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  • Waymo is now offering a fully-driverless ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area, where the Alphabet company has been piloting its business since 2018.
  • The fully-driverless option will apply to a 50-square-mile area at first, and early users will be customers who have been testing the service.
  • Waymo also said that it would be resuming rides with a human safety driver, after pausing the service when he coronavirus pandemic struck earlier this year.
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Waymo is launching a fully driverless option for its ride-hail service in Phoenix, the Alphabet subsidiary that started life as Google’s self-driving car project announced on Thursday, a milestone in the company’s decade-long journey to wrest control of the car away from humans. 

As of now, riders who order a car through the Waymo One ride-hail service can get a vehicle without a human safety driver behind the wheel, ready to

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Amazon has received delivery of its very first, custom-built EV delivery van – a vehicle built through its partnership with electric transportation startup Rivian. The van doesn’t look too different from existing, traditional fuel and hybrid commercial delivery vans (though there are a lot more rounded edges) but most of the innovation is happening in less obvious places.

In a blog post detailing the vehicle, Amazon outlined some of the unique features of its custom vehicle, including sensor-based highway driving and traffic assist features; exterior cameras that can provide a 360-degree view for the driver via a digital display; a larger interior floor space in the cabin to help with drivers getting to and from the cabin compartment; surround tail lights for better braking visibility for other drivers; integrated three-level shelving and a bulkhead cargo compartment separating door; and finally, of course – built-in Alexa voice assistant integration.

Amazon announced

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Despite dabbling in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology for some years now, Volvo is just building its fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge SUV. The Swedish car maker has announced that production has begun on its first all-battery offering.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Volvo Cars and for all employees here in Ghent,” said Javier Varela, head of global industrial operations and quality, in an October 1 press release. “As we continue to electrify our line-up, the Ghent plant is a real trailblazer for our global manufacturing network.”

To accommodate the new production line, Volvo had to reduce its output of pre-production cars at its Ghent plant. It also had its staff undergo extensive electric car building training to ensure safe production, optimized workflow, and quality manufacture.

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Volvo’s first fully-electric vehicle builds on the stellar safety standards of the original XC40. However, due to the absence of

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SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Human Horizons, a leading Chinese smart mobility and autonomous driving research company, announced the rollout of its world-first Level 4 Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP) system on the HiPhi X production vehicle. The launch comes after successful development and testing at the Shanghai research center and marks a milestone in advanced autonomous driving technology research.

World-first Level 4 fully autonomous vehicle parking system rolled-out on Human Horizons’ HiPhi X.
World-first Level 4 fully autonomous vehicle parking system rolled-out on Human Horizons’ HiPhi X.

Human Horizons Founder and CEO, Ding Lei noted, “Human Horizons leverages technology to enhance the driving experience and efficiency while prioritizing user safety for our projects. With this in mind, we seek to promote autonomous driving and launch V2X technology ready for mass-market application.”

The newly developed AVP delivers an advanced Level 4 autonomous driving experience based on the integration of vehicle and road-integrated technologies. Fixed sensory equipment such as lasers, radar and communications devices

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