Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Beta Test Will Start Tuesday, Elon Musk Confirms

KEY POINTS

  • Tesla will roll out its FSD feature in a closed beta system test next week
  • The new autopilot software will be available to a small pool of Tesla owners
  • The updated FSD software is expected to include many new functionalities

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Monday that the company’s autopilot self-driving mode would be made available in a small beta test starting next week. 

The closed beta-test system, which will be limited to a small pool of “expert and careful drivers,” will roll out next week, Car And Driver reported. 

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature has undergone a complete reboot and is expected to carry a lot of new functionality. The rewrite also updated the autopilot’s labeling software to enable it to interpret the environment in 4D instead of 2D. 

Based on Musk’s recent descriptions, the updated software will build on its current “traffic light

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Caterpillar bets on self-driving machines impervious to pandemics

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Question: How can a company like Caterpillar CAT.N try to counter a slump in sales of bulldozers and trucks during a pandemic that has made every human a potential disease vector?

Jason Ramshaw, Commercial Manager for Caterpillar Construction Digital & Technology, demonstrates the Cat Command remote control console to operate a 320 excavator at Caterpillar’s Construction Industries EAME Sales Rally in Malaga, Spain, in an undated handout photograph. Caterpillar/Handout via REUTERS

Answer: Cut out human operators, perhaps?

Caterpillar’s autonomous driving technology, which can be bolted on to existing machines, is helping the U.S. heavy equipment maker mitigate the heavy impact of the coronavirus crisis on sales of its traditional workhorses.

With both small and large customers looking to protect their operations from future disruptions, demand has surged for machines that don’t require human operators on board.

Sales of Caterpillar’s autonomous technology for mining operations have been growing

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This Startup Has A Plan To Build The Missing Link For Self-Driving Cars

For several years, technology companies have dangled the promise of a lidar sensor with no moving parts that is also small and cheap enough to embed on several key places of a vehicle. These robust, solid-state sensors are one of many essential components auto manufacturers need before they unleash self-driving vehicles on the market. But while they’re not the only variable of the autonomous vehicle equation that needs to be solved, lidars are an important—and redundant—tool needed to help vehicles “see” in a range of weather and lighting conditions.

Several Bay Area startups are angling to be the first to bring solid-state lidar to market, and yesterday Ouster became the latest Silicon Valley company to announce that it has developed a compact lidar with no moving parts that can be mass-produced at an affordable price. The catch? Like

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Sweden aims to use 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions

A screen shows real-time 3D environment outside the 5G self-driving electric bus during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020.Photo:Xinhua

 

A security supervisor monitors the test run of a 5G self-driving electric bus along a 1.5 kilometer route during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020.Photo:Xinhua

 

A 5G self-driving electric bus runs along a 1.5 kilometer route during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020.Photo:Xinhua

 

A 5G self-driving electric bus runs along a 1.5 kilometer route during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020. Photo:Xinhua

 

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Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. She reveres Uber and Lyft because they provided her with the still remarkable option to get up and go whenever she wants, wherever she wants.  So imagine her excitement a year ago when she was treated to a brief ride in a self-driving Waymo taxi. The safety driver asked my wife to buckle up and hit the “start” button. Yes, exactly! Where is that start button?

We all had a chuckle because the point of the excursion was to talk about Waymo’s commitment to accessibility in the development of self-driving taxis, which are already in service in Phoenix. Waymo is working closely with the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) in Phoenix to get feedback

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Uber Investors Are Pressuring CEO to Revamp the Self-Driving Division

(Bloomberg) — With deep pockets, some of the best brains in robotics and its hallmark hustle, Uber Technologies Inc. was once a serious contender in the race to build self-driving cars and revolutionize global transportation.

Today, the effort is lagging far behind rivals, and investors are getting antsy about the rationale for continuing a long-term science project that isn’t helping Uber become profitable or safeguarding its future.

In recent months, the company’s two largest shareholders, SoftBank Group Corp. and the venture firm Benchmark, have privately encouraged Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi to find more investors for the division, which is expected to exhaust its funds by the end of 2021, and re-evaluate its strategy, according to people familiar with the situation.



a car parked on a city street: Uber Self-Driving Car Program Resumes After Crash


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Uber Self-Driving Car Program Resumes After Crash

Khosrowshahi is exploring various options. One would see Uber accelerating the project by open-sourcing it

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