Thermal cameras could be key to safer self-driving vehicles

The typical self-driving prototype is outfitted with a barrage of sensors, from cameras to LiDAR and radar to ultrasonic sensors. All of these are watching the road, other vehicles, pedestrians and, frankly, anything that could disrupt a leisurely dr...

Hyundai’s self-driving fuel cell cars complete a record highway trip

Future self-driving cars don't have to be pure electric vehicles, and Hyundai is determined to prove it. The automaker just had a five-strong fleet of Level 4 autonomous hydrogen fuel cars drive themselves 118 miles from Seoul to the Winter Olympics...

Mercedes and Bosch will test self-driving taxis in a few months

Mercedes (or rather, its parent Daimler) and Bosch aren't far off from making their self-driving taxis a practical reality... in a manner of speaking. Bosch chief Volkmar Denner has informed Automobilwoche that the two companies will put test vehicl...

Nuro takes the man out of ‘deliveryman’

The self-driving car industry is turning into somewhat of an entire ecosystem of its own of late, and that’s nobody’s fault but all of our own for hyping it up. However, just when we thought all hope was lost for finding something a little different, two Google engineers have risen to the top with their interesting spin on autonomous transportation in the form of Nuro. Focused on deliveries, Nuro delivers explicitly the kind that is low-speed, local, and last-mile: groceries, laundry, and take-out orders. Everything you need that’s reliable, short distance and easily accessible right?

While all the other start-ups are looking into automation in a grand scheme of things, these two Google engineers are smartly working towards a niche section of the autonomous transport ecosystem and doing it right. With the increase in Amazon packages more than ever before, it’s understandable that people are getting pickier with their delivery schedules. Albeit the talk of drone delivery is very much at large, there is no stopping the security of 4 wheels getting two and from your door thanks to the systems already in place. It’s hard to see Nuro not succeeding shortly, mostly due to the design approach these guys have taken both in hardware and software. This delivery car is filled to the brim with tech that would make any autonomous car look silly and then some.

Designer: Nuro

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Mercedes drove around the globe to train its autonomous cars

On a rainy September day in Frankfurt Germany, Mercedes-Benz executives and I got in a specially built semi-automated S-Class to track our drive to Stuttgart. It was the first leg in a five-month, five continent training of the automaker's self-drivi...

Nissan Develops Self-parking Slippers

Nissan is apparently taking a pause from building cars so that they can give the world its first self-parking slippers. The company has taken a small chunk of its automated vehicle smarts and applied it to a traditional Japanese hotel experience. The end result here is silly, but also kind of charming.

The company opened the doors of a new hotel in Japan that it calls the ProPILOT Park Ryokan. And everything from the guest slippers to the pillows that in the rooms have some interesting tricks. What really seems to get the attention of guests are the slippers. These slippers start off neatly lined up in the lobby and when the guest is done with them, they can be automatically returned to their starting place with the push of a button on the front desk. That’s because they really have tiny wheels and motors, along with a wireless connection to a central hub that commands the slippers to move when needed.

The floor cushions and tables in the guest rooms are equipped with the same technology. The TV remote too. It knows where it belongs on the table and will return there on its own. I guess the autonomy system works so well in Nissan’s cars, they just had to try it with other things.

[via BGR]

GM faces lawsuit over self-driving car collision

Self-driving car manufacturers dread lawsuits over crashes due to questions of liability, and GM is about to learn just how problematic they can be. Oscar Nilsson has sued GM after a December collision between his motorcycle and one of the company's...