Lyft’s self-driving car pilot launches in Boston

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It took several months, but Lyft and nuTonomy have made good on their promise to test autonomous ridesharing cars in Boston. The two have launched a pilot program that gives “select” Seaport-area passengers a ride in one of nuTonomy’s self-driving Renault cars. If you’re one of the few to hop in (the Lyft app will make it obvious), your feedback will help refine the system to make sure it’s both comfortable and safe.

This is as much a tech demo as it is a trial run. Lyft and nuTonomy aren’t shy about using the Boston experiment to help you “better understand the impact” of self-driving cars — that is, to sell you on the concept so that you’ll be a customer when driverless cars dominate.

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Charged EVs | Mayors of 12 major cities pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025

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The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, pledging to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and to create substantial zero-emission zones in their cities by 2030.

The signatories also pledged to procure zero-emission vehicles for city fleets. Cities will report back every two years on the progress they are making towards the goals of the C40 Declaration.

“Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair. “In Paris we are taking bold action to prioritize the streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Las Vegas and AAA launch a new driverless shuttle service

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Cirque du Soleil. Siegfried and Roy. Frank Sinatra. Celine Dion. Britney Spears. And now—finally—joining the ranks of famous attractions on the Las Vegas strip are, yes, driverless shuttle buses.

Alongside the American Automobile Association, and transportation company Keolis, the city of Las Vegas is launching a new, year-long public self-driving pilot program starting Nov. 8.

All-electric, eight-seat Navya ARMA vehicles will pick up passengers along a 0.6 mile, three-stop route up and down the Fremont East Innovation District, a section of downtown Vegas that’s been earmarked for the testing and expansion of new technologies.

The pilot service expands on a limited test program that ran back in January,

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Charged EVs | BYD unveils 45-foot electric commuter coach bus

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Electric bus manufacturer BYD unveiled what it says is the world’s first 45-foot battery-electric commuter coach bus at the recent APTA Expo.

The company also showcased a 60-foot articulated transit bus, a 35-foot double-decker transit bus, a Class 5 cab chassis truck, and a battery-electric forklift.

BYD now offers seven battery-electric coach and bus models, and has more than 27,000 electric buses in service around the globe.

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Russia’s Next-Gen Combat Suit is Getting Tech That’s Resistant to Nuclear Blasts

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Other perks of the 59 items Rostec has included in the suit include a powered exoskeleton, which is said to give soldiers greater strength and stamina; the latest in bulletproof body armor tech; and a full face-covering visor and helmet equipped with a video game-esque heads-up display (HUD). According to Russian state-owned media outlet Tass, the weight of the completed combat gear will be reduced by 30% when it is released for use in the field.The Ratnik 3 is expected to be ready for use by 2022.

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Could autonomous trucks solve Japan’s driver shortage problem? – Automotive World

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A dwindling workforce, safety concerns and high expectations are among the factors driving the autonomous, connected truck development in Japan, says Boston Consulting Group’s Satoshi Komiya in conversation with Xavier BoucheratGenerally speaking, how to rely on the autonomous trucking technologies , and what developments do we see? In general, the market is receptive. Connectivity and autonomous driving are things that no-one can really afford to ignore, and so Japan is moving quite strongly in this direction. That said, developments and support in Japan are less well communicated than they might be. This article is about the American Conservative Party of Canada.

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States Compete Fiercely to Serve as Autonomous Driving Testing Sites | Trucks.com

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The push for autonomous technology is pitting cities and states against each other in a race to be the first to jump onto the self-driving highway.Winning favor as a premier site for testing self-driving vehicles is expected to pay economic dividends as these regions compete for bragging rights to be the transformative front-runner.Strategy Analytics, a research firm, predicts that the “passenger economy,” a segment emerging based on pilotless vehicles, will grow to $800 billion in 2035 and then to $7 trillion by 2050.To be sure, this isn’t a battle being fought only in the U.S.In Singapore, French automaker Groupe PSA will integrate self-driving technology developed by startup nuTonomy into Peugeot SUVs that will begin on-road testing in September.And in Germany, the federal government joined with regional authorities in Bavaria and the auto  and tech industry to create the Digital Motorway Test Bed, on several sections of the Autobahn 9 that connects Berlin and Munich via Leipzig and Nuremberg.

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