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Driving.ca
SLD Laser says its new lights not only light up the road, but also transfer data from car-to-car — yes, through the lights

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AP
The Hummer, once a gas-guzzling target for environmentalists, is making a comeback. But this time around it won’t burn fuel or spew greenhouse gases.

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The Conversation
We all know personal devices can be hacked, but a whole country’s security could be at risk too. With the rise of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), and against the backdrop of cyberwarfare, digital surveillance and digital subversion, the risk to national security is increasing. Earlier this year the head of the UK National Cyber Security Centre publicly stated that a major cyber-attack on the country’s essential services was a question of “when, not if”.

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Seattle Times
Heads turn and smartphone cameras rise as the boxy, futuristic cars slip through the streets of this 384-year-old port city.

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National Interest
Self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs) are the killer app for 5G wireless internet. Right now, AVs are Clint Eastwood style lone gunslingers, roving the highways in search of a free lane. They see the world through camera lenses and LIDAR (similar to radar, but using lasers instead of radio waves). When they encounter other AVs, they pass right on by, without so much as a tip of the hat.

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Ben Nassi
Stop it. You can fool a Tesla Autopilot system with a projector?

Editor’s Note: Flashing a speed limit sign on a group of trees for a fractionof a second may not be noticed by humans, but autonomous vehicles will see and react to it. Here Ben Nassi, a reseacher at Ben Gurion University, explains how he tricked Autopilot.

Automotive News
Automakers and suppliers suspended production and limited employee travel in China as the country grappled with a rapidly spreading SARS-like coronavirus that has killed 170 people and is threatening a key market for sales and profits.

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Forbes
While there has been a great deal of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) activity in the public eye related to private vehicles, such as robo-taxi tests from companies like Waymo or Uber, the City of Jacksonville has been charting its own course through the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) with the deployment of AVs for public transportation. The JTA’s engagement with the technology provides insight into the challenges and reality of implementing AV technology for public use in a production environment.

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Jacobin
It’s official — Tesla’s stock market value has topped $100 billion. After a heady three-month surge, the electric car company’s stock reached $571 this week. If things keep up, in six months Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be in line for a $346 million bonus.

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Forbes
Backed by full government and academia support, Japan’s car industry is preparing for what will be the biggest, most comprehensive autonomous driving demonstration in history.

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Jalopnik
Imagine if half of the cars in traffic were gone. Imagine your glorious morning commute, zipping along at 70mph in what used to be gridlock traffic. You look out the window immediately to your left and see something you’ve never seen on your commute before: the scenery rolling past you at the speed limit. You look out the window immediately to your right and see something else you’ve never seen before: a window immediately to your right.

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Ars Technica
Waymo vehicles will carry packages from UPS stores to a central UPS warehouse.

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Mashable
General Motors is riding close behind Tesla with its semi-autonomous system.

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Barcelona Institute for Global Health
What impact will self-driving cars have on public health? The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institute supported by “la Caixa”, has taken part in a study that analysed the potential risks and benefits of autonomous vehicles for public health. The conclusions of the study, published in the Annual Review of Public Health, indicate that this new type of mobility could benefit public health if the cars are electric and the model used is based on ridesharing.

Editor’s Note: Autonomous vehicles could impact a range of areas, which got public health experts in Barcelona wondering. Here the university explains new work by David Rojas-Rueda and others.

TechCrunch
After selling autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs to DoorDash just five months ago, entrepreneur Tobenna Arodiogbu is back with a new startup. This time, he’s focused solely on truck drivers and their businesses. CloudTrucks, which aims to help truck drivers earn more money, has closed a $6.1 million round led by Craft Ventures with participation from Khosla Ventures, Kindred Ventures and Abstract Ventures.

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CleanTechnica
In June 2019 after Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day, we did a deep dive into Tesla’s HW3 chip that explored the various capabilities and potential of the HW3 system on a chip (SoC). I may have geeked out a little and made that a bit too technical, so I will try not to repeat that mistake in this article. Long story short, HW3 is a total beast. It is very different from the NVIDIA chip Tesla was using in the previous generation. So, it was very surprising when Elon said that there was no big rush to retrofit existing cars because “right now” (back then) you would not notice much of an increase in performance over HW2.

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Business Standard
EV battery prices fall sharply, but local manufacturing yet to take off

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Reuters
LOS ANGELES – United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) on Wednesday said it is ordering 10,000 electric delivery trucks from the UK-based Arrival Ltd and teaming with self-driving startup Waymo as package carriers work to cut costs and tail pipe pollution.

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CNet
In a new campaign ad, the Democratic presidential candidate takes both his hands off the wheel while the driving assistance feature is in use — a big no-no.

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Fast Company
It’s midnight, and you’re deciding between an Uber and an Uber Pool to get home. The plain Uber is more money, and it’s worse for the environment. But the shared ride means you’ll be sitting shoulder to shoulder with a (fellow?) drunk who at best smells like Blue Curaçao and at worst pukes it on you.

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Nikkei
TOKYO — SoftBank Group is making a push for self-driving buses in Japan, unveiling on Monday a plan to carry passengers on public roads from April.

Editor’s Note: Self-driving buses are popping up in various countries, but this piece from Japan highlights the country as a particular target because of its “demographic challenges and the willingness of local governments to finance self-driving technology.”

Northeastern University
How does a self-driving car tell a person apart from a traffic cone? How does Spotify choose songs for my “Discover Weekly” playlist? Why is Gmail’s spam filter so effective?

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CTech
Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety has decided to allow Tesla Inc. vehicles sold in the country to use the company’s semi-autonomous driving system, Autopilot, according to one person familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity. Earlier this month, the ministry made a decision to completely ban the system.

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Crunchbase
When it comes to startup investment, automakers are still going full speed ahead.

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CleanTechnica
I’ve just returned from Miami and a super secret, can’t-write-about-it-’til-this coming week electric car unveiling. In a land named for flowers, I’ve been surrounded by skyscrapers and car horns blowing, construction welding and air hammers, smog hovering low over the city streets, nameless people rushing from one Important Daily Event to another. It’s been a bit of decadence and luxury swirling with constant motion and urban built environments.

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