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Waymo reportedly applies to put autonomous cars on California roads with no safety drivers

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Government, Robotics, Transportation, waymo

Waymo has become the second company to apply for the newly-available permit to deploy autonomous vehicles without safety drivers on some California roads, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It would be putting its cars — well, minivans — on streets around Mountain View, where it already has an abundance of data.

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Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

By | Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Luminar, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, Startups, Transportation

When Luminar came out of stealth last year with its built-from-scratch lidar system, it seemed to beat established players like Velodyne at their own game — but at great expense and with no capability to build at scale. After the tech proved itself on the road, however, Luminar got to work making its device better, cheaper, and able to be assembled in minutes rather than hours.

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Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation, Uber

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It’s the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it’s hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen when the entire car has essentially been designed around preventing exactly this situation from occurring.

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