Edge hits the road

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There’s something strange afoot in Michigan.For more than a decade, Google has been developing self-driving cars with the aim of rolling out fully autonomous systems that can operate independently within cities. But a new development suggests that its confidence in achieving ‘Level 5’ autonomy any time soon is waning, and that might be huge news for the Edge.Edge companies have long touted self-driving cars as the compelling use case they need – something that demands a vast roll-out of latency-sensitive compute resources. But their statements have never quite squared with the autonomous vision of companies like Google, which insisted that any Edge computing needed could be in the car itself, no compute-filled street lamp required.Now the future isn’t so clear.This feature first appeared in the August Edge in the Modern Age supplement. Read it for free today.Mixed signals

This August, Google-parent Alphabet announced that its subsidiary Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners had a new subsidiary of its own, Cavnue. The company held a launch event for a new initiative – to build a 40-mile (64km) stretch of road.This might not sound like much, and a strange project to highlight in this supplement, but this is …

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