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Nikkei

BEIJING — A Silicon Valley hiring spree among Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers appears to have come to an end, as a number of executives employed to lead the startups’ U.S. development are quitting.


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SAN FRANCISCO — On a rainy December afternoon, Anthony Levandowski sat on a stool near the front of a coffee shop, engrossed in his phone.


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The story of engineer Anthony Levandowski continues to take turns, as evidenced by a couple articles this week. Here Automotive News goes in-depth on the former Google and Uber employee.

Economic Times (Times of India)

New Delhi: San Diego based Self-driving truck startup has announced partnership with auto parts supplier ZF to develop and commercialize the technology for autonomous trucks.


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Forbes

For a change from all the articles about what’s gone wrong for the automotive industry, I’m going to focus on what can go right. So let me say it straight out: I think the coronavirus pandemic has created massive impetus for automotive manufacturers to push forward on their health, wellness and well-being (HWW) agendas. If the previous decade was all about the automotive industry going ‘green’, the next decade will be about keeping drivers and passengers in the ‘pink’ of health.


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Teslarati

To attain full self-driving and deploy a fleet of the Robotaxis as intended by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla would need to master how its vehicles respond to stop lights and stop signs. Fortunately, it appears that Tesla is making a lot of headway towards attaining this capability, if the recently-released manual for the function is any indication.


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The Drive

A lot of people have been asking when artificial intelligence will finally match or surpass human intelligence, especially when it comes to self-driving cars. I don’t know about you, but I won’t be satisfied unless we set a high bar, so I chose myself.


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Reuters

SEOUL – South Korea is struggling to retain its lead in global next-generation 5G telecom services, as the coronavirus pandemic further cools sentiment of consumers whose interest in the technology has waned due to cost and quality concerns.


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Nikkei

TAIPEI — Huawei Technologies plans a big push into autonomous driving as the Chinese group ramps up competition with domestic and U.S. rivals in one of tech’s next big battlegrounds.


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TechCrunch

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him.


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Mashable

Suddenly, a future full of self-driving cars isn’t just a sci-fi pipe dream. What used to be considered a scary, uncertain technology for many Americans looks more like an effective tool to protect ourselves from a fast-spreading, infectious disease.


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Seattle Times

Having already written off $3.7 billion on the Air Force tanker program over the past six years, Boeing said Thursday it must now pay for a complete redesign of the remote vision system used to operate the plane’s refueling boom, a project expected to take three-and-a-half years.


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Deepnews likes to include articles that are not exactly about autonomous cars, but have something related. Here the Seattle Times, which offers good coverage of hometown business Boeing, looks at a system design that includes Lidar, the same vision system found in self-driving.

Caixin

Shenzhen is reportedly planning to greenlight road tests of autonomous vehicles carrying passengers as part of ongoing efforts to build a smart transport system.


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Eastern Iowa Gazette

At a casual glance, it looks like any Lincoln MKZ. But it’s smarter. “It can talk to a couple school buses in the Solon Community district,” Omar Ahmad said. “It can talk to a couple of tractors.” One of a small fleet of test vehicles maintained by the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator, or NADS, the Lincoln recently served as a test platform for technology Ahmad, NADS’ deputy director, and others expect will improve travel for rural Americans.


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Engadget

It looks like Tesla’s Autopilot feature will soon be able to recognize traffic lights. A video shared on Twitter, shows a Tesla cruising through several green lights and slowing to a stop when it detects a red light. There is some speculation that Tesla will include the feature in its next Autopilot update.


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Reuters

VIENNA — Weak demand for sensor maker AMS’s share issue this week has highlighted investors’ doubts about the company’s ability to cope with its takeover of German lighting group Osram.


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Detroit Free Press

The 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled this year because the Federal Emergency Management Agency chose the TCF Center to become a field hospital for COVID-19 cases for at least six months.


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VentureBeat

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving vehicle research division, today detailed a system — Progressive Population Based Augmentation (PPBA) — it claims has improved the performance of its autonomous systems while reducing the amount of data required to train them. Specifically, Waymo says PPBA bolstered its cars’ object detection capabilities while decreasing costs and accelerating the training process.


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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No driver likes being stuck between two trucks barreling down the highway — especially when one of those trucks is driving itself. That’s not likely to happen anytime soon. But that’s only because autonomous vehicles being put on the roads are set up to follow one another too closely for any driver to nudge their way in, said Cetin Mericli, co-founder and CEO of trucking technology company Locomation.


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Silicon Angle

Autonomous driving startup Phantom AI says it’s on a mission to democratize the use of driver assistance and safety technology after announcing today it has raised $22 million in a new round of funding.


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Curtin University

New Curtin research has found the introduction of driverless vehicles on our roads is likely to reduce drink-driving rates but could lead to greater levels of binge drinking.


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Self-driving cars could impact so many parts of everyday life that currently touch on driving. Here a study from Australia looks at the effects on drunk driving, as well as binge drinking overall.

Carscoops

Zenuity, a 50-50 joint venture between Volvo and Veoneer will be split into two parts to maximize its potential. The part owned by Volvo will focus on the development and commercialization of unsupervised autonomous drive software, and will become operational during the third quarter of 2020.


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China Daily

The autonomous driving subsidiary of Didi Chuxing is reportedly getting a $300-million investment from Japanese tech giant Soft-Bank, adding more fuel to the autonomous driving sector in China.


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Times of Israel

Amnon Shashua, the CEO of Mobileye, a Jerusalem-based, Intel-owned maker of technologies for self-driving cars, is scheduled to detail his plan to the Knesset Special Committee on Dealing With the Coronavirus on Tuesday, laying out a series of steps that he believes will avert a possible recession caused by the closure of so many businesses


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Press Association

BMW is working on a technology that would allow its vehicles’ steering wheels to change shape. The German car manufacturer has filed patents that would see the wheel shift from the traditional circular shape to an oval.


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Geospatial World

US: TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, announced today it has established a comprehensive partnership with ZF, a leading automotive supplier, to develop and commercialize technology for autonomous trucks. The partnership, which will begin in April 2020, covers the world’s largest markets including North America, Europe and China.


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