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The Dangers of Autonomous Vehicles: What’s Stopping Self-Driving Cars From Worldwide Adoption

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Autonomous vehicles are one of the most talked-about technological breakthroughs of the past decade. But as we approach the end of another year of testing issues and minimal developments within the industry, is it fair to say that the rollout of the self-driving car is stalling? 
In October 2020, Tesla grabbed the world’s attention with the arrival of its ‘Full Self Driving’ software for car owners to allow drivers to automatically park, stay in a lane at cruising speed and stop at red lights. The unveiling was supposed to represent a significant step towards fully self-driving technology.
However, according to Fortune, there are fears that the name ‘Full Self Driving’ may be misleading to some drivers, who could mistakenly assume that their car needs no supervision. Regulators have warned users to monitor the technology closely, and “take action to protect the public against unreasonable risks to safety.”
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So what’s holding autonomous vehicles back? Let’s take a deeper look at some of the more significant issues that self-driving cars need to hurdle before entering the market:
The Fallacy of Machines Thinking Like Humans
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The ‘fake city’ built especially for testing autonomous vehicles

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Waymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, plans to reproduce real-world city driving conditions in an artificial environment built in Ohio, United States. This fake city will be used to test autonomous vehicles – driverless cars and trucks – in a variety of urban scenarios. The project is being built in collaboration with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) on a site situated near East Liberty, Ohio. As well as carrying out driving simulations adapted to the city and the road, Waymo also plans to use the new facility to test its vehicles in all kinds of weather conditions, including snow. The new site will take the form of a veritable technology campus, and it won’t be Waymo’s only one. The Alphabet subsidiary is also in the final stages of building another site, for research and development, in Menlo Park, California. Waymo (which started out as a Google Lab X venture) has been working on autonomous mobility for more than 10 years. Currently, the company is testing self-driving vehicles (cars, taxis and trucks) in the states where this is authorised – namely Arizona, as well as California and Nevada. Waymo has already put self-driving taxis on the streets of Phoenix, with the …

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Completely driverless cars are being tested in China for the first time

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SINGAPORE — Self-driving cars without human drivers as a back-up are now being tested in China’s Shenzhen city, according to AutoX, a Chinese autonomous car technology firm.The Alibaba-backed company said Thursday that this is the first time a “completely autonomous fleet,” that has no accompanying human drivers or remote operators, is on the roads in China.Multiple so-called “robotaxi” projects have been launched in Chinese cities, but these vehicles still have a driver who can take over in emergencies or someone who can operate the car remotely.AutoX’s driverless vehiclesCourtesy of AutoXDriverless “stress tests” to see how the vehicle performs in various road situations were conducted over the past six months, the company said in the press release.Jewel Li, the firm’s chief operating officer, told CNBC that more than 100 robotaxis are being tested across Chinese cities, with 25 fully autonomous vehicles in Shenzhen.To be clear, AutoX’s completely driverless robotaxis are not open to the general public yet. They are only available to employees and private guests, such as media, business partners, investors and auto-makers, according to CEO Jianxiong Xiao.Plans to test outside ChinaThe next step would be to increase the number of cars and the test area size, …

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‘Fake city’ built especially for testing autonomous vehicles

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Waymo plans to test all kinds of autonomous vehicles at its new facility in Ohio. — Picture courtesy of Waymo via AFP

OHIO, Dec 4 — Waymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, plans to reproduce real-world city driving conditions in an artificial environment built in Ohio, US. This fake city will be used to test autonomous vehicles — driverless cars and trucks — in a variety of urban scenarios.

The project is being built in collaboration with the Transportation Research Center (TRC) on a site situated near East Liberty, Ohio. As well as carrying out driving simulations adapted to the city and the road, Waymo also plans to use the new facility to test its vehicles in all kinds of weather conditions, including snow.

