self-driving 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»

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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»

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Pennsylvania gives Uber green light to resume self-driving car tests

Nine months after an Uber self-driving car was involved in a deadly crash in Arizona, the company has received the OK to restart testing thousands of miles away near Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania agreed to allow the company to begin self-driving car tests again, though it's still banned from operating...Read More»

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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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Arizona tallies 21 assault cases against Waymo self-driving cars

Not everyone is completely in love with Waymo's self-driving cars zipping around local Arizona roads. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state has seen 21 cases in which an individual has assaulted a Waymo self-driving car over the past two years. According to the report, people have...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»

Self-driving Volvo commercial truck
Self-driving Volvo trucks to transport stone from Norwegian rock quarry

Volvo is taking its commercial truck business autonomous. Last week, the company announced that experimental self-driving trucks will lug stone from a Norwegian rock quarry to a port where the raw materials are shipped elsewhere. The agreement between Volvo Trucks and Brønnøy Kalk AS...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»

Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]
Apple co-founder not sold on self-driving cars

Based on his experience with his Tesla, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said last week that doesn't believe fully self-driving cars are possible in the near-term. Wozniak told CNBC in an interview published last week he initially hoped Apple would be first to launch a self-driving car, but added...Read More»

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Google's Waymo to launch driverless taxi service in two months

Waymo, Google and parent company Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, plans to launch its first self-driving taxi service in the next two months. The company's chief executive officer, John Krafcik, told an audience at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference on Tuesday that the service will...Read More»

Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service
Ford, Walmart team up for self-driving delivery program

Ford and Walmart have teamed up to launch a new self-driving delivery service pilot with the help of Postmates. The automaker announced Wednesday that Walmart and Postmates will help carry out the program, which intends to deliver a variety of goods to Walmart shoppers from the comfort of their...Read More»

Self-driving Mercedes-Benz S-Class prototype
Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to test self-driving cars in California

Mercedes-Benz and German supplier Bosch have announced they will begin a self-driving car pilot service next year in California. Mercedes parent Daimler said last week that the public self-driving car test service will roll out in San Jose, California, in the second quarter of 2019. Daimer and...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber ready to restart self-driving car tests

Following a fatal crash this past March, Uber is ready to resume self-driving car tests on public roads. The ride-sharing company's head of system safety for self-driving cars, Noah Zych, told The Washington Post in an interview published Friday that the goal is to regain the public's trust after...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»

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