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Bloomberg Law
A decade of breathless self-driving hype and C-suite predictions came to a quiet, ignominious end recently when the industry failed to deliver on its promise of mass-market commercial deployment.

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AP
SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ self-driving car company will attempt to deliver on its long-running promise to provide a more environmentally friendly ride-hailing service in an unorthodox vehicle designed to eliminate the need for human operators to transport people around crowded cities.

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Electrek
Cruise, GM’s self-driving startup, has unveiled the Cruise Origin, a new autonomous electric vehicle that will power an all-electric completely autonomous ride-sharing service.

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Wired
Hyundai and Kia are backing Arrival, a British startup making electric delivery vans.

Editor’s Note: Arrival has hundreds of employees but has been quiet on its plans. Here Wired looks at what an injection of money means.

CNN
The global auto industry plunged deeper into recession in 2019, with sales dropping more than 4% as carmakers struggled to find buyers in China and India. The pain is likely to continue this year.

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Innovation Origins
The population and the economy in the Metropolitan region of Rotterdam and The Hague (MRDH) are on the rise. There are more and more train and subway passengers and the number of cars and trucks is steadily increasing. However, the railway and road networks cannot expand any further owing to a lack of space. In short: the city is getting bogged down. The solution is to use the infrastructure more efficiently. Autonomous driving plays a major role in this.

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Mashable
San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood is notoriously tricky for any driver. Narrow roads, gobs of tourists, steep inclines, double-parked delivery vans, never-ending construction, and maddening six-way intersections run rampant there. Take away the human driver, and you’ve got a potential recipe for disaster.

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Automotive News
AMSTERDAM — Toyota has launched a new mobility brand in Europe named Kinto as a “defensive” move against the rise of leasing companies and also to prepare for the arrival of robotaxis.

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Jalopnik
While Mercedes is busy unveiling their new electric garbage truck, Isuzu is turning to Honda for clarity on their own alternative-fuel heavy truck future. That’s right. They’re going hydrogen.

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Automotive News
Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac is often compared to Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. The Rimac Automobili boss admires Musk, but becoming a large-scale electric automaker is not his plan, despite proving his expertise with his debut vehicle, the 1224-hp Concept One electric hypercar.

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AFP
Don’t bother to look for the steering wheel or pedals in the new autonomous shuttle vehicle unveiled by Cruise, the startup owned by General Motors.

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Nikkei
BEIJING — AutoX, a Chinese startup that develops autonomous vehicles, said Monday it had completed its Series pre-B financing round, taking in “tens of millions” of dollars, local tech media 36Kr reported.

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University of Exeter
Cultural differences play a pivotal role in how people in different parts of the world perceive when it is acceptable to sacrifice one person to save a larger group, new research has shown.

Editor’s Note: Free Wheeling likes to include articles from different fields that impact the world of autonomous vehicles. This from the University of Exeter looks at work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Financial Post
LOS ANGELES — The city sprawls across five counties with an exploding population of 14 million. Its roads are now so choked that this fall Uber, Lyft and taxis were banned from picking up people at its crowded airport. Now arriving passengers must wait, then board shuttle buses to go to remote parking lots to find rides.

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The Guardian
The Oxford economist talks about his new book on the challenges of a society with no traditional employment

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Mashable
But these companies don’t build their own cars. Instead, most of them rely on a few popular models with easy-to-hack computer and infotainment systems that don’t require a lot of retrofitting. The cars might have different logos and sensors on them, but underneath, they’re the same. So what cars are self-driving companies using?

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Read Write
To keep up with the pace of the changing trends of the world and its modified technological implications, presently, the self-driving cars is what humanity is looking forward to. Can these self-driving cars effectively shape the future lying ahead of us? The other questions would be — how would these self-driving cars change or shape the future?

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Hardware Zone
Two of Singapore’s incumbent telcos, StarHub and M1 released a statement late Thursday afternoon saying that they plan to submit a joint bid for a 5G license by the closing date of 17 February 2020. This deadline had been extended by the Government from the original date of 21 January 2020.

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Reuters
WASHINGTON – Uber Technologies Inc said Thursday the company will begin data collection for self-driving vehicles on Washington roads Friday with manual drivers behind the wheel, the first step toward potential future deployment.

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MIT Sloan Management Review
Neither auto companies nor tech companies can come up with winning mobility offerings on their own. Instead, they will have to work together to create products, services, and business models to meet the needs of users

Editor’s Note: Most of the articles here talk about what the future of cars will look like, but there are also questions about the future of the businesses that make them. Here David R. Keith and John Paul MacDuffie write that automakers will never be good at service-based businesses and tech companies will never be good at the production of cars, so they should work together.

Mashable
Thanks to the miracle of CGI, our culture has become used to imagining some pretty wild things: vast superhero battles, space armadas, planet-killing lasers. But I’m willing to bet you still have difficulty picturing a much more likely future scene: your neighborhood with zero parked cars in it.

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Reuters
Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), said on Thursday it will start testing autonomous trucks and vans in Texas and New Mexico this week.

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Automotive News
Aptiv is best known for developing the “brain” of the car via its advanced safety and user experience division. Although its work on autonomous driving software makes headlines, the company generates the bulk of its income from supplying the car’s “nervous system” — the electrical cables and connectors produced by its signal and power solutions unit.

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The Badger Herald
University Housing expanded the delivery area for the campus dining hall Starship robots — students can now order food from new locations around campus.

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PanDaily
According to 36kr, AutoX, a self-driving startup, announced it had completed a Pre-B round of financing worth tens of millions of dollars in late December, led by Shenzhen Jumbo Sheen Group, followed by other Shenzhen and Chaoshan investors.

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