The new site will take the form of a veritable technology campus, and it won’t be Waymo’s only one. The Alphabet subsidiary is also in the final stages of building another site, for research and development, in Menlo Park, California.
Waymo (which started out as a Google Lab X venture) has been working on autonomous mobility for more than 10 years. Currently, the company is testing self-driving vehicles (cars, taxis and trucks) in the states where this is …

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Fully Autonomous Cars Are Moving Forward Fast, So Are Efforts To Secure Them

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Autonomous vehicles have been on a path to widespread availability and adoption for some time. But this technology is now moving forward much faster than most people realize.
Both Tesla and General Motors this fall made news with their fully autonomous vehicle efforts. Tesla CEO Elon Musk in September said the test version of its fully self-driving Autopilot system would be released in “a month or so.” Less than a month later, Tesla revealed plans to offer a limited number of drivers a beta of this capability. Around the same time, GM announced plans to launch a test of unmanned autonomous vehicles by the end of this year in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Google Waymo and Volkswagen are moving ahead with self-driving commercial truck efforts. Some companies are working on using automated follower trucks in the platooning of multiple trucks, too. This can entail having a human at the wheel of the lead truck only. Peloton Technology and Locomation expect automated following to scale quickly and more broadly.
The autonomous vehicle will be just as disruptive as the horseless carriage
The future of the autonomous vehicle is now. And I believe that this new generation of vehicle will be as disruptive …

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US safety agency seeks input on autonomous vehicle rules

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DETROIT>> The U.S. government’s road safety agency is asking for public comment on how it should regulate safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.Seeking public comment is an early step in drawing up possible regulations, but that process takes years and could be changed by the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.About 60 companies are already testing autonomous vehicles, some on public roadways without human backup drivers. One, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, is running a limited fully autonomous ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area.

So far the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken a voluntary approach to autonomous vehicles without standards and regulations. That has brought criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board and safety advocates for being too hands-off.NHTSA said Thursday that it wants public input on a proposed regulation of autonomous vehicle sensors, how the vehicles detect other road users and infrastructure, how they plan routes and how they carry out that plan.”This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose department includes NHTSA.The agency says in documents that a new generation of motor …

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Meet the 25-year-old newly minted billionaire betting on lasers to power autonomous driving

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TipRanksBillionaire Jim Simons Places Bet on 3 High-Yield Dividend StocksA rising tide lifts all boats, as President John Kennedy said, and we’re seeing it now on Wall Street, as both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are near record high levels. The gains are broad-based and real, and reflect a growing optimism now that the election is behind us and a COVID-19 vaccine is in sight.So let’s look back, all the way to 1973, when economist Burton Malkiel told us that “a blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper’s financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by the experts.” He was pointing out the effect of random forces on a large enough sample – and the stock market, with over 7,000 publicly traded equities, and even more thousands of active traders working daily, is definitely a large enough sample.But that was before mathematician and code-breaker Jim Simons taught us all how to crunch the numbers. Simons recognized that people are not monkeys – and so have access to information that transcends random effects. He invented quantitative trading, and changed the investment landscape forever.And back in the present, Simons revealed in …

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How autonomous vehicles are changing the future of accessibility

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TipRanks3 Penny Stocks Under $5 With Massive Upside AheadInvestors know that the key to profits is in the return – and that means, a willingness to shoulder risk. Risk is relative, of course, and tends to run hand-in-hand with the return potential. Find a stock with a giant return potential, and chances are, you’ve also found one with a higher risk profile. The highest returns usually come along with the lowest share prices. After all, when a stock is priced for just pennies, even a small gain in share price translates into a huge return. Which means that penny stocks – these days, usually seen as those equities priced under $5 – combine a perfect storm of market attractions: low share price, high return potential, and higher than usual risk. Using the TipRanks database, we’ve pulled up details on three compelling stocks that fit this profile of low share price and huge upside potential, 100% or more, according to Wall Street analysts. Cinedigm Corporation (CIDM)We’ll start with Cinedigm, the LA-based entertainment company specializing in content marketing and distribution along with digital cinema. Cinedigm is an independent studio for film, TV, and digital production. The company distributes digital media across a variety of …

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