However, halfway through the event, all three cars are still in the running, and the team has even picked up a win in the 636 km third stage with rally veteran Carlos Sainz driving, at the age of 59.
Now it’s once again in the vanguard, announcing Wednesday that it will be the first automaker to use a lidar laser vision system to enable what it calls “fully autonomous highway driving” in its cars, starting in 2022.That news is the result of a deal with Luminar , the eight-year-old lidar company helmed by 25-year-old Austin Russell.
The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.
Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.
Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week. Aurora, the self-driving tech startup, and VW ended their agreement to work on autonomous vehicles—just as Aurora struck another deal with FCA . And Uber has a new generation of its self-driving Volvos.
Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Starting Tuesday, self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages all by themselves.
A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News. A cruise in a self-driving Tesla turned deadly, the air taxi of the future has taken flight, and climate change is speeding up. A new report on a fatal Tesla crash looks grim.
By next year, Musk pledged, robotic Tesla taxis will pick up passengers, even though no fully self-driving cars currently exist. Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.Late Monday, the company released a video of a Tesla driving on suburban California roads and highways.
One year after a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman, the industry is taking a more circumspect approach to the tech —including tamping down its predictions about when and where it will show up.
After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.
Musk also announced that Tesla is introducing a new version of the car called the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which will feature an upgraded interior, can hit 140 mph and run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and go 240 miles between charging stops.
Like the few other hydrogen-powered, zero-emission cars on the market today, the Nexo is a joy to drive. The Nexo's 12.3-inch touchscreen works nicely and makes it easy to look up the nearest hydrogen fueling station.
“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview with the money management firm ARK Invest, which is a Tesla investor.
“You don’t have as much power when you want to discharge,” says Stefanopoulou, “The situation is even more limited when you want to charge.” Modern cars are designed to take that into account, with battery thermal management systems that warm or cool a battery.
By the 2007 Urban Challenge, the vehicles were not just avoiding obstacles and sticking to trails but following traffic laws, merging, parking, even making safe, legal U-turns.When Google launched its self-driving car project in 2009, it started by hiring a team of Darpa Challenge veterans.
“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.
It’s been a week: Let’s get you caught up.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekWe still don’t know whether the Tesla Model S stopped last month by some quick-thinking cops as its driver snoozed in the front seat was on Autopilot, the electric carmaker’s semi-autonomous highway driving feature.
“You’ve still got a fully driverless car interacting with the world, all of the other human-driven cars, pedestrians and cyclists and other things that are on the road at the same time.”The drivers are still here.
All along fixed routes, all with a friendly attendant in the front row to help new or confused riders, and take the wheel if the tech falters.“Our ideal partners are people that have first mile, last mile challenges, who are trying to help individuals get from things like transit stops or parking structures to their end destination,” says May Mobility COO Alisyn Malek, who first heard of Olson’s approach while working in venture capital at General Motors.1 “What this gives us, essentially, is a captive audience, and a known road network, and nodes that people need to move between.”That self-driving challenge is way easier than demanding a car can go anywhere, anytime.
If the thought of holiday traffic next week is already getting you down, then we also have (futuristic) options for getting up and over it.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekPublic transit is supposed to be equally accessible to anyone, but as Aarian Marshall reports, women pay a “pink transport tax.” In New York City, women pay $36 to $50 extra per month just to get around, mainly due to safety concerns.
B: They have a vague idea of what the future looks like and want to share, but aren’t ready to put real money or effort behind whatever wild plan they think might get them through it.The Vision Urbanetic, which Mercedes-Benz revealed this week, falls so firmly in the latter category, its creator doesn’t even call it a concept car.
Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report. Transport & Environment said the gaming could mean carmakers have to deliver just half the emissions reductions intended.
Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology.