Uber Technologies Inc will put self-driving vehicles on Washington, D.C. roads Friday with human drivers in control, the ride share company said on Thursday, as it seeks to collect data for future deployment of fully self-driving vehicles. Uber is collecting similar road data to support development of self-driving in Dallas, San Francisco and Toronto with human drivers in control. The goal is for computers to operate the vehicles eventually. The company said it hopes "this first round of manually driven data collection will lay the foundation for testing our vehicles in self-driving mode in Washington, DC." Uber is operating self-driving cars in autonomous mode in Pittsburgh with safety drivers behind the wheel but only during daylight hours. Uber has taken a more cautious approach to testing since one of its self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian in March 2018 in Tempe, Arizona, the first death involving an autonomous vehicle. In the aftermath of the crash, Uber suspended all … [Read more...] about Uber self-driving cars, with humans in control, to cruise Washington, D.C.
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Why it matters: Waymo isn't the only company that wants to move the world toward a self-driving future. Uber is pushing for a similar goal, albeit at a slower, more deliberate pace following some past controversies involving its autonomous car tech. Regardless, the company is hitting another major milestone today: its fleet of self-driving vehicles is expanding into the capital of the US, Washington, D.C. Uber's autonomous vehicles are already on the roads in a few other cities across the US, including Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. Though Uber would eventually like to offer a self-driving taxi service (like the one Waymo operates in select regions), these cars are mostly being used for R&D purposes at the moment. … [Read more...] about Uber’s self-driving vehicles are coming to Washington, DC
Tesla was quick to respond to the NHTSA’s announcement in a company blog post. “This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed.” Digital Trends reached out to Tesla for further comment, but have yet to receive a response. … [Read more...] about Tesla owners accuse their cars of sudden unintended acceleration. Is it true?
NEW DELHI: It seems that Apple has still not given up on its self driving car project. The company has filed for a new patent which will turn Siri into you personal chauffer. The new patent technology of the Cupertino-based tech giant will enable users to use voice commands to their self-driving car and the car will later do all the navigation. This will make Siri your personalised driver. The new patent filed by the company comes with a title 'Guidance of Autonomous Vehicles in Destination Vicinities Using Intent Signals'. The company filed for the patent in August and it has now become public. As per the patent, the new technology can be used to direct the self-driving vehicles to reach a particular destination with the help of voice commands, gestures or touchscreen. The patent description reads, "signals usable to determine a path of a vehicle towards a particular stopping point in the vicinity of a destination are detected from an individual authorized to provide guidance with … [Read more...] about Here’s another proof of ‘Apple Car’ plans
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