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self-driving cars

Russia’s Internet giant (aka “Russia’s Google”) Yandex has trialled its driverless Toyota Prius taxis in a snow-covered Russian road last weekend, notching up about 300 kilometres overall during the test. The trial, which involved two cars, was interesting in that it allowed to demo how self-driving vehicles would fare in a scenario other than sunny California’s highways. […]

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Uber has signed a contract with US space agency Nasa to design software for self-driving flying taxi. The cab-hailing service’s chief product officer Jeff Holden revealed the news  at the Lisbon’s Web Summit; he also announced that the company will start testing so-called “UberAir” flying cabs around Los Angeles in 2020. (It is understood that the […]

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Alphabet’s self driving car unit Waymo is about to launch a fully autonomous self-driving cab service. That means: there will be no human driver in the car to take over in case of an emergency— although, in the initial rollout phase, passengers will be welcomed by Waymo concierges in the back seat. Riding in the […]

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Alphabet’s driverless car subsidiary Waymo is planning to launch a self-driving ride-sharing service with no human backup driver by the end of 2017, technology website The Information reports. According to anonymous sources, Waymo is warming up to kick-start the programme in the Phoenix area over the next few months— and apparently the order to go ahead […]

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US carmaker Tesla is working together with semiconductor giant AMD to develop its own chips for carrying out autonomous driving tasks. The company—whose cars already sport the rather advanced driver assist system Autopilot— is reportedly in the process of testing the purpose-specific processors. Creating its own chips, although on top of AMD tech, will allow Tesla not to […]

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Two technology giants are poised to invest in rival ride-hailing companies, according to press reports. Japanese Internet colossus Softbank is allegedly mulling over a whopping $10 billion investment in Uber, while Alphabet (erstwhile Google)—which is currently embroiled in a court battle with Uber over self-driving car technology— could pour almost $1 billion in Lyft. According to The Wall […]

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US Authorities have ascertained that Tesla’s Autopilot technology played a role in a deathly crash between a Model S car and a truck. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)  found that Tesla “lacked understanding” of some of its driver assist system’s limits. The regulatory body added that the crash should have never happened, as Tesla should have […]

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FiveAI, a British company working on self-driving cars, has raised £14 million in a Series A round led by Lakestar Capital and backed by Amadeus Capital Partners, Notion Capital and Kindred. The Cambridge-based startup—which also has offices in Oxford, Bristol, and Edinburgh —was founded in 2015 by Ben Peters, Stan Boland, Steve Allpress,  and John Redford. It focuses […]

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Prowler.io, a Cambridge-based startup that is building an Artificial Intelligence platform able to make decisions, has raised £10 million ($13 million) in a Series A round from Cambridge Innovation Capital and Atlantic Bridge Capital. Passion Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and SGInnovate also backed the round. A brainchild of Aleksi Tukiainen,  Dongho Kim and Vishal Chatrath (the latter two […]

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The UK government has announced it will start trials of partially autonomous trucks on British public roads by 2018. The lorries will test a technique called “platooning”, in which driverless vehicles trail a manned “lead truck”, following its cues to accelerate, brake and turn. That is achieved by allowing trucks to “talk” through a local wi-fi network. It […]

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