Autonomous cars

Google's Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars
Google's Waymo teaches California cops how to handle self-driving cars

Google's Waymo self-driving car division on Wednesday brought California Highway Patrol officers to the classroom to go teach them how to deal with self-driving cars. KNTV reported that Waymo employees showed the highway patrol officers not only how to pull over an autonomous vehicle but how...Read More»

Optimus Ride to launch at Brooklyn Navy Yard
Self-driving cars to shuttle workers around Brooklyn Navy Yard

New York is in for its first self-driving car shuttle service, thanks to Optimus Ride. The company announced Wednesday that it will bring the first autonomous shuttles to the Empire State later this year. Specifically, the shuttles will operate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which covers 300 acres and...Read More»

Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant
Ford will build its self-driving cars in U.S.

When the first self-driving cars from Ford are ready for the road, they'll leave a Michigan assembly plant. The automaker said that part of a $900 million investment includes plans for a new facility near Detroit to assemble its autonomous vehicles starting in 2021. Workers at the new plant will be...Read More»

GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
Federal regulators want to know what the public thinks of self-driving cars

Safety officials are asking for the public's help to rewrite the rules for self-driving cars, which were written decades ago. General Motors last year petitioned the NHTSA to allow self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on the road that lacked steering wheels and pedals. The federal agency languished for...Read More»

Argo AI self-driving car
Study: 3 of 4 people are afraid of self-driving cars

The results of a study published Thursday indicate that automakers have ground to cover when it comes to making Americans comfortable with self-driving cars. Three out of four surveyed in the U.S. are afraid to ride in a completely self-driving vehicle and that fear is climbing, AAA found. AAA...Read More»

BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
BMW and Daimler team up for self-driving car development

BMW and Daimler, the German automaker that owns Mercedes-Benz on Thursday tied the knot by cooperating on advanced next-generation driver-assistance technologies to pave the way for self-driving cars. Long term, the partnership between the two former foes will help bring Level 3, 4, and 5...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Self-driving cars will one day pull over for police

Self-driving cars have a lot to learn before they're ready to tackle every situation, including how to pay attention to police or road crew hand signals. The Detroit News reported Monday about a California Highway Patrol officer who attempted to stop a Tesla Model S cruising at speeds above the...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car
Waymo self-driving car navigates flashing traffic light, follows police signals

Self-driving cars aren't ready for prime time yet, but they continue to show promising signs of intelligence. The latest example is Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica that successfully navigated a broken traffic light and followed a police officer's hand signals. The quick video shows the...Read More»

Quadrobot self-driving package delivery vehicle
Detroit-built self-driving delivery vehicles put to the test in China

Detroit-based Quadrobot is ready to take its self-driving mail delivery vehicle on the road. The startup company told The Detroit Free Press Sunday that it has plans to begin tests in China, and locally in Michigan, later this year with its Quadrobot U1. The tiny vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive...Read More»

Aurora Innovation self-driving car prototype
Amazon makes investment in Aurora Innovation self-driving car company

Online shopping and technology giant Amazon last week confirmed that it has invested in a self-driving car technology startup called Aurora Innovation. Aurora listed Amazon as one of several investors in its latest round of fundraising. Aurora's financial documents show it secured $530 million, but...Read More»

Volvo 360C concept
Volvo green-lighted to test self-driving cars in Sweden

A Volvo joint venture will take to Swedish highways to test a Level 4 self-driving car later this year, Reuters reported Monday. Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer, gained approval from Swedish authorities to test self-driving cars at speeds up to 50 mph without any human...Read More»

Makr Shakr Guido self-driving bar
Self-driving bar will gladly pour one out on the go

The future both thrills and frightens us. Mark Shakr revealed its self-driving bar, which combines an autonomous vehicle with robotics capable of serving up the finest adult beverages. The promise? No matter where a thirsty soul stands, the Makr Shakr "Guido," as the company calls it, can serve up...Read More»

Cruise Automation Gen 2 and Gen 3 self-driving cars
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»

Waymo self-driving car
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»

BMW Vision iNext concept
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»

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