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    Driverless Cars You Never Knew Existed

    Today we are updating you on the latest Self driving cars presently JULY 2016

    First on the list is :

    1. Uber self driving cars

    Just days after Google-owned Waze announced its entry into ride-hailing, Uber has released a photo of one of the self-driving cars it’s testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    “If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks you might see a strange sight: a car that looks like it should be driven by a superhero,” Uber writes on its blog. “But this is no movie prop—it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh.”

    (Superhero side note: the Batmobile did in fact traverse the streets of Pittsburgh a few years back when filmmakers were there to shoot “The Dark Knight Rises.”)

    The pictured self-driving car is a hybrid Ford Fusion that has been equipped with radars, laser scanners, and high-res cameras, among other sensors. The company says it’s collecting mapping data as well as testing driverless capabilities, always with “a trained driver” monitoring things from the driver’s seat.

    Last year, Uber lured away around 40 employees from Carnegie Mellon University’s famed robotics lab to set up its own research facility on autonomous cars, the Advanced Technologies Center. At the time, the broad-based talent raidstunned the university; in September, Uber donated $5.5 million to support a new robotics faculty chair, as well as three graduate fellowships.

    Ride-hailing companies and automakers alike believe that self-driving cars are the future, and the race to develop them is intensifying. Volvo has designated 100 such cars for testing in China. Ford is putting them through trials in the snow. Driverless taxis from General Motors and Lyft will reportedly begin servicing passengers within a year. (Like Uber’s cars, those vehicles will initially be dispatched with drivers in the cockpit.)In Washington, meanwhile, many of these companies have teamed up on the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will pressure US federal policymakers as they grapple with the regulatory questions posed by autonomous vehicles.

    Uber didn’t offer a timeline for when self-driving cars will make their way to its platform, and the company declined to comment beyond its blog post. Regardless, it gets the message across: Uber would like you to remember that its driverless cars are coming, too.

    Click here Watch Uber Testing Self-Driving Car in Pittsburgh

    2. Nissan self driving cars

    Nissan Keeps Self-Driving Simple _ and Not Quite Autonomous

    Self-driving cars may be all the rage, but when it's a real product, coming soon from Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., the technology gets toned down. And so don't expect to the driver to disappear for years to come.

    The Serena minivan equipped with ProPilot technology relies on a single camera in the back of the driver's rearview mirror. The car can then follow the vehicle ahead, maintaining a safe distance that the driver sets.

    It also recognizes lanes so it won't swerve off. If the car it is following moves to another lane, it's smart enough to find the next car ahead of it and start following that one. And it keeps going on a freeway at a set speed.

    ProPilot is designed to ease stress on stop-and-go congested roads common in Japan, as well as long drives on uncongested roads, like the interstate highways in the U.S., when a driver might tire and get sleepy.

    Nissan said Wednesday the minivan goes on sale in Japan next month. The automaker promised similar technology later in China, the U.S. and in the Qashqai sport-utility vehicle in Europe. Specific models weren't disclosed for China and the U.S.

    But ProPilot is designed only to help drivers. They must keep their hands on the steering wheel, and an alarm goes off if a sensor on the wheel detects no-hands driving.

    ProPilot is smarter and a bit more glamorous than cruise control, already in many vehicles, but for all its help, if you slam on the gas pedal, it cannot stop you from crashing into the car you are trailing.

    "The driver must assume full responsibility," said Nissan Motor Co. Deputy General Manager Atsushi Iwaki, a member of ProPilot's development team. "It is best to limit the function to helping the driver."

    That approach comes as there are still many concerns about safety for self-driving cars. Last month, a Tesla Model S was operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode when it failed to detect a tractor trailer passing in front of it, crashed and killed the driver.

    But autonomous capabilities are definitely the way of the future, expected to be in millions of cars in the next decade or two.

    "The technology is quite viable, but it isn't ready for consumer use yet," said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Living that reality at a widespread and affordable level is still years away."

    Brauer said the challenges to autonomous capabilities include dealing with bad weather, which may trouble sensors, as well as making sure pedestrians and cyclists are properly detected. Some confusion that comes from not knowing when the car is driving or when you are driving can lead to accidents, he said.

                               2017 Nissan autonomous 
    Nissan, based in Yokohama, is planning autonomous driving for regular city roads by 2020. ProPilot is limited to dealing with the lane the vehicle is in, and on freeways.

    Some types of limited autonomous car systems are already available on the market in luxury brands. Nissan is keeping ProPilot simple to just one camera to keep the price of the vehicle down at below 3 million yen ($29,000). Other price details were not disclosed.

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    3. Tesla self driving cars

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