self-driving cars

Nissan to begin self-driving taxi trial in Japan
Nissan to begin self-driving taxi trial in Japan

Nissan will begin trials of a new autonomous taxi service in Japan starting March 5. Called Easy Ride, the service offers users of the app a “robo-vehicle” that also behaves like a concierge, making suggestions along its route. The service was co-developed with DeNA, one of...Read More»

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Google's Waymo approved to begin self-driving ride-share across Arizona

Waymo's driverless ride-sharing service has won a race against Uber in Arizona—and the company did it without a driver at the wheel. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, secured approval from the state of Arizona last month to operate as a Transportation Networking Company (TNC)...Read More»

Hyundai Nexo self-driving prototype
Nebraska wants in on self-driving car boom

Nebraska is eager to become a self-driving car development hub. State legislators presented on Tuesday two measures aimed at creating an environment friendly to driverless cars. Nebraska has two competing proposals under consideration. The first, championed by Senator Tyson Larson, would allow for...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber, Google's Waymo reach out-of-court settlement over self-driving car tech

Friday morning in a courtroom in San Francisco, trial lawyers representing Google's Waymo self-driving car technology division accepted a $245 million settlement offer from Uber. The settlement represents an anticlimactic end to what was expected to be a drawn-out trial between the two mobility...Read More»

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Google takes Uber to court over self-driving car tech

Google's self-driving car division Waymo will see ride-sharing firm Uber in court in San Francisco Monday. The showdown could determine which company will drive the future of autonomous cars. Waymo alleges that Uber stole trade secrets for the lidar technology that is essential to preventing...Read More»

Nissan Self-Driving Slippers
Nissan just invented the self-driving...slipper?

Self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicle technology are under widespread development and testing, but Nissan just took a decidedly different approach to dipping its toes into the arena. Almost literally. You’re looking at the world’s first semi-autonomous, self driving slippers. The...Read More»

2013 Ford Police Interceptor concept
Ford patents real-life, self-driving Robo-Cop car

Someone at Ford must appreciate classic action movies. First, the company announced it was making a driverless pizza delivery car—on the 20th anniversary of SkyNet. Now, Ford has a patent for a real life Robo-Cop car. Rather than a mechanized Alex Murphy driving a Taurus, however, the Ford...Read More»

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Waymo to order "thousands" of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid self-driving minivans

Google-owned self-driving car software firm Waymo said Tuesday that FCA will provide it with "thousands" of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. That's in addition to the 600-plus Pacifica vans Waymo has already converted to self-driving vehicles it's using to test out the software in more than two...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Motorcyclist sues GM over crash with self-driving car

In a case that could potentially set a landmark precedent, a motorcyclist is taking GM to court for its role in a 2017 collision between the rider and a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV. The vehicle involved is part of GM’s self-driving Cruise Anywhere ride-sharing fleet that it hopes will soon...Read More»

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Waymo to test self-driving cars in Atlanta

Waymo is already testing its self-driving technology everywhere from the high-tech, artificial town of Castle, California, to the trying Michigander winter, to the leisurely suburb of Chandler, Arizona, where its cars drive themselves without an engineer in the driver’s seat as a failsafe...Read More»

Second-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicle
Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet

Del Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based...Read More»

Interior of Chevrolet Cruise AV self-driving car, to go into production in 2019
Chevy bids adieu to the steering wheel for self-driving cars

It's a stark image of a future that Chevrolet says isn't far off. The automaker filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation with the intent of testing cars without steering wheels, pedals, or any kind of manual controls as early as 2019. The photo and video depict a test vehicle...Read More»

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China's Google competitor says maps for self-driving cars could become core of its business

As the age of self-driving cars steadily approaches, the demand for high-definition maps will outpace even the need for search engines. That’s the line of thinking, anyway, from Baidu, China’s largest search company and the country’s chief rival to Google. The company’s...Read More»

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Apple: Self-driving cars shouldn’t need a map

According to a recent patent filing, Apple’s engineers are working on a self-driving navigation system that uses sensors to determine which route to take, with no reliance on stored or downloaded maps. In other words, Apple is attempting to develop a 21st century equivalent of the cliched...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot
Tesla partners with British insurer for Autopilot discount

British insurer Direct Line is now offering a 5 percent discount to Tesla drivers to encourage them to use semi-autonomous driving tech. The offer is part of a collaboration between the insurance company and Tesla, which is estimated to have sold over 2,500 vehicles equipped with its Autopilot tech...Read More»

General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)
Uber investor pumps $500 million into Lyft

First, it was Uber’s misfortunes helping to accelerate arch-rival Lyft’s growth. Now it’s Uber’s fortunes. Mutual fund Fidelity will take part in Lyft’s newest round of financing, in which the company is expected to raise $1.5 billion overall. All total, the latest...Read More»

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Waymo’s self-driving fleet crosses 4-million mile barrier

As Google spinoff Waymo continues its march toward fully self-driving cars, it has reached a significant milepost: four million self-driven miles. On public roads. While that number is impressive—it would take one person three centuries of driving over 13,000 miles annually to match—the...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber agrees to buy 24,000 Volvo SUVs in its march toward self-driving vehicles

Uber will purchase up to 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021, the ride-sharing company announced Monday. According to Volvo, the vehicles are an “autonomous driving-compatible base.” As the name suggests, they constitute the next step for Uber as the rideshare company looks for...Read More»

Audi A7 autonomous car prototype
California to allow human-less self-driving car testing

Following a year of self-driving cars legally testing on public roads, California is ready to take things a step further by relaxing the rules surrounding testing. Soon, companies will be able to test their autonomous car prototypes on public roads without a driver, even as backup. That’s...Read More»

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