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Bloomberg
A Tesla Inc. vehicle that slammed into a California highway barrier in 2018 with its automated driver-assist function engaged, killing the driver, had steered toward the same spot repeatedly during earlier trips, investigators reported Tuesday.

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Ars Technica
We talked to lidar company executives and independent experts.

Editor’s Note: Autonomous cars can zoom, but currently their progress is obeying a speed limit. Here Ars Technica looks at how that plays with the people making an important piece of technology.

Electronic Design
Prophesee’s event-based Metavision image sensor will change how your application looks at video.

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Observer
Earth, this is NASA. Can you please send us some ideas for designing the next moon rover. Over. Last week, NASA announced it is preparing for its latest moon landing by extending an olive branch to the auto industry to design its next lunar rover.

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Enterprise iot Insights
German car giants Volkswagen and BMW have confirmed massive Industry 4.0 investments, and firmed up their interests in private industrial 5G as a means to factory automation and slicker production.

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Techcrunch
What started out as a temporary pilot project to test a robotaxi service in Las Vegas has turned into a multi-year partnership between self-driving software company Aptiv and Lyft and a new milestone that suggests the operation is ramping up.

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Automotive News
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said the United States has fallen behind China and other countries in its development of autonomous vehicle legislation.

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CBC
A team of engineers at the University of Waterloo has made it its mission to Canadianize self-driving vehicles.

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The Hill
Compared to other industrialized nations, Americans spend far more time behind the wheel than drivers in other nations. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average American drives 13,000 miles each year. That is equal to one trip around the Earth, and 18 full days spent in the car every two years.

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Forbes
Pix self-moving spaces are clever autonomous mobile units. These modular systems can be reconfigured and stacked freely to form different functional units, as well as be sold as stand-alone parts to various industries. The Pix concept is anchored on a modular autonomous chassis on which almost any application can be built – a vehicle, a hotel room, a gym, or a vending machine, as one customer in Dallas has specified. The Pix self-moving spaces can also be bought as a blueprint with full data for 3D printing the chassis and key components, so the buyer downloads the instructions and builds their autonomous units anywhere around the world.

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Ohio State University
COLUMBUS, Ohio – When scientists and others use their specialized jargon terms while communicating with the general public, the effects are much worse than just making what they’re saying hard to understand.

Editor’s Note: An interesting part of the autonomous vehicles industry is talking to people about them. Here Ohio State researchers look at people’s feelings of inadequacy after the use of jargon in three topics, including self-driving cars.

Ars Technica
From cars that project their own pedestrian crossings to efficient extending tails.

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AP
PHOENIX — A man described as a disgruntled former Waymo driver has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately crashing a passenger car into one of the company’s vans with self-driving capabilities near Phoenix, authorities said Thursday.

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Seattle Times
The future of artificial intelligence (AI) is here: self-driving cars, grocery-delivering drones and voice assistants like Alexa that control more and more of our lives, from the locks on our front doors to the temperatures of our homes.

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Reuters
NEW YORK – Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) and Lyft Inc (LYFT.O), the two leading U.S. ride-hailing companies, are on divergent paths as Uber pours money into money-losing side businesses while smaller rival Lyft focuses on moving people around.

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Culham Science Centre
Europe’s leading self-driving vehicle software company, Oxbotica, is the first business to move into Culham Science Centre’s connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) building, Pit Lane, as it looks to scale-up the release of its software for use across multiple industries.

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GPS World
On a test track in Sweden, a truck successfully merged between two cars driving alongside it in a fully automated maneuver. The live demonstration took place at the AstaZero test site near Borås, Sweden, on Nov. 21, 2019, showing automotive industry experts how well the automated merging solution performed.

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LA Times
A century ago, the Los Angeles Fire Department made a historic switch from horse-drawn fire engines to motorized vehicles.

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Clean Technica
The subtitle “Nissan Beats Tesla To The Post?” definitely needs the question mark in it, as, with autonomous driving, there are too many unknowns to make any definite comparisons. Not all documentations of journeys are published, and we know Tesla and Waymo have millions or billions of miles of driving data tucked away. Also, who knows when the first truly autonomous vehicle will be generally available to be used by almost anyone, anywhere?

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ABC News
The man told his family about the problem prior to the fatal crash.

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Automotive News
AMSTERDAM — Lexus will reveal its first car with autonomous driving capability this year but buyers will not be able use the feature to take their eyes off the road until an upgrade is issued at a later date.

Editor’s Note: Tesla’s Autopilot has grabbed most of the headlines for autonomous features that are currently available. Here Automotive News looks at a challenger from Lexus.

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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City AM
Predictions about the advent of the autonomous car have come thick and fast over the last decade. Some have been untested; others have been downright unroadworthy. Last year, Elon Musk, the outspoken chief executive of Tesla, proclaimed the electric car giant would release an army of 1m “robotaxis” onto America’s roads in 2020. He has since backtracked on this.

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Reuters
Arm Ltd, a semiconductor technology firm owned by SoftBank Group, unveiled a chip technology aimed at putting artificial intelligence functions on tiny devices such as sensors designed to detect patterns in human speech or other streams of data.

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Fast Company
As autonomous vehicles have gone from a glimmer in some distant future to a very real feature of our existence, it’s undeniable that not too far from now AVs will be as commonplace as their human-piloted counterparts-and eventually overtake them. This means cities stand at a crossroads: They can either let AVs slowly and chaotically take over their cities, as regular cars did 100 years ago. Or they can make a concrete plan, using the technological features of AVs to reshape transit in a city, eliminating parking and street space used for private cars, and increasing space for pedestrians and bikes-while making all travel more equitable.

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