely, ready to start their service. A few days ago, Cruise Automation had already received approval from California to transport passengers, and Waymo seems to be close to receiving the same approval from the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). While Cruise is focusing on a new type of vehicle with the Cruise Origin, Waymo is using vehicles from traditional manufacturers. The latest models are the Fiat Chryster Pacifica minivan and, as we see in the footage, increasingly the electric Jaguar iPace.After Cruise announced it had obtained a $5 billion line of credit from GM to produce 1,000 Cruise Origin vehicles, Waymo followed suit, announcing today that it had closed an investment round of another $2.5 billion.


Why passengers might actually feel safe in Zoox self-driving cars

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Instead of turning a traditional car into an autonomous one, the Amazon-owned self-driving car service Zoox has created its own type of autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel or front seat. Redesigning a car from the ground up also means redesigning car safety features. On Tuesday, the San Francisco-based company released its first (voluntary) safety report since revealing its electric robotaxi in December. The report highlights what the company considers more than 100 safety features not found in regular (human-driven, conventional) vehicles. Dr. Mark Rosekind, Zoox's chief safety innovation officer, broke down the key features into three categories in a recent call: driving control, redundancy (or back up in case of failure), and rider protection.


Baidu inks partnership to build 1,000 autonomous robotaxis

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Baidu has inked a partnership that will see the Chinese tech giant build 1,000 autonomous ride-hailing electric vehicles over the the next three years. Its fifth generation of robotaxis will be produced at 480,000 yuan ($74,987) each, which it touts is a third of the average cost of manufacturing a Level 4 self-driving vehicle. The announcement Thursday was an expansion of its existing partnership with local state-owned manufacturer BAIC Group, specifically, with the latter's electric vehicle unit Arcfox. Previously more widely known for its search engine, Baidu shifted gears in 2015 when it began developing autonomous vehicles, testing them on roads in Beijing and California, USA. Called Apollo Moon, its next generation of robotaxis would be built on the Arcfox Alpha-T, a fully electric five-seater SUV. The vehicle would be suited up with various sensors, including 13 cameras and five millimeter-wave radars, computing unit redundancy functions, and failure detector and degradable processing algorithms.


