• Aurora is finally ready to show the world what it's been up to

    30 days ago - By The Verge

    Aurora , the self-driving car company founded by former Waymo engineer Chris Urmson, doesn't do dog and pony shows. It doesn't trot out its vehicles just to prove they exist or take journalists for test drives to demonstrate that the technology actually works. In fact, in the three years since Aurora launched, the public has heard very little about how Aurora plans to compete against Waymo, Ford, and General Motors.
    After months of announcements - the company acquired a LIDAR sensor maker , hired a VP of hardware , and took an investment from Amazon - that finally appears to be changing...
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  • Siri for Self-Drive Cars: Genius or Patenting the Obvious?

    Siri for Self-Drive Cars: Genius or Patenting the Obvious?

    30 days ago - By ExtremeTech

    You knew Apple wasn't going to stay out of the car businesses. Their latest plan is not to build a complete car - it takes skill Apple doesn't yet have in-house - but to be the concierge and brains of a self-driving car. In other words, Siri for Everything in an autonomous or semi-autonomous car, and not just Siri/CarPlay for music and navigation we have today. Details are in Apple's patent application US20200026288 , “Guidance of Autonomous Vehicles in Destination Vicinities Using Intent Signals,” which was made public Thursday. In other words, you tell Siri what you want to do generally...
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