Autonomous cars

Five ways self-driving cars will change the way you get your mail
Five ways self-driving cars will change the way you get your mail

The United States postal service is preparing for a future in which drivers won’t be a required part of mail delivery. It’s has been developing a self-driving mail truck, and now the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has publicly revealed a quintet of ways in which self-driving mail...Read More»

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California DMV looks to take the driver out of self-driving cars

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has revised a set of proposed self-driving car regulations that would now allow cars to drive themselves without human oversight—that is, without a human providing backup. The new rules are up for public discussion until October 25th, and if...Read More»

LeBron James gets a ride in an Intel-powered self-driving car
LeBron James is the self-driving car's new MVP

Computing titan Intel has been making plenty of waves lately in the self-driving car world, from acquiring autonomous tech company MobileEye, to partnering with Google spinoff Waymo, and FCA and BMW. Now, in an effort to make the emerging technology more familiar, it’s launching an ad...Read More»

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NVIDIA's new Level 5 self-driving car chip will make steering wheels a thing of the past

Computer hardware company NVIDIA has just released its first self-driving car-bound artificial intelligence computer, called NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus. According to the company, it is capable of Level 5 autonomy — which means it can power a self-driving car with such competence that there...Read More»

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Report: Waymo could launch self-driving ride-share service as early as this fall

Reports based on information obtained from people briefed on Waymo’s plans suggest the Google spinoff could be planning to launch a rideshare service composed of self-driving cars as early as this fall. Citing sources Silicon Beat and The Information claim that the service would involve...Read More»

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Senators announce bipartisan deal; automakers set to clear major hurdle in self-driving car legislation

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Commerce Committee Chairman Senator John Thune (R-SD) and announced a deal late Wednesday night on a new bipartisan legislation that carries major ramifications for the emerging self-driving car industry. Call it the P-T Cruiser Bill, if you will. The Senate Commerce...Read More»

Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars
Ford and Lyft's self-driving partnership aims for large-scale operations

Neither Ford or Lyft are strangers to the self-driving vehicles game, with everything from public alpha testing to driverless pizza delivery already on their repertoires. Now, they’re partnering up with the aim of “bringing self-driving vehicles to the masses.” Sherif Marakby...Read More»

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Freightliner to test automated "tailgating" technology on US roads

Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner parent company Daimler will begin using self-driving trucks on American roads as it trials so-called “platooning” technology. Platooning is a means of increasing fuel efficiency wherein automated vehicles drive together in a very tight single file...Read More»

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Intel, Waymo team up to design self-driving car computers

Google spinoff-slash-self-driving technology firm Waymo is partnering with Intel to develop new computing platforms. The companies announced the partnership this week, and revealed that Intel technologies have featured in Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans and their predecessors...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
GM looking to let public test its self-driving cars

GM’s Cruise Automation plans on letting members of the general public test its self-driving cars, pending regulatory approval. Cruise Anywhere is its ride-hailing service, which is currently limited to GM employees in the San Francisco area. As with other early tests of autonomous technology...Read More»

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NTSB calls Tesla’s self driving system a “major factor” in fatal crash, says poor safeguards “invite misuse”

Tesla relies on poorly-designed safeguards for its self-driving features that invite misuse, and they were a “major factor” in a widely-reported fatal crash last year, says the federal government. In a meeting discussing findings of its investigation into the crash, the National...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
Transportation department to carmakers: Make your own self-driving rules

The United States Department of Transportation has decided to use a set of voluntary guidelines—not enforceable rules—as the automotive industry evolves toward self-driving cars. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao also said that, “projects that have greater innovation will...Read More»

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Lyft to begin testing self-driving cars in San Francisco

Ride-sharing service Lyft says it plans to test self-driving vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, offering free rides to customers in exchange for their participation in the test. The company has long shared rival Uber’s ambitions of self-driving rideshare vehicles, and the latest plan...Read More»

Ford and Domino's deliver pizzas with self driving vehicles
SkyNet turns 20 today, and pizza delivery drivers are being replaced by self-driving cars

In the Terminator movie franchise, the ruthless, human-slaughtering artificial intelligence software known as SkyNet became self-aware on August 29, 1997. Here in the real world, 20 years later, the earth isn't a debris-strewn battlefield (yet), but make no mistake: AI has evolved, and it's serving...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo uses its own fake city to push the limits of self-driving car technology

Waymo, the self-driving car technology company that spun off from Google, developed its own artificial city for its fleet of test vehicles. Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cooperate on their development of self-driving vehicles, and FCA recently announced a further collaboration with BMW and...Read More»

Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]
How self-driving vehicles will soon impact your taxes

Self-driving of the future will use less fuel—and in some cases none at all—which could leave some states pining for revenue to finance infrastructure updates funded by gas taxes. Last year, Michigan adopted higher registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles in an effort to...Read More»

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VW revives its iconic Microbus as a self-driving electric van

In a single announcement, Volkswagen has managed to please just about everyone. The company is reinventing its famed Microbus, and will produce it as an all-electric, self-driving van that’s intended for road trips, ride-sharing, and even small businesses. When the small, utilitarian people...Read More»

Ford removable steering wheel and pedals patent
Are self-driving cars the beginning of the end for the steering wheel?

With the dawn of self-driving vehicles emerging on the horizon, many have speculated on the demise of the steering wheel. Some manufacturers, like BMW, vow that their cars will always have a steering wheel. Others, like Ford, openly embrace the idea of cars that could be operated without either a...Read More»

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FCA joins BMW's self-driving car development group

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and BMW are teaming up to develop a platform for fully autonomous vehicles with the intent of using it in production vehicles by 2021, according to a joint statement by both companies. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, a longtime proponent of efficiency through mergers and...Read More»

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