UK proposal gives autonomous car backup drivers accident immunity window

A proposal from the UK’s Law Commission suggests giving backup drivers of autonomous vehicles a window of immunity for potential accidents.

Despite rigorous testing, it’s almost guaranteed that some accidents will occur with self-driving cars⁠—especially with early deployments.

“Even the best designed AVs, which reduce the overall number of accidents, may still cause collisions.” explains the Law Commission.

“The main aim of the Law Commissions is...

World-leading autonomous car development hub nears completion

A world-leading development hub for autonomous cars is nearing completion in Nuneaton, UK.

Built by automotive engineering giant HORIBA MIRA, the facility aims to offer a complete environment for autonomous vehicles from concept to on-road testing.

The facility is known as ASSURED CAV and promises to be “globally-unique” in providing support for all stages of development. 

ASSURED CAV has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry,...

Hyundai launches ccOS for its NVIDIA-powered connected cars

Hyundai has launched a new OS for its connected cars powered by NVIDIA’s powerful DRIVE platform.

The new operating system, ccOS, will be rolled out across Hyundai Motor Group – including models from the company’s Kia and Genesis sub-brands – and will be in all vehicles from 2022 onwards.

ccOS was developed in-house by Hyundai in technical cooperation with NVIDIA. The company says all future vehicles “from entry-level to premium” will feature infotainment...

Vodafone builds a 5G network for HORIBA MIRA to test connected cars

Vodafone has built a private 5G network for the automotive experts at HORIBA MIRA to test connected cars.

The high speeds and low latency of 5G networks are unlocking new possibilities for connected vehicles. HORIBA MIRA partnered with Vodafone to deploy a 5G network at its Midlands headquarters so it can explore and develop some of these opportunities.

HORIBA MIRA has over 70 years of experience in developing iconic vehicles. The company’s facilities in Nuneaton are...

Uber and Lyft lose appeal to avoid classifying drivers as employees

Uber and Lyft have been ordered to classify their drivers as employees by a Californian court after losing an appeal.

The ride-hailing giants classify their drivers as contractors which means they can avoid giving many of the usual rights and benefits afforded to employees. Uber and Lyft argue most drivers prefer the flexibility of so-called gig economy work.

Most groups representing drivers for the companies appear to be in favour of them being classed as employees....

Uber hit with lawsuit to reveal how its algorithm works

Uber has been hit with a lawsuit by two British drivers in a bid to reveal how the company’s algorithm works.

The headquarters for Uber in Europe is in Amsterdam, so the drivers have taken their case to a Dutch court.

Uber’s drivers want to know what data is being collected about them – and how it’s being used. The drivers are concerned that Uber’s algorithm isn’t entirely neutral in how it decides who to allocate rides to.

"They want to prove that...

Gartner explores how connected car tech can help reduce Covid-19 spread

How can connected car technologies help against the spread of Covid-19? Analyst firm Gartner has argued in its latest note that vehicle manufacturers can focus their efforts on hygiene and maintaining social distancing.

CIOs at automotive companies 'should work with internal and external technology partners to incorporate technologies that help lessen the risk of the Covid-19 infection to car occupants,' the company said.

The four primary areas of focus are cabin...

Self-driving cars in the UK will soon be tested on a 200-mile public route

Self-driving cars will soon be seen cruising around a 200-mile public route in the UK as the country prepares for larger deployments.

The Midlands Future Mobility consortium is leading the project which will see the cars driving on roads around central Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, and the University of Warwick.

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A variety of road types have been included in the route to put the vehicles to the test – including urban,...

Uber is laying off 14% of staff due to COVID-19, Lyft says its biz is down 70%

COVID-19 is having an obvious negative impact on the ride-hailing industry, with Uber and Lyft reporting huge losses.

Uber has announced it's being forced to cut 3,700 employees amid the crisis, accounting for around 14 percent of its workforce. The redundancies will predominantly hit Uber's recruiting and CommOps teams. 

“With people taking fewer trips, the unfortunate reality is that there isn’t enough work for many of our front-line customer support...