July 26, 2017

GM Adds 130 Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs, Creating the Industry’s Largest Self-Driving Fleet . . . for Now

General Motors will more than triple the number of self-driving vehicles it has operating on public roads within a matter of weeks, giving its engineers one of the largest autonomous test fleets of any company developing the fledgling technology. Executives said this week that they have completed production of 130 autonomous electric Chevrolet Bolt EV cars at […]

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Honda Aims for a Fully Self-Driving Vehicle by 2025

Honda is firming up plans for its autonomous future. To date, the company has offered little more than a concept car it doesn’t intend to build (the battery-powered NeuV that was seen at the 2017 CES show) and a sparsely detailed partnership with Waymo. But late last week, Honda declared its intention to bring a fully self-driving vehicle to […]

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CEO Kalanick Taking a Break as Uber Charts New Course

Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber, said today that he’s taking an indefinite leave of absence from leading the ride-hailing service. Whenever he returns, if ever he returns, he’ll find himself in a reduced role. As part of its response to claims of a workplace culture that fostered sexual harassment, Uber’s board has voted to diminish […]

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Boston Study Focuses on How People Use Self-Driving Cars in Ride-Hailing Service

After years of single-minded focus on developing the technology for automated vehicles, the companies pushing to make self-driving cars a reality are now devoting more attention to the human beings who will ride in them. Over the past six months, both Volvo and Waymo have launched projects designed to examine how ordinary motorists use self-driving […]

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Uber Fires Anthony Levandowski amid Lawsuit over Self-Driving-Car Trade Secrets

It’s hard to believe, but it was only 10 months ago that Anthony Levandowski ascended to arguably the most enviable position of any engineer pioneering autonomous technology. Uber acquired his months-old self-driving-truck startup in August 2016 for $680 million. After enriching him, the company put him in charge of all its autonomous-development efforts, a critical […]

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Autonomous Trucks Stoke Fears of Job Losses, But Others Say Drivers Won’t Be Displaced Anytime Soon

America needs tens of thousands of new truck drivers. But for how long? At the same time industry leaders estimate at least 50,000 more truckers are needed to curb labor shortages and currently keep freight moving across the country, there are growing worries that automated vehicles could displace millions of driving-related jobs. Those concerns surfaced […]

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The Ultimate Mercedes-AMG: Details Emerge on Project One

Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 50th anniversary of AMG at the 2017 edition of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring this weekend, but the seven AMG GT3s gunning for the podium were just part of the excitement. In a darkened trackside room, AMG CEO Tobias Moers pulled the cover off a drivetrain mockup and spilled a few […]

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In Ordinary Trash, Volvo Sees Autonomous Treasure

Far from the sleek and futuristic concept cars often showcased by automakers, the first iterations of self-driving vehicles to reach the road may be no more glamorous than garbage trucks. That’s because they may literally be garbage trucks. Volvo has started work on joint research and development with Renova, a waste-disposal company in western Sweden. […]

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How Silicon Valley Spurred Bill Ford Jr. to Replace His CEO

Silicon Valley has played an outsize role in shaping Bill Ford Jr.’s thinking about the future of the auto industry. Although he didn’t know it at the time, two experiences in recent years left signature impressions that would ultimately lead to this weekend’s shakeup at the Ford Motor Company. The first came toward the end […]

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New York State Greets Autonomous-Car Testers with a Welcome Mat of Red Tape

New York’s governor signed legislation last week that paves the way for the testing of autonomous vehicles, a development trumpeted by state officials as an official welcome mat for the self-driving industry in a sought-after location. But manufacturers interested in testing on the state’s roads may find the process about as easy to navigate as […]

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