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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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After Zuckerberg, Gates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s crusade to warn the world about the risks and dangers of Artificial Intelligence is not going down particularly well with his fellow techies. In the past Musk had engaged in —rather public— spats with Facebook’s CEO over the hazards posed by robots and AI. Now, Musk’s campaign is being slightly dismissed […]

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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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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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A bot trained by Elon Musk-backed OpenAI has beaten one of the world’ best players at online videogame Dota 2, during e-sports tournament The International. The machine learning bot had been trained simply by pitting one Artificial Intelligence against another, and letting them play for weeks on end until they mastered the game. During the tournament, hosted […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has detailed the company’s plans to enter the self-driving car sector, Bloomberg revealed. The rumour has been circulating for a while that the iPhone maker’s next big project would involved driverless vehicles, but the company’s management had so far been peculiarly cagey about the feat. Late last year, it emerged that when Apple kicked-started the […]

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European consumers are not into self-driving cars as much as carmakers and Silicon Valley giants would like them to be, but the UK’s enthusiasm  offers a glimpse of hope. According to City A.M., a global survey of 22,000 people by consultancy Deloitte revealed the continent’s sentiment regarding autonomous vehicle—finding that consumers in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy have […]

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Japanese carmaker Nissan unleashed its self-driving vehicle—a modified Leaf electric car— on the streets of London in its first European test. The Tokyo-based company’s robotic car debuted on Monday following negotiations with regulators and the police. The car can travel at up to 80 km per hour,  and shift from manned to autonomous mode at the flick of a […]

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