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September 10, 2019

The fight for the dashboard has been an ongoing software battle for more than a decade. But in recent years, it has lost much of its significance given that most drivers use smartphones for infotainment functions rather than built-in systems. So GM's recent announcemen...

July 31, 2019

Last week's announcement that Bosch and Mercedes-Benz would begin the first government approved deployment of a fully-autonomous driving function--valet parking--was no doubt a milestone. But more important, hidden within the news were 4 interesting lessons for automak...

July 22, 2019

Last week, a Navya self-driving shuttle in a residential Vienna neighborhood bumped into a pedestrian. The female walker reportedly received only minor injuries--thankfully--but the fact that the slow-moving shuttle tagged her at all shows how difficult it is to deal w...

July 12, 2019

Ford and Volkswagen confirmed what many have argued for some time: the future of transportation will be electric and autonomous--and it's going to take a lot, a lot of money to get there.

At a presentation ahead of the Formula E's season-concluding races in New York Cit...

May 28, 2019

Classification is what folks in the autonomous car business call the process of correctly identifying objects, people, cars, and trucks on the road. Mobileye famously spent a lot of time trying to program its software to recognize kangaroos. Others have spent years get...

May 3, 2019

There's a "desperate shortage" of engineers needed to make self-driving cars a reality.

Even with some optimistic predictions that commerical, fully autonomous vehicles will appear on roads as early as the second quarter of next year, the truth is that autonomy will tak...

April 30, 2019

With each passing week, the American automobile becomes more of an integral part of the Internet of things. The latest sign of that trend is today's announcement that Ford is joining Amazon's Key In-Car program that allows the online retailer to drop off packages in cu...

April 12, 2019

Much is made these days about artificial intelligence or AI particularly as it may be the savior for what ails self-driving vehicle research.

But what AI really amounts to today is a bunch of basic rules enhanced by algorithms that can adjust their output based on some...

April 5, 2019

In the ignorance-is-bliss category, another poll found that most people in the U.S. are skeptical about autonomous vehicles. A Reuters poll demonstrated that most Americans believe self-driving cars are more dangerous than those driven by humans. Moreover, 63 percent o...

March 25, 2019

What was once considered an afterthought, remote control operation of autonomous vehicles is starting to become another area of serious contention.

With the growing realization that machine learning (a.k.a., AI) will not be sufficient to cover unusual, so-called edge ca...

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