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U.S. House Panel Approves Proposed Self-Driving Car Rules

U.S. House of Representative panel approved a proposed package of rules for self-driving cars, marking a significant step toward what could be the first real federal regulations for autonomous vehicles.

http://www.thedrive.com/tech/12673/u-s-house-panel-approves-proposed-self-driving-car-rules
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Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology

Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system vehicle manufacturers could integrate into their self-driving cars.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/21/lyft-launches-a-new-self-driving-division-called-level-5-will-develop-its-own-self-driving-system/
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GM, BMW and Toyota all invest in the same self-driving startup Nauto

Automakers are hedging their bets when it comes to self-driving. They all have development programs in-house, but most of them have also invested in startups.

Now GM, BMW and Toyota are all investing in the same “self-driving startup”, Nauto.

Not unlike lvl5, the new startup launched by former Tesla engineers that we reported on this morning, Nauto’s technology is based on a dashcam, but it’s a two-way system that also monitors the driver, which is believed to be an important part of autonomous driving for level 3 and 4.

https://electrek.co/2017/07/19/gm-bmw-toyota-invest-self-driving-startup-nauto/
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Apple Reportedly Working With Chinese Manufacturer of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Apple is quietly working with Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited on automotive battery research and development, according to Shanghai-based news group Yicai Global.

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/07/20/apple-catl-battery-research-report/
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Microsoft is teaming up with its Chinese frenemy to do for cars what Android did for phones

Microsoft on Tuesday announced an expanded partnership with its long-time rival, the Chinese search giant Baidu, to help push self-driving cars into the mainstream.

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-baidu-apollo-self-driving-cars-2017-7
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Mercedes-Benz's 2-Pronged Self-Driving Car Strategy: Robo-Taxis, Semi-Autonomous S-Classes

The German carmaker sees two roads leading to our autonomous future...and intends to take both of them.

http://www.thedrive.com/tech/12544/mercedes-benzs-2-pronged-self-driving-car-strategy-robo-taxis-semi-autonomous-s-classes
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Elon Musk Compares Driving a Non-Autonomous Vehicle in 2037 to Riding a Horse Today

Speaking to U.S. governors at the 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting, Elon Musk said that 20 years from now, autonomous vehicles will be so ubiquitous that driving a car with a steering wheel will be like using a horse for transportation today.

https://futurism.com/elon-musk-compares-driving-a-non-autonomous-vehicle-in-2037-to-riding-a-horse-today/

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Nvidia Partnering With Volvo For Self-Driving Vehicle Tech Development

Nvidia, a giant in the manufacturing of graphics processing chips, is partnering with Volvo Cars and the Swedish auto supplier Autoliv on the development of new self-driving vehicle tech, according to recent reports.

The aim, reportedly, is for the tech to be used in vehicles that will hit the marketplace by 2021.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/17/nvidia-partnering-volvo-self-driving-vehicle-tech-development/

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Waymo took a self-driving car to the hottest place on Earth to make sure it could withstand the heat

Self-driving cars are preparing for all sorts of encounters: bridges, snow, the “Pittsburgh left,” kangaroos.

The latest thing on the testing list for driverless-car maker Waymo, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, is extreme heat. Waymo recently took its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Death Valley, California—which holds the record as the hottest place on Earth—to make sure they could withstand the heat.

https://qz.com/1029644/waymo-googl-took-a-self-driving-car-to-californias-death-valley-to-make-sure-it-could-withstand-the-heat/
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Self-Driving Trucks Could Be on Highways in 3 to 4 Years

Heavy-duty trucks that don’t need a driver behind the wheel could be on the road in as little as three years.

That’s the assessment of industry experts speaking at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco on Wednesday, where they laid out a tentative road map for how self-driving trucks will begin to integrate with the existing fleet.

“A lot of the technology is driver assist or safety enhancement, said Max Fuller, executive chairman of U.S. Xpress, Inc., the fourth largest trucking company in the U.S. “If you look at [autonomous vehicles], it will come in pieces.”

https://www.trucks.com/2017/07/13/self-driving-trucks-3-4-years/
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