VW I.D. arrives in 2020, will go full autonomous in 2025 – Autoblog

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Finally, we have all of the details of Volkswagen’s new all-electric I.D. concept. The diesel-scandal tainted company is making a big push for the new EV, so let’s see what all the hype is about. In a nutshell: up to 373 miles an arriving in 2020. That range, by the way, is measured using the European NEDC test, which results in bigger numbers than the EPA test used in the US. More importantly, VW is promising the car will get a fully autonomous driving mode in 2025. Oh, and it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, either. VW says the I.D. will cost about the same as a, :comparably powerful and well-equipped Golf.” Since VW is saying it wants to sell a million EVs a year by 2025, it can’t price them too high.

Source: VW I.D. arrives in 2020, will go full autonomous in 2025 – Autoblog

Nevada issues semi-autonomous license to quadriplegic driver | Ars Technica

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an accident in 2000 paralyzed him from the neck down. On Wednesday, Nevada—which has a reputation as an early adopter when it comes to automotive technology—issued Schmidt the first “autonomous vehicle restricted driver’s license.”

Source: Nevada issues semi-autonomous license to quadriplegic driver | Ars Technica

Udacity’s self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls | News | 96.5 WZOX

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley online education platform Udacity has already received more than 11,000 applicants for its so-called nanodegree in self-driving car engineering, Udacity president and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun said.The high number of applicants – for 250 spots in the course – underscores the pressing need for talent by technology leaders such as Alphabet’s Google and Apple, traditional car companies and automotive start-ups, as they race to develop production-ready autonomous-driving vehicles within the next decade.

Source: Udacity’s self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls | News | 96.5 WZOX

See what it’s like to ride in the nation’s first self-driving, self-charging bus | Circa News – Learn. Think. Do.

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Utah State University unveiled the country’s first fully electric, self-driving, wireless charging vehicle on Tuesday. Engineers from institutions around the nation collaborated on the technology.

Source: See what it’s like to ride in the nation’s first self-driving, self-charging bus | Circa News – Learn. Think. Do.

Self-driving car lane envisioned for commute between Vancouver and Seattle | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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Self-driving cars could revolutionize the way we commute, but city planners and governments will first need to consider how roads need to be altered to accommodate them. Seattle-based venture capital organization Madrona Venture Group created a report on incorporating driverless cars into the I-5 interstate between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Their report includes details for a lane entirely dedicated to self-driving cars.As companies from Uber to Ford to Google work away on self-driving cars, Madrona Venture Group says driverless cars could be “feasible and safe within the next five to ten years.” They recommend starting the transition to accommodate these vehicles by allowing them to utilize the HOV, or carpool, lane. As more self-driving cars enter roadways, the carpool lane could be dedicated solely to autonomous vehicles.

Source: Self-driving car lane envisioned for commute between Vancouver and Seattle | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Nvidia teases Volta GPU in next-gen Xavier self-driving car computer | PCWorld

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Xavier delivers 20 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of computing power while consuming only 20 watts of power. It has seven billion transistors and is made using the 16-nm chip process. Those specs hint big gains in performance and power efficiency for the Volta GPU.“A single Xavier AI processor will be able to replace today’s Drive PX 2 configured with dual mobile SoCs and dual discrete GPUs—at a fraction of the power consumption,” Nvidia said.

Source: Nvidia teases Volta GPU in next-gen Xavier self-driving car computer | PCWorld

Komatsu’s self-driving dump truck doesn’t even have a cab

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Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu’s latest dump truck is a bit different — it doesn’t even have a cab for a human operator to sit in. The company calls it the Komatsu Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle. It’s a 2,700 horsepower autonomous truck designed to increase productivity by taking drivers out of the equation. Specifically, the company is trying to eliminate the three-point turn by developing a vehicle that doesn’t need to see where it’s going

Source: Komatsu’s self-driving dump truck doesn’t even have a cab