April 18, 2018

This Self-Driving, Er, Self-Parking Startup Stood Out at CES

Among the throng of self-driving startups making pronouncements at CES, high ambitions were in plentiful supply, but specific business plans were harder to find. Among those revealing previously secret intentions in Las Vegas, one company worth keeping an eye on is Steer, the first company to obtain an autonomous-vehicle testing permit in Maryland. While others […]

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Historic Willow Run Site Now Testing Autonomous Cars in Bad Weather

A test track for connected and autonomous vehicles built on the grounds of a dilapidated auto factory in southeastern Michigan has officially opened for business, and perhaps at the perfect time. Operations at the American Center for Mobility (ACM) began just as the winter’s first major snowstorm hit the state. Snow and icy weather present […]

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With Bicycle Deaths Rising, There’s a Renewed Focus on Sharing the Road

As big cities across the country grapple with population growth and all projections indicate they’ll continue to burst at the seams, it would be natural to think that transportation planners are focused on expanding roads and maximizing traffic flow. Instead, they’re recalibrating the options, examining everything from adding autonomous shuttles to public-transit fleets to increasing […]

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New York City Takes Space from Cars, Redistributes to Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Traffic in New York City can be intense. In Manhattan, where the daytime population surges to four million and pedestrians can outnumber cars by an 18-to-1 margin, city officials recently conducted a months-long experiment on a single block along Broadway. Pavement that was used exclusively for cars was redistributed, allotting more space to bicyclists and pedestrians. […]

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This Morning, GM Gave Four Million Car Owners the Ability to Order Coffee and a Doughnut via Touchscreen

For some commuters who make stopping for a cup of coffee part of their daily routine, the morning drive to work may never be the same. In the wee hours of the morning, General Motors enabled a new feature, called Marketplace, in about four million vehicles. It lets car owners order things like coffee and […]

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Lincoln Rolls Out New Services That Offer the Luxury of Time Saved

Whether it’s sitting in stop-and-go traffic while running errands, standing in a herd of people in an airport security line, or just feeling the low-grade anxiety that comes with limiting mileage in the hope of avoiding surcharges on a leased car, the travel experience often amounts to one big headache. Traditionally, carmakers haven’t cared one whit. […]

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GM and Cruise Finally Give a Peek behind the Curtain of Their Automated-Driving Program

General Motors has noodled with the idea of automated vehicles since at least the mid-1950s, when the company produced a film with its Firebird II concept car that showed a family cruising down a highway autonomously. Now, more than six decades later, GM claims to be getting close to making its first highly automated vehicles […]

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Next Step: Uber and Volvo Teaming to Build Thousands of Driverless Cars

Volvo and Uber will undertake a massive expansion of their partnership involving automated vehicles over the next three years. After spending the past 15 months building prototypes that were subsequently deployed in select cities around the United States with human safety drivers behind the wheel, the two companies signed an agreement announced Monday that calls […]

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A Hyperloop-Inspired Pod May One Day Help Drivers Skip Denver Traffic

In searching for ways to reduce crippling congestion on its highways, Colorado is looking beyond roads and traditional vehicles. State officials have announced the formation of a public/private partnership with Los Angeles startup Arrivo, an engineering company intent on building a hyperloop-inspired transportation system that runs along a track and can be used by both […]

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Feds Take Hands-Off Approach to Driverless Tech, Worrying Consumer Groups

Most Americans aren’t ready to trust self-driving vehicles. If that’s going to change as automated travel nears, consumer advocates say that federal regulators responsible for protecting the motoring public must set and enforce rigorous safety standards for the fledgling technology. But there are growing concerns the government is doing little to ensure autonomous vehicles are […]

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