Long-term benefits “outweigh autonomous vehicle risks”

Experts at the leading driverless car research centre, the University of Michigan, are warning traffic and safety concerns over driverless vehicles could lead to setbacks for manufacturers Waymo and Cruise if the performance data in various conditions isn’t conducted at the highest standards. Jim Rampton, a lecturer at the U-M School of Information, is a […]

UAE Cabinet approves testing of self-driving vehicles on its roads

The UAE government has given a permit to driverless car company WeRide The approval was given at a Cabinet meeting this week chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It was the first licence of its kind for self-driving vehicles to run […]

Self-driving cars ‘need to learn the language of cyclists’

Future generations of self-driving cars should ‘learn the language’ of cyclists to help them safely share the roads with bikes, new research suggests.  Human-computer interaction specialists from the University of Glasgow have highlighted the need for new systems in autonomous vehicles (AVs) capable of replicating the complex social interactions between human car drivers and cyclists […]

Oxbotica and Google Cloud Unite to accelerate adoption of autonomous driving solutions

Oxbotica, the British-based autonomous vehicle software developer, has announced a new strategic collaboration with Google Cloud that will help accelerate the deployment of its autonomous software platform to customers around the world. The partnership will combine Google Cloud’s expertise in cloud infrastructure with Oxbotica’s market-leading autonomous vehicle software to create scalable, safe, and reliable autonomous […]

UK’s first driverless electric bus opens to public in Oxfordshire

Members of the travelling public in Oxfordshire can now take a free ride on the UK’s first self-driving electric bus service at Milton Park science park. The current route shuttles passengers around the site near Didcot which is home to 250 companies and 9,000 employees. It runs from the Park’s flexible workspace, the Bee House, to its […]

Pony.ai to test driverless robotaxis in Beijing

Pony.ai, a leading global autonomous driving technology company, announced that it has been issued a fully driverless autonomous vehicle road test permit by the Beijing Intelligent Connected Vehicle Policy Pilot Zone. With this new permit, Pony.ai will deploy ten driverless robotaxis for testing in challenging urban traffic scenarios across a 20 square kilometer (7.7 square […]

Emerging regulation for self-driving vehicles examined by Transport Committee

The Transport Committee is to continue its inquiry into self-driving vehicles (SDVs) next week by examining the planned regulatory framework that is being developed around their everyday use. The cross-party Committee will question experts on issues around how SDVs interact with pedestrians and other road users, their safety and security, and public perception of them.  […]

Vodafone developing new satellite technology that can locate Internet of Things devices and autonomous vehicles within centimetres

Vodafone and Topcon Positioning Group are developing a new mass-market precise positioning system that will locate Internet of Things (IoT) devices, machinery, and vehicles with a greater degree of accuracy than using only individual global navigation satellites systems (GNSS). Vehicles, scooters, and even robot lawn mowers can be securely monitored in real-time to within a […]

Charity says driverless technology needs awareness

UK’s independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has highlighted the need to ensure that the government, and car makers, prioritise training for drivers in its evidence to a House of Commons Transport Committee Inquiry. Research conducted by IAM RoadSmart shows that there could be an over-reliance on self-driving technology, particularly when control is switched between […]

Patents for driverless car technology rise as makers try to avoid litigation

Patents for automotive wireless technology submitted by car makers have jumped by 4.9 per cent in the last year, according to research published today.  Figures from intellectual property law firm Mathys & Squire went up from 945 in 2020 to 991 – a threefold increase on 2016 levels. According to Mathys & Squire, the reason […]


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