Waymo starts testing self-driving minivans in San Francisco

Waymo's self-driving minivans are now ready for the road. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's testing its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica vehicles on San Francisco streets, where the "hilly and foggy" environment should give them "even mo…
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Ford-backed self-driving car involved in an accident that sent two people to the hospital

A self-driving car operated by Argo AI, a startup backed by Ford, was involved in an accident in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that sent two people to the hospital, according to The Incline. Early reports suggest the accident was the result of human error.

According to The Incline:

Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety spokesperson Alicia George said the crash occurred at about 10 a.m. at the intersection of 16th and Progress streets between North Shore and Troy Hill near the northern side of the 16th Street Bridge.

A box truck apparently ran a red light and T-boned a self-driving vehicle with four occupants inside, according to George. Two people from the vehicle were injured and were stable when they were transported to a nearby hospital….

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The only thing that matters at CES is this self-driving Pizza Hut delivery van

Toyota and Pizza Hut teamed up to announce a partnership that could have the latter delivering hot and fresh pizza to your door without a driver. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Toyota revealed its autonomous concept vehicle, the e-Palette, a vehicle that may one day not only deliver, but cook Pizza Hut offerings en route. Introducing the first Pizza Hut fully autonomous delivery concept vehicle. Excited for our future with @Toyota #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/YGNQUgijha — Pizza Hut (@pizzahut) January 8, 2018 “We are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences,”…

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Toyota’s ‘e-Palette’ is a weird, self-driving, modular store-on-wheels

Toyota, the biggest automaker maker in the world, announced an ambitious plan today to tackle mobility and delivery services in the age of autonomous cars. Apparently, it involves weird, see-through self-driving boxes roaming through cities, delivering people, packages, and pizza.

Toyota is calling them “e-Palettes” and describes them as “fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle[s] designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service businesses.” Think of them as transparent cargo or shipping containers on wheels that grow and shrink in size depending on their specific task.

Toyota envisions these serving a variety of functions, from…

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Nvidia adds Uber and VW to its roster of self-driving tech customers

Nvidia’s big push into the world of autonomous vehicles has attracted a vast amount of customers for what is still early stage technology — over 320, by the company’s count. This week at CES the company announced that it’s finally making Xavier, an AI chip made for self-driving vehicles that Nvidia announced in 2016, available to customers. And the company’s also adding a few marquee names to its list of self-driving technology customers, including Uber and VW.

Volkswagen announced that it will use Nvidia’s Drive IX platform in some of its upcoming vehicles, including the I.D. Buzz electric bus. Drive IX is a software developer kit that Nvidia created to tap into the power of Xavier, and Volkswagen will use it to build in features like…

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