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  • Toyota teams with Momenta
  • Ex-Uber exec pleads guilty
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Industry Week

Robotics lab making significant progress towards developing welcome advances in assistive machines.


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Autonomous driving can be helpful on the road, though applying some of the ideas to wheelchairs could increase the quality of life for many. Here Industry Week speaks to Brenna Argall of Northwestern about her work.

Freight Waves

Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Alphabet, has announced that it will shut down all of its human-monitored self-driving taxis across Phoenix, Arizona, in a bid to protect employees from contracting the coronavirus. However, the truly self-driving vehicles that run without human safety drivers will continue their operations.


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Reuters

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co on Thursday moved to hoard cash on its balance sheet, drawing down $15.4 billion from two credit lines and suspending its dividend, in a move to bolster reserves to ride out damage to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.


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Venture Beat

In August 2019, Wamyo released the Waymo Open Dataset, which Waymo principal scientist Dragomir Anguelov claimed at the time was the largest multimodal corpus for autonomous driving. The Alphabet subsidiary since augmented the set with an additional 10.6 million 2D labels (up from 1.2 million labels). Today, Waymo made available an expanded version of the corpus with an additional 800 segments, which Waymo expects will make it easier for researchers to build safe self-driving models from scratch without incurring the cost of collecting their own data.


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AP

DETROIT — The U.S. government is coming out with new regulations aimed at changing automotive passenger safety standards that could be barriers to autonomous vehicles.


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Washington Post

The guilty plea, which could lead to a prison sentence, is the latest twist in a years-long saga of conflict and courtroom drama


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The Conversation

What’s needed is a redesign of public transport systems that’s fit for the 21st century. This would involve reinventing the bus, using smaller vehicles that operate more frequently, or only on demand, across a wide network of routes, not just flows along corridors to and from major centres.


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South China Morning Post

Toyota Motor has teamed up with Chinese self-driving start-up Momenta to commercialise automated high-definition mapping technologies in China.


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Electrek

WeRide resumes robotaxi service in China with extreme precautions to keep riders and drivers safe after COVID-19.


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China has been dealing with the COVID outbreak since January, and now things are starting to move again. Here Electrek reports on a company in Guangzhou that has implemented strict cleaning protocols as it resumes its services.

Silicon Angle

Intel Corp. today shared details about Pohoiki Springs, a neuromorphic computing system that provides 100 million artificial neurons for performing processing tasks.


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Venture Beat

Following Waymo’s announcement that it would pause operations of its commercial ride-hailing service in Pheonix, Arizona and its autonomous car testing on public California roads in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of driverless car companies followed suit. Uber has suspended all vehicle testing, as well as GM’s Cruise, Aurora, and Argo AI.


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Automotive News

Even Han Solo is taking an interest in Waymo, though not financially — actor Harrison Ford checked out its self-driving vehicles last month. Waymo said its first external funding round raised $2.25 billion.


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Forbes

Lyft has been putting time and money into their self-driving program since 2017 when the Level 5 was created. A year ago, they submitted a report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles regarding their 2018 autonomous vehicle testing.


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Autocar

Coronavirus outbreak prompts brand to push back the beginning of its so-called ‘new era’


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Nikkei

HONG KONG — Toyota Motor has teamed up with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to commercialize its high-definition mapping system in China.


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Abacus News

Chinese electric car maker Xpeng Motors has secured permits for its new sport sedan to test drive on American roads, revving up preparations for head-on competition with Tesla in its home market.


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Autocar

Predictive driving systems using artificial intelligence, such as Hyundai-Kia’s ICT Connected Shift System, pave the way for self-driving cars


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GPS World

Government officials, advisors, and congressional staff gathered at NASA’s Langley Research Center on Friday, March 13. They were there to discuss the Department of Transportation’s (DoT’s) GPS Backup Technology Demonstration program and view the offerings of six different companies.


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An important part of the world of autonomous cars is mapping. Here Dana Goward reports for GPS World about the demonstration of a system that may take on increased importance in coming years.

Venture Beat

Members of the Google Brain team and Google AI this week open-sourced EfficientDet, an AI tool that achieves state-of-the-art object detection while using less compute. Creators of the system say it also achieves faster performance when used with CPUs or GPUs than other popular objection detection models like YOLO or AmoebaNet.


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Tech Radar

Imagine a future where every car is surrounded by a safety shield. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, it might not be a bad idea. If someone drives too close to you, you’d hear and see a warning, which would help you stay safe in your protected bio-chamber.


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Reuters

Self-driving technology companies, including Waymo, Cruise and Uber, have suspended autonomous car testing that involves backup drivers, joining corporate America to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus.


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CBS News

60 Minutes climbs aboard for a look at the very near future of transportation and technology that could eliminate as many as 300,000 jobs, Sunday.


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Extreme Tech

Here’s a major step forward in helping car buyers understand the meaning of car technology buzzwords, especially the terms for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). This is a list of 19 terms primarily for single safety features that have described in as many as 40 different ways by various automakers. An industry-affiliated consortium has agreed on terms for 19 ADAS terms such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.


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Indian Express

The new iPad Pro is the first Apple device to feature a LiDAR scanner. But what is LiDAR, and why has Apple used this sensor on the new iPad?


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INews

E-scooters will be allowed on Britain’s roads for the first time as part of a plan to use more technology in the country’s transport network.


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