From Tesla Moving forward with full self-driving beta tests to Toyota buying software company and preparing entry into autonomous car sector, a lot has happened last week.

Tesla has moved forward with its plan to offer its Full Self-Driving feature as a semi-public beta to people who meet certain requirements despite concerns about the safety of the software. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company planned to expand the availability of its FSD software, which it previously offered to just a portion of its customers as an increasingly expensive add-on.

Dinky, driverless shuttles now shuffling people around Rochester. The vehicles made their service debut this week, and for the next 12 months they will scooch riders along a 1.5-mile loop in downtown Rochester. Rides on the Med City Movers are free, with the shuttles navigating real-world traffic conditions as they putter between two stops (the Gonda Building on Center Street and the People’s Food Co-op on 6th Street).

UW researchers are developing safe autonomous vehicles. Researchers at the University of Waterloo have teamed up with the federal government and Magna International to develop safe autonomous vehicles. The researchers plan to develop software for automated vehicles, including adaptive cruise control and steering. They said the goal is to have the vehicle do more driving, while keeping safety and security top of monad.

Kodiak Builds Flexible, High-Performance Self-Driving Trucks on NVIDIA DRIVE. Autonomous trucks need to lighten the load when it comes to mapping, while still perceiving their surrounding environments reliably. That’s the approach Kodiak Robotics, a Silicon Valley-based self-driving truck startup, is taking to deploy safer and more efficient delivery and logistics. The company unveiled its fourth-generation vehicle — powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin.

Cruise LLC and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo have received permits to charge for autonomous vehicle services in California, advancing the efforts of both companies to build a robo-taxi business. The permit issued to Cruise lets the company charge for driverless freight services in parts of San Francisco.

Locomation and Aon to develop Risk Management  plan for Autonomous trucking operations.Locomation, a leading provider of autonomous truck technology solutions, and Aon plc today announced a collaboration to develop a risk management plan as Locomation develops its autonomous freight transport technology and backend platform for commercial deployment to trucking companies and shippers.

Toyota buys software company and prepares entry into autonomous car sector. Toyota does not want to be left behind and, with an eye on the movement of competitors in the autonomous car segment, it also decided to move so as not to lose market in the future. This Tuesday (24), the Japanese automaker announced that Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of the brand in Silicon Valley, closed the purchase of Renovo Motors.


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