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Government wants to accelerate self-driving vehicle technology

The Obama Administration understands autonomous vehicles are right around the corner, and wants to embrace the technological change. As part of the government's plans, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication will be a requirement, with other requirements now being worked out.




In regards to V2V, DOT is working with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to help expand testing for the V2V-reserved 5.9GHz spectrum. There will also be more communication regarding the national framework, as automakers and Silicon Valley push forward with self-driving car testing.


"The Department wants to speed the nation toward an era when vehicle safety isn't just about surviving crashes; it's about avoiding them," said Anthony Foxx, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, in a public statement at Delphi Labs. "Connected, automated vehicles that can sense the environment around them and communicate with other vehicles and with infrastructure have the potential to revolutionize road safety and save thousands of lives."

NVIDIA wants to play a role in growing autonomous vehicle effort

NVIDIA has plenty of experience in the automotive market, but wants to play a larger part in the growing craze surrounding autonomous vehicles. The company's hardware can help power automotive displays, automated driving systems, and other in-car technology that requires advanced hardware chips.




NVIDIA's technology can already be found in the Tesla Model S, Audi A8, and other vehicles - and will continue to gain acceptance among other automakers. However, the Silicon Valley company still isn't anywhere near Qualcomm, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Renesas Electronics, which are the leaders in developing and manufacturing automotive chips.


"They offer us computing systems with the strength" necessary to process large amounts of information, noted Ulrich Hackenberg, head of technical development at Audi, in a statement published by Reuters.

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More Google self-driving technology will hit the open road this summer

The 25 self-driving vehicles that will hit the open road from Google will include steering wheels and brakes, according to the company. Even though Chris Urmson, director of the Google self-driving car program, originally stated the prototypes "won't have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal... because they don't need them."



Google says the vehicles have endured "rigorous testing" at its test facilities, verifying that its sensors and software were prepared for driving on the road. Its new fleet of autonomous vehicles uses the same software that currently powers its self-driving Lexus RX450h autonomous vehicles, which has logged almost one million miles of autonomous driving.


The company will limit the speed of its prototypes to 25 mph, and additional passenger and pedestrian protection technologies will be available.

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Google says its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents

Google self-driving vehicles have had 11 minor traffic accidents during six years of testing, but the vehicles and human passengers were not at fault. Following reports that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has received accident reports from three Google-equipped Lexus SUVs since September 2014.




Most reported accidents were caused by another vehicle rear-ending the Google autonomous test car, according to Google.


"Not only are we developing a good understanding of minor accident rates on suburban streets, we've also identified patterns of driver behavior (lane drifting, red-light running) that are leading indicators of significant collisions," said Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car program at Google, in a blog post. "Those behaviors don't ever show up in official statistics, but they create dangerous situations for everyone around them."

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Four self-driving vehicle accidents in California since September

There are around 50 self-driving cars traveling in California, with four of them reportedly involved in auto accidents since September, according to reports. Three of the accidents involved the Google-equipped Lexus SUVs, while the other was an Audi SQ5 Delphi self-driving vehicle.




All four accidents were low-speed incidents, at 10 miles per hour or less, with Google and Delphi saying their vehicles were not at fault in any of the reported accidents. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) didn't offer a public statement, though the DMV is now tracking self-driving vehicles.


Earlier in the year, a Delphi self-driving vehicle successfully completed a cross-country journey - and Google has tested its autonomous vehicle on California roads since late 2014

UMTRI: Motion sickness could be problem in autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicle development receives a monumental amount of press these days, but there are overlying issues that must be addressed. One such issue is motion sickness, though it's a phenomenon that hasn't received a lot of widespread coverage.




Viewing video and reading are expected to cause motion sickness among some autonomous vehicle passengers. To make matters worse, 37 percent of US adult passengers in fully autonomous vehicles are expected to engage in activities "that increase the frequency and severity of motion sickness."


"Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles," according to the "Motion Sickness in Self-Driving Vehicles" report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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Autonomous vehicles could arrive sooner than drivers like to think

American drivers aren't fully onboard with autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves on public roads and highways, though it looks like it could be a reality sooner than many of us think. BMW, Audi, Hyundai, Ford, Mercedes, Honda, Tesla, Lexus, and other car makers are at various stages of research, with testing across the world underway.




Automakers are embracing technology while developing self-driving vehicles, pledging they can be safer than human drivers. However, drivers are worried about safety, privacy, cybersecurity, and other problems that must be addressed sooner rather than later.


"The rise of the machine is really happening," said Thilo Koslowski, VP of automotive practice at the Gartner research group, in a statement published by Bloomberg. "But a lot of consumers lack trust in the technology. That is the biggest issue facing these smart machines."

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Tesla will unveil Model 3 vehicle priced at $35,000 in March 2016

Tesla has teased the availability of its upcoming Model 3, the more mainstream electric vehicle from the company, for release sometime in March 2016. Company CEO Elon Musk and real life Tony Stark said during his call with Tesla investors: "We are hoping to show the Model 3 in March of next year".




Production of the Model 3 vehicle will start in mid to late 2017, with "late 2017" being "more realistic" according to Musk. The price of the mainstream electric vehicle should be around $35,000 with around 200 miles per charge from the Model 3. The Model 3 will find a home below the Model S and Model X vehicles, with much higher ranges and high-end features.


Tesla Motors' Model 3 will be around 20% smaller than the Model S, with a considerable amount of faith behind the project as this will be Tesla's real shot at making electric vehicles enter the mainstream market.

Elon Musk welcomes Apple into car business, more engineers to poach

Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem too worried if Apple wants to make a play in the automotive market, believing his company will have even more employees to try to poach.




Apple reportedly is working on Project Titan, a likely autonomous vehicle project keeping "hundreds of employees" busy, according to CEO Tim Cook. The Silicon Valley computer giant is reportedly dishing out $250,000 signing bonuses and extremely lucrative salaries, specifically looking for car battery experts.


If true, this means Tesla has more skilled engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose from in the future:

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Nevada approves testing of autonomous 18-wheeler on public roads

There has been a significant amount of attention centered on autonomous vehicles, but it looks like there is something else to look forward to: self-driving tractor-trailers. Nevada state authorities certified the Inspiration 18-wheeler for public road testing, where they will be tested in "less complicated" traffic environments.




Developing a fully autonomous truck can help make the road safer, according to supporters, because the computer won't get fatigued - and help reduce costs for companies. A human driver will be in the cab of the vehicle to drive the vehicle to handle tricky driving conditions, poor weather, or in case of an emergency.


"You're talking about a series of different technologies; crash avoidance, blindsight, camera technology," said David Sierro, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, in a statement to The Guardian. "Rather than being a single autonomous [device] it's a series of technologies they're developing. They're building it in an incremental way."

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