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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...

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...

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.

SoftBank Invests in GM’s Cruise Automation

The SoftBank Vision Fund will be investing $2.25 billion in GM’s Cruise Automation, its self-driving car division. The company will receive an initial investment at the close of the transaction, and the remaining $1.35 billion when GM deploys its self-driving cars for commercial use. (GM has claimed that it will mass-produce autonomous cars without steering wheels or pedals by 2019.)...

How Confused Are Consumers About Self-Driving Cars?

A recent study that polled more than 1,000 consumers about self-driving vehicles concluded that the general public is very confused on the topic. A key component of the survey noted that almost half the participants have a hard time discerning the difference between a semi-autonomous vehicle and a fully autonomous vehicle. Another item that stood out in the survey is the government’s...

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