Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

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In many ways, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a continuation concept, taking the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016 and removing the top. It is the same 750 hp electric car as last year, with fearsome acceleration and a range of 500 kilometers (311 mi) but visually, the car achieves so much more. The end result was on show yesterday at Pebble Beach 2017, and as can be seen, it is far grander than most roadsters could hope for.

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Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz autonomous electric Kombi van gets production nod

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That was a pity, because the I.D. Buzz had some interesting ideas in it, like an augmented reality HUD, laser-guided self driving capability, video cameras instead of mirrors, and the ability to remove both the dash (as an infotainment tablet) and the car audio system (for outdoor tunes when you get to the beach). But it now seems the I.D. Buzz is headed for production, as Volkswagen announced over the weekend at Monterey Car Week that it’ll go on sale as a modified production version in 2022, targeted mainly at the US, Europe and China.

Source: Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz autonomous electric Kombi van gets production nod

Ford Patent Tips Cars With Optional Steering Wheel/Pedals | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

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Ford is clearly thinking about these questions and coming up with answers. This is highlighted by a newly published patent the company filed describing a removable steering wheel and pedals meant for self-driving cars. The patent describes a system that allows both the steering wheel and the pedals to be attached or removed using a series of locking points.

Source: Ford Patent Tips Cars With Optional Steering Wheel/Pedals | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Fiat Chrysler joins Intel, BMW, and Mobileye’s project to create fully self-driving cars by 2021

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One of the biggest alliances in the race to develop self-driving cars just got even stronger by adding another key member. The autonomous development group spearheaded by Intel, Mobileye and BMW Group announced today that it will add Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to its ranks. FCA is the parent company behind instantly recognizable auto brands like Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge. The group now has another ally in its efforts to produce self-driving tech that will bring semiautonomous and full-on driverless cars by 2021, which Intel believes might eventually usher in a brand new, $7 trillion “passenger economy.”

Source: Fiat Chrysler joins Intel, BMW, and Mobileye’s project to create fully self-driving cars by 2021

Why trucks are leading the way when it comes to autonomous technology – HERE 360

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Carmakers are making incredible advances when it comes to autonomous technology, but the first fully autonomous vehicles to hit the roads may actually be trucks, with the transport behemoths proving naturally suited to self-driving technology.

Source: Why trucks are leading the way when it comes to autonomous technology – HERE 360

Autonomous car survey: Public is confused about current features

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More than half of the 1,000 new car buyers surveyed indicated that they expected to own an autonomous vehicle within the next 10 years. But at the same time, a majority of those surveyed were unaware of advanced driving assistance features available now, acceptance of which will be crucial to overcoming driver concerns on control and technology, and accelerate the path to fully automated driving.

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Self-Driving Vehicles Navigate Twists and Turns on the Road to Adoption

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Although self-driving vehicles are already on the streets of U.S. cities, the automakers and technology companies powering them still have a winding road to navigate before they reach full adoption. There have been many notable developments on autonomous vehicles over the last year, but public opinion about this emerging technology hasn’t changed significantly. Many Americans still prefer driving themselves, with more than seven in 10 saying they love being behind the wheel, according to a follow up survey about autonomous vehicles by ReportLinker.

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