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Self-Driving Cars are Getting a Trial Route Through the UK Spanning Over 300km

The West Midlands route will see autonomous and connected vehicles pass through "urban, rural, suburban and highway roads" to assess their performance in real world locations and situations. Read More >>

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Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

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Self-Driving Car Guru Ordered to Pay Google £137 Million Over Messy Contract Dispute

A former employee of Google and Uber credited as being one of the top engineers in the self-driving vehicle space, Anthony Levandowski, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after he was ordered to cough up $179 million (£137 million) to settle with Google over an apparent contract breach. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Air France Hopes to Reduce Delays with Self-Driving Luggage Carts

A multitude of factors can contribute to a flight being delayed, but Air France, who partnered with a handful of other companies, is testing the world’s first self-driving luggage tug in hopes of streamlining airport operations and improving the speed of getting luggage to and from an aircraft. Read More >>

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Uber CEO Says Murder of Journalist By Saudi Government Was ‘Mistake’ That Can Be Forgiven

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is facing harsh criticism after he defended the Saudi government, one of the largest investors in Uber, on a TV news show that aired Sunday night. Khosrowshahi was asked about the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA believes was ordered by top Saudi officials. Khosrowshahi downplayed the murder, calling it a “mistake” and saying that even Uber makes mistakes. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Will Self-Driving Cars Turn People Into Even Bigger Arseholes?

People like to mess with Uber self-driving cars, according to an executive leading the autonomous programme. Read More >>

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Report Finds Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot Function May Pose Serious Safety Risks Without Driver Engagement

A newer Tesla feature to allow its cars to switch lanes automatically may present safety risks for drivers who aren’t actively engaged while the setting is enabled, according to findings by Consumer Reports. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Stuff Elon Musk Said About Tesla Autonomous Cars This Week, Ranked

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke at a company investor day focused on autonomy, relaying news that Tesla had switched to a self-driving computer designed by in-house engineers and dropping some big promises about what, exactly, the future of its Autopilot feature and autonomous driving will look like. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Apple Lays Off Over 200 Employees Working on Secretive Self-Driving Car Project

Over 200 employees working on Apple’s self-driving cars project, code-named Project Titan, have been laid off. The move is being positioned internally as an “anticipated restructuring,” according to the earliest reports, though it’s not immediately clear that the job losses were actually expected by the people who were laid off. Read More >>