Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

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Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars. The firm said this would involve the “mass-production” of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber’s ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in… Read more »

BlackBerry to work with Baidu’s Apollo program for driverless vehicles

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Chinese search-engine giant Baidu Inc. has selected BlackBerry Ltd. to provide the safety operating system for the Apollo autonomous driving system, which is being developed in co-operation with several vehicle makers. The Apollo system is a key part of Baidu’s plans for developing driverless cars with Chinese automobile makers. Source: Toronto Star Date: January 4th, 2018 Link: Discussion… Read more »

What Uber Learned from a Year of Self Driving

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Ride hailing company Uber took to the streets of Pittsburgh in late 2016 with self-driving cars. Here’s what riders and the company learned from letting robots take the wheel. Source: Wired Magazine Date: January 3rd, 2018 Link: Discussion 1) Why is a ride-hailing company so focused on self-driving vehicles? 2) Is Uber a tech company, a car… Read more »

San Francisco to restrict goods delivery robots

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San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning industry.  Start-ups will have to get permits to use such bots, which will be restricted to less crowded urban areas.  Opponents are concerned about the safety of pedestrians, particularly elderly people and children.  Walk San Francisco, a… Read more »