Autonomous cars

GM's Cruise Automation upgrades self-driving test cars, Cadillac to offer Super Cruise self-driving tech on full lineup
GM's Cruise Automation upgrades self-driving test cars, Cadillac to offer Super Cruise self-driving tech on full lineup

General Motors on Friday said on a conference call for investors that its Cruise Automation self-driving car subsidiary is now using more advanced test vehicles that retain steering wheels and gas and brake pedals. The latest Cruise test cars have more advanced and less obtrusive sensors. The...Read More»

Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
VW nabs Apple exec for self-driving car development

Volkswagen has hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to lead technical development at its commercial vehicles division, which includes responsibility for the development of self-driving cars and the automaker's mobility services. Reuters reported on the hiring on Wednesday and said...Read More»

Pronto.AI self-driving car system
Self-driving car engineer drove cross-country without touching steering wheel

Ex-Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski could have dozed off as he made a coast-to-coast trip behind the wheel of a self-driving test car. He claims to have not touched the steering wheel of the car when it was on the highway between San Francisco and New York City, a 3,009-mile distance. The...Read More»

Lyft self-driving car communication system
Lyft patents pedestrian notification system for self-driving cars

Self-driving cars pose a variety of challenges for automakers and technology companies, and Lyft has patented new technology to help make pedestrians more comfortable around autonomous vehicles. The ride-sharing company received a patent for technology that turns the windows into screens to display...Read More»

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Waymo details self-driving taxi service for Arizona

Waymo promised it would launch a public self-driving ride-share service by the end of 2018, but instead, it will start with a limited-scale service for screened riders. Google's self-driving car subsidiary unveiled Waymo One on Wednesday, which provides self-driving taxis to a few hundred riders...Read More»

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Uber hires former NHTSA official as it seeks to shore up its safety record

Uber, still in recovery mode after a deadly self-driving car crash this past March, has hired a former NHTSA official as it prepares to restart its autonomous car operations. CNBC reported Monday that Nat Beuse has joined the company. He's the latest government official to enter the private sector...Read More»

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BMW: Level 5 self-driving car could happen by 2021

The self-driving car industry is flush with optimism, and the latest dose comes from German brand BMW. The company said it believes it could have a Level 5 self-driving car ready by 2021. Klaus Froehlich, BMW Group Board of Management, told Motor Authority at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday that...Read More»

Kyle Vogt (left) and Dan Ammann
GM names its president as CEO of self-driving car subsidiary

General Motors has shaken up its executive hierarchy. On Thursday, the automaker said Dan Ammann would leave a top GM post to become CEO of Cruise Automation, its self-driving car division. Cruise is GM's self-driving car subsidiary, which the automaker purchased in 2016. Ammann led the acquisition...Read More»

Volvo 360C concept
Volvo, Luminar make big strides in self-driving tech

Volvo and its self-driving car technology partner, Luminar, said they've made a major advance in lidar technology that helps autonomous vehicles "see" its surroundings like never before. Lidar is an essential component that allows a self-driving car to view the world around it and determine the...Read More»

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Uber removed second backup driver from self-driving test cars ahead of fatal crash

Prior to a fatal crash with between a pedestrian and its self-driving experimental car in Arizona, Uber is alleged to have removed a second human backup driver from its testing procedure. The latest report comes from Business Insider, which said Monday that Uber handed over all monitoring and...Read More»

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Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

California granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor...Read More»

Cohda Wireless self-driving Lincoln MKZ sedans
Autonomous vehicle testing with V2X technology reaches Australian roads

A self-driving car reached Australian roads for the first time, where it was operated in Adelaide Sunday by Cohda Wireless as a demonstration of its “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) technology. According to ABC (the Australian one), the government blocked off roads in a certain section of...Read More»

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British firm Addison Lee plans self-driving London taxis for 2021 launch

The iconic London cab could soon lose its most iconic feature: the cabbie. British firm Addison Lee announced Monday that it plans to introduce self-driving taxis in the English capital by 2021 according to Bloomberg. The company, which has about 5,000 taxis currently in service in London, signed a...Read More»

Ford Fusion autonomous car prototype
Ford becomes first automaker to test self-driving cars in Washington, D.C.

Ford on Monday said that it will test its autonomous vehicle technology at the federal government’s doorstep in Washington, D.C. Ford also evaluates its experimental technology in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami. According to a post by the company on Medium, the intent of the program is to...Read More»

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Scientific study examines morality of self-driving car maneuvers involving pedestrians

It’s a question asked many times by philosophy professors, autonomous car engineers, and even the former hosts of Top Gear: if a self-driving car is barrelling towards a pedestrian in the road and has the option to swerve and put other pedestrians in danger, which alternative should it...Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Lyft hires former Obama DOT secretary Anthony Foxx as chief policy officer

Ride-sharing giant Lyft has an eye on its self-driving taxi development going forward, as the company said Tuesday that it hired Anthony Foxx, former Transportation Secretary under President Barack Obama, as its new chief policy officer. According to CNN, Foxx is the first former transportation...Read More»

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Feds loosen safety guidance that impedes self-driving car development

The U.S. Department of Transportation released an 80-page update of NHTSA guidance dubbed “Automated Vehicles 3.0” on Thursday in an effort to make self-driving car development easier. Currently, NHTSA regulations require automakers to meet nearly 75 different safety standards, all of...Read More»

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Honda invests $2.75B in GM's self-driving car division

Honda on Wednesday said that it would invest $2.75 billion over the next 12 years in Cruise, General Motors' self-driving car operations. Initially, Honda will pump $750 million into Cruise in exchange for a 5.7 percent share in GM's autonomous car development arm. MORE: California DMV: Many...Read More»

VW-Microsoft technology partnership
VW, Microsoft team up for connected cars

From Volkswagen’s perspective, it seems no number of tech partners is too many. The German giant announced Friday that it will be teaming up with Microsoft for connected car and cloud services despite a hush-hush deal with Apple to develop autonomous technology. Volkswagen has chosen...Read More»

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