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Blackmore’s Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars’ Need for Speed

September 5, 2018

Via: Wired

AS EVERY NEW Yorker knows, San Franciscans walk painfully slowly. It’s a common observation, and now it’s a measurable one, thanks to the lidar laser scanners stuck on the roof of the van that’s currently steering me though rush hour […]


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How Self-Driving Supergroup Aurora Is Making Self-Driving Cars

September 4, 2018

Via: Wired

THE TRAVELING WILBURYS were a short-lived phenomenon. From 1988 to 1991, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty—each a star in their own right and with a robust catalog to their name—combined their talents and experiences […]


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Self-Driving Cars Should Look Down, Not Just Ahead

August 20, 2018

Via: Wired

SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE like snowbird retirees. Given the freedom to live, or operate, anywhere in the country, they turn their backs on wintry states and flock to the sun. There’s a reason Waymo, Uber, and even grocery story giant, Kroger, […]


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Semi-Autonomous Cars Have Flaws. That’s Why They Need Tests

August 8, 2018

Via: Wired

THESE DAYS, MODERN cars come with sophisticated driver assistance tools, like adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, and active steering, which keeps a vehicle in its lane. They can also brake automatically if […]


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As Uber Gives up on Self-Driving Trucks, Kodiak Jumps In

August 7, 2018

Via: Wired

FOR THE DEVELOPERS of self-driving vehicles, semi-trucks are a potential low-hanging fruit. Although big rigs are imposingly, intimidatingly huge, they also predominantly run on freeways and other fixed routes that are simpler to automate. Fleet managers are easier to convince […]


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The Challenge of Teaching Helicopters to Fly Themselves

July 19, 2018

Via: Wired

IN THE EARLY hours of January 11, 2000, US Coast Guard helicopter pilot Mark Ward responded to a distress call from a ship taking on water, caught in a Nor’easter off the North Carolina coast. Battling 70-mph winds and 30-foot […]


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Home From the Honeymoon, the Self-Driving Car Industry Faces Reality

July 13, 2018

Via: Wired

AT THE BLOCKBUSTER plenary sessions, the chairs stretched so far back that even the most youthful Silicon Valley college dropouts-turned VC hoovers had to squint to see the action up in front. A handful of large projection screens hung between […]


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Einride’s T-log Is a Self-Driving Truck Made for the Forest

July 12, 2018

Via: Wired

IF A TREE falls in a forest and there’s nobody around, does the truck that comes in to pick it up make a noise? Not much of one, if it’s the latest offering from Swedish startup Einride, an all-electric autonomous […]


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To bring on the robocars, scientists must understand how humans ride

June 5, 2018

Via: Wired

WHAT DO YOU look like when you’re excited? How about a little nervous? Bored? Full-on freaked out? If you happen to hop on one of the two very special shuttles that are now running one-mile loops around the University of […]


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As Rental Cars Fade Away, Avis Will Try Anything to Survive

June 1, 2018

Via: Wired

A tidal wave of change is barreling toward the auto industry—and as with any wicked swell, some of the surfers in the water will ride to glory, others will wipe out. The difference between them isn’t necessarily who has the […]