Autonomous trucks launched by Vale do Brasil at its largest Carajás iron mine

Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Thursday that it began using autonomous trucks for the first time at its Carajás complex, its largest iron ore mining operation, while continuing to expand its use of driverless technology. Vale hopes to increase productivity and safety by using trucks to transport iron ore, said Pedro Bemfica, the executive … Read more

Alphabet’s way to stop selling LiDAR autonomous car sensors to other companies

Alphabet’s autonomous unit, Waymo, said on Thursday that it has ended a two-year effort to sell light detection and range sensors (LiDAR) to other companies. This is a reversal of its previous strategy of selling LiDARs to non-automotive customers to reduce the costs of an important and expensive component of autonomous cars. “We are closing … Read more

Google’s autonomous spinoff, Waymo begins testing with the public in San Francisco

Alphabet’s Waymo has begun taking some San Francisco residents for rides in its self-contained sport utility vehicles and hopes to open robot taxis to anyone in the city in less than three years for launch in its only other market. Waymo’s announcement on Tuesday of its status and plans in San Francisco, a small peninsula … Read more

Autonomous startups have a secret weapon for driverless cars: additional human operators

Self-driving startups like Cruise and Pony.ai began testing their driverless cars in some parts of California last year, with an added resource: human operators. Although there is no driver behind the wheel, the passenger seat is occupied by a security operator who “has a red button that can stop the vehicle if something happens,” Pony.ai … Read more

Aurora Launches Industry’s First Tool to Assess the Security of Autonomous Systems

Aurora, the Silicon Valley autonomous startup founded by former Tesla, Uber and Google executives, has launched what it says is the industry’s first tool to assess whether and when autonomous trucks and cars are safe to deploy on public roads without a human behind the wheel. “We believe this is the only way to come … Read more