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GM buys Strobe, a Pasadena startup that makes crucial tech for self-driving cars

Los Angeles Times

Last week, General Motors Co. announced plans to release a fleet of new electric vehicles by 2023, laying the groundwork for an "all-electric future." But the technology's high price, complexity and limited performance has kept self-driving cars from being deployed on a larger scale, according to Kyle Vogt, chief executive of Cruise Automation, a subsidiary developing self-driving technology that GM bought last year. "To solve these problems we've acquired Strobe, a company that has quietly been building the leading next-generation lidar sensors," Vogt wrote in a blog post announcing the purchase of Strobe. In his blog post, Vogt said Strobe's lidar sensors can be coupled with a radar sensor to more accurately read road conditions and avoid wrecks for self-driving cars.


BlackBerry shares soar by 12% as software sales hit record

The Guardian

The transformation of BlackBerry from a bombed-out, loss-making smartphone maker to a new-look software firm appears to be working: the Canadian business has reported better-than-expected quarterly profits, boosting its shares by more than 12%. The company, which was famous for its tiny keyboard phones and in 2010 had more than a third of the US smartphone market, was almost driven to extinction by the iPhone. John Chen, chief executive, told analysts on Thursday that he expected BlackBerry to earn $5 to $25 a car as it expands into more advanced self-driving vehicles. Most of BlackBerry's revenue now comes from managing phone systems for other businesses, but it expects the car industry and industrial applications to drive future growth.


Ford and Lyft team up to put driverless cars on the road

Los Angeles Times

Ford will begin testing self-driving cars on ride-hailing company Lyft's network with human drivers at the wheel for backup, the companies said late Tuesday. Ford also plans to test self-driving cars on the Lyft network with no human in the driver's seat. Earlier this month, a Silicon Valley startup said it would partner with Lyft to test driverless cars in San Francisco, with human drivers at the wheel. Lyft offers automakers and technology companies millions of miles of experience, and in return the ride-hailing company gets to avoid the capital expense of building driverless cars itself.


Toyota joins Intel to create self-driving car 'ecosystem'

Daily Mail

This includes Intel, DENSO, Ericsson, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DOCOMO and both the Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. Also joining the consortium are DENSO, Ericsson, Intel, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DOCOMO. Earlier this week, Intel announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye.


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A new study has found it's actually surprisingly easy to model how humans make them, opening a potential avenue to solving the conundrum. In the face of such complexities, programming self-driving cars to mimic people's instinctive decision-making could be an attractive alternative. For a start, building models of human behavior simply required the researchers to collect data and feed it into a machine learning system. By basing the behavior of self-driving cars on a model of our collective decision making we would, in a way, share the responsibility for the decisions they make.


How Huawei Is Leading 5G Development

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A screen shows information on 5G during a keynote address by CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group Richard Yu at CES 2017 at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. "If 4G tech built us a road, then 5G tech will build a city," says Wang Xiaoyun, general manager of technology of China Mobile, the largest mobile telecommunications company by market capitalization (mainly because of China's vast population). Huawei consumer business group's chief executive Richard Yu presents the new phone Huawei P10 Plus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


BMW, Intel add Delphi to self-driving car alliance

USATODAY

German automaker BMW Group and U.S. tech giant Intel strengthened their self-driving car alliance with the addition of auto supplier Delphi, putting the companies a step closer to their goal of delivering an autonomous car by 2021. BMW and Intel said Tuesday that they had struck a deal to collaborate with Delphi on development and integration of self-driving car technology, with a particular emphasis "in the areas of perception, sensor fusion and high performance automated driving computing." The alliance comes after Delphi recently announced plans to split into two companies, with one focused on electrical systems for self-driving cars and the second focused on powertrains. But after Intel recently announced plans to acquire self-driving car tech powerhouse Mobileyefor $15 billion, the BMW-Intel-Delphi alliance can make a case for industry leadership.


The 'Amazon effect' will drive autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO says

PCWorld

Amazon is changing the way products and services are delivered to customers, and so will autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang believes. Last year, the autonomous truck delivered 51,744 beer cans from Denver to a facility in Colorado Springs. Google, Nvidia and Intel have put autonomous vehicles on streets, and tech companies like Apple are also chasing self-driving cars. During the quarter, Nvidia announced a deal with Paccar to develop autonomous trucks.


Bosch and Nvidia partner to develop AI for self-driving cars

Robohub

Amongst all the activity in autonomously driven vehicle joint ventures, new R&D facilities, strategic acquisitions (such as Mobileye being acquired by Intel) and booming startup fundings, two big players in the industry, NVIDIA and Bosch, are partnering to develop an AI self-driving car supercomputer. "Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen," said Denner. The Bosch AI car computer will use NVIDIA AI PX technology, the upcoming AI car superchip, advertised as the world's first single-chip processor designed to achieve Level-4 autonomous driving (see ADAS chart). "Using DRIVE PX AI car computer, Bosch will build automotive-grade systems for the mass production of autonomous cars.


Google goes to war with Uber over self-driving cars

Daily Mail

Anthony Levandowski is a fiercely talented and driven man who Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick (left) has likened to his brother from another mother - but now he is accused of stealing Google's self-driving car secrets before he left to work for Uber Pioneering: Waymo, Google's self-driving car firm, produced the first cars with no pedals, steering wheel, or driver. According to documents filed in the Northern District of California, Waymo developed its own system of laser sensors known as LiDAR which scan and map the world in real time, allowing driverless cars to'see' the world and move around without hitting anything. According to documents filed in the Northern District of California, Waymo developed its own system of laser sensors known as LiDAR which scan and map the world in real time, allowing driverless cars to'see' the world and move around without hitting anything Waymo alleges that Uber is guilty of trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement and unfair competition. The lawsuit gives evidence for why they believe Otto and Uber's driverless systems'infringe multiple LiDAR technology patents awarded to Waymo' 'I asked Mr Levandowski about this, and he admitted he had met with Uber, and the reason he was there was that he was looking for investors for his new company.'