tech company working on driverless car fleet

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This May 13, 2014 file photo shows a row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. AP Google has been working on driverless technology through Waymo, a spin-off from its main holdings company. Though autonomous revenues will not grow until 2030 the driverless vehicle market is of clear interest to many businesses and governments alike, with Germany set to invest €58 … In April 2019, the company began running driverless car trials on selected public roads in Bromley and Croydon in London, partnering with the government-funded initiative StreetWise. Our all-electric, self-driving fleet will offer more freedom, more time, and more peace of mind. At that time, we reported that Apple was operating 66 vehicles. Check out these 21 self-driving car companies that are ushering in the next generation of travel. The Big Three automaker has worked hard to rebrand itself as a mobility company, introducing an app, running autonomous shuttles and bike-sharing systems, and promoting a vision of connected, mobility-as-a-service solutions with the Detroit company … The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, programmed a small fleet of miniature robotic cars to drive on a multi-lane track and observed how the traffic flow changed when one of the cars stopped. If there was one company that is keeping pace with GM's driverless car tech right now, it's Alphabet's Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project. Driverless cars are finally coming to New York. Apple Inc. has held talks with Hyundai Motor Co. about working on driverless, electric vehicles, the South Korean car company has said. Facebook/LeEco LeEco is working on a car dubbed the LeSEE, pictured above, … Source: Flickr/jurvetson Source: Flickr/jurvetson With Uber accused of industrial espionage, the heat is on in driverless tech Waymo LLC is an American autonomous driving technology development company. Overseas, tech company Baidu is partnering with manufacturers in China. It’s right around the corner. The self-driving car company has around 600 vehicles in its fleet and makes its own sensors in-house. Ford exemplifies the reinvention approach. Should driverless car businesses leverage this aspect of car rental companies, they would be able to offer their services to millions of customers worldwide. Courtesy Courtesy Israeli company Arbe Robotics , a provider of real-time 4D imaging radar chipsets for ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems), is partnering with AutoX, a leading Chinese robotaxi (self-driving taxi) firm, to integrate its tech in the company’s fleet of Level 4 autonomous vehicles. We’re Cruise, a self-driving car service designed for the cities we love. We publish all the tricks and solutions to pass each track of the crossword puzzle. AutoX's driverless vehicle fleet. Johann Jungwirth, the German company's chief digital fully mapped. A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have shown. If there was one company that is keeping pace with GM's driverless car tech right now, it's Alphabet's Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project. Yandex began working on driverless technology in 2016 and tested its first cars in 2017. Although its CEO has warned driverless cars might be further off than people realize, he has also promised that the company will build parts and sensors whether cars are 10%, 80%, or 100% autonomous. Apple acquired Drive.ai to boost its self-driving car efforts. Waymo’s tech peer Apple is also quietly progressing on its self-driving car technology. Yandex began working on driverless technology in 2016 and tested its first cars in 2017. Optimus Ride, a self-driving tech company, is launching a fleet of six cars at Brooklyn's Navy Yard on Wednesday in a … Facebook/LeEco LeEco is working on a car dubbed the LeSEE … With the release of nine reports, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has created what is likely the first public data set on driverless car crashes in the U.S. Arity Arity Founded: 2016What they do: Arity utilizes breakthrough big data capabilities to identify traffic patterns for predicting and reducing risk in … Despite two recent fatal crashes involving driverless cars, experts argue that self-driving cars will eventually be safer than human-driven ones. The cars are currently being tested in Russia's Skolkovo and Innopolis tech parks. Hi Tech Robotic Systemz: With a focus on enriching human life through smart Top 12: Autonomous developments 01 May 2019 Autonomous driving is the next big step for many OEMs, but technology companies are keen to get in on the act and drive through this change. The driverless car has metamorphosed from a superfluous autonomous machine to the vehicle of choice for tech giants hoping to boast their technical prowess and visionary thinking. Nearly every major car manufacturer and tech company is working on the concept. Ford’s latest driverless car project will add 100 autonomous vehicles to the company’s current test fleet, which operates in at least six cities across the U.S. As of June 30, Google has quite the driverless car fleet, with 34 of the Koala vehicles and 24 Lexus SUVs retrofitted with Google's driverless tech on the road. First fleet of driverless taxis launches in Beijing with rides costing $4.60 Baidu rolled out 10 Apollo Go Robotaxis in Shougang Park in Beijing's outskirts These … It’s been insistent in the past that driverless … But the company now has other things to worry about—namely, the safety of its driverless fleet. Headed by Pinaki Laskar, Fisheyebox’s driverless car comes with AIOS, car operating system, technology innovation that has made its trail run. These vehicles are more than just AV showmanship, Ford says that they have “launch-intent” technologies in them that the company plans to use in commercialized self-driving cars. The car features 12 cameras, radars, laser scanners and If driverless car tech will truly reduce the rate of accidents, car companies will want to push this tech forward. The number of Apple’s self-driving cars then remained the same (66 vehicles) since 68 cars. . Here are all the Tech company working on driverless car fleet answers for CodyCross game. Its autonomous driving arm signed an agreement last week with Volvo Cars, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, for its self-driving test fleet, the company said. Sort of. Once self-driving tech developers, like Waymo, scales its fleet for It is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google.Waymo operates a commercial self-driving taxi service in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area called


If your car crashes on autopilot, California Highway Patrol wants to know

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California drivers who want to try and blame their cars for bad driving now have the proper paperwork. The California Highway Patrol (CHP), the law enforcement agency on all California highways and roads, has rolled out a revised version of its traffic crash report. As of this week, the form was updated to include the automation level for any vehicle involved in a traffic incident. A CHP spokesperson said the agency used the SAE International levels of automation for the new collision form used throughout the state. That means responding officers can select levels 0 to 5 for automation. Level 0 is for a car that's completely human driven, while a Tesla with its advanced driver assistance system Autopilot turned on with a driver still behind the wheel is Level 2. The highest level on the road in California is Level 4, for cars from Waymo, Pony.AI, Zoox and five other companies approved to test autonomous vehicles without a driver in the front seat.


