Jaguar Land Rover puts creepy ‘virtual eyes’ on self-driving shuttles

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Think about it: A shuttle pulls up to a stoplight at an intersection that you’re waiting to cross and suddenly its cartoonish, drooping eyes are looking directly at you. Would you feel comforted?

The idea is that you would, and it’s the latest attempt to replicate the human interaction that can occur between a driver and a person crossing the road. Ford, for instance, is working on a self-driving “language” that uses various patterns on a windshield-mounted light bar to communicate what the car is doing. Drive.AI is developing a less subtle method with digital images and captions on the side of its shuttles that explain what the car is doing, such as, “Waiting for you to cross.”

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The World’s First Digital Teacher Just Debuted in New Zealand

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A NEW KIND OF TEACHER. It’s back to school, and you know what that means — time to fire up the computer that teaches you!

That’s what primary school students in New Zealand have to look forward to, anyways. They’ll soon be the first students in the world to learn from an artificially intelligent (AI) digital avatar.

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Driverless car interior business models | Updates | 2025AD – The Automated Driving Community

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Cars as restaurants? Cars as a doctor’s office? Driverless mobility will boost countless new business models for vehicles. An expert predicts the most exciting use cases – and how they will alter the interior design of cars.

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Apple Driverless Car Patent | The week in AD | 2025AD – The Automated Driving Community

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The patent describes various methods of operation for an autonomous vehicle. But the central idea is that the car would make its intentions known to both the driver and other nearby road users via inward and outward facing displays (much like the drive.ai vans we featured). A ‘countdown indicator’ would show the seconds remaining until the next operation along the planned route: e.g. turning left in ten seconds.

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Japan Wants to Be the First Place Where Flying Cars Are Standard Because of Course

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LOOKING AHEAD. The Japanese government sees flying cars as the panacea to some of the nation’s traffic issues — the vehicles will decrease congestion, boost tourism, and increase access to remote areas.

So, naturally, the nation wants to be the world leader in the developing the vehicles. Now it has a dream team of companies on board to help it reach its goal, according to a statement released by the trade ministry in Tokyo on Friday.

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Autonomous Electric Shuttle Enters Service In Quebec

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The City of Candiac, Québec will host a long-term demonstration project for a battery-powered autonomous shuttle.

Slated to be used on public roads for the first time in Canada, the project is set to provide citizens with free transportation between the park-and-ride lot and André-J.Côté Park. The shuttle will be making its way along the Montcalm Boulevard North, stopping at the City Hall, the Chartwell Le Montcalm senior’s residence and several other businesses.

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