Domino’s, Ford start self-driving delivery tests

The delivery research is as much a chance for both Ford and Domino’s to get a head start on competitors is it is a way to get what looks like a self-driving vehicle on the road to gauge reactions.

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It looks like a self-driving vehicle, but of course it’s not. Testing for market acceptance is somewhat more difficult than making a car drive itself. University of MI uses right hand drive cars with the human driver covered up to test occupants in a similar way.

TRL report: Four out of five people think autonomous vehicles are a good idea

Chief Scientist and Research Director, Transportation at TRL, Alan Stevens, commented: “While this survey looks at a relatively small and self-selecting sample of people, it is pleasing to see that so many of them were open to using an autonomous vehicle.

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A larger sample with realistic levels of expectation of autonomy plans in motion could result is a much different study result


Today’s Top News: GM Plays It Safe with Cadillac Autopilot

Super Cruise’s self-drive mode primarily relies on LiDAR sensors (The Tesla S, X, and 3 models produced since October have none), cameras, and radar sensors. For mapping, Super Cruise reportedly relies on data from GeoDigital, in which GM is an investor, which offers over 160,000 miles of highway data in the US and Canada.

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It makes perfect sense that a liability averse company like GM will play it safe (this is a safety feature, not a novelty), besides Super Cruise was almost ready for release years ago before it would have been considered a self-driving feature. 

Intel plans a test fleet of 100 self-driving cars

It’ll take a while before you see the fruits of this effort. The first vehicles don’t deploy until later in 2017, and the magic 100 mark is coming “eventually.”

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Part of being Intel is doing great PR, like the “news” they would eventually open Fab42 in Arizona. Within two weeks of the big press announcement to spend $7B Intel told suppliers the project was “on hold”. We’ll see how the $15B spend with Mobileye is really used, eventually.

Tesla releases its must affordable car yet but few can buy it –

Once an automaker sells 200,000 electric cars in the U.S., the credit phases out. Tesla has already sold more than 126,000 vehicles since 2008, according to estimates by WardsAuto, so not everyone who buys a Model 3 will be eligible.

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Exactly why you should never sell, or buy a product based on government incentives. None of the major automakers are troubled by this subsidy cap since very few actually want an EV. Tesla changes this.