July 17, 2018

Waymo’s Self-Driving Trucks Will Hit the Road in Atlanta

Self-driving trucks appear to be riding in the fast lane on the road toward an autonomous era of travel. In a single week, Uber revealed that it has been testing automated trucks on Arizona highways since November, culminating in a 344-mile autonomous journey conducted under the supervision of a human safety driver. Not to be […]

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Self-Driving Truck Loses Its Remote Connection, But Not Its Shot at Milestone Achievement

From his vantage point in a car a few dozen feet in front of a 20,000-pound big rig barreling along a Florida highway without anyone behind its wheel, Stefan Seltz-Axmacher felt like everything was going according to plan. As the founder of self-driving-truck startup Starsky Robotics, he had spent more than two years building to […]

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Here’s Why Big Automakers Are Investing in May Mobility, an Autonomous-Shuttle Startup

Standing on a street corner in downtown Detroit on a brisk winter afternoon, Kevin Bopp watched in frustration as a large bus pulled to a nearby curb and dropped off its lone passenger. “That’s one of ours,” he said, wincing toward the bus. He’s not happy about that fact. Bopp is the vice president of […]

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Qualcomm Has Big Plans for Cellular Connections between Future Cars

Automakers have reached a fork in the road when it comes to deciding how to connect cars so that they can eventually transmit potentially life-saving safety information to each other in real time. For decades, car companies and researchers have been developing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V in industry parlance) systems on the backbone of dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) […]

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Pedestrian Deaths Remain High, Maybe Because Drivers Are, Too

The number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles on U.S. roads remains at or near levels not seen in more than a quarter of a century. A new report released Wednesday calculates that 5984 pedestrians were killed in motor-vehicle crashes in 2017, according to preliminary data. If those numbers hold, they’re essentially unchanged from the […]

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Miami Slice: Ford Starts Self-Driving Pizza Delivery, and More, in South Florida

Throughout its years-long push to develop autonomous vehicles, Ford has tested its self-driving technology along city streets in Pittsburgh, during blinding snowstorms in Michigan, and through blistering temperatures in Arizona. When it comes to testing the business models that Ford thinks self-driving cars will support, rather than the underlying technology itself, company executives knew they […]

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A Major Automotive Supplier Joins the Ride-Sharing Ranks

Carpooling has historically been a hard sell to commuters. Whether it’s the convenience of driving themselves or the lure of cheap gasoline, the percentage of Americans who share rides to work peaked at 19.7 percent in 1980 and has fallen by more than half over the past three decades. But with more people rethinking the […]

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What We Can Learn about Autonomous Progress from California Disengagement Reports

Let’s start with the caveats. The annual reports on autonomous testing in California required by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles are far from a perfect measure of any company’s self-driving competence. These reports, including the latest batch, released last week, provide some fresh details on the circumstances surrounding when and why a self-driving system […]

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License-Plate Readers May Help Target Illegal Immigrants, Or You

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators have recently expanded their use of controversial databases containing billions of license-plate records, and privacy advocates fear the widespread use of these records will embolden the administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. While the federal agency previously has used the information in a more limited scope, an agreement signed last […]

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AAA Survey: Icy Reception for Driverless Cars Is Thawing

Americans are warming to the idea of riding in self-driving vehicles, although they’re still wary of sharing the road with them. While a majority of U.S. drivers still say they’re afraid of riding in a fully autonomous vehicle, a new AAA survey finds that fewer are expressing those fears than in previous years. Sixty-three percent […]

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