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VW ‘Project Trinity’ teases cars that unlock features on-demand

Volkswagen claims it’s “not afraid” of the threat posed by any Apple Car and released this shadowy teaser image that may represent why. The image is a teaser for Project Trinity, an electric sedan that CEO Ralf Brandstätter called “our software dream car.” Like any pie in the sky concept it of course is designed …

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Volkswagen is using its electric ID.Buzz van to test self-driving tech

Volkswagen at one time said its electric ID.Buzz van would reach dealerships by 2022 (that announcement has been removed but you can view it in the Internet Archive), but news from its commercial division confirms that at least an unveiling is still on deck for next year. Beyond that, VW autonomous driving exec Christian Senger …

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Bloomberg: Apple car talks with Hyundai/Kia are ‘paused’

Ready for another wrinkle in the rumors around Apple’s Project Titan automotive efforts? A report by Bloomberg says that despite (or perhaps because of) all the information leaking out about a possible deal between Apple and Hyundai/Kia, talks have “paused recently.” The unnamed source did back up other reports indicating that Kia’s Georgia plant could …

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Microsoft teams up with Cruise and GM on self-driving cars

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Cruise and GM have enlisted an important ally in their quest to make self-driving cars a practical reality. The two have entered a “long-term strategic relationship” with Microsoft to speed up the commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Cruise will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to deliver self-driving tech “at scale,” while Microsoft will …

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Baidu approved for fully driverless road tests in Beijing

Baidu A few months after Baidu’s robotaxi service arrived in Beijing, the company has received the first permits to run driverless vehicle tests in the city. China’s capital granted Baidu Apollo permission to deploy five such vehicles on public roads. The company plans to remove safety drivers from test vehicles after gradually reducing human intervention. …

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The Boring Company offers a look inside a Las Vegas loop station

The Boring Company The Boring Company’s work in Las Vegas is starting to take shape. On Twitter, the company shared a short clip showing off one of the underground stations it’s building as part of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) loop. As you can see from the video, there’s still work to be done. …

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MIT tests autonomous ‘Roboat’ that can carry two passengers

MIT CSAIL We’ve heard plenty about the potential of autonomous vehicles in recent years, but MIT is thinking about different forms of self-driving transportation. For the last five years, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Senseable City Lab have been working on a fleet of autonomous boats to deploy in Amsterdam. …

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Baidu completes its computer for self-driving cars

VCG via Getty Images Baidu is on the cusp of making self-driving cars more practical. The Chinese tech giant has revealed that its Apollo Computing Unit, billed as the “world’s first production-ready” autonomous driving computer, is ready for use on the streets. It’s an unassuming box (see below), but it can handle massive amounts of …

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Intel is reportedly close to buying transit app creator Moovit

Sponsored Links Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Intel’s autonomous driving ambitions may soon get a boost from a well-known app developer. Calcalist, The Marker and TechCrunch sources claim Intel is close to acquiring transit app developer Moovit in a deal that would be worth around $1 billion. The deal would reportedly fold Moovit into …

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