Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on roads next year.
Seeing a car with no human backup is moving closer to reality after two companies announced a partnership to test fully-autonomous cars on public roads in 2018.
Two companies, Delphi, a U.K.-based company with U.S. headquarters in Metro Detroit which is an automotive electronics and parts maker, and Transdev, a French transport company, are planning to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France.

 

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Tesla Inc has recalled nearly two-thirds of Model S and Model X vehicles made last year to fix a parking brake issue.
Following the biggest ever recall for the company, announced on Thursday, shares of the luxury electric car maker were down nearly 1 percent to settle at $302.77 in afternoon trading.
The vehicles affected are roughly 53,000 of Model S and Model X electric cars built between February and October of 2016. 31,000 of them were sold in the U.S. More »

Tesla bucks the tradition and the company is going to release the Model 3 with a single central display.
After almost a year of rumors and speculation, Elon Musk has confirmed that Model 3 will not feature a head-up display. That means everything, from navigation to music, will be on the one display.
There will not be a traditional gauge cluster behind the steering wheel, and no head-up display, either; no speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauges, rev counter, or even a clock in front of the driver. More »

799px-Tesla_Model_S_Indoors_trimmedTesla Motors Inc. has announced the activation of Autopilot features for cars equipped with the “Hardware 2” camera and sensor set.
Tesla is now beginning to roll out upgraded software to customers with newer cars that launched in October. All Model S and Model X electric cars built since then are fitted with Hardware 2 that includes eight cameras, radar, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a new supercomputer. More »

2015_volvo_xc90_inscription_rlUber removed its self-driving cars from San Francisco streets on Wednesday bowing to the state’s DMV.
The ride-hailing company pulled its fleet of autonomous cars off San Francisco streets after California’s regulations revoked Uber’s vehicle registrations.
Hours after Uber launched a self-driving car service in its hometown last week, the state’s regulators threatened legal action. More »

2015_volvo_xc90_inscription_rlUber won’t stop self-driving car service in San Francisco, despite California regulators say it is illegal.
The legal fight started last Wednesday when any passenger in San Francisco requesting a ride from Uber, might have been picked up by an autonomous car. After receiving on his phone a notification in the Uber application, one could accept or cancel and then request a regular ride. More »

car_park_sensorInstead of throwing your keys at the parking valet or struggling to manoeuvre in a multistorey car park, why don’t you leave your car in a special bay at the front of the building? Just check in at a kiosk and a radical new system, called Automated Parking, autonomously parks the car for you inside of a parking garage.
The system is developed by Unitronics Automated Parking Solutions, the U.S. subsidiary of Unitronics. More »

799px-Tesla_Model_S_Indoors_trimmedTesla is giving all its new cars hardware for full self-driving capability.

All of Tesla vehicles being produced in its factory, including the Model 3, would be equipped with the hardware that will allow Level 5 self-driving capability, announced the company in a press release only a few days ago. More »

800px-Mercedes-Benz_Actros_truckThe trucker shortage is one of the greatest threats to the shipping and logistics. The American Trucking Associations has raised concerns that the industry is facing a monumental shortage of qualified drivers.

The American Trucking Association reported a shortage of nearly 50,000 drivers by 2015, projected to grow to 174,000 by 2024.

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799px-Tesla_Model_S_Indoors_trimmedElon Musk has just revealed the second part of his Master Plan. Tesla expands into electric trucks and buses, car sharing, self-driving technology and solar energy systems.

Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive unveiled the new and updated version of the “top secret” Tesla Master Plan in a post on a company’s website on Wednesday. More »