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Elon Musk: Level 5 Autonomous Driving ‘Very Close’

Tesla is reportedly “very close” to achieving complete driving autonomy, according to CEO Elon Musk. “I’m extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen and I think will happen very quickly,” Musk said during a video message for the opening of Shanghai’s annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference.  Reuters reported the CEO saying […] The post Elon Musk: Level 5 Autonomous Driving ‘Very Close’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Tesla, Shanghai, Autos, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Musk, Autonomous Driving, Self Driving, News Blog, World Artificial Intelligence Conference, SAE Level 5, World Artificial Intelligence Conference Reuters

Elon Musk brags Tesla has ‘figured out’ Level 5 autonomous driving — it hasn’t

In a pre-recorded message to attendees of World AI Conference in Shanghai, Tesla’s flamboyant CEO Elon Musk bragged that the company has pretty much figured out self-driving. The company is “very close” to having a fully autonomous, no-driver required vehicle. According to a Bloomberg report, Musk claimed that the company has resolved many of the fundamental challenges associated with building a Level 5 self-driving vehicle: I’m confident that we will have the basic functionality of L5 autonomou...
Tags: Startups, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, Cars, US, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ford, Self-driving, Musk, Shift, Shanghai Tesla

Senior Zoox engineers rush to work for Waymo a week after Amazon acquisition

Last week, Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox for over $1billion. Now, two of Zoox’s longest serving engineers have left to work for Alphabet subsidiary and rival, Waymo. Last week, e-commerce giant Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox with the intention of helping it “realize its dream.” But Amazon doesn’t really have any business in robotaxis, so it’s not immediately clear what the online retailer is wanting to get out of the deal. Some, including TNW, suggest that Amazon might eventua...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, TNW, Self-driving, Shift, Waymo, Zoox

Amazon shelled out $1.2B for Zoox, but should stay away from robotaxis

Early last week, rumors that e-commerce giant Amazon would be buying an autonomous vehicle startup started to surface. By the end of the week, it was a done deal. But what is Amazon doing buying an autonomous vehicle startup? According to a Financial Times report, Amazon recently paid $1.2 billion to buy self-driving tech up-and-comer, Zoox. This makes it Amazon’s biggest foray into self-driving tech, and one of the company’s biggest acquisitions ever. I need to be honest here, Zoox isn’t one of...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, Financial Times, Self-driving, Shift, Zoox

Don’t get your hopes up, Tesla probably isn’t working on LiDAR for Autopilot

Tesla, or rather the company’s CEO Elon Musk, isn’t really a fan of LiDAR sensors when it comes to autonomous vehicles. So why has a Model S test mule recently been spotted with a LiDAR-based sensor arrangement? Yesterday, Electrek reader Matt Crowley shared some snaps with the EV magazine of a Tesla Model S, that had a roof-mounted rig with a bunch of non-standard Tesla sensors on it — including what looks like LiDAR. But it’s unlikely that the company will introduce the tech to its vehicles — ...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Self-driving, Shift, Matt Crowley, CEO Elon Musk

Getting Into the Game: Amazon Purchases AV Startup Zoox for an Undisclosed Sum

Always eager to slash delivery costs — especially if the government opts to stop subsidizing the company via the U.S. Postal Service — Amazon has been getting chummy with EV startups. It’s also begun exploring new business opportunities in regard to food delivery and ride hailing, resulting in sizable investments into both sectors. On Friday, Amazon announced it […] The post Getting Into the Game: Amazon Purchases AV Startup Zoox for an Undisclosed Sum appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Amazon, Autos, Mergers and Acquisitions, Autonomous Vehicles, Avs, U S Postal Service, Self Driving, News Blog, Buyouts, Zoox, Autonomous Development, Robo-taxi, Delivery Vehicles, Amazon Purchases AV Startup Zoox

