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US authorities urge caution over Tesla’s latest autonomous tech | CarAdvice

us authorities urge caution over tesla’s latest autonomous tech | caradvice

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Road safety authorities in the US say they are keeping a close eye on the roll-out of the latest instalment of Tesla autonomous technology.

Tesla is poised to introduce a new level of autonomous driving technology in the US, however authorities say they stand ready “to protect the public against safety risks”.The Reuters news agency has reported Tesla released an early test version of what it refers to as “full self driving” software to an “undisclosed number of expert, careful drivers”.Tesla owners responded by posting videos taken by them while experimenting with earlier versions of the company’s autonomous technology.Tesla boss Elon Musk said the next level of self-driving software will be ready to be released by the end of this year, “with the system to become more robust as (Tesla) collected more data,” the Reuters news agency reported.A statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the authority had been briefed on Tesla’s new feature, “which represents an expansion of its existing driver assistance system”.

NHTSA said the agency “will monitor the new technology closely and will not hesitate to take action to protect (the) public against unreasonable risks to safety”. …

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Ford, Argo AI Using the Escape Hybrid SUV for Autonomous Car Service

ford, argo ai using the escape hybrid suv for autonomous car service

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Usually, when a technology company needs a base for its autonomous program, it relies on partnerships to make things happen. For instance, Waymo has a deal with FCA, which is why it uses Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Waymo also has a deal with Jaguar for its all-electric I-Pace SUVs. With Argo AI, things are a little easier. Its parent company, Ford, has a bunch of vehicles at its arsenal. So, when Argo AI needs a vehicle, it has quite a few choices.
New Platform For Autonomous Program
Earlier this week, Ford and Argo AI unveiled their latest autonomous prototype that’s based on the Ford Escape Hybrid. The electrified SUV will serve as the platform for Argo AI to launch its autonomous vehicle service and act as the companies base for perfecting its self-driving technology. With the recent release of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, we are a little surprised that Argo AI went with the Escape Hybrid.
Argo AI will use the heavily-modified Escape Hybrids to begin testing autonomous technology in multiple cities, including Washington, D.C.; Austin; Detroit; Palo Alto; Pittsburgh; and Miami. The Escape Hybrids won’t replace Argo AI’s current Fusion Hybrids, but will be used alongside the vehicles. …

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Self-Driving Cars Are the Next Battle In the EV Wars

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A Xpeng P7 car is displayed at the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing

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Cars are becoming really smart. On Saturday morning local time, Chinese electric vehicle maker

Xpeng

(ticker: XPEV), which is U.S. listed, hosted an analyst event focused largely on software-enabled smart vehicles that can drive themselves. The Xpeng event comes on the heels of

Tesla

(TSLA) releasing a test version of its full self-driving, or FSD, software package.

The next phase of EV competition won’t be about battery range, styling, or zero-to-60 acceleration. It’s going to be about which cars are smarter. Figuring out winners and losers will have big implications for investor portfolios. Xpeng opened its event by showcasing smartcabin software technology. Drivers can adjust things such as the direction of air-conditioning vents by talking to the virtual assistant. The assistant can differentiate between different voices and conversations in the car. After the smart-cabin display, Xpeng moved on to demonstrating its self- driving technology. The Chinese EV maker decided to pit itself against a Tesla Model 3. Both cars drove, autonomously, down Chinese highways. The Xpeng P7 vehicle did a little better handing what management described as “Chinese road …

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Want to Invest in Self-Driving Cars? These Are the 2 Stocks You’ll Want to Own @themotleyfool #stocks $GM $GOOG $TSLA $BAMXF

want to invest in self-driving cars? these are the 2 stocks you’ll want to own @themotleyfool #stocks $gm $goog $tsla $bamxf

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Two leaders are emerging in autonomous driving and they may not be the companies you first think of in that space. Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Waymo subsidiary and General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) Cruise are both going to start sending out their test vehicles unmanned by the end of the year, pulling the backup drivers that have been a staple thus far.
Dozens of automakers from Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) to BMW have been adding driver-assistance features that are leading toward autonomy, but none have reached fully autonomous functionality yet. And most automakers haven’t put their prototype systems through their paces in millions of miles of real-world road tests with only an emergency backup driver, so Waymo and Cruise are ahead of the pack in that respect. Now that those drivers are being pulled, the two giants can really begin to build their fully autonomous business models, and that’s where the true innovation is going to take place. 

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Autonomy is just the beginning
Waymo will first pull its backup drivers from cars operating in a 50-square-mile area of Phoenix while Cruise plans to send its unmanned driverless vehicles out on the road in the difficult San Francisco area. While autonomous …

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The Next Battle In the EV War Is Self-Driving Cars

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A Xpeng P7 car is displayed at the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing

Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images

Cars are becoming really smart. On Saturday morning local time, Chinese electric vehicle maker

Xpeng

(ticker: XPEV), which is U.S. listed, hosted an analyst event focused largely on software-enabled smart vehicles that can drive themselves. The Xpeng event comes on the heels of

Tesla

(TSLA) releasing a test version of its full self-driving, or FSD, software package.

