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The Conversation
So why is Tesla selling car insurance? For one thing, it has the real-time data from all its drivers’ behaviour and the performance of its vehicle technology, including camera recordings and sensor readings, so it can estimate the risk of accidents and repair costs accurately

Editor’s Note: Part of owning a car is of course, car insurance. Here Alex Zarifis of Loughborough University looks at Tesla’s offering and the strategy behind the choice.

Reuters
General Motors Co has watched with frustration and envy as the market value of electric carmaker Tesla Inc has ballooned to more than triple GM’s size, but Wednesday the Detroit automaker is expected to make the case that its EV and self-driving technology strategy deserves a higher value

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Silicon Angle
Autonomous vehicle delivery company Nuro Inc. has become the first company to be given an exemption from the federal government to operate its cars, it was reported Thursday.

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AP
DETROIT — For the first time, the U.S. government’s highway safety agency has approved a company’s request to deploy a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t meet federal safety standards that apply to cars and trucks driven by humans.

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Dallas Magazine
At The Death and Life of Dallas Transit symposium, DART’s new bus consultant offered measured hope for a new era in the history of Dallas public transit.

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Electrek
A Ford engineer hosted an “ask me anything” (AMA) thread on Reddit over the weekend. In it, they let us in on a few new bits of information about the car (including battery and charging specs), and talked about his opinion of it, particularly in comparison to the Tesla Model Y, which will target a similar market as the Mach-E.

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Automotive News
SEATTLE — With its Alexa Auto in-vehicle assistant, its cloud platform and its growing investments in startups such as Rivian, Amazon’s big push into the automotive industry has been met with a wary embrace.

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Reuters
TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp unveiled an emergency safety system on Monday that uses big data to ignore the accelerator if it determines the driver steps on the pedal unintentionally.

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University of Leeds
The Grand Drive was achieved as part of an investigation into how autonomous driving can emulate a natural, human-like driving style. This consortium project, HumanDrive, included experts from the University of Leeds and was led by Nissan engineers in the UK.

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Bloomberg
A road hazard appears in front of your autonomous taxi. Will it make a choice that saves you but kills others? Or will it decide to save others at the price of its passenger?

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The Verge
At first, when Waymo told the workers at its Chandler, Arizona facility last year that they would be vendors instead of contractors, the workers were thrilled.

Editor’s Note: Waymo is not just a company providing a service to customers, but also a place to work. Here The Verge speaks to employees at the company and uncover their complaints.

Digital Trends
Drivers in the Indian city of Mumbai seem to have the idea that if you honk your horn at a red signal, it’ll switch to green more quickly.

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Engineering & Technology
The research project, known as HumanDrive, has completed two trials: ‘Grand Drive’, a 230-mile self-navigated journey on UK roads using advanced positioning technology, and a test track-based activity exploring human-like driving using machine learning to enhance the user experience.

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AFR
“If the factory opens on February 9, delivery only goes back a week, but I highly doubt [the outbreak] will be contained by then,” Mr Boyadgis said.

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Venture Beat
While the most sophisticated driverless cars on public roads can handle haboobs and rainstorms like champs, certain types of precipitation remain a challenge for them — like snow. That’s because snow covers cameras critical to those cars’ self-awareness and tricks sensors into perceiving obstacles that aren’t there, and because snow obscures road signs and other structures that normally serve as navigational landmarks.

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Jalopnik
Everyone is losing money, America introduces its first official self-driving transit, and GM wants you to take its EV prospects seriously. All this and more for The Morning Shift on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

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Automotive News
LAS VEGAS — Inside the parking garage at the Hard Rock Cafe, one of the human safety drivers from Russian self-driving tech company Yandex opens the car door and climbs aboard the Prius V for a quick ride around the city.

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Bloomberg
Uber Technologies Inc. edged out Wall Street’s expectations last quarter, with growth in bookings and a loss that was narrower than analysts’ estimates.

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Irish Tech News
The Internet of Things (IoT), continues to change the way Ireland makes business decisions. Millions of IoT devices, collecting billions of data records, assist in faster decision making with greater accuracy.

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Press Trust of India
Uber continued to lose money as it builds up its food delivery business and develops technology for driverless cars, but revenue for its rides business nearly tripled as the company picked up more passengers around the world.

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Electrek
Tesla has released a new video of what Autopilot’s neural net can see as well as new images of other systems powering Autopilot including a simulator with a Tesla Cybertruck in it and more.

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Fraunhofer Institute
Modern cars already feature a range of sophisticated systems such as remote-controlled parking, automatic lane-departure warning and drowsiness recognition. In the future, self-driving cars will also have auditory capabilities. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg, Germany, have now developed a prototype system capable of recognizing external noises such as sirens.

Editor’s Note: Most people know about autonomous cars scanning the road in front of them, but what about sound? Here the Fraunhofer Institute in Germanylooks at the possibility.

Business Insider
Tesla is working on an autonomous solution, but the likes of Waymo and Cruise are far ahead.

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Barron’s
General Motors, the auto maker that sells millions of cars and trucks each year, has a new production target: zero.

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Gulf News
Dubai: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Monday announced legislation enacted to streamline trial runs of autonomous vehicles.

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