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For the latest in self-driving vehicle news, read our curated collection of the best autonomous vehicle news from the week of October 28, 2019.

American drivers warming to self-driving cars – survey

About 40% of adult Americans drivers are leaning more to buying self-driving vehicles in the future as they look to snack, chat on their phone, or catch up on email. In contrast, the car drives itself, a survey by Adobe Analytics showed on Wednesday.

The survey of 1,040 American adults over the age of 18 revealed that drivers are ready for more self-driving cars on the road and have plans to make them an extension of their homes and offices.

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MIT Researchers Taught Autonomous Cars to See Around Corners

Researchers at MIT are helping autonomous cars deliver on the promise of safer roads with a new trick that lets driverless vehicles see around corners to pre-emptively spot other vehicles or moving hazards that human drivers would never see coming.

The new approach to spotting oncoming hazards around corners is being presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Macau, China, next week, and it builds and improves on an earlier system called ShadowCam that was developed a few years prior. Instead of using laser scanners or x-ray technology, the system uses video cameras focused on a particular area, which in this case, is the ground where two perpendicular roads or paths meet.

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How should cities prepare for self-driving cars? Here’s a roadmap

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) operating as taxi fleets without human safety drivers could be in widespread use in cities around the world by 2030. As this technology advances, municipal government officials need to consider what they can and should do to prepare their citizens for the future as well as develop cooperative relationships with the companies testing and potentially offering services to citizens and visitors.

World Economic Forum has identified six phases to develop an AV framework for cities.

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Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Parking lots are one of the most human places you could put a car that doesn’t need a human to drive. Their rules are not always consistent, and drivers, moreover, don’t always follow them. They’re full of little people-to-people interactions. These are very complicated things for computer systems to learn, even if they’re trained on tons and tons of real-life parking lot data.

If the parking lot is underground, the car also might lose a valuable source of data—its access to GPS. In that case, it’s up to the vehicle to “localize,” or figure out where it is relative to other cars and people and shopping carts and walls, based on its other built-in sensors.

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Waymo expands self-driving services to include B2B car parts delivery trial

Self-driving vehicle technology company Waymo has developed its business relationship with automotive retail company AutoNation. Waymo self-driving vehicles in the Phoenix, AZ, area will now be used to move car parts between AutoNation’s Toyota Tempe locations and other repair shops in the area, including those run by independent third parties.

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Uber announces independent self-driving safety and responsibility board

In the aftermath of a March 2018 accident involving an autonomous Uber vehicle that killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, Uber retained law firm LeClairRyan to compile a report focusing on the safety culture and safety practices of the Advanced Technologies Group, or ATG. (That’s the division responsible for Uber’s autonomous vehicle development.)

One of the recommendations it gave was the creation of an independent external review board that would examine Uber’s policies, processes, and procedures. And today, roughly a year after the report’s publication, Uber says it’s established such aboard.

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Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine renews state self-driving car initiative

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday signed an executive order renewing DriveOhio, the state initiative promoting self-driving cars and other forms of “smart” mobility.

Among other things, the order directs the state departments of transportation, public safety, and administrative services to develop plans to deploy smart communications technology in all state fleet vehicles within the next four years.

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Aurora CEO Chris Urmson Says There’ll Be Hundreds Of Self-Driving Cars On The Road In Five Years

Chris Urmson, CEO of self-driving car company Aurora, predicts there will be hundreds or maybe thousands of self-driving vehicles on the road within five years, “delivering packages or moving people around.”

According to Urmson, these vehicles will be parts of large taxi fleets and cargo delivery services. “I think both economically, it’s going to make much more sense as part of a fleet, and socially I think these should be shared resources,” he told attendees at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

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