Michigan greens lights the use of autonomous vehicles on all its roads

Michigan greens lights the use of autonomous vehicles on all its roads

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While many people question if autonomous vehicles are ready for the prime time without the right regulatory and legal frameworks in place to support them they will never make it out of the showrooms   The Governor of Michigan has signed into law a series of bills...

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See the world through the eyes of a driverless Tesla Model S

See the world through the eyes of a driverless Tesla Model S

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over sixty percent of the American public either against, or nervous about getting into a self driving car more manufacturers are trying to demystify them by showing them what’s going on under the hood   Tesla recently released a video that demonstrates, in real time, what...

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Watch two Pittsburgh Steelers and one autonomous Uber take a ride round town

Watch two Pittsburgh Steelers and one autonomous Uber take a ride round town

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over sixty percent of Americans feeling either downright nervous about, or just plain anti self-driving cars, Uber and other car companies are hoping these kinds of videos will encourage the general public to embrace the technology when it finally rolls out   Uber’s self...

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Dubai to build the worlds first Hyperloop network by 2021

Dubai to build the worlds first Hyperloop network by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Countries are racing to improve access to, and the mobility of, their citizens and their workforces in order to boost their economies, and new “advanced transportation technologies” are increasingly being seen as the new broadband.   Dubai is to be home to the world’s first...

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Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most urban transportation systems today are at capacity and, or, gridlocked. Using the airspace above cities is one way to alleviate those burdens.   There’s no doubt that Uber has redefined the world of business and sparked a revolution. Whether it’s because they’re masters at tapping...

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Singapores self-driving buses to get their own routes in 2018

Singapores self-driving buses to get their own routes in 2018

Singapore is quickly becoming the driverless vehicle test bed capital of the world Hot on the heels of their recent announcement to become the first country in the world to authorise the use of self-driving taxis on their streets Singapore has announced that it will begin trials of two self-driving...

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World first as Otto’s self driving truck delivers much needed beer in Colorado

World first as Otto’s self driving truck delivers much needed beer in Colorado

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The worlds first self driving truck delivery was special – 50,000 cans of Budweiser.   In the early morning hours of October 20th, an 18-wheeler tractor trailer pulled into Colorado Springs, Colorado, bearing 50,000 frosty cans of Budweiser beer. Normally, this would not be a...

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Tesla’s first fully autonomous car makes its first appearance

Tesla’s first fully autonomous car makes its first appearance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s arrived.   Elon Musk and Tesla have been dropping hints about their fully autonomous self-driving cars for some time now, and yesterday they made an appearance.     In the video they released we can see the car driving around town, complete with the...

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EU likely to follow Germanys lead and ban sales of combustion engines from 2030

EU likely to follow Germanys lead and ban sales of combustion engines from 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Germany passes legislation to ban the sale of all combustion engines after 2030.   In a bold move that could cause a cascade effect around the world one of Germany’s legislative bodies has voted unanimously to ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars in favour...

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Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Autonomous drones – revered by extreme sports enthusiasts and feared in the battlefield – are on the rise.   We all know that the next evolution of drones will be fully autonomous rather than just semi-autonomous as some of them, such as delivery or defence drones,...

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Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber is eyeing up the next generation of transport – think Star Wars’ urban transport systems crossed with a DJI drone.   Always on the lookout for new opportunities Uber is eyeing the skies for its next big project and it’s partnering with Airbus to achieve it....

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Californian regulators allow driverless shuttles to be tested without drivers

Californian regulators allow driverless shuttles to be tested without drivers

Regulators and innovators are uneasy bed fellows but slowly regulators are relaxing the reigns, letting companies do what they do best – innovate A bill signed into law last Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road – a key...

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Komatsu unveils its 250 ton autonomous dump truck for strip mines

Komatsu unveils its 250 ton autonomous dump truck for strip mines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With no human driver this huge dump truck has no cab and never turns around.   Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates...

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Autonomous Roboats to sail the canals of Amsterdam

Autonomous Roboats to sail the canals of Amsterdam

Cities might have a monopoly on driverless cars but Amsterdam has driverless ships The idea of self-driving cars cruising our roads may not be a new idea, but a plan to release autonomous boats into the canals of Amsterdam would be the first of its kind. The Amsterdam Institute for...

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Nascar quadraplegic Sam Schmidt reaches 100mph in this tricked out Stingray

Nascar quadraplegic Sam Schmidt reaches 100mph in this tricked out Stingray

The former racer and IndyCar team owner can control the Corvette using head movements and voice commands Following a horrible wreck back in 2000, IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt was left paralyzed from the neck down and following the crash, he founded his own racing team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Now, more than...

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Google’s self driving car gets involved in a fender bender (again)

Google’s self driving car gets involved in a fender bender (again)

Humans prove once again that we make lousy drivers but at least no robots were hurt in the crash When, oh when oh when will these self-driving cars, with all their artificial intelligence smarts learn that we humans are dangerous!? Earlier this week one of Google’s self-driving cars was involved...

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Autonomous cars and trucks vie to take on the Canadian railroads

Autonomous cars and trucks vie to take on the Canadian railroads

Vancouver and Seattle should be connected by a driverless highway, according to some high-tech entrepreneurs The proposal, which involves dedicating at least one lane on the I-5 from Seattle to Highway 99 in Richmond, British Columbia, is a pitch that comes from Tom Alberg, a board member of Amazon, Craig...

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UPS tests out drone deliveries over the Atlantic

UPS tests out drone deliveries over the Atlantic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While some companies see drones as disruptive to their business others see them as a new opportunity, UPS is in the latter camp   One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered...

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How self driving cars see the world (Video)

How self driving cars see the world (Video)

Driverless cars are hitting the roads in cities all over the world, but just how much do you know about how they see and evaluate the world? And if you knew more would you feel more confident about being a passenger in one?     Let’s flip back in time to...

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Regulators scrutinise the death of another Tesla S driver in the Netherlands

Regulators scrutinise the death of another Tesla S driver in the Netherlands

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined yet investigators are turning their attentions to the cars safety systems.   Driverless cars have gone from the realms of science fiction to the streets of major US states and cities – from Pittsburg to Singapore – within just...

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