US regulator green lights self-driving car research with $4Bn cheque

US regulator green lights self-driving car research with $4Bn cheque

With the US Government and NHTSA agree to speed up the roll out of self-driving cars With automakers and technology companies rushing to develop self-driving cars, the Obama administration has pledged to expedite regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicles and invest in research to help bring them to market. Until now, the federal government...

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Uber puts 100 autonomous cars and 1 million drivers out onto the streets

Uber puts 100 autonomous cars and 1 million drivers out onto the streets

Uber is putting 100 autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburg this month to beat its emerging competitors to the punch but it’s also the first sign that Uber’s workforce is also about to be put out on the street Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick...

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Goodyear unveils smart levitating wheels for autonomous cars

Goodyear unveils smart levitating wheels for autonomous cars

Goodyear brings the humble tyre into the 21st Century with magnetic levitation and new smarts When an industry, such as the motor industry goes through a paradigm shift – to a fully autonomous future – it’s not uncommon for their ecosystem of partners and suppliers to rethink their own place in...

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Ford to mass market self driving cars by 2021

Ford to mass market self driving cars by 2021

Ford, fearing being left behind by GM, goes all in on autonomous vehicles Ford says it will build a totally self driving car by 2021 as it seeks to take the lead in the global race to produce the world’s first high volume driverless vehicle. The car, which will have...

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Dubai Ports jumps on the Hyperloop train

Dubai Ports jumps on the Hyperloop train

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai Ports are exploring the use of the ultra fast Hyperloop rapid transport system to increase capacity at their ports.   Hyperloop One, which so far has raised over $100 million in funding, is slowly solidifying its role as the global Hyperloop leader with the...

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Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Local Motors represents a new breed of company, one that competitors would be wise to watch out for.   Local Motors, an Arizona based automaker that crowd sources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D printed, autonomous, partly recyclable, electric shuttle bus called Olli. Local Motors...

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Inside the Hyperloop, the world’s first Mach 1.0 train

Inside the Hyperloop, the world’s first Mach 1.0 train

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What doesn’t sound fun about being sealed in a tube travelling at Mach 1.0!?   Just under a year ago PayPal, Solar City, SpaceX and Tesla serial entrepreneur Elon Musk open sourced the design for a new supersonic train system dubbed “Hyperloop” that could reduce commuting...

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Rolls Royce plans to deploy fully autonomous cargo ships by 2020

Rolls Royce plans to deploy fully autonomous cargo ships by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just like many other forms of transportation cargo ships aren’t immune from the march of technological progress, as such in time they too will become increasingly autonomous and electric.   Rolls Royce and the led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) believe the future of...

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Drivers death highlights the risks of new technology

Drivers death highlights the risks of new technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With new technologies come new risks but the rate at which they’re being developed and deployed leaves culture and training struggling to keep up.   The first reported death involving Tesla’s Autopilot feature raises troubling questions about how much more progress proponents of self-driving cars must achieve before they can...

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JLR turns UK motorways into a test track for autonomous cars

JLR turns UK motorways into a test track for autonomous cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF V2x will revolutionise the worlds transportation systems.   Jaguar Land Rover has announced the launch of a 40 mile “living lab” on public roads in the UK to support the development of its Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology and to hasten and support the transition from...

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