Uber has killed off its self-driving truck division

Uber has killed off its self-driving truck division

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Uber faces challenges on multiple fronts the company has had to take the hard decision to double down on strategic bets.   Two years after Uber bought self-driving truck developer Otto for $680 million, the ride hailing company has announced that the Uber Advanced...

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Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash reportedly mischaracterised pedestrian as a bag

Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash reportedly mischaracterised pedestrian as a bag

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Now that cars are more software than hardware bugs in the code, as well as how the software is tuned, will have a big impact on safety, and that’s before cybercriminals start targeting future fleets.   Uber has reportedly found that a software problem likely...

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Uber suspends entire self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Uber suspends entire self-driving car program after Arizona crash

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting technology ready for the mass market often involves years of rigorous testing, but again it looks like humans could be to blame for this latest self-driving fender bender   Uber has suspended its entire driverless car program, which affects its trials in Arizona , after the...

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Uber’s self-driving car crashes and flips in Arizona

Uber’s self-driving car crashes and flips in Arizona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology takes time to perfect, but in an age where sci-fi keeps becoming sci-fact it’s easy to forget it has flaws   A self-driving car operated by Uber was involved in a crash earlier this morning in Tempe, Arizona, in what is just one of a series...

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Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to stay ahead can sometimes lead companies to do strange things but technology still has its limits   Last December, a self-driving Uber was caught on camera running a red light in San Francisco, shortly after the vehicles began testing on the roads –...

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Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the new smart things that we are creating rely on sensors to map, move around and interact with our world, and LiDAR is a key sensing technology that helps things see, Velodyne’s new product will accelerate the creation of smart, autonomous things...

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Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona

Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulators often get in the way – sometimes rightly – of the testing and adoption of new technologies but companies often find a way round them   Silicon Valley is known as the home of tech innovation so it’s no surprise Uber chose San Francisco...

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Two self driving Ubers ran red lights in San Francisco

Two self driving Ubers ran red lights in San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While this incident has been put down to human error, allegedly, cyber attacks on fleets of driverless cars could make these sorts of scenes common place unless companies come together to develop new security standards.   Ubers self-driving fleet has already run into trouble after...

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Self-driving Ubers hit the streets of San Francisco

Self-driving Ubers hit the streets of San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF while many questions remain about the safety of self-driving cars companies like Uber continue to push the boundaries of both technology and regulations, this is their second self-driving car pilot and their technology has already come on leaps and bounds.   Already being trialled in...

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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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Uber pulls the covers off of its new AI lab

Uber pulls the covers off of its new AI lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the capability of new artificial intelligence systems improve more organisations are leveraging AI products and tools to help them maintain and extend their competitive edge   Uber have announced that they’ve launched an artificial intelligence (AI) lab and acquired Geometric Intelligence, an AI startup,...

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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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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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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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