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  • Data from your car’s camera (#4)
  • Single photon camera (#10)
  • Pony.ai rides out West (#8)
  • Zoox-Tesla lawsuit (#20)


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New Atlas

Mate Rimac is one of the most important single figures in the electric car revolution. Not only is he building what will be the fastest-accelerating production car of all time in the barnstorming 1,914-horsepower Rimac C_Two, he also joins Elon Musk as one of the only people in the last hundred years to successfully start a new car company and make a proper go of it.


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Forbes

DARPA started it all. With the Grand Challenge a decade ago – with researchers competing to drive robotic cars through unpredictable terrain, with planned obstacles, and as fast as possible – without a human driver.


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The Globe and Mail ($)

With 99 per cent of the traffic gone, I could breathe without choking on diesel fumes, walk on streets that were never designed for cars and motorcycles and hear conversations from open windows. The parked cars seemed like dead, alien beasts.


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Consumer Reports

Safety system sensors in modern cars are collecting data about the road on behalf of the company that makes them


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This Distill talks a lot about self-driving vision, though many cars already come equipped with cameras. Here Consumer Reports looks into the business plans of the company behind many of those systems, Mobileye.

Caixin ($)

On April 13, Yangtze Memory Technologies launched China’s first 128-layer NAND chip.


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Fleet Europe

Equipped with Sensible 4’s autonomous driving software and technology, the three driverless electric vehicles will follow a predefined circular route, but have to contend with busy, complex traffic situations, including pedestrians, cyclists and trams.


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Clean Technica

A tweet on April 11 started it. That’s when greentheonly posted a photo on Twitter showing what the rear-facing camera installed in all Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles would see if activated. That tweet was followed by another from Marty Tee speculating about the purpose of the camera.


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Financial Times ($)

Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up Pony.ai has launched a self-driving delivery service in Irvine, California, in a bid to tap into growing demand for innovative solutions to shipping packages and groceries during the coronavirus lockdown.


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Inverse

The company is set to host a deep dive into its latest technologies.


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United Press International

The world’s first megapixel photon-counting camera and a first-of-its-kind image sensor technology are capable of detecting single photons of light at record speeds.


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Lidar is a foundational element of the current way of self-driving, but the quest to improve it continues. Here UPI covers research from the Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory in Switzerland on tech that could make car vision better and more energy efficient.

Teslarati

Most of the pieces of Elon Musk’s Master Plan, Part Deux are already in place. Tesla’s mass-market cars, the Model 3 and Model Y, have already been released. The Solar Roof is finally seeing a ramp. And the release of a feature-complete version of the company’s Full Self-Driving suite seems to be drawing closer.


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Venture Beat

Self-driving startup Pony.ai today announced that it’s collaborating with Yamibuy, an e-commerce platform based in Los Angeles, to launch an autonomous delivery service for customers in Irvine, California. Beginning today through mid-summer, Pony.ai will use its autonomous fleet of retrofitted Toyota Priuses to deliver packages and groceries from Yamibuy to its customers’ doorsteps.


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Forbes

In the brush, behind the swelling columns of purple smoke, the quadcopter tracks the band of fighters. Their equipment is familiar, at a distance, armored transports and infantry all in the distinct Australian Multicam pattern camouflage. Between stands of red river gum trees trots the most alien of weapons here: a little dog-sized robot, happily bounding along with the mechanized infantry.


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Jerusalem Post

The man who developed the driverless technology firm Mobileye and then sold it to Intel for $15.3 billion – the largest Israeli exit to date and the world’s biggest purchase of a company solely focused on the autonomous driving sector – says he has a plan to get Israelis out of lockdown and back to work.


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Tech Node

China’s push to lead the world self-driving race is making another step forward: Didi Chuxing and AutoX are both about to launch their own autonomous ride-hailing pilot projects on the outskirts of Shanghai in late May, two sources familiar with the matter told TechNode on Tuesday. The projects are separate. The companies started their partnerships with the Shanghai government around the same time.


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Venture Beat

McGill University researchers say they’ve developed a technique to train a remote-controlled, offroad car to drive on terrain from aerial and first-person imagery. Their hybrid approach accounts for terrain roughness and obstacles using on-board sensors, enabling it to generalize to environments with vegetation, rocks, and sandy trails.


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The Globe and Mail

For years, auto and tech companies have been been promising that technology will change how we get around.


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The Spoon

Prior to this pandemic, the big ethical questions surrounding food robotics and automation was their impact on loss of human jobs. But as COVID-19 has forced us to social distance and rethink our regular activities, replacing humans with robots for food delivery seems like a more ethical choice. Robots, after all, don’t need face masks, can be placed in frontline situations and won’t accidentally cough on your groceries.


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Stanford Engineering

Engineers and business leaders have been working on autonomous cars for years, but there’s one big obstacle to making them cheap enough to become commonplace: They’ve needed a way to cut the cost of lidar, the technology that enables robotic navigation systems to spot and avoid pedestrians and other hazards along the roadway by bouncing light waves off these potential obstacles.


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Reuters

Zoox Inc said on Tuesday it had settled a lawsuit with Tesla Inc after admitting that some new hires from the electric carmaker were in possession of certain Tesla documents when they joined the U.S. self-driving car startup.


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Nikkei

BEIJING — As more 5G mobile networks come online and artificial intelligence matures, a relatively new technology is emerging that enhances views of the real world by linking spatial elements, images and data.


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Guardian

A robotic delivery service in Milton Keynes could prove to be the future of locked-down Britain, as miniature autonomous vehicles bring food deliveries to almost 200,000 residents of the town.


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Tech Crunch

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to different outcomes for different businesses. While some have stood to benefit (think Zoom, Facebook and bidet startup Tushy), others have been hit hard and laid off employees in order to survive. But there are some that fall somewhere in the middle. Autonomous driving startup Voyage believes it is not explicitly benefiting, but it’s not at risk of going under either, says CEO Oliver Cameron.


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South China Morning Post

The Chinese autonomous driving start-up got approval from Shanghai authorities in September to launch 100 self-driving ride-hailing cars in Jiading district


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This news came out right after last week’s Free Wheeling. Here SCMP explains what exactly a “gigafactory” is and how it will ensure a fleet of robotaxis keeps running.

Venture Beat

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org this week, researchers at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) propose an AI technique to improve autonomous vehicles’ traffic movement predictions. It’s directly applicable to the driverless technologies that Uber itself is developing, which must be able to detect, track, and anticipate surrounding cars’ trajectories in order to safely navigate public roads.


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