Garmin Speak lets you bring Alexa along in the car

 Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring the wisdom and subservient attitude of Alexa to a car near you. The Garmin Speak is an Echo Dot-like device that sits in the dash of your car and brings the full range of Alexa skills into the car. What’s more, the Garmin Speak integrates Alexa services through the car stereo, meaning you can listen to music, audiobooks, news and weather through… Read More

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Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are coming to New York next year

 GM’s Cruise Automation will expand its test pool, while keeping a focus on city driving, something it has said gives it an edge in the autonomous driving space. What better city to use for testing, then, than New York, one of the densest and most hectic traffic nightmares in North America. Cruise will test its self-driving fleet in New York in a five mile square section of Manhattan,… Read More

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Daimler shows off what its automated Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks can do

 Mercedes-Benz Arocs trucks are an autonomous means to an end: The industrial vehicles can work without drivers, and without requiring a bevy of expensive sensors equipped on the truck itself. The service vehicles work by following the leader, along GPS mapped routes, providing high accuracy from a lead vehicle with control over the followers. The Arocs version of autonomous transportation… Read More

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Uber-SoftBank deal “very likely” to be finalized in the next week

 The Uber-SoftBank deal is almost done, said Arianna Huffington on stage at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Monday. When pressed whether SoftBank’s multi-billion dollar investment in Uber could be finalized within the week, the Uber board member replied that it’s “very likely.” She confirmed media reports that the proposed deal would involve both a direct investment in… Read More

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Baidu plans to mass produce Level 4 self-driving cars with BAIC by 2021

 Baidu, China’s internet technology giant, hopes to be in the business of mass producing autonomous cars by 2021, thanks to a partnership with BAIC Group, a Chinese automaker which will handle the manufacturing part of that equation. BAIC Group is one of Baidu’s many partners for its Apollo autonomous driving program, and it’ll use the open platform to produce vehicles with… Read More

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New Tesla voluntary recall applies to 11,000 Model X vehicles

 Tesla is taking a “proactive measure” out of an “abundance of caution,” the company says, in handling an issue with a cable used in the adjusting second row seating in a small percent of Model X vehicles. The automaker has issued a voluntary recall, which will apply to 11,000 Model X vehicles it would like to inspect – though it believes only 3 percent of those… Read More

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CarGurus spikes 72% in auto marketplace IPO

 Used car marketplace CarGurus spiked over 72% during its first day of trading.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company had raised over $150 million after pricing its IPO at $16. By the end of trading Thursday, shares had gone up over 72%, closing at $27.58.
In a conversation earlier this morning with CarGurus CFO Jason Trevisan, he claimed that the business has become “the largest… Read More

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Waymo releases its first self-driving ‘Safety Report’

 Waymo launched a campaign earlier this week alongside partners including the National Safety Council to help explain why it believes that its pursuit of autonomous driving is a means to safer roads. Now, it’s releasing its first ever Safety Report, which offers some more detail on the procedures and technology it uses to ensure safety in deploying its autonomous fleet. The 42 page… Read More

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LG to open Europe’s largest EV battery factory in Poland next year

 LG is opening Europe’s largest factory for building lithium-ion batteries destined for use in electric cars, the company announced. Its LG Chem division is going to open the doors for the facility in 2019 in Poland near Wroclaw, per Reuters, and the facility will be able to supply as many as 100,000 EV batteries per year beginning from next year. For comparison, Panasonic’s… Read More

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California DMV changes rules to allow testing and use of fully autonomous vehicles

 The California Department of Motor Vehicles is changing its rules to allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel — and to let the public use autonomous vehicles. The DMV released a revised version of its regulations and has started a 15-day public comment period, ending October 25, 2017. California law requires the DMV to work on regulations to cover… Read More

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Porsche launches on-demand subscription for its sports cars and SUVs

 Want to drive a Porsche, without actually owning one? Porsche’s new Passport subscription program could be just what you’re looking for. The on-demand short-term rental program allows anyone in Atlanta to subscribe for $2,000 per month, which will provide access to eight models of Porsche including the 718 Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman S at launch. Those who want a bit more can sign… Read More

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Velodyne quadruples LiDAR production to meet self-driving demand

 Velodyne, largely considered the current leader in LiDAR tech for autonomous vehicle development, announced today that it has increased its production capacity by more than 400 percent in order to meet growing global demand. This means it’s now actually offering immediate availability for its LiDAR sensors, for the first time in a long time, for clients in Europe, Asia Pacific and… Read More

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Nvidia built a real Holodeck, aimed at creative collaboration

 Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang once told me that one of the things he was most excited about for the future of his company’s tech was bringing the Holodeck to life – and now, that’s exactly what Nvidia is doing with its new Holodeck photorealistic VR platform for designers and developers. Nvidia Holodeck (yes, it’s actually called that) in an “intelligent virtual… Read More

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Nvidia’s new Pegasus AI computer is designed to drive autonomous taxis

 Nvidia revealed a new artificial intelligence computer based on its Drive PX platform designed specifically to bring Level 5 (completely self-driving) autonomous vehicles to market. The Drive PX Pegasus builds on its predecessor the Drive PX 2, offering over 10 times as many operations per second in terms of computing capability, and it’s already being used by over 25 companies to… Read More

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Deutsche Post DHL to deploy self-driving delivery trucks by 2019

 At Nvidia’s GTC Europe conference today, one of the company’s partners detailed plans to bring an autonomous delivery fleet to operating status starting in 2019. Deutsche Post DHL Group wants to put trucks on the road in partnership with auto supplier ZF by that time frame, using electric light transport vehicles equipped with ZF’s Nvidia-based ProAI self-driving system.… Read More

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