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Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:45 pm

Fatal Tesla Crash in Texas Believed to Be Driverless
https://www.wsj.com/articles/fatal-tesl ... 1618766363
It took emergency responders about four hours and roughly 32,000 gallons of water to put out the fire that engulfed the electric vehicle, Constable Herman said. High-voltage batteries like the ones used in Teslas can reignite after being damaged, even after firefighters have extinguished a fire, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:01 am

lorenfb wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:45 pm
Fatal Tesla Crash in Texas Believed to Be Driverless
Of course, it wasn't an autonomous vehicle. Just two idiots turning on autopilot and defeating the driver presence checks. And as a result, they get a Darwin Award for this stunt.
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Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:31 pm

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Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:58 am

Toyota is buying Lyft’s autonomous car division for $550 million
Lyft is the latest company to abandon the expensive development of AVs
https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/26/2240 ... mount-deal

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Sat May 01, 2021 9:28 pm

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Baidu Apollo to launch fully driverless ride-hailing services in Beijing; health code scan to enter
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/0 ... baidu.html

Baidu will open fully driverless robotaxi services to the public in Beijing starting tomorrow. This will be China’s first paid autonomous vehicle service where users can hail a robotaxi without a safety driver behind the steering wheel. The fully driverless Apollo Go Robotaxi service will first be launched in Beijing’s Shougang Park—one of the venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics—and will soon be transporting visitors at the games.

By using the Apollo Go App, users can locate a robotaxi in the vicinity and hail a driverless ride by themselves through a system of unmanned self-service processes. Features including virtual reality navigation and remote car honking can help users to identify the location of the car. To unlock the autonomous vehicles, users are required to scan a QR code and health code on the car for identity verification and pandemic prevention purposes.

Upon boarding the vehicle and clicking on the “Start the Journey” button, the system will ensure that seat belts are fastened and the doors are shut, the trip only beginning after all the passenger safety protocol checks are completed. With no safety driver at the helm, the 5G Remote Driving Service is present at all times to allow human operators to access the vehicles remotely in the case of exceptional emergencies.

At Beijing Shougang Park, the robotaxis will be able to transport users to sports halls, work areas, coffee shops and hotels. During the upcoming Winter Olympics, the Apollo robotaxis will be available to provide shuttle services for athletes and staff. . . .
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Sat May 15, 2021 5:13 pm

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Waymo, Cruise seek permits to charge for autonomous car rides in San Francisco

California DMV is still reviewing the applications
https://www.autoblog.com/2021/05/15/way ... francisco/

. . . Neither company revealed when they intend to launch services. But they detailed contrasting deployment plans, with Waymo starting with "drivered operations" and Cruise expecting to deploy vehicles without humans behind the wheel.

California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has yet to decide on the previously unreported applications made by Waymo on Jan. 19 and Cruise on March 29, according to the documents. The agency said it is still reviewing the applications.

The efforts come at a turning point for Waymo, which Google launched over a decade ago. Waymo has provided paid, driverless rides hailed through its app in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler since 2019. But it has failed to scale up Arizona operations as quickly as analysts once envisioned.

Its longtime chief executive, John Krafcik, stepped down in April and was replaced by two co-CEOs.

Cruise, backed by General Motors Co, Honda Motor Co Ltd and SoftBank Group Corp, has focused on San Francisco since its beginning. It said in the permit application it has logged 2 million autonomous driving miles (3.22 million km) in the city.

Waymo said it has had over 83,000 autonomous miles in its proposed deployment area, according to its application.

"You have a faster path to meaningful revenue in dense urban environments such as San Francisco than in the suburbs such as Chandler," said Grayson Brulte, a consultant who advises companies around autonomous mobility strategies. . . .

The companies would not be the first to obtain one of two permits required to operate robotaxis for hire in California. Silicon Valley startup Nuro in December became the only company to secure a DMV deployment permit. Nuro in March announced an unspecified investment from Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, which said it was interested in new delivery systems. . . .
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Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:28 pm

California will allow GM-backed Cruise to transport passengers in driverless test vehicles
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/04/califor ... icles.html
In a public statement, the CPUC said Cruise is the first autonomous vehicle developer to obtain such a permit. In order to allow passengers to ride in their test vehicles without a driver on board, Cruise may not charge fees for the rides and will have to submit quarterly reports about its autonomous vehicles, as well as a passenger safety plan, the CPUC said.

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