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Why BMW’s riderless bike is less badass than you might think

BMW has released a riderless bike that is operated by a remote robot. While the prototype is just being used for research purpose and will not produced for market, it still can brake all on its ownYet another example of something being both cool and eerie to watch.  Read more…More about Mashable Video, Autonomous Vehicles,...CONTINUE READING
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Yeaaah, Waymo’s self-driving taxis don’t seem like they’ll be ready for their 2018 launch date

It appears that Waymo’s “fully self-driving” taxi service was a bit too aggressive with its 2018 launch date. A report from The Information Tuesday paints a bleak picture out of Phoenix, Arizona, where Waymo is headquartered and seems to be experiencing glitches with its autonomous vehicles. Merging into highway traffic, navigating around groups of people,...CONTINUE READING
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Jaguar Land Rover self-driving shuttle communicates with ‘virtual eyes’

Jaguar Land Rover wants pedestrians to feel safer about its self-driving vehicles, and it’s hoping a pair of “virtual eyes” will do the trick.  The thing is, it’s kinda creepy. Think about it: A shuttle pulls up to a stoplight at an intersection that you’re waiting to cross and suddenly its cartoonish, drooping eyes are...CONTINUE READING
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Don’t believe the naysayers: Self-driving cars are already here in many ways

Yes, it’s true: The promise of self-driving cars zooming around while their human operators doze off, read, or watch movies is not quite here yet.  But who said that had to happen right now or we’ve missed our chance at driverless vehicles forever? On Monday, The Outline published an article titled “The self-driving car that...CONTINUE READING
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Forget the Tesla Model 3, an Apple Car might drive you around in 2023

Just when you thought Apple’s top secret car project was dead, the rumor mill has once again started back up.  This time, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (aka the guy who’s often eerily spot-on with his predictions about unreleased Apple products) believes Apple will release its “Apple Car” between 2023 and 2025. SEE ALSO:...CONTINUE READING
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Uber’s self-driving cars are back. Well, sort of.

Uber’s self-driving cars are back on the road in Pittsburgh, but with a lot of changes. In the four months since a self-driving Uber hit and killed a woman walking a bicycle on an Arizona road, the ride-hailing company has made some changes. The first and foremost is keeping the vehicles in manual mode. After...CONTINUE READING
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Waymo’s partnership with Walmart is a backhanded swipe at Amazon

Google has a new partnership with Walmart that may look like a deal to promote self-driving cars. But in the words of Jafar from Aladin, things are not always what they seem. Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, has struck an agreement with Walmart and other retailers for a test program in the Phoenix, AZ area,...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s the fundamental flaw with self-driving cars: Humans

The safety driver in a self-driving Uber was not being very safe — aka, not paying attention — when the vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman in an Arizona city earlier this year, police records show. Included in a massive Tempe Police Department report this week were details about the March 18 fatal...CONTINUE READING
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Waymo hits 7 million self-driving miles, eyes Europe expansion

Waymo is still chugging along with plans to offer a truly driverless car service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area by the end of this year — but it’s also moving its self-driving sights to Europe.  At the Automotive News Europe Congress in Turin, Italy, earlier this week, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said, “There is an...CONTINUE READING
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Tesla’s Autopilot keeps crashing into parked cars. Here’s why.

Another week, another Tesla crashing into a stationary vehicle that just came out of nowhere. But that’s the thing. The electric car’s semi-autonomous driving assistance feature, known as Autopilot, has this very situation — parked cars seemingly coming out of nowhere — written into the manual. It’s a known limitation of the driver assistance tool. SEE...CONTINUE READING
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