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Venture Beat
While self-driving cars have hogged the headlines for the past few years, other forms of autonomous transport are starting to heat up.

Editor’s Note: We talk a lot about self-driving cars, but IBM and a UK research body are looking to the waves. Here Venture Beat reports, including a seaworthy pun in the title.

Business Insider ($)
It is about big companies that have a lot of money recognizing that they can spend literally billions to attack a new business opportunity.

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Bloomberg
The end of February marks the close of a small chapter in the story of American transportation: the shutdown of the North American operations of Share Now, the most prominent car-sharing business in the U.S.

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Car Scoops
Geely is clearly not playing around when it comes to self-driving technology, and is investing 2.27 billion yan ($326 million) in a new satellite manufacturing plant in China.

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Sifted
One challenge comes with ‘confounders’ — factors that can throw off the software, like weather, shadows, reflections and occlusions (hidden objects). Self-driving car software needs to be able to correctly identify them — and labelling them is tricky.

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Nikkei
HONG KONG — Buyers of Tesla’s first batch of Shanghai-made Model 3 cars have threatened to take the U.S. electric vehicle maker to court, accusing it of substituting promised new control chips with an older version without notice.

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New Atlas
Renault has offered its take on what personal mobility might look like from 2025, with an electric vehicle that can morph between city and extended travel modes, can be wirelessly charged, and is ready for ride sharing. The company says that we should look at the Morphoz crossover as more than a mere concept, but as a precursor to future Renault electrics.

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Reuters
The former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit, Anthony Levandowski, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, shortly after a court confirmed that he must pay $179 million to Google to end a legal battle over his split from the Alphabet Inc unit.

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Electrek
Tesla is starting to release a new over-the-air software update with a lot of small new features and improvements, including new Autopilot visualization in several markets.

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Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — While the coming wave of autonomous vehicles for hire could create new options for harried parents overwhelmed by kid-schlepping responsibilities, Utah lawmakers on Tuesday put the brakes on a proposal to set ground rules for unaccompanied minors in self-driving cars.

Editor’s Note: Legislation around self-driving cars includes all sorts of ins and outs, including what happens for children. Here Art Raymond looks at the situation in Utah.

The Street
Alphabet’s self-driving arm is getting funding from several high-profile investors. But no automakers are on the list.

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Crunchbase
The autonomous driving company, previously incubated as an “other bets” project under the umbrella of Alphabet, says it has raised a staggering $2.25 billion in financing from investors including Silver Lake, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company. Other firms including Andreessen Horowitz, global automotive supplier Magna International, pre-owned vehicle listing service AutoNation, and its corporate parent Alphabet also participated in Waymo’s round.

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Venture Beat
Hot on the heels of the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s annual autonomous vehicle disengagement report, Beijing’s Innovation Center for Mobility Intelligent (BICMI), the city’s service agency vehicle tests, published its 2019 survey of self-driving vehicles testing on local roads. Beyond Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Beijing is one of the few cities globally that mandates autonomous car companies disclose the miles they’ve driven, as well as the size of their vehicle fleets and the disengagements — or autonomous system failures — they experienced.

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Business Insider ($)
Cruise and Waymo are definitely in something of a two-horse race, but they have somewhat different business models and objectives.

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The Diplomat
The research program aims to develop advanced sovereign robotics and automated vehicle technologies that will create a local automated military vehicle capability.

Editor’s Note: Self-driving cars are of interest not just to consumers but to the military. Here The Diplomat looks at a partnership and the issues involved with using the tech for war.

Tech Crunch
We are still years away from a time when fully-autonomous cars will be able to drive us from A to B, and the complexity of getting to that point is likely going to need hundreds of billions of dollars of investment before it becomes a reality.

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Electrek
Tesla has delivered several Model 3 vehicles without its latest self-driving computer in China and the automaker is blaming a supply chain issue.

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Cars Guide
While the idea of a world in which software drives our cars for us frightens many people – computers are prone to crashing after all – one trend that’s even more terrifying is people believing that their cars are already autonomous, and driving, or not driving, accordingly.

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Indian Express
More than 40,000 attendees visited the IISc’s Bengaluru campus for its Open Day, with 39 of its 42 departments participating.

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Reuters
Uber Technologies Inc’s (UBER.N) self-driving unit is open to using technology from competitors in the space, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday.

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CNBC
General Motors wants to make it a two-horse race between itself and Tesla with its next-generation of all-electric vehicles starting next year.

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Autonomous Vehicle International
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has set out minimum requirements for testing and trialling autonomous vehicles on the UK roads.

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CX Tech
Chinese tech giant Baidu had the highest number of driverless vehicles and registered the most kilometers traveled by autonomous vehicles on Beijing’s test approved roads in 2019, according to a survey.

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Venture Beat
Uber, which hasn’t publicly discussed the architecture of its autonomous car platform in great detail, today published a post laying out the technologies that enable engineers within its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) to test, validate, and deploy AI models to cars. It gives a glimpse into the complexities of self-driving car development generally, and perhaps more importantly, it serves as a yardstick for Uber’s driverless efforts, which suffered a setback following an accident in Tempe, Arizona in May 2018.

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The Spoon
In addition to random celebrity sightings, residents of West Hollywood, CA will soon be spotting autonomous delivery robots in their neighborhood.

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