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Self-driving car testing approved in Pennsylvania

October 27, 2018

Aurora self-driving cars hit the road.Image: aurora Pennsylvania is opening its roads to self-driving cars. The state authorized its first self-driving car company to test on state roads this week — and no, it wasn’t Uber who received the honors. Instead Aurora, the company working with China’s Byton vehicles, clinched the first authorization with the […]

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AR finally has a useful purpose in this airline’s app

October 19, 2018

KLM's app has an AR feature to measure your luggage at home.Image: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Finally, here’s some augmented reality that’s somewhat useful. Last month, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines released a hand bag check to see what you can bring onto the plane — before you lug your stuff to the airport. Using the […]

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Waymo’s odometer tracks 10 million miles of self-driving testing

October 15, 2018

Self-driving cars need to learn how to navigate all sorts of scenarios out on the road.Image: optimus ride Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, keeps racking up the miles. On Wednesday, the company announced it had hit 10 million robot car-driven miles on public roads across 25 cities in states like California, Arizona, and Michigan. In […]

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This Week in the Future of Cars: Well Be Blunt About This

October 8, 2018

We’re going fast…somewhere. This week was full of people and corporations making market-moving decisions. Not all seemed wise. Elon Musk did a 2.5-hour live interview, got peer pressured into smoking a blunt, and maybe didn’t inhale. Mercedes has a fully electric SUV coming out, and Chevy is prepping the country’s serious haulers for the intro […]

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A New Doppler Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars Need for Speed

September 20, 2018

As every New Yorker knows, San Franciscans walk painfully slowly. It's a common observation, and now it's a measurable one, thanks to the lidar laser scanners stuck on the roof of the van that's currently steering me though rush hour traffic in downtown SF. I’d been on plenty of these lidar safaris before, but this […]

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Tesla’s vehicle engineering chief Doug Field returns to Apple

September 1, 2018

Doug Field, former Apple VP of Mac hardware, and also former Tesla VP of engineering, is now back at Apple and working on the company’s secretive Project Titan, Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber has found out.  Field worked at Apple as VP of Product Design and VP of Mac hardware from 2008 to 2013 before moving […]

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The Missed Connections of San Francisco’s Gleaming New Transit Station

August 29, 2018

Rolling into San Francisco’s new bus terminal has all the vibes of docking with a Googie space station—the weird, special bridge into the hangar, the orange color accents behind a white superstructure, glowing information screens everywhere. The hieroglyphically obtuse wayfinding signage only adds to the effect. I may have gotten on a bus in the […]

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Tesla Says Its New Self-Driving Chip Is Finally Baked

August 23, 2018

Tesla's Model S sedan, the car company’s flagship vehicle, was first shown as a prototype in 2009, has been on sale since 2012, and, barring one small change to remove the fake grille at the front, has looked exactly the same for nearly a decade. This is notable because most manufacturers fully redesign their cars […]

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Ford put drivers into camouflaged ‘seat suits’ to develop a self-driving language

August 23, 2018

Ford's self-driving vehicles have been on the roads in Miami.Image: ford That man who dressed as a car seat to make it look like he was in a self-driving car last year was, in fact, not a terrible Halloween costume, but part of a study for Ford’s self-driving cars.  At the time, pesky reporters quickly […]

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It’s a new day at Tesla: An apologetic Musk and more Model 3s delivered

August 18, 2018

The Tesla Model 3 is slowly getting made and delivered.Image: Mason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty Images After last quarter’s bizarre earnings call with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, callers weren’t sure what to expect Wednesday when Musk returned to talk about his electric car company. But instead of off-the-wall remarks, Musk was pretty […]

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