Amazon to acquire autonomous driving startup Zoox

Amazon has announced that it will acquire Zoox, a self-driving startup founded in 2014, which has raised nearly $1 billion in funding and which aims to develop autonomous driving technology, including vehicles, for the purposes of providing a full-stack solution for ride-hailing. Zoox will continue to exist as a standalone business according to Amazon’s announcement, with current CEO Aicha Evans continuing in her role, as well as CTO and co-founder Jesse Levinson. Their overall company mis...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Evans, Self-driving, Cto, Alphabet, Autonomous Driving, Aurora, Aicha Evans

Burger King is exposing a Tesla Autopilot bug with its irresponsible burger giveaway

A couple of months ago, Tesla upgraded its driver aid system to recognize and react to stop signs and traffic lights — at least that’s what was supposed to happen. Instead, it seems the tech has been confusing fast-food takeaway logos for road signs. If a campaign from Burger King is to be believed (more on that later), an Autopilot-equipped Tesla confused its billboard for a stop sign, and began slowing the car down. It appears the car knows when its driver needs some, uh, fuel in the same way ...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Burger King, Self-driving, Shift

Study Says Autonomous Taxis Will Cost Users More than Car Ownership

When Sir Thomas More coined the term “utopia,” he lifted two words from Ancient Greek that roughly translate into “not a place.” Turns out people from the 14th century still understood satire, perhaps better than we do today. After all, we are the ones operating under the assumption that we can remap society in order […] The post Study Says Autonomous Taxis Will Cost Users More than Car Ownership appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Studies, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Ride-sharing, Reports, Taxis, Avs, Robotaxi, Thomas More, Self Driving, News Blog, Studies & Reports, Robo-taxis, Autonomous Cabs

The key differences between Tesla’s driving aids: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving

Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. Tesla is perhaps the most well-known electric vehicle maker in the world. Whilst it’s perhapiss best known for its EV tech, it’s also talked about for its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) driver aid systems. There’s a bit of a problem, though: those terms aren’t exactly clear. There’s an ongoing debate over whether “Autopilot” is misleading, and often the term is used as...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Self-driving, Shift, Shift Basics

Germany may force Tesla to fix its ‘misleading’ Autopilot claims

While some say that Tesla‘s “Autopilot” system is one of the great automotive developments of the modern era, not everyone agrees. Many, including a German court, think the term is misleading. According to a recent report by German outlet Spiegel, Tesla‘s odds in an ongoing court case, in which the country’s competition commission is suing the electric vehicle maker over misleading advertising, aren’t looking too good after the case hearing commenced last week. “The standards of the law against ...
Tags: Startups, Germany, Cars, Tesla, Self-driving, Shift, Spiegel Tesla, Isolde Hannamann

How Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 feature is different from (and safer than) Tesla’s Autopilot

The world of semi-autonomous driving is going to get another player in the form of Ford’s Active Drive Assist next year. Many are comparing it to Tesla’s Autopilot, but it’s not exactly the same. Yesterday, the blue oval announced that it will be adding the extra hardware and software functionality to its Co-Pilot360 advanced driver assist system (ADAS) next year. The new tech will let drivers hand over a significant amount of control to the vehicle and drive “hands-free,” however, drivers must ...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tesla, Ford, Self-driving, Shift

NHTSA Readies New Voluntary Autonomous Driving Database

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to release new guidance for automakers to make autonomous testing data available to the public. As you are no doubt aware, the concept of self-driving cars is losing steam. The industry finds itself confronting hurdles it never could have anticipated, slowing progress, while high-profile mishaps have shaken […] The post NHTSA Readies New Voluntary Autonomous Driving Database appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Regulation, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Sae, Dot, Nhtsa, Ntsb, Avs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Self Driving, News Blog, Autonomous Testing

California Greenlights Autonomous Delivery Vehicles for Public Roads

On Tuesday, self-driving startup Nuro received a permit from the State of California to commence testing on certain public roads. Issued by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the document allows its fleet of driverless delivery bots to mingle with traffic. On a national level, Nuro’s vehicles are technically illegal without a smidgen of government […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Regulation, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Avs, Department of Motor Vehicles, Self Driving, News Blog, Delivery Robots, Nuro, Coronavirus, Nuro R2

