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Toyota Finds ‘Extreme’ Test Site for New Self-Driving Car

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will test its Platform 2.1 autonomous driving system at California’s GoMentum Station. TRI said "GoMentum’s varied terrain, and real-life infrastructure including roads, bridges, tunnels, intersections and parking lots provide the environment needed to accelerate testing of" autonomous vehicles.
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Self-Driving Bicycle Hopes to Change Public Transit
By Steve Crowe · 12 October, 2016 • The University of Washington Bothell is building a self-driving bicycle that can travel 30 MPH with a 15-mile range. The team claims the self-driving bicycle "could get riders from A to B faster than a self-driving car, and at a tenth of the cost."
Canvas Technology Building Indoor Autonomy
By Eugene Demaitre · 7 October, 2016 • Canvas Technology, a company that's been working in stealth mode, is already demonstrating automotive-level autonomous driving and goods delivery - indoors.
Auto Industry Reacts to Self-Driving Car Guidelines
By RT Staff · 21 September, 2016 • Google, Tesla and Uber haven't commented on the new self-driving car guidelines, but many others have. Here's how automakers, executives, industry associations and others have reacted to the Vehicle Performance Guidance for Automated Vehicles.
Federal Guidelines Taking Self-Driving Cars in Wrong Direction
By Brad Templeton · 20 September, 2016 • Brad Templeton has major issues with the federal guidelines that were released for self-driving cars, saying the development of autonomous vehicles in the US may take a serious hit.
Self-Driving Cars Need to Be More Reliable
By David Bruemmer · 20 September, 2016 • Reliability is the underlying issue with all the challenges still facing self-driving cars. While we have seen great strides in moving towards a more autonomous and smart vehicle approach, reliability in cluttered environments and inclement weather remains an elusive goal.
Guidelines for Self-Driving Cars: Everything You Need to Know
By Steve Crowe · 20 September, 2016 • The Department of Transportation has published its federal guidelines on how to safely integrate and regulate self-driving cars onto our roads. And the guidelines clearly show the federal government is in favor of self-driving cars.
The Economics of Self-Driving Taxis
By Brad Templeton · 15 September, 2016 • Self-driving taxis will operate at a very low per-mile and capital cost, which means in a competitive market, it will be available at a price that easily competes with private car ownership, and even subsidized bus rides.
Starship Delivery Robots Find Mothership in Mercedes ‘Robovan’
By Steve Crowe · 8 September, 2016 • Starship Technologies and Mercedes-Benz Vans are teaming up on delivery robots with the new Robovan semi-autonomous transportation system. Instead of completing door-to-door delivery, the vans will drive to pre-agreed locations to load and unload goods and then dispatch the Starship delivery robots in the final step for on-demand delivery.
$250K Self-Driving Bus Shuttling Passengers in Australia
By Steve Crowe · 3 September, 2016 • A self-driving bus will shuttle passengers along a 1.6-mile route in Australia. The bus, which can transport up to 11 passengers and has a maximum speed of 28 MPH.
Ray Kurzweil on Self-Driving Cars Making Life-and-Death Decisions
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2016 • How self-driving cars make life-and-death decisions is a major question that remains unanswered.
nuTonomy Self-Driving Taxis Giving Rides in Singapore
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2016 • nuTonomy, founded by two researchers from MIT, began testing a free self-driving taxi service in a small business district in Singapore.
Programming Self-Driving Cars to Make Ethical Decisions
By RT Staff · 23 August, 2016 • Engineers at Stanford University shed some light on what goes into programming self-driving cars to make ethical decisions.
Uber Self-Driving Cars Going Full Throttle with Otto, Volvo Deals
By Steve Crowe · 18 August, 2016 • Uber announced a $300 million deal with Volvo, the launch of a self-driving car service in Pittsburgh, and the acquisition self-driving truck startup Otto.
Uniform Self-Driving Car Regulations the Wrong Approach
By Brad Templeton · 12 August, 2016 • Jurisdictional competition is a good thing, particularly with emerging technologies such as self-driving cars. Let some states do it wrong, and others do it better. Innovation requires variety.
Tesla Autopilot 2.0 a Step Closer to Autonomous Driving
By Steve Crowe · 12 August, 2016 • Tesla Autopilot 2.0 is reportedly coming soon, and it will feature a new front-facing triple camera array and additional radar to achieve level 3 autonomous driving.

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