Field Testing: Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta tears down geofence in downtown Toronto

An FSD-powered self driving route, right in the heart of Toronto. (Twitter/Chansoo Byeon) Toronto, Ontario — Tesla has removed Full-Self Driving (FSD) beta restrictions from Toronto’s downtown core, following complaints among drivers that much of the city’s urban centre is geofenced off by the software. This was confirmed in a tweet by FSD tester Chansoo Byeon […]

EV/AV Report: Loblaws deploys completely driverless trucks in Toronto; Magna takes its slice of the autonomous pizza

Toronto, Ontario — In this weekly electric and autonomous vehicle report, a grocery giant drops driverless trucks in Toronto; Magna deploys autonomous pizza delivery robots and the federal government awards more money to Quebec mining efforts. Hey, who’s driving that truck? In last week’s EV/AV Report, we covered Loblaws’ partnership with autonomous vehicle company Gatnik. […]

Look, No Eyes: Ford and GM petition NHTSA for non-transparent glass in autonomous vehicles

Toronto, Ontario – Ford and General Motors are seeking to deploy experimental autonomous vehicles (AVs) on American roads in the next two years. These vehicles could potentially lack the usual manual controls present in consumer cars, omitting windshield wipers, rear-view mirrors and, in one case, transparent windshield glass. A petition by the two OEMs aims […]

Legally Bombed: Anti-FSD campaign receives Tesla cease and desist for misinformation

California, United States — The Dawn Project has received a cease-and-desist letter, claiming that the their ad campaign showcasing a Tesla in “Full Self-Driving” mode running over a cardboard child was misinforming and threatened the company’s business interests. The letter dated Aug. 11 claims that the Dawn Project’s testing was “seriously deceptive and likely fraudulent.” […]

EV/AV Report: F-35 software contractor denounces Tesla FSD in unverified collision study

Toronto, Ontario — In this week’s report, a study critiquing Tesla’s fully-self-driving software is linked to a military contractor with a conflict of interest, and the Canadian Automobile Association releases a new EV buyer’s guide. This is the latest in electric and autonomous vehicles. Teslas and tactical fighters A software designer for American stealth aircraft […]

Magnaberry: Magna International and Blackberry partner to develop ADAS solutions

Waterloo, Ontario — In a meeting of two Canadian manufacturing giants, Wednesday saw the solidifying of a partnership between Magna International and Blackberry to jointly develop integrated advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) solutions. BlackBerry will provide the auto parts manufacturer with its QNX software as well as engineering services. “With software now being a driving […]

EV/AV Report: May 2, 2022

Toronto, Ontario — In this weekly electric and autonomous vehicle report, Statistics Canada says zero-emissions vehicle represented just over six percent of Canada’s overall vehicle registrations for Q4 2021; General Motors partners with a Toronto company in the name of driverless tech and Vancouver Island gets it first hydrogen-fuelling station. Six percent celebration It appears […]

Frame-by-Frame: U.S. patent approved for self-calibrating, multi-camera AV driving system

Toronto, Ontario — A recently approved patent developed by a Boston, Mass. startup could have some fairly unique implications on an already turbulent calibration landscape, as NODAR has put together a self-calibrating, multi-camera AV driving system. NODAR said the system, called “Hammerhead 3D Vision,” can compare images from each camera and triangulate the distance to […]