The next phase of EV competition won’t be about battery range, styling, or zero-to-60 acceleration. It’s going to be about which cars are smarter. Figuring out winners and losers will have big implications for investor portfolios. Xpeng opened its event by showcasing smartcabin software technology. Drivers can adjust things such as the direction of air-conditioning vents by talking to the virtual assistant. The assistant can differentiate between different voices and conversations in the car. After the smart-cabin display, Xpeng moved on to demonstrating its self- driving technology. The Chinese EV maker decided to pit itself against a Tesla Model 3. Both cars drove, autonomously, down Chinese highways. The Xpeng P7 vehicle did a little better handing what management described as “Chinese road …

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Yes, you’re seeing more robot cars in San Francisco. Here’s why self-driving is picking up speed

yes, you’re seeing more robot cars in san francisco. here’s why self-driving is picking up speed

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This was meant to be the year that robot cars went mainstream.

The self-driving car industry, largely based in Silicon Valley, brimmed with confident predictions that autonomous taxis would be commonplace by 2020, ushering in a golden age that would improve transportation, end traffic deaths and reduce congestion and carbon emissions.

Chalk up another way that 2020 dashed hopes.

“Machine learning did not advance as rapidly as (proponents) thought it would,” said Jesse Halfon, a Michigan automotive attorney. “It seems like industry-wide there is a consensus that (mass deployment) will take longer than thought.”

There are some scattered robot taxi pilot programs. In Arizona, Waymo has been giving paid rides in autonomous vehicles with backup drivers to a select group of civilians since December 2018. This year, it’s been removing safety drivers from some cars and will offer a truly driverless experience to the broad public by year end. In Las Vegas, Lyft has given over 100,000 paid autonomous rides with backup drivers. Cruise runs a free ride-hailing service in San Francisco for its own employees.

Still, in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the epicenter for research and development on driverless cars, residents cannot hail a robot taxi.

Soon that could change thanks …

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Tesla Begins “Full Self Driving” Public Beta As Waymo And Cruise Go Unattended

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Self-driving technology is a holy grail that promises to forever change the way we interact with cars. Thus far, there’s been plenty of hype and excitement, but full vehicles that remove the driver from the equation have remained far off. Tesla have long posited themselves as a market leader in this area, with their Autopilot technology allowing some limited autonomy on select highways. However, in a recent announcement, they have heralded the arrival of a new “Full Self Driving” ability for select beta testers in their early access program.
Taking Things Up A Notch
Telsa’s update notes highlight the new “Full Self-Driving” capabilities. Drivers are expected to pay continuous attention and be prepared to take over at any time, as the system “may do the wrong thing at the worst time.”
The new software update further extends the capabilities of Tesla vehicles to drive semi-autonomously. Despite the boastful “Full Self Driving” moniker, or FSD for short, it’s still classified as a Level 2 driving automation system, which relies on human intervention as a backup. This means that the driver must be paying attention and ready to take over in an instant, at all times. Users are instructed to …

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Oxford Tests Get Autonomous Vehicles Rolling Ahead of 2021 Goal

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Six self-driving cars will be trialled in Oxford this week as part of Project Endeavour, a programme to accelerate and scale the rollout of autonomous vehicles across UK cities.
Oxford-based autonomous vehicle company Oxbotica has modified six Ford Mondeos with Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities.
Level 4 is the second-highest level of the six-level (0-5) autonomous driving scale. High Automation means the vehicle’s driving system is capable of drive independently under human supervision. Should a driver fail to intervene when needed, the vehicle can pull over safely using a guiding system.
The cars will drive nine miles in a round trip from Oxford Parkway station to Oxford Railway Station. The route will consist of around three miles of the relatively straight A4165, which runs through central Oxford. The route will be run multiple times at various times of day and night to test the system on different operating conditions.
Senior Vice-President at Oxbotica and Project Endeavour Consortium Director Dr Graeme Smith said: “The first live on-road public trials mark a key landmark for Project Endeavour as we work with local authorities and members of the public in London, Oxford and other major UK cities to shape the future of mobility.”
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Tesla ‘full self-driving’ vehicles can’t drive themselves

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DETROIT — Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its “full self-driving” software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. But buried on its website is a disclaimer that the $8,000 system doesn’t make the vehicles autonomous and drivers still have to supervise it.

The conflicting messages have experts in the field accusing Tesla of deceptive, irresponsible marketing that could make the roads more dangerous as the system is rolled out to as many as 1 million electric vehicle drivers by the end of the year.

“This is actively misleading people about the capabilities of the system, based on the information I’ve seen about it,” said Steven Shladover, a research engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, who has studied autonomous driving for 40 years. “It is a very limited functionality that still requires constant driver supervision.”

On a conference call Wednesday, Musk told industry analysts that the company is starting full self-driving slowly and cautiously “because the world is a complex and messy place.” It plans to add drivers this weekend and hopes to have a wider release by the end of the year. He referred to having a million vehicles “providing feedback” on situations that can’t …

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Tesla’s new ‘full self-driving’ mode is still not fully autonomous driving

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Elon Musk said Wednesday that Tesla would focus on setting up a robotaxi system.

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DETROIT — Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its “full self-driving” software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. But buried on its website is a disclaimer that the $8,000 system doesn’t make the vehicles autonomous and drivers still have to supervise it.

The conflicting messages have experts in the field accusing Tesla
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of deceptive, irresponsible marketing that could make the roads more dangerous as the system is rolled out to as many as 1 million electric vehicle drivers by the end of the year. “This is actively misleading people about the capabilities of the system, based on the information I’ve seen about it,” said Steven Shladover, a research engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, who has studied autonomous driving for 40 years. “It is a very limited functionality that still requires constant driver supervision.” On a conference call Wednesday, Musk told industry analysts that the company is starting full self-driving slowly and cautiously “because the world is a complex and messy place.” It plans to add drivers this weekend and hopes to have a wider release by …

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