Baidu gets the green light to test self-driving cars on Google’s back yard

Baidu gets the green light to test self-driving cars on Google’s back yard

China’s largest search engine just got permission to test their self-driving cars on Google’s back yard Baidu announced this Thursday that it has received an autonomous vehicle testing permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, bringing the Chinese search giant one step closer to testing its self-driving cars on Google’s home turf. The...

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Michigan set to green light self-driving cars without drivers

Michigan set to green light self-driving cars without drivers

Irrespective of the maturity of any technology it only goes public when the regulators green light it, now Michigan look set to green light self-driving cars Michigan may soon become the first US state to allow self-driving cars on the road without a human driver sitting behind the steering wheel....

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Singapore becomes the first country to deploy self-driving taxis

Singapore becomes the first country to deploy self-driving taxis

More and more places are trialling self-driving taxis, now it’s just a matter of time until the regulators approve the technology Singapore just became the first country to actually implement self-driving taxis on the road for public use. So far, nuTonomy – the company behind the cars and the app that...

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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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The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy’s trials of their first autonomous warship platform have been wildly successful.   The US Navy’s new unarmed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter has completed its first round of sea trials and it aced all of its tests for speed, manoeuvrability,...

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Governments mull replacing citizens wages with an Universal Basic Income

Governments mull replacing citizens wages with an Universal Basic Income

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today it’s already a fact that more and more jobs are being automated by machines, faced with societal unrest and mass unemployment Governments around the world are now turning to the idea of providing an Universal Basic Income for everyone.   What would you do...

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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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Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only half the world is connected, Facebook’s connecting the other half.   Facebook has achieved the first successful test flight of the Aquila drone, marking another notable milestone in the firm’s efforts to deliver internet access to 4 billion people worldwide who are still off...

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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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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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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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America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering the age of fully autonomous warfare and inevitably, one day, humans will not be in the loop   The US military have launched their first experimental, fully autonomous self-driving warship, dubbed Sea Hunter, and representing a major advance in robotic warfare, which...

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The 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst

The 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In its second year the 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Review showcases 178 of the worlds greatest Emerging Technologies and shines a light on some of the industries of the future.  

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The death of consumer car insurance

The death of consumer car insurance

Driverless cars signal the end of consumer car insurance You and I probably agree that spending thousands of pounds every year to buy insurance is one of life’s great pleasures, there’s no noise as exciting as a bill hitting the mat – then again maybe it’s just me. At this...

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In the future everything will be connected

In the future everything will be connected

In 400 years time our descendants will look back at our Age in the same way we look at the Stone Age Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius, by combining his observations of the laws of nature with his passion for mechanical invention he managed to conceive early versions of...

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