Autonomous cars

Volvo to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads before 2021 launch
Volvo to test self-driving cars on Swedish roads before 2021 launch

Following the debut of its pod-like autonomous concept earlier this month, Volvo has been granted permission by the Swedish Transport Agency to start real-world testing of its self-driving technology, with the goal of launching a consumer-ready vehicle by 2021. According to The Local and documents...Read More»

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VW pushing for self-driving car industry standards

Volkswagen has reportedly been talking to its competitors about creating auto industry-wide standards for self-driving cars, Automotive News reported Friday. The automaker has talked to more than a dozen automakers and other firms involved in developing autonomous car technology about an alliance...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic
Mercedes-Benz’s van of the future is self-driving, modular, and crazy-looking

If Mercedes-Benz is to be believed, the urban van of the future will be modular, self-driving, and if we’re honest, pretty ugly. The German giant unveiled its new Vision Urbanetic concept on Monday from the van division, and it merges autonomy with the ability to haul plenty of people or...Read More»

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Few automakers reported on self-driving car safety to White House

Despite requests from the White House to voluntarily outline a strategy and provide data on self-driving car efforts on public roads, few automakers and tech companies have complied. As The Detroit News reported Monday, only General Motors, Ford, and Google-owned Waymo have submitted reports. The...Read More»

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Fiat Chrysler pumps $30M into self-driving car test facility

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday that it spent $30 million to build a new facility in its Chelsea, Michigan, proving grounds facility to help it develop self-driving cars. The self-driving car facility comprises about 35 acres on the sprawling 4,000-acre complex about 70 miles west of...Read More»

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Apple's self-driving car rear-ended

A Lexus RX 450h fitted with Apple's experimental self-driving car technology was hit by a driver in a 2016 Nissan Leaf last month, a police report said. The crash is believed to have been the first involving the car testing technology for Apple's secretive Project Titan program. A post-crash report...Read More»

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Humans to blame for most self-driving car crashes in California, study shows

Computers might be better drivers, after all. That's according to a study compiled by Axios, which said Wednesday that the vast majority of crashes involving self-driving cars in California were not caused by the autonomous vehicles. Axios studied 54 incidents involving the 55 companies granted...Read More»

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Toyota to invest $500M in Uber, will add self-driving Sienna minivans to fleet

Toyota and Uber on Monday announced that they will work together on self-driving car development in an effort to put purpose-built autonomous Toyota Sienna minivans in the ride-share firm's fleet in 2021. Toyota said that it will invest $500 million in Uber, which follows an undisclosed investment...Read More»

AutoX self-driving grocery delivery
AutoX brings self-driving grocery delivery to Silicon Valley, first outside of Arizona

Autonomous grocery delivery is not just for a few lucky Arizonans anymore. Self-driving startup AutoX is introducing the service to customers in San Jose, California, the company announced Monday. Partnering with GrubMarket.com, which sources organic foods directly from the source and supplies to...Read More»

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Lyft, Aptiv reach 5,000 paid ride milestone in self-driving BMWs

The race to the autonomous ride-sharing finish line just got a little bit tighter, as Lyft and self-driving tech company Aptiv said Tuesday that their Las Vegas-based taxis have completed 5,000 paid rides. Lyft and Aptiv's trial is the first commercial, for-profit self-driving ride-share, although...Read More»

Nuro self-driving car with Kroger grocery delivery
Kroger supermarkets jump into self-driving car grocery delivery in Arizona

With Waymo, Uber, and more testing all over the state, Arizona is a hotbed (pun intended) of self-driving car activity, and Kroger supermarkets said Thursday that it would be starting self-driving grocery delivery with partner Nuro at a single store in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona...Read More»

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Age against the machine: IIHS finds that autonomous safety systems aren’t up to human level, yet

In case you needed yet another reason not to tune out when autopilot is active, an IIHS study released on Tuesday has found that advanced driver assist systems aren’t as robust as normal human reaction time. MORE: IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency braking in...Read More»

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Fast food: Walmart and Waymo to test self-driving grocery pickup and delivery

Grocery delivery services are nothing new, but Walmart and Google autonomous vehicle venture Waymo’s new partnership aims to take one more factor out of the equation: the driver. The two companies said Wednesday that a pilot program will take place in Waymo’s Phoenix self-driving car...Read More»

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Google-owned Waymo’s self-driving cars go 25,000 miles a day

If you think your commute is long, try driving for Waymo… or sitting behind the wheel, rather. The Google-owned autonomous vehicle development company announced that its vehicles have reached 8 million miles on public roads, an average of 25,000 combined miles daily. MORE: Ford to pump $4B...Read More»

Self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid for Domino's pizza delivery
Ford to pump $4B into new self-driving car subsidiary

Ford will spend $4 billion over five years on a new subsidiary called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC to develop a self-driving car by 2021. To do so, Ford said Tuesday that it installed Sherif Marakby, who led up Uber's self-driving car division for a year, to lead the subsidiary as its CEO. Under...Read More»

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NHTSA regulator: self-driving vehicles shouldn't be regulated... yet

A top auto safety official at the NHTSA has claimed that it’s too early to regulate self-driving vehicles, such as the ones being tested by Uber, Waymo, and more. According to Automotive News, NHTSA deputy administrator Heidi King said in an interview on Thursday: “At this point the...Read More»

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Uber rethinks autonomous efforts in Pittsburgh in wake of fatal Arizona crash

Uber informed nearly 100 autonomous vehicle operators in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that their jobs will be terminated as the company moves to rethink its self-driving strategy in the wake of the fatal Tempe, Arizona, crash earlier this year that killed a pedestrian. MORE: Daimler, Bosch take...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Daimler, Bosch take self-driving taxi project to Silicon Valley competitors

Daimler, the parent company of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands, and major parts supplier Bosch announced Tuesday that it will deploy a self-driving taxi test program in Silicon Valley next year, taking the fight right to the heart of the ride-sharing world. MORE: Volkswagen, suppliers team up to...Read More»

Volkswagen testing autonomous parking at German airport
Volkswagen, suppliers team up to standardize self-driving car tech

From vehicle-to-vehicle communication, cameras, sensors, and radar, to a secure, high-speed network linking everything together, thousands of factors have to operate in sync and without fail for self-driving cars to succeed. That’s why the Volkswagen Group on Tuesday announced that it teamed...Read More»

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