Tagged: SelfDriving

Alphabet’s Waymo to stop selling lidar self-driving car sensors

A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid self-driving vehicle is parked and displayed during a demonstration in Chandler, Arizona, November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin O’Hara

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) self-driving unit Waymo said on Thursday that it has ended a two-year effort to sell light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors to other companies.

This is a reversal from its earlier strategy to sell the lidars to non-automotive customers to bring down costs of a key and expensive component of self-driving cars.

“We’re winding down our commercial lidar business as we maintain our focus on developing and deploying our

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China’s auto industry calls for standardized self-driving claims

HONG KONG — Drivers, auto company executives and academics in China are calling for clearer industry standards in the marketing of vehicles with driver assist functions, after a fatal accident involving the technology sparked a new round of concern over whether motorists are being misled about its capabilities.

They say the imprecise, sometimes misleading, claims made by some car manufacturers and their salespeople are inducing many to believe it is safe to let the machine steer the vehicle without paying attention, when even the most advanced passenger car currently available is far from achieving that level of autonomy.

“Many consumers

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Tesla’s Self-Driving Subscription Is Here. It Will Benefit General Motors.

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The lower-priced Tesla Model 3 helped convince other car makers that EVs were the next big thing.


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Tesla,

the company that transformed the auto industry with mass-market electric vehicles, has rolled out something that could be even more significant for the sector: monthly subscriptions for the software behind its highest-level driver- assistance options.

On Friday, Tesla (ticker: TSLA) made its Full Self Driving system available for $99 to $199 a month. Although the stock hasn’t gotten a lift—no surprise on a day when renewed fear about Covid-19 has left the

S&P 500

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