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Australian miner Fortescue says two driverless trucks involved in low-speed incident

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian iron ore miner Fortescue said on Friday that one of its driverless trucks, traveling at low speed, ran into another that was parked at its remote Western Australian operations in an incident earlier this week. Noone was hurt or at risk of being injured in the Feb. 11 incident, the miner said in a statement. Fortescue has been retrofitting its extensive fleet of huge mining trucks with autonomous haulage systems (AHS) over the past several years. “This was not the result of any failure of the…

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Driverless delivery startup Nuro gets $940 million SoftBank investment

FILE PHOTO – The unmanned delivery vehicle, Nuro, is seen during the Kroger annual shareholders meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., June 28, 2018. Picture taken June 28, 2018. Courtesy of Kroger/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) – Autonomous technology startup Nuro said on Monday it raised $940 million from SoftBank Group Corp, which valued the Silicon Valley-based company at $2.7 billion. Nuro was co-founded in 2016 by two former engineers of Google’s self-driving car project, Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu. The funding by SoftBank came through its $100-billion Vision Fund, which usually…

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Driverless delivery startup Nuro gets $940 million SoftBank investment

FILE PHOTO – The unmanned delivery vehicle, Nuro, is seen during the Kroger annual shareholders meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., June 28, 2018. Picture taken June 28, 2018. Courtesy of Kroger/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) – Autonomous technology startup Nuro said on Monday it raised $940 million from SoftBank Group Corp, which valued the Silicon Valley-based company at $2.7 billion. Nuro was co-founded in 2016 by two former engineers of Google’s self-driving car project, Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu. The funding by SoftBank came through its $100-billion Vision Fund, which usually…

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On the autofarm: China turns to driverless tractors, combines to overhaul agriculture

Xinghua, China (Reuters) – A brand new combine harvester buzzes up and down a field in eastern China without a driver on board, chopping golden rice stalks and offering a glimpse of what authorities say is the automated future of the nation’s mammoth agricultural sector. Staff members taking part in the experiment on automated farming machinery load fertilizer onto an automated tractor near a field in Xinghua, Jiangsu province, China October 30, 2018. Picture taken October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Hallie Gu The bright green prototype was operating last autumn during a…

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Driverless car laser ruined camera

Image copyright Jit Ray Chowdhury Image caption The purple dots and lines on this photo of the Stratosphere hotel in Las Vegas show the damage… A man who took a photograph of a driverless car on display at the CES tech fair says his camera was damaged as a result. Jit Ray Chowdhury noticed purple spots on all his photographs after taking a photo of a lidar laser scanning system displayed by San Francisco firm AEye. He says the $1,198 (£930) Sony camera was one month old and the firm…

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Waymo gets first California OK for driverless testing without backup driver

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Waymo unit on Tuesday became the first company to receive a permit from the state of California to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver in the front seat, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said. FILE PHOTO: A Waymo self-driving car is seen during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam/File Photo California said Waymo can use about three dozen test vehicles without drivers behind the wheel in Santa Clara County, part of…

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Driverless cars: Who should die in a crash?

Image copyright Getty Images If forced to choose, who should a self-driving car kill in an unavoidable crash? Should the passengers in the vehicle be sacrificed to save pedestrians? Or should a pedestrian be killed to save a family of four in the vehicle? To get closer to an answer – if that were ever possible – researchers from the MIT Media Lab have analysed more than 40 million responses to an experiment they launched in 2014. Their Moral Machine has revealed how attitudes differ across the world. How did…

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The UK firm hoping to take on Google’s driverless cars

Image copyright Stan Boland Image caption Stan Boland has previously led two UK technology companies that he sold for a combined value of more than $1bn The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Stan Boland, founder and chief executive of UK driverless car company Five AI. As firms around the world race to develop self-driving cars, Stan Boland is betting that British brain power can beat American and Chinese cash. A veteran technology entrepreneur, the 58-year-old launched…

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Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

Image copyright Getty Images Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars. The firm said this would involve the “mass-production” of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber’s ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in the competitive driverless car market. The deal also values Uber at some $72bn, despite its mounting losses. That is up 15% since its last investment in May but matches a previous…

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Toyota to invest about $500 million in Uber for driverless cars: WSJ

(Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp will invest about $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] to jointly work on developing driverless vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: Visitors look at car models on the Toyota stand during the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo Toyota and Uber were not immediately available for comment. Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source link

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