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With safety being the biggest concern for the viability of self-driving cars, taxis could be the ideal testing ground over the next five years. Jeff Owens, chief technology officer and executive VP at Delphi Automotive, says that the largest barrier for self-driving cars will be legal issues. City governments can quickly adopt the legal framework […]

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Apple Inc. may be giving up on self-driving cars since it won’t be anywhere near as profitable as its current gadget offerings, according to an investment analyst. The huge investment cost for selling cars would be “catastrophic” for Apple’s valuation, said Richard Windsor, an analyst at Edison Investment Research. The margins for getting into the […]

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Ford Motor Co., Volvo Cars, Google, Uber Technologies, and Lyft, have formed a coalition to push federal action forward on self-driving cars. The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets has a mission “to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.” David Strickland, the former top official […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk would like to bring Autopilot over to transit vehicles to reduce traffic in congested urban environments. Musk says he is working on a self-driving vehicle that could replace buses and other public transport vehicles – but he is keeping it a secret for now. “We have an idea for something which […]

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Volvo will be rolling out what it says is the largest project of its kind in China – 100 self-driving cars as part of its Drive Me experimental program. This test project follows the Swedish automaker’s plan of testing 100 self-driving cars in the streets of its hometown, Gothenburg. In China, the test project won’t […]

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A consumer advocacy group is asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to slow down, following NHTSA’s announcement that it will be updating its policy on self driving cars. John M. Simpson, the privacy project director for advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, addressed the issue in a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation […]

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Kia is expanding the research and development of its autonomous technologies to create more driver-assist features by 2020 and a fully-autonomous car by 2030. “Fully-autonomous vehicles