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Daimler Will Start Testing an Uber-Like Service Using Self-Driving Cars in 2019

Daimler will launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in California during the second half of 2019, the company announced. The automaker will partner with the auto manufacturer Bosch for the project and use self-driving technology from Nvidia. The service will operate in Silicon Valley on pre-selected routes, but Daimler did not announce which city it will use. The ride-hailing service will be free for users during its pilot phase, a Daimler representative confirmed. The representative also said the company will use Mercedes-Benz vehicles with human backup drivers for the...
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US Auto Sales Increase in June

US auto sales likely ticked upward slightly in June, compared with a year earlier, as the industry got off to a better-than-expected start for the first half of the year. With a strong job market and bustling housing market fueling consumer confidence, consumers bought about 2.1% more vehicles for the month than a year earlier, according to Cox Automotive analysts.
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Jaguar Land Rover Tests Smart Cars That “Talk” to Each Other

Conversations focusing on autonomous cars unsurprisingly discuss how these cars will communicate with each other and how they will navigate the roads ahead of them. Jaguar Land Rover is testing a fleet of smart and connected vehicles to prepare for self-driving cars in the UK. The trials are part of the more than $9 million UK Cite Project that is creating the UK’s first fully connected road infrastructure to prepare for self-driving cars. More than 40 miles will benefit from a world-first combination of wireless technologies including 3/4G mobile networks, WiFi and fiber optic networks,...
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Moody’s says Trump’s Tariffs Will Disrupt Supply Chain

Moody’s said American automakers will not be immune from the import tariffs. The firm noted that both General Motors and Ford depend on imports from Mexico and Canada. “Tariffs would be a negative for both Ford and GM. The burden would be greater for GM because it depends more on imports from Mexico and Canada to support US operations,” the report said. “In addition, a significant portion of GM’s high-margin trucks and SUVs are sourced from Mexico and Canada … Both manufacturers would need to absorb the cost of scaling back Mexican and Canadian production and moving some back to the US.”...
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Boston Approves Self-Driving Car Test

The City of Boston has granted autonomous driving company nuTonomy and its parent company Aptiv permission to run autonomous vehicles on public roads across the city. The self-driving cars have been in a testing phase in the Seaport area of Boston for more than a year. Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, is also conducting a self-driving test with Lyft in Las Vegas. In addition to Boston, Cambridge-based nuTonomy has been testing autonomous vehicles in Singapore. Like other autonomous driving tests, drivers will also be in the vehicles in Boston.
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How Brexit Will Impact Trucking

For BMW to run its factories in England, it requires 150 trucks a day to transport parts and equipment arriving from mainland Europe. It sends 118 trucks, also packed with products, to the mainland. The level of integration between England and the rest of the mainland highlights the challenge facing the auto industry if England leaves the EU without a deal, or without frictionless trade, an industry conference heard recently. Stephan Freismuth, Customs Manager, BMW Group, said whatever the future relationship looked like, any type of customs border between England and the EU would cause...
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How Driverless Cars Will Impact Cities

Kroger Co. is about to test whether it can drive supermarket customers away from crowded grocery aisles with a fleet of diminutive driverless cars designed to lower delivery costs. The test program could make Kroger the first US grocer to make deliveries with robotic cars that won’t have a human riding along to take control in the event something out of the ordinary occurs. Cincinnati-based Kroger is partnering with Nuro, a Silicon Valley startup founded two years ago by two engineers who worked on self-driving cars at Google. That Google project is now known as Waymo, which plans to...
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Automotive and Technology Leaders to Explore Human Impact of Self-Driving Vehicles

It has been well documented that the implementation of driverless vehicles will likely lead to the elimination of millions of jobs from cabbies to delivery men to truckers. Waymo, Uber, Ford and others have formed the Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) as a non-profit which will allow the organization to accept donations and lobby government. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3.8 million people operate motor vehicles for their work. This includes truck driving, the most common profession in 29 US states, which employs about 1.7 million...
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Kia Debuts Plan for Autonomous Cars

At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Asia, Kia debuted plans that included advanced connectivity and Level 4 autonomous driving technology. Level 4 technology indicates that the car drives without driver involvement. By 2025, Kia plans to adopt connected car technologies across every vehicle segment and intends to make every model a connected car by 2030. Kia also plans to introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
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Michigan State University Influencing Policy Conversations

Recently, experts from Michigan State University assembled leaders from the academic world, business and government to discuss the implications of driverless technology and how the public can prepare for its commercialization. The workshop discussed issues beyond engineering and technology since this technology will impact the world economically, socially and culturally. The greatest hindrance discussed related to the implementation of this technology was social acceptance.
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Mobileye Will Test Autonomous Vehicles in Turin

Turin, home to Fiat Chrysler, will be the location for test runs of Mobileye’s autonomous vehicles. These test runs will be conducted in cooperation with Fiat, one of the partners of Intel-Mobileye, together with BMW. The Italian press reports that the company is scheduled to shortly begin thorough mapping of Turin’s roads in order to facilitate autonomous navigation in the city and its surroundings. It is still unknown which vehicles will be used for the test runs, but Mobileye is currently converting Chrysler Pacifica test cars in Jerusalem for autonomous driving. These vehicles are...
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Singapore Developed a Town for Self-Driving Buses

Singapore has developed a small-scale town that could take the lead in the race to supply the public with driverless transportation. The two-hectare complex, unveiled in November, has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to the specifications that Singapore uses for its public roads. The advantage for the city-state is that the test circuit, and the information provided by companies vying to put driverless buses on Singapore’s streets, is helping it build an unrivaled database of information on the challenges and solutions that would allow the...
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Japan to Launch Self-Driving Car Service by 2020

With the Olympics returning to Japan in 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drafted a growth strategy that includes a launch of self-driving cars in 2020 and a full rollout in 2022. Few details were provided. However, the government hopes to build more than 100 service locations across the nation by 2030. The proposal also includes a plan to expand artificial intelligence research.
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Auto Manufacturers Believe Metal Tariffs Will Make Cars More Expensive

The proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the EU, Canada and Mexico will make cars more expensive, threaten jobs and slow the adoption of technologies that keep consumers safe and save fuel, US automaker trade groups said. While automakers purchase most of their steel and aluminum for US plants from domestic producers, the alliance said the tariffs will drive up prices of metals whether they are made in America or imported. GM and Ford Motor Company both have said that costlier raw materials will result in significant profit headwinds this year.
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