self-driving cars

BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars
BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars

BMW and Daimler joined forces to develop self-driving car technology. The two typical rivals said in separate announcements last week that the partnership is a long-term contract to help bring autonomous vehicle technologies to market quicker. Specifically, the agreement aims to put Level 4...Read More»

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Ford, VW announce multibillion-dollar partnership for self-driving cars and electric cars

Ford and Volkswagen announced Friday a widening partnership between the two automakers and detailed a multibillion-dollar partnership to develop autonomous cars. Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess announced the deal in New York and said VW would invest $2.6 billion in Ford-backed...Read More»

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Volkswagen, Ford reportedly will team up to build self-driving cars, EVs

Volkswagen and Ford could announce a deeper alliance this week—beyond commercial vans and small pickups across the world—to build self-driving and electric cars. The New York Times reported July 5 that the two automakers could announce the partnership as soon as this week. The two...Read More»

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Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai

Technology giant Apple has purchased self-driving car startup Drive.ai just as it was preparing to close up shop. Apple confirmed with Axios it made the purchase on Tuesday, though it's unclear what the technology company paid for the self-driving car company. Drive.ai had raised around $77 million...Read More»

Consumer Reports Tesla Model 3 Navigate on Autopilot ready for right-lane pass [CREDIT: CR]
IIHS says automated car tech confusing to consumers

Systems designed to make driving more automated have created a cloud of confusion for drivers, the IIHS found. The insurance industry-funded IIHS surveyed 2,000 drivers to understand how the branding names of systems affect the technology's perceived effectiveness. The results released Thursday...Read More»

Nuro and Domino's partner for self-driving pizza delivery
No driver, no problem: Domino's to test out self-driving pizza-delivery van in Houston

Order a Domino's pizza this fall in Houston and it may arrive in a futuristic self-driving test van. Autonomous car startup company Nuro said Monday that it will partner with Domino's for self-driving pizza deliveries from one Domino's location in Houston. It's the company's second major delivery...Read More»

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Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver

"Florida man" headlines may be a thing of the past when it comes to cars. The Sunshine State will become home to the nation's least stringent autonomous car legislation come July 1. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation into law last Thursday that does not require a self-driving test car to have...Read More»

Hyundai Nexo with Aurora Innovation self-driving technology
Hyundai, Kia in driver's seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup

Hyundai and Kia last week upped their investment in autonomous car technology startup Aurora Innovation just as Volkswagen stepped away. Specifically, the investment will expand self-driving technology research to more Hyundai and Kia models and help build a platform suitable for the brands' future...Read More»

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USPS to test autonomous long-haul delivery trucks

We've come a long way from the Pony Express. The U.S. Postal Service said last week that it will test autonomous long-haul mail delivery trucks in the relatively remote stretch between Phoenix and Dallas. The USPS said that San Diego-based TuSimple won the contract to self self-driving semi trucks...Read More»

Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
Nonprofit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request

In a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Auto Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The nonprofit advocacy group claimed Monday in a...Read More»

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Study: Consumers have more confidence in self-driving cars than electric vehicles

American consumers have more confidence in self-driving car technology than electric vehicles, according to the results of a survey conducted by the AAA. Results of the study released last week show that Americans are more likely to think that most cars will be able to drive themselves come 2029...Read More»

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Lyft to let riders hail Waymo self-driving taxis from its app

Lyft users in the Phoenix area may soon be able to hail a self-driving car from Google's Waymo division directly from the ride-sharing service's smartphone app. The two firms announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will see Waymo autonomous vehicles deployed as part of the Lyft network. The...Read More»

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Florida could legalize fully self-driving cars

Florida may be the next state to make self-driving cars without a backup driver legal on its roads. Senate Bill 932 lays out a path to autonomous car legalization in the Sunshine State. Notably, the cars would not require a human driver behind the wheel, something currently not allowed in most...Read More»

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Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

Waymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, Arizona
Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

Google's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would...Read More»

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Tesla CEO: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year

At an event to promote his company's autonomous technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday said that a fleet of self-driving taxis will be on the road as early as next year. The New York Times reported on Musk's comments following the presentation. Musk said the self-driving "robo taxis" will be...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla to hike price for "Full Self-Driving" driver-assistance tech

Tesla's advanced driver-assistance technology, which isn't even fully operational yet, will cost a lot more next month. "Full Self-Driving," as Tesla calls tech that allows its vehicles to drive themselves from an on-ramp to an off-ramp on limited-access roads with no driver intervention, will cost...Read More»

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Ford, Uber dial back expectations for self-driving cars

Two major players vowing to transform the automotive industry with self-driving cars backpedaled on expectations this week. Both Ford and ride-sharing company Uber tempered expectations for when autonomous cars will arrive and what they'll be capable of when they do. Uber's chief scientist at its...Read More»

Singapore-MIT self-driving car tests in heavy rain at CETRAN facility Image: SMART
Self-driving cars tackle tropical storms at Singapore test center

In Singapore, self-driving development cars are getting a far tougher shakedown than they are in gentle real-world testing in places such as Arizona. IEEE Spectrum on Monday opened the doors to the Center for Excellence for Testing and Research of AVs, or CETRAN, in Singapore, a 200-acre facility...Read More»

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