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Volvo is sending 100 self-driving cars to China for testing

Swedish automaker Volvo will send up to 100 self-driving cars to China for testing on public roads in a variety of conditions, the company’s CEO announced at a seminar in Beijing today. The company will hold discussions with Chinese officials to see which cities can accommodate its autonomous cars in terms of regulations and infrastructure. Volvo will first conduct a public test of its self-driving technology in Sweden in 2017 before launching its test fleet in China. (Volvo was  ...

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Valve will let you watch Dota 2 games in virtual reality

Valve is about to combine two of the hottest buzztrends in gaming into one: spectating and VR. Its own Dota 2 title, rivaled in popularity as a spectator e-sport only by Riot’s League of Legends, will get a VR spectator mode. The mode is teased briefly in a supercut on Valve’s SteamVR website of upcoming VR features being added to your "favorite games." The video shows a standard e-sports-style stream of a Dota 2 match hanging in space, with a 3D minimap of the game  ...

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The self-driving race cars of Roborace will have a brain from Nvidia

The autonomous race cars in the upcoming Roborace driverless racing series will use Nvidia’s Drive PX 2 supercomputer as a brain. The PX 2, which was announced back at CES in January, uses 12 CPU cores to produce eight teraflops of computing power and 24 trillion operations a second. It can combine information from a wide array of sensors, including radar, LIDAR, cameras, GPS, and high-definition maps. Roughly translated, that means it’s a very, very smart car. Driving on a  ...

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FIFA 16 added to free vault of EA Access, Origin Access games

FIFA 16 is the next title going into the vault of games offered to subscribers of EA Access and Origin Access. EA Sports’ acclaimed soccer simulation will be available on both premium services beginning April 19. The addition means last year’s NBA Live 16 and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, and barely-a-month-old UFC 2, are the only current EA Sports series not available through the Access program on Xbox One. Worth mentioning also is the fact EA Access and Origin Access members get a 10  ...

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The First Corvette Grand Sport Will Be Auctioned Off This Weekend

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the new Corvette Grand Sport, then grab a duffel bag full of cash and get your butt to Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend. The automotive auction masters at Barrett-Jackson will preside over ceremonies featuring the newest Corvette model on Friday, April 8th, at 6 p.m. sharp, so make sure to leave plenty of time to get from Hooters to the auction house. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State  ...

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Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens

When I tried Microsoft’s HoloLens headset last year, security guards lined the walls of a hotel, and I had to stash all my belongings in a locker before I even set foot near it. Microsoft was petrified someone would take a photo of the device and deconstruct it to help rival companies catch up. Fast forward a year and a lot has changed. Microsoft is now shipping HoloLens development editions to app and game developers, and it’s ready to give the world a much closer look at the headset. I  ...

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FAA committee says small drones should be allowed to fly over cities and crowds

A working group commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration has released a set of recommendations for how small drones should be regulated, opening a path for commercial drone flight over populated cities, and even creating a special class of drones that would be allowed to fly over large crowds at low altitudes. The report argues that drones that weigh 250 grams or less should be allowed to fly with little to no restrictions, so long as they can prove there is a minimal chance of  ...

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AltspaceVR wants to make VR chat sessions part of everyday life

There are plenty of ways to hang out with other people in VR, from competitive games like EVE: Valkyrie to the Gear VR’s group video streaming options. But one of the most fully developed platforms is AltspaceVR, a cross-platform virtual environment based around mirroring real-world social activities. After several months on the mobile Gear VR headset, AltspaceVR launched a few days ago on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, and it added support for the HTC Vive soon after.  ...

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Singapore is Getting the World’s First Fully Autonomous Taxi Service This Year

Real Autonomy Car companies around the world are making impressive strides toward making autonomous cars a reality. And with the technology for these vehicles looming on the horizon, it’s prompting the public to reimagine how the technology will fundamentally shift our way of life and present new opportunities for peripheral industries. But despite this promise, the world has yet to see autonomous vehicles prove their real potential. We’re not looking for proof of the most basic  ...

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