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  • Phone data to protect pedestrians (#2)
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Gizmodo

It’s in the new iPad Pro tablets, it’s rumored to be coming to the iPhone 12 and a form of it has been appearing in Android phones for the last few years. What exactly is LiDAR, and why would you want it in a mobile device? Here we’ll take you through what the tech does, all of the ways it can be deployed, and why it might soon become as common as cameras in smartphones.


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The Drive

Even as it works to get past unprecedented current challenges, the global automotive industry is still undertaking the most difficult transformation it has ever faced: developing cars that can drive themselves. But making autonomous vehicles operate merely as well as a human driver, as difficult a task as that would be already, won’t suffice.


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Safety is one of the most important aspects of self-driving research. Here The Drive explores a new idea about how to protect pedestrians, though with privacy implications.

WIRED

Like the residents of many cities that boomed before the advent of cars—and before the arrival of the coronavirus—the people of Pittsburgh get around using a jumbled network of too-narrow two-way streets laid out across a hill-studded landscape. It’s the kind of mess that would put Baron Haussmann in a mood for demolition, but the driver of the white Pontiac sedan coming toward the car I’m riding in reacts with generosity, slowing down and flashing his lights. His offer—ceding his right of way to let my car turn left ahead of him—is a kind one that is entirely incomprehensible to my driver.


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The Conversation

Not so long ago, the concept of a fully automated store seemed something of a curiosity. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of relying on computers and robotics, and checking out groceries by simply picking them off the shelf doesn’t seem so peculiar after all.


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BBC

The traditional commute may never be the same again once people return to work after lockdown in what is likely to be an era of social distancing.


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Verdict.co.uk

With new technology constantly emerging and becoming one of the latest trends or must-haves, people can be forgiven for forgetting the real-life applications of the technology. Autonomous cars have long been a staple in science fiction but in the last decade, they have moved closer to general availability as more and more companies start developing their own offerings. Tesla, Google’s Waymo and GM Cruise are some of the leaders in this industry, driving the advancement in self-driving vehicles.


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Automotive News

FRANKFURT — Continental said it was postponing investments as its operating profit plunged by 47 percent in the first quarter, hit by coronavirus lockdowns which caused a 25 percent drop in global car production.


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Press Association

Swedish firm is introducing subtle Lidar integrated into the roof.


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BBC

The rise of self-driving taxis in China comes at a time when people are nervous about taking public transport.


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Jerusalem Post

Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua speaks at a press event at CES in Las Vegas, January 5, 2016 Intel’s acquisition of Israeli mobility start-up Moovit will keep Mobileye’s development of autonomous robotaxi services on track for a 2022 launch, according to Intel senior vice president and Mobileye CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua.


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Forbes

During the last year, the level of activity and funding in truck automation in general has surged while the rest of the Automated Driving Systems (ADS) industry went through somewhat of a “reset.” Last summer I provided a comprehensive article on the state of truck platooning. Since then, even though major media outlets have focused on “solo driverless” trucking, there have been some very interesting developments in platooning. Here I provide an update.


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BMW Blog

Last year, BMW revealed a new concept car that sparked some excitement among the fanbase — the Vision M NEXT. It was designed to be a hybrid supercar of sorts, with a design that payed tribute to the original BMW M1. We even recently heard that the M NEXT would be a plug-in hybrid similar to the BMW i8, just with a bigger engine and more power. However, all of that excitement might have to come to an end, as we’re hearing that the BMW Vision M NEXT has been cancelled.


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Digital Trends

Ford’s self-driving car program is experiencing delays, but the automaker hopes that others will pick up the baton. Ford is releasing what it calls a “comprehensive self-driving vehicle dataset” to researchers. The goal is to promote further research and development of autonomous driving tech, Tony Lockwood, Ford autonomous vehicle manager, said in a blog post.


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SlashGear

Intel has acquired Moovit, splashing out around $900 million on the public transit planning app, with plans to integrate it into what until now has been the chip-maker’s autonomous car business. Moovit offers multimodal trip planning, spanning trains, buses, scooters, and other methods, and Intel says it intends to combine it with its Mobileye division.


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Electrek

Despite all the hype about high levels of vehicle autonomy, drivers always need to keep their hands on the wheel. Audi had planned to be the first automaker to introduce so-called Level 3 autonomy, where you could take your eyes off the road and let the car drive. But the combination of legislative uncertainty and a patchwork approach to the technology led the German automaker to give up self-driving plans for the next A8 due next year.


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All the different brands often face choices about whether to push ahead with their self-driving investments in upcoming cars or wait a bit. Check out this on Audi and other pieces on Volvo’s plan to go forward with LiDAR

New York Times

Electric Hummers and Cybertrucks, as well as the next generation of S.U.V.s, will signal the arrival of the E.V. era in America if they start to sell in big numbers.


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Forbes

As we fast approach the 12-month anniversary of Huawei’s blacklisting by the U.S. government, the technical landscape between China and the U.S. has never been more complex. Smartphones and 5G base stations may still take all the headlines, but it is a new, media-shy business unit tucked away on Huawei’s campus that’s the perfect representation of where China’s tech giant goes next.


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Reuters

STOCKHOLM – Volvo Cars is deepening ties with lidar sensor specialist Luminar, and has struck a deal with the Silicon Valley-based start-up to integrate its technology in its new car platform, SPA 2, the Sweden-based car maker said on Wednesday.


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Freightwaves

Self-driving fleet transports products for “middle-mile” delivery


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The Engineer

Relying on real-world autonomous vehicles road tests would make them less safe, says Dr Luca Castignani, Chief Automotive Strategist, MSC Software.


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Bloomberg

When the headquarters of Mission Bio reopens next week, employees will find many of the familiar perks they enjoyed before Silicon Valley went into lockdown have changed. Instead of the communal trays of catered lunches served a few times a week, each employee will get their own boxed meal. The snacks will remain free, but the soda machine and tub of almonds will be replaced with canned beverages, bottled water and individually wrapped protein bites. One new benefit: Every two weeks, the startup plans to provide COVID-19 tests onsite to any staff member who wants one.


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CTech

On the day of Intel’s $900 million acquisition of Moovit, Mobileye’s CEO and co-founder shares with Calcalist the reasons they opted to buy the Israeli company and how it advances the future of mobility


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A big acquisition this week was Intel snatching up Moovit, Here CTech has an interview with the CEO of Mobileye, who says his company has been looking at the target for a while.

Xinhua

Liu Xinlin, 22, experienced her first ride in a self-driving taxi in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province.


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San Francisco Chronicle

Sidecar, the first ride-hailing company, got a federal judge’s OK to proceed with a lawsuit alleging that Uber used anticompetitive practices to dominate the market and force Sidecar out of business.


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Reuters

The U.S. Department of Commerce is close to signing off on a new rule that would allow U.S. companies to work with China’s Huawei Technologies on setting standards for next generation 5G networks, people familiar with the matter said.


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