Tesla
How a Piece of Tape Tricked a Tesla Into Reading a 35MPH Sign as 85MPH

Researchers have identified a potential issue with sensors used in some older Tesla models that misinterpreted speed signs to read the speed limit as 50 miles per hour greater than the sign stated when a piece of electrical tape slightly obscured one of the numbers. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
Oh Good, the New Police Surveillance Vector Is Self-Driving Cars

Technologists have long speculated on the privacy implications of largely ungoverned, camera-enabled vehicle fleets roaming the roads. Now we’ve finally bumped up against the tip of that particularly worrying iceberg. Read More >>

uber
Investigation Finds Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Saw Victim, But Wasn’t Programmed to Handle Jaywalkers

US federal investigators have determined an Uber self-driving car that killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in the American city of Tempe, Arizona in March 2018 lacked programming to either recognise or respond to the presence of jaywalkers on the road, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

autonomous vehicles
Researchers Taught Autonomous Cars to See Around Corners

Researchers at MIT are helping autonomous cars deliver on the promise of safer roads with a new trick that lets driverless vehicles see around corners to pre-emptively spot other vehicles or moving hazards that human drivers would never see coming. Read More >>

autonomous vehicles
UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in the US in Self-Driving Trucks for Months and No One Knew

The self-driving freight truck startup TuSimple has been carrying mail across the state of Arizona for several weeks. Read More >>

robots
U.S. Army to Test Remotely Piloted Robot Tanks

The U.S. Army—which has already been testing robotic squad vehicles like the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) and semi-autonomous targeting systems like the Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS)—says it will conduct live-fire testing of a new Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) built on M113 armoured personnel carrier chassis next year. Read More >>

boeing
Boeing Announces Work with Flying Taxi Startup Kitty Hawk, But Don’t Call It a Flying Car

Boeing has announced that it’s working with the flying taxi startup Kitty Hawk, to “collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility.” The announcement of the so-called strategic partnership is pretty light on details, but it’s an optimistic sign for futuristic consumer-facing aviation technologies. Read More >>

self driving cars
Apple Buys Self-Driving Car Startup Drive.ai in Sign It’s Not Through With Autonomous Vehicles

Apple appeared to be pulling back from the autonomous car business when it dismissed some 200 employees from its Project Titan initiative in January 2019. But it would appear that it’s shifting gears in a big way with news on Tuesday that it has acquired startup Drive.ai “in what appears to be part of a renewed effort by the iPhone and Mac maker to branch out into self-driving cars,” per the San Francisco Chronicle. Read More >>

autonomous vehicles
Elon Musk Was Right: Cheap Cameras Could Replace Lidar on Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Find

Among the many titbits of wisdom that Elon Musk dropped at a Tesla company investor event on Monday was the revelation that Lidar, a laser-based scanning technology that images objects in 3D, was “friggin’ stupid,” and that “...anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed.” It seemed a grandiose claim given how many autonomous car initiatives rely on the tech, but Cornell researchers have just backed up Musk’s predictions with a new method for self-driving cars to see the world in 3D using a pair of cheap cameras. Read More >>

apple
Apple’s Secretive Project Titan Is Reportedly on a Quest for a Better Self-Driving Car Sensor

A fresh report has renewed rumours about Apple’s super-secretive autonomous car unit known as Project Titan. Read More >>

5g
O2’s Turning on 5G for Self-Driving Cars

O2 will be turning on its 5G network this June so that self-driving cars can find their way around the Millbrook Testing Ground in Bedfordshire. Read More >>

autonomous vehicles
The UK’s First Full-Sized Autonomous Bus is Driving in Circles in a Depot

The UK has its first full-sized autonomous bus, and in classic Brexit Island fashion, we've shut it in a depot to drive itself mad. Read More >>

cars
71 Per Cent of Americans Still Don’t Trust Autonomous Cars According to New Survey

Most Americans are terrified of riding in autonomous vehicles, according to a new survey released by the American Automobile Association (AAA). And rather than getting more comfortable with the futuristic technology, people are becoming more afraid. Read More >>

uber
Uber Not Criminally Liable in Fatal 2018 Self-Driving Car Accident, Arizona Prosecutor Finds

Ride-hailing Uber has been found not criminally liable in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who tragically became the first known pedestrian to be killed by a self-driving vehicle when she was struck by an Uber test SUV in Tempe, Arizona in March 2018. Read More >>

autonomous vehicles
Turns Out Driverless Cars Can’t Coexist With Cyclists

The Dutch government has run into a major problem with its plans for driverless cars: they can't seem to get along with bikes. And there are quite a few bikes in the Netherlands. Read More >>