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Do You Know How Well Your Car Drives Itself?

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari – Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari - Car and Driver

Photo credit: Michael Simari – Car and Driver

From the September 2021 issue of Car and Driver.

You don’t have to go deep down an internet rabbit hole to find evidence that humans will push boundaries.

The relatively recent introduction of semi-autonomous technology in cars has led to all sorts of documented bad behavior, from folks putting water bottles on their steering wheel to drivers letting Jesus take the wheel as they climb into another seat. The former can trick a car into thinking a driver’s hands are where they should be; the latter is wildly dangerous.

When a Tesla Model S hit a tree 550 feet from its starting point in suburban Houston earlier this year, initial reports of the fiery fatal crash suggested no one was in the driver’s seat at the time. The National Transportation Safety Board

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Rolls-Royce Drives Up Car Luxury With ‘Boat Tail’

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which along with the wider luxury goods sector is recovering strongly from pandemic fallout, has launched a “Boat Tail” automobile — tailor-made for just three ultra-wealthy clients.

With a rear resembling a yacht deck and opening up for alfresco dining, the Boat Tail’s opulent design features also hand-crafted aluminium panels and Swiss timepieces.

Fashioned by Rolls’ Coachbuild unit, the blue-painted car has been made for three clients who drove its design, according to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos.

With a rear resembling a yacht deck and opening up for alfresco dining, Rolls-Royce's Boat Tail's opulent design features also hand-crafted aluminium panels and Swiss timepieces. With a rear resembling a yacht deck and opening up for alfresco dining, Rolls-Royce’s Boat Tail’s opulent design features also hand-crafted aluminium panels and Swiss timepieces. Photo: AFP / Adrian DENNIS

“The client comes to us with an idea in mind, exactly what happened 100 years ago when clients commissioned the bodies they wanted to see,” Muller-Otvos told AFP during the car’s launch this week at the

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Vision Chip Drives Rise of Self-Driving Cars

(Veteran tech stock columnist Jon D. Markman publishes Strategic Advantage, a lively guide to investing in the digital transformation of business and society. Click here for a trial.)

The automotive world is making an important digital transformation. Cars and trucks are getting safer and smarter thanks to silicon and software that makes sense of the real world.

Executives at Ambarella Corp. ( (AMBA) – Get Report) reported Tuesday that the company shipped 300,000 computer vision enabled microprocessors to car companies last quarter alone.

This digital future of automobiles is here. Investors should buy component suppliers now.

There is a disconnect. Too many investors assume that self-driving cars will mark the coming out party for makers of smart technology. To get to truly autonomous vehicles, known as AVs for short, there are many regulatory hurdles, not to mention the cost of the expensive technology needed collect and make

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