Tesla Drivers Test Autopilot's Limits, Attracting Audiences---and Safety Concerns

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Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk for years has been championing his vehicles' driver-assistance system called Autopilot and forecasting that self-driving cars are an emerging reality. Some would-be social media stars and Tesla owners can't seem to wait. Param Sharma, 25, has posted multiple videos to Instagram in which he appears to operate a Tesla while in the back seat with nobody at the wheel. Police in California arrested Mr. Sharma on May 10 for alleged reckless driving after an officer said he saw him operating a Tesla Model 3 from the back seat on a Bay Area highway. Similar videos abound on social media, even though Tesla's technology is intended only as a way to assist drivers, who are instructed to keep their hands on the wheel.


Tesla owner keeps using Autopilot from backseat—even after being arrested

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A San Francisco Tesla owner keeps ignoring the limitations of the electric car's Autopilot feature. Earlier this week, 25-year-old Param Sharma was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving after being spotted riding across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) had received a report about someone sitting in the backseat of a Tesla Model 3. CHP officials in Oakland pulled him over and arrested him. Before this week's arrest, he'd been spotted around the Bay Area in different Tesla Model 3s. And he was always in the backseat with his foot on the wheel while the car was driving with Autopilot engaged.


California police arrest backseat Tesla 'driver'

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A man who was spotted riding in the backseat of a Tesla Model 3 with its partially automated driving feature apparently engaged was arrested on Monday after fellow motorists alerted the police. The California Highway Patrol reported that 25-year-old Param Sharma was taken into custody when an officer at the Bay Bridge toll plaza in Oakland saw the car pass by without anyone in the driver's seat. According to the report, the officer witnessed Sharma get into the driver's seat and bring the vehicle to a stop. The vehicle was towed and Sharma was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving and disobeying an officer. The CHP said Sharma had previously been cited on April 27 for similar behavior and that video of someone resembling him riding in the back of a Model 3 with no one visible in the driver's seat had been posted to social media.


From Human-Computer Interaction to Human-AI Interaction: New Challenges and Opportunities for Enabling Human-Centered AI

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While AI has benefited humans, it may also harm humans if not appropriately developed. We conducted a literature review of current related work in developing AI systems from an HCI perspective. Different from other approaches, our focus is on the unique characteristics of AI technology and the differences between non-AI computing systems and AI systems. We further elaborate on the human-centered AI (HCAI) approach that we proposed in 2019. Our review and analysis highlight unique issues in developing AI systems which HCI professionals have not encountered in non-AI computing systems. To further enable the implementation of HCAI, we promote the research and application of human-AI interaction (HAII) as an interdisciplinary collaboration. There are many opportunities for HCI professionals to play a key role to make unique contributions to the main HAII areas as we identified. To support future HCI practice in the HAII area, we also offer enhanced HCI methods and strategic recommendations. In conclusion, we believe that promoting the HAII research and application will further enable the implementation of HCAI, enabling HCI professionals to address the unique issues of AI systems and develop human-centered AI systems.


General Motors CEO says autonomous vehicles may be on sale by 2030

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is available with the latest version of GM's hands-free Super Cruise highway driving aid. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu lets it take him for a ride. General Motors is developing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise division, which is already testing the vehicles on the streets of San Francisco without a driver behind the wheel, but you won't be able to buy one. The vehicles are intended for use in a ride-hailing service the company is hoping to launch in select cities soon, including Dubai where it recently signed a deal to become the city's exclusive self-driving taxi service. The Cruise Origin is a fully autonomous electric taxi GM plans to begin producing soon.