10 Lessons From Uber’s Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash

10 Lessons From Uber’s Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash:

Lesson #1: This Is Not A Race.

Lesson #2: Culture Matters.

Lesson #3: Humans Are Bad At Overseeing Imperfect Automation.

Lesson #4: Vulnerable Road Users Require Extra Care.

Lesson #5: Regulation Beats The Alternative.

Lesson #6: Legal Liability Must Catch Up With Technology.

Lesson #7: Leaders Need To Listen.

Lesson #8: Infrastructure Matters.

Lesson #9: Autonomy Has Opponents.

Lesson #10: Trust Is The Currency Of Autonomous Drive Technology.

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Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for…

Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division | TechCrunch

Yandex said its MoU with Hyundai Mobis is “to create a self-driving platform that can be used by any car manufacturer or taxi fleet” that will cover both a prototype as well as parts for other car-makers. Mobis supplies Hyundai as well as its partly-owned Kia and fully-owned Genesis subsidiaries, along with other automakers.

Yandex says it has already performed thousands of rides in our autonomous taxi service fulfilled without a driver in the driver’s seat; 

that is, there are safety engineers sitting in the driver’s passenger seat, but the cars have been operating autonomously otherwise.

As a reminder, Hyundai Motors forged financial and strategic partnerships with  other companies building technology for autonomous systems, including WayRay, SoundHound, and Aurora.

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New Nighttime Camera System Will Allow Autonomous Trucks to Increase Productivity

New Nighttime Camera System Will Allow Autonomous Trucks to Increase Productivity:

Autonomous-trucking startup TuSimple has developed a new camera system to help its vehicle keep on truckin’ without human assistance. TuSimple claims the system can function at night and in other challenging lighting conditions, expanding the amount of time its trucks can stay on the road.

TuSimple believes only cameras can provide the long-range vision needed for trucks, able to scan up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) ahead of a truck.

The system is capable of nighttime operation and can handle the glare from sunrises and sunsets, or the headlights of oncoming vehicles.

TuSimple currently hauls freight in Arizona with a small fleet of prototype self-driving trucks. It plans to expand its fleet to 50 trucks by June and is looking to add a route in Texas. The startup expects its new camera system to allow autonomous trucks to operate more than 20 hours a day, compared to the industry-average of 12 hours a day. The camera system will enter “volume production” later this year, TuSimple said.

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Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the…

Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the road | TechCrunch

Waymo is opening another technical service center, this one in Mesa in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet.

In December, the company launched Waymo One, a commercial self-driving car service and accompanying app. The service isn’t widely available yet and Waymo-trained test drivers are still behind the wheel but Waymo does have driverless vehicles on public roads in Phoenix.

This latest announcement signals that Waymo is still committed to its initial plan to eventually cover a large portion of the sprawling metropolis of Phoenix, which is about 600 square miles. Waymo currently operates in Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert and Mesa. 

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Toyota Will Test Its Autonomous Cars in Nvidia’s New Self-Driving Car Simulator

Toyota Will Test Its Autonomous Cars in Nvidia’s New Self-Driving Car Simulator:

Nvidia is launching a self-driving car simulation platform called Drive Constellation, and Toyota will be its first customer. TRI-AD (Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development) will use Drive Constellation to conduct virtual testing, which has become a valuable tool for speeding up the development of autonomous cars. 

Toyota already uses Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier computers in its test vehicles, and the two companies will collaborate on artificial-intelligence computing for self-driving cars

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Toyota Will Test Its Autonomous Cars in Nvidia’s New Self-Driving Car Simulator

Toyota Will Test Its Autonomous Cars in Nvidia’s New Self-Driving Car Simulator:

Nvidia is launching a self-driving car simulation platform called Drive Constellation, and Toyota will be its first customer. TRI-AD (Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development) will use Drive Constellation to conduct virtual testing, which has become a valuable tool for speeding up the development of autonomous cars. 

Toyota already uses Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier computers in its test vehicles, and the two companies will collaborate on artificial-intelligence computing for self-driving cars

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