Autonomous cars

NHTSA regulator: self-driving vehicles shouldn't be regulated... yet
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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Uber self-driving car driver was watching "The Voice" on her phone before fatal crash, police say

Police in Tempe, Arizona, said Thursday that the test driver in a self-driving Uber prototype vehicle was streaming the TV show "The Voice" on Hulu on her cell phone in the moments leading up to a fatal crash that killed a pedestrian in March. The Tempe Police Department's report released to...Read More»

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Self-driving car pioneers link up to study "human impact" of driverless future

Millions of jobs could be eliminated by driverless cars in the future. A newly formed organization announced Tuesday—The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO)—combines the forces of the major firms building and testing on self-driving cars with the intention...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC90
Self-driving Volvo XC90 crossover SUV planned for 2021

Volvo will sell a Level 4 self-driving crossover SUV in 2021 to the public, the company's research and development chief told The Car Connection on Wednesday. Volvo Senior Vice President Henrik Green said the next-generation XC90, which will be built at the automaker's new assembly plant near...Read More»

Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts

Self-driving car development in Silicon Valley is starting to feel like a game of autonomous musical chairs. The Information reported Friday that Apple hired Jaime Waydo, senior self-driving car engineer away from Google’s Waymo unit. The news comes not long after news that Apple and VW will...Read More»

2018 Volvo S90, V90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine
Volvo to invest in lidar company for its self-driving car tech

A California company that produces lidar, the technology at the forefront of self-driving car development, said Thursday that Volvo will make a "significant" investment in its operations. Speaking with Automotive News, Volvo research and design chief Henrik Green didn't reveal details of the size...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X using Autopilot self-driving tech sped up automatically before fatal crash

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said that a Tesla Model X fitted with the automaker's Autopilot self-driving car tech accelerated on its own before striking a damaged highway barrier near Mountain View, California, in March. The impact killed the Tesla's...Read More»

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Partially self-driving 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee may drive itself to the trailhead

A Level 2 self-driving Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the first in a slew of autonomous cars headed for its U.S. showrooms, the automaker announced Friday. In a wide-ranging presentation for media and investors Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, outlined its strategy for new cars, new...Read More»

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World's largest tech fund pumps $2.25B into GM self-driving car unit

GM Cruise, the tech division of automaker GM that recently showed off a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV devoid of a steering wheel, is ready to shift into overdrive. That's because SoftBank Vision Fund said Thursday that it will invest $2.25 billion into GM Cruise in exchange for a 19.6 percent...Read More»

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars
Uber, Pittsburgh mayor clash over plan to restart self-driving car tests

When Uber said Wednesday that it planned to restart testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, the announcement caught the city's mayor by surprise. In response, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto lashed out against the ride-sharing service's communication—or lack thereof—with his city's...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Self-driving Uber test vehicle spotted pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash (Updated)

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday concluded that Uber's self-driving technology fitted a Volvo XC90 driving in Tempe, Arizona, spotted a woman 6 seconds before fatally striking her, but didn't automatically brake because that feature was disabled...Read More»

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Fatal crash prompts Uber to shut down Arizona self-driving car trial

Two months after one of its vehicles was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian, Uber said Wednesday that it will formally cease self-driving car testing and development in Arizona. Uber's announcement comes after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended the ride-sharing company from testing...Read More»

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Survey finds public trust in self-driving cars declined after fatal crashes

Consumer confidence in self-driving cars is on the decline, according to a new survey. Nearly three-quarters of 1,014 Americans polled by AAA last month said that they’re afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle. Willingness to ride in a self-driving car dropped from 64 percent late last year...Read More»

MIT self-driving car with MapLite technology for rural areas
MIT's new self-driving car navigates without road markings

Researchers at MIT have built a self-driving car that doesn’t rely on the intense amount of technology needed to make self-driving cars work in urban environments. Instead, the car is meant for use on rural roads. MIT calls the technology Maplite. The new technology works by combining GPS...Read More»

Drive.ai self-driving car service starting in Texas
Self-driving vans ready to shuttle riders in Dallas suburb this summer

After-work happy hour will never be the same in Frisco, Texas. That's because the nation's first on-demand self-driving car service said Wednesday that it will begin testing vans that can be summoned on-demand via a smartphone app for rides between an office park and an entertainment district built...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Self-driving car using Google-owned Waymo tech involved in crash

A car that veered into oncoming traffic struck a self-driving minivan operated by Google's Waymo division in suburban Phoenix last week. The crash was the second in a six-week span involving autonomous test vehicles in Arizona. Unlike the fatal crash in March involving a Volvo XC90 using Uber's...Read More»

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