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Are self-driving projects over-hyped?

Ford invested US$1 billion in autonomous driving startup Argo AI in 2017, and Volkswagen later joined with a $2.6 billion investment. It was an attempt to match the hype surrounding rivals such as Apple, Google, General Motors, Lyft, Uber, and Tesla. At its height, Argo AI was reportedly valued at $12.4 billion. But in October 2022 Argo AI shut down.

Meanwhile, GM is looking to expand its autonomous-driving business, which it believes is key to the future of the auto maker. (Barrons)


Tesla safety recall affects 362,000 electric vehicles in the USA over Full Self-Driving software

Tesla is recalling more than 362,000 electric vehicles in the USA to update its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software after U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators said the driver assistance system could cause crashes.

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Details: NHTSA researchers discovered the potential safety risks in the context of an ongoing investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance technology.

  • In some circumstances, FSD-equipped cars traveled or turned through intersections during a “stale” yellow light, or traveled straight in a turn-only lane.
  • They also sometimes didn’t stop long enough at stop signs and failed to adjust their speed when speed limits changed.

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World’s first autonomous electric container ship launches in Oslo, Norway to replace 40K diesel truck trips per year

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Built by Yara to transport their mineral fertilizer stocks between the towns of Porsgrunn and Brevik, a trip which normally requires 40,000 trips by diesel truck per year, the Yara Birkeland will save around 1,000 tons of CO2 annually.

On November 19th, Yara Birkeland departed for a crewed maiden voyage—which included Norway’s prime minister—on a short 43-mile trip across the fjord from Horton to Oslo.

“We have been looking forward to this day for a long time,” stated Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara. “This is an excellent example of green transition in practice, and we hope this ship will be the start of a new type of emission-free container ships. There are a lot of places in the world with congested roads that will benefit from a high-tech solution like this.”

Onboard the 262-foot (80 meter) vessel is a 6.8 megawatt-hours battery pack that can generate 17 mph (28 kph). It can carry 3,200 tons of fertilizer, and should begin commercial operations next year while it carries out lengthy certification for its autonomous navigation technology.

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