China launches Alphaba public self-driving bus project

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A small fleet of self-driving public buses has started running on the roads of China’s tech district of Shenzhen, Guangdong.

The four buses are currently on trial, and will run over three stops on a public road about 1.2 km (0.75 mi) long.

But where typical self-driving bus projects involve smaller shuttle capsules, the four buses are nearly full-sized buses, able to carry up to 19 passengers.

via China launches Alphaba public self-driving bus project

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A Human Driver Crashed Into Las Vegas’s Driverless Shuttle In Its First Hour Of Service

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the shuttle, made by the French company Navya ARMA, began a route looping it around Vegas’s downtown. Within an hour, the shuttle was already involved in a crash.

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The crash, apparently, was not the shuttle’s fault.

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Project Formula: Russian hoverbike creators take aim at VTOL flying car

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orking toward a 5-seater VTOL air taxi. The Formula Project concept from Hoversurf uses fold-away wings and 52 tiny turbine Venturi propulsion units for a combination of VTOL convenience, winged efficiency and a compact form factor.

Source: Project Formula: Russian hoverbike creators take aim at VTOL flying car

Porsche Just Started a $2000-Per-Month Subscription Service In Atlanta

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For $2000, anyone can rent a Ferrari for a day, provided you’re comfortable paying double that amount as a security deposit, raising your insurance liability, and limiting the fun to 100 miles. But what if you could drive a Porsche at that price for an entire month, for unlimited miles and with no extra hassle? That’s the new reality—at least in Atlanta.Porsche’s new subscription service, called Passport, operates like Cadillac’s Book program in New York City. It’s a no-contract app-based service that lets you drive multiple Porsche models every month without any commitment, with all fees, taxes, and insurance baked into the price

Source: Porsche Just Started a $2000-Per-Month Subscription Service In Atlanta

Volocopter flying taxi takes unmanned flight over Dubai

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Dubai is moving full steam ahead toward a futuristic skyline dotted with modern skyscrapers and flying taxis by kicking off trials of the Volocopter two-seater aircraft. The all-electric 18-rotor vehicle took to the skies for the first time over the city on Monday as the city looks to establish what would be world’s first self-flying taxi service.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Volocopter first emerged in 2013 as an audacious electric aircraft, and has gathered quite a bit of momentum in the subsequent years through a series of successful test flights and, more recently, a US$29 million investment from Daimler. Designed to autonomously carry two passengers from point A to point B without a pilot, the Volocopter in its current form can fly for 30 minutes at a time with a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).Dubai announced its plans to trial the Volocopter back in June, and has rebranded it as the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) for its purposes. It is hoped the aircraft will play a role in having autonomous vehicles handle a quarter of all passenger journeys in the city by 2030.

Source: Volocopter flying taxi takes unmanned flight over Dubai

Autonomous Cars Have to Start as Taxis, Says Mercedes-Benz – Motor Trend

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At this point, you can safely assume that self-driving cars are coming. Not only are tech companies like Google and Tesla hard at work developing autonomous technology, so are established automakers like GM and Ford. But when self-driving cars eventually do go on sale, it may be a long time before you can put one in your garage.Michelin® Tires – Official Michelin® Tires Sitewww.michelinman.comSelect Tires by Size, Name, Category & Vehicle Type.Speaking to Automotive News, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler’s head of Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said he thinks self-driving taxis are the only way forward. Why? Because privately owned cars would be too expensive. At least in the beginning.“The number of sensors you have to put on the car, the computing power and so on adds tens of thousands of dollars once you get it into production,” said Kaellenius. “Where do you have a business case for something like that? You have it in a robot taxi scenario, where you can take a city or a part of the city and say, ‘OK, I’m going to put a hundred, 200, 300, a thousand … into this area.’”

Source: Autonomous Cars Have to Start as Taxis, Says Mercedes-Benz – Motor Trend

Continental sends out autonomous minibus for a driverless drive | Robotics & Automation News

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The company calls the vehicle Cube, short for Continental Urban Mobility Experience, and describes it as a “robo-taxi”.This particular trial of the driverless minibus took place in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr Andree Hohm, head of the self-driving car project at Continental, says: “The trials will be used to identify all the essential technical requirements that enable safe, driverless passenger transport in urban areas.“This helps us to find answers to questions about our product strategy and to deliver leading technology for individual mobility in the future – including driverless systems.”

Source: Continental sends out autonomous minibus for a driverless drive | Robotics & Automation News