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James Amend

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James covers artificial intelligence and autonomous technology.

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AV Test Fleets Trickle Back Into Service

The testing will be altered due to COVID-19 with fewer vehicles and drivers, who will wear personal protective equipment, and some assigned permanent ride partners instead of using rotation, and enhanced cleaning procedures.


Chinese Xpeng P7 EV With Level 3 Automation Launches

Deliveries of the second EV from Xpeng will begin by July 1, although orders are being accepted, starting at RMB229,900-RMB349,900 ($32,462-$49,404) after local subsidies are applied.

Autonomy Electrification

GM Explores Blockchain to Optimize Navigation Maps

Using sensors on the vehicle, GM would map new construction, traffic signs or speed-limit changes.

Autonomy Connectivity

Volvo, Veoneer Split Zenuity Joint Venture

Volvo expects a split of the 50-50 JV will accelerate AV software development at the Geely-owned automaker, which plans to begin introducing the technology in 2022 on a next-generation of cars underpinned by its SPA2 vehicle architecture.


Pandemic Grinds Real-World AV Testing to Halt

GM’s Cruise unit intends to run simulations at a rate of 30,000 per day to continue technology advancements. However, it is impossible to replace the thousands of real-world miles its fleet accumulates every day.

Autonomy Mobility

Industry Targets So-Called Relay Attacks

Relay attacks could happen anywhere – at home, the office or even during a night out. More than two dozen models, ranging from Mercedes-Benz luxury cars to mainstream offerings from Ford and Volkswagen, are considered vulnerable.

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