Good morning from Quick Shift, where we know that lidar is secretly the key to a really great psychedelic trip. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and put on some Grateful Dead, here are the day's headlines. — Shiraz Ahmed
Carmakers cautious after self-driving fatality: After an Uber self-driving vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian this week, the backlash has led to some companies proceeding cautiously. Toyota Motor Corp. and NuTonomy, owned by Aptiv, have temporarily suspended operations, and Hyundai Motor Co. has called for more careful consideration of public testing of the technology. General Motors, however, has no plans to alter its timeline to introduce a robotaxi service in 2019.
Meanwhile, authorities from NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the crash, and Arizona state officials say no changes to its autonomous testing regulations are imminent.
- Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced his first venture play in a company that repurposes distressed parking, retail and industrial locations. And look, he already has his first admirer.
- Buried in this Financial Times story is the interesting nugget that Apple has expanded its fleet of autonomous vehicles in California from three last year to 45 today, making it the second-biggest testing fleet in the state.
- Tesla claims that CEO Elon Musk's visit to Israel had nothing to do with artificial intelligence vision company Cortica, as previous reports indicate.
- Texting while driving is still a huge problem.
- Affectiva launches emotion-detecting AI for self-driving cars.
- Self-driving snowplows clearing runways at the airport.