Starsky Robotics Shuts Down, CEO Says Self-driving Industry Is Losing Steam

Starsky Robotics is shutting down, ending whatever prospects it had at becoming the world’s premier self-driving company for long-haul trucking. The business has hit a snag with funding, with CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher announcing the fundraising it scheduled for November worked out rather badly. Lacking capital was what ultimately killed Starsky Robotics, though Seltz-Axmacher claims the issue is quite a […] The post Starsky Robotics Shuts Down, CEO Says Self-driving Industry Is Losing Steam appe...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Autos, Automotive Industry, Ai, Autonomous Vehicle, Avs, Self Driving, News Blog, Starsky Robotics, Stefan Seltz Axmacher, Seltz Axmacher, AV startups

Annoy the Driver: IIHS Offers Its Two Cents on Improving Self-Driving Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued a set of guidelines for advanced driving aids, suggesting that the key to automated safety is making sure drivers are perpetually engaged with the vehicle’s operations. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be a Catch-22 scenario due to the way these systems function. Semi-autonomous features are […] The post Annoy the Driver: IIHS Offers Its Two Cents on Improving Self-Driving Safety appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Editorials, Studies, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Reports, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, Self Driving, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS, News Blog, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automotive Safety, Studies & Reports, Driving Aids, Advanced Driving Aids

Could Coronavirus Complications Make AVs More Popular?

As the coronavirus epidemic scares populations out of stores, transportation hubs, and stock markets, autonomous vehicles may be getting a leg up in China. Bloomberg reports that Neolix, an autonomous delivery company based in Beijing, has seen a surge in demand as people opt to stay home (or are forced into quarantined by the Chinese government). Founder […] The post Could Coronavirus Complications Make AVs More Popular? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Beijing, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Avs, Self Driving, China Bloomberg, News Blog, Industry Trends, Neolix, Delivery Vehicles, Coronavirus, Autonomous Delivery Vehicles, Autonomous Pods

Mayflower Autonomous Ship is headed to sea to test its self-driving boat tech

This trial will focus on the onboard A.I. to see how well it navigates
Tags: News, Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Autonomous Vehicles, Ai, Self-driving, Emerging Tech, Mayflower Autonomous Ship

Five, the self-driving startup, raises $41M and pivots into B2B, away from building its own fleet

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. That hard truth is leading to some shifts in the self-driving startup landscape. England’s Five (formerly known as FiveAI), one of the more ambitious companies in the space, is moving away from its original plan, of designing its own fully self-driving car...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Europe, UK, England, London, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous, Automotive, Huawei, Five, Self-driving, David Lin, Boland

Waymo Raises $2.25 Billion in External Funding Push

Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced Monday that his company amassed $2.25 billion in its external investment round. Considering Waymo is owned by Google parent Alphabet, one of the richest companies in the world, you’d think it’d be able to float some extra funding into autonomous development. However, even a company worth an estimated $1 trillion knows it’s better […] The post Waymo Raises $2.25 Billion in External Funding Push appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Investments, Funding, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Alphabet, John Krafcik, Avs, Self Driving, News Blog, Waymo, Considering Waymo

Tesla’s Autopilot is in the hot seat again over driver misuse

National Transportation Safety Board says electric car maker needs to do more
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Self-driving, Autopilot, Tesla Autopilot, Emerging Tech, National Transportation Safety Board, Tesla Autopilot crash

Uber cleared to restart self-driving car testing in California

Uber is the latest company that California has granted a permit to start to test self-driving vehicles.
Tags: Uber, News, California, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Rideshare, Self-driving

Inside Cruise’s Fully Autonomous Vehicle

With similar measurements as most SUVs, a new vehicle by Cruise (a subsidiary of GM) requires passengers to forfeit all control of the car. Without a steering wheel or pedals, the interior design references subway cars, rather than buses or vans. Officially named Origin, the first model is most obviously different from competitors’ autonomous rides in the absence of the option to take control should …
Tags: Design, Cars, Tech, Cruise, Vehicles, Autonomy, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Ai, Origin, Self-driving, Driverless, Linkaboutit

Regulators, Mount Up: NTSB Presses NHTSA for Better Self-driving Safety

While the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) job isn’t to establish new regulations, it is obligated to enforce the country’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards while conducting crash investigations and making recommendations to other agencies on ways to improve vehicular safety. Lately, that job involves telling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an agency that does write […] The post Regulators, Mount Up: NTSB Presses NHTSA for Better Self-driving Safety...
Tags: Safety, Regulators, Regulation, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Nhtsa, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, Avs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Self Driving, News Blog, Autonomous Systems, Automotive Safety, Autonomous Testing

Calling for Clarity: Auto News Requests Revised Terminology for Autonomous Tech

The terminology surrounding self-driving technologies and advanced driving aids has started to earn quite a bit of criticism in the wake of publicized crashes and growing outcry from consumer advocacy groups. For years, the industry has treated all assistance technologies as equal — placing everything on a sliding scale developed by SAE International. It’s actually a good metric […] The post Calling for Clarity: Auto News Requests Revised Terminology for Autonomous Tech appeared first on The Tru...
Tags: Terminology, Marketing, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Automotive Technology, Avs, Self Driving, News Blog, Autonomous Tech, Advanced Driving Aids

Hyundai’s new hydrogen-powered truck will give the Tesla Semi a run for its money

I’ll admit I do have a tendency to speak in hyperbole, but this time I’m making an exception only because Hyundai’s truck shows ‘truckloads’ of promise. I’m talking clean energy-burning, hydrogen-fuel-cell powered, autonomous driving, zero emissions, zero noise semi-truck with an ergonomic design that looks splendid from the outside and provides a stunning panoramic view on the inside. I love my cushy desk-job, but damn, if I had a chance to be a trucker with a Hyundai HDC-6 Neptune, I’d proba...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Autonomous, Automotive, Hud, Hyundai, Neptune, Self Driving, HDC, Hydrogen Fuel, Tesla Semi, Hyundai HDC, HDC-6 Neptune, Semi-truck

Apple Co-founder Claims Autonomous Cars Aren’t Happening

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has officially given up on autonomous vehicles, despite previously being a major proponent of their advancement. “I stepped way back [on] this idea of Level 5. I’ve really given up,” Wozniak at last week’s J.D. Power Auto Revolution conference in Las Vegas. “I don’t even know if that will happen in […] The post Apple Co-founder Claims Autonomous Cars Aren’t Happening appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Vehicles, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Speculation, Avs, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, Self Driving, Apple Co, News Blog, SAE Level 5

Will autonomous cars eradicate driving jobs? Don’t hold your breath

Andrew Yang would have you believe that autonomous cars and trucks are going to take all driving jobs away from humans, but while that could potentially happen in the distant future, experts and industry insiders suggest autonomous driving won't displace workers anytime soon.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Future Of Work, AV, Features, Ai, Trucking, Self-driving, Andrew Yang

400 years after the Mayflower voyage, this A.I. ship will retrace its path

Four-hundred years ago next fall, a ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, to what would become America. To mark the anniversary, an IBM-powered autonomous ship is getting ready to retrace its voyage.
Tags: America, Trends, Ibm Watson, Ibm, Ai, Self-driving, Emerging Tech, Plymouth England, Mayflower, Autonomous Ships

Land Rover Developing Remote Driving for Defender

Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly working a system for the new Defender that would allow for low-speed maneuvers with all occupants outside the car. While it sounds like a good way to guarantee the safety of friends and family when traversing a cliff face that might be a bit too narrow, recent hiccups with Tesla’s […] The post Land Rover Developing Remote Driving for Defender appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Tesla, Autos, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Land Rover Defender, Self Driving, JLR, News Blog, Defender, Off-roading, Semi-autonomous, Automotive Tech, Driving Aids, 2020 Land Rover Defender