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Software-defined vehicles are becoming more and more commonplace — particularly as automakers seek to integrate more advanced driver-assistance systems and higher levels of automation in today’s cars. With that, Continental and Amazon Web Services are teaming up on a new, open automotive software development platform that they say will expedite the development of these automated
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Collaboration between the public and private sectors will be key to advancing smart cities of the future, industry leaders said during a panel portion of SAE International’s WCX Digital Summit this week. Public-private partnerships are key for mutually beneficial technology deployments and can help expedite these deployments, said Blaine Leonard, transportation technology engineer at the
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NTSB: We’re still waiting for tech that can prevent car crashes A quarter-century has passed since the National Transportation Safety Board first recommended that collision-avoidance technology be required on all vehicles. The federal agency hasn’t given up hope that someday becomes a reality. NTSB members unveiled their annual “Most Wanted” list of transportation-related safety improvements
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Even as vehicles are equipped with more advanced driver-assistance systems and detection technologies, pedestrian fatalities are growing exponentially, particularly in the dark. From 2010 to 2019, nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 54 percent, compared with a 16 percent increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities, according to a report last month from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
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After five years as CEO of autonomous technology company Waymo, John Krafcik is stepping down. Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov will succeed Krafcik as co-CEOs of the Mountain View, Calif.,-based Google subsidiary, Krafcik said in a LinkedIn statement Friday. Mawakana and Dolgov currently serve as Waymo chief operating officer and chief technology officer, respectively. “My
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Aurora’s self-driving truck program continues rolling. Two months after inking one big partnership, the company has added another. On Tuesday morning, Aurora and Volvo Group unveiled plans to commercialize trucks in a hub-to-hub service operating across North America. There is not yet a specific time frame for deploying fleets of the Class 8 trucks. Volvo
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Taco Bell running out of Nacho Fries is a bad reason to dial 911, as a recent TikTok video showed. But police in Ann Arbor, Mich., say residents can go ahead and call if someone abandons a rental scooter in front of their home. A City Council member said he’s heard complaints about electric scooters
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Continental’s supervisory board said last week that it has approved the spin off of its powertrain business to create Vitesco Technologies in the second half of 2021, after it was delayed by a year because of the pandemic. The delay gave the company more time to prepare to become a standalone specialist in electrified drivetrains,
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Free2Move is expanding to the West Coast this year — a move that signals the company feels confident in its business model, despite pandemic-related disruptions to the shared mobility space. Free2Move, the short-term vehicle rental operation of Stellantis — the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France’s PSA Group — operates a fleet for its
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In its goal to eclipse Tesla as the world’s dominant electric vehicle manufacturer, Volkswagen appears to embrace “if you can’t beat them, join them.” The German behemoth revealed plans last week to dramatically expand its EV operations both upstream and downstream, deciding to itself manufacture at least a sixth of its European battery cells sourced
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Baidu, the Chinese internet giant and a leading autonomous driving technology developer, is poised to become the first company in China to demonstrate paid robotaxi services.  The program, approved by local traffic authorities, will dispatch 35 self-driving vehicles to pilot rides in the north China city of Cangzhou, Baidu said.  The company obtained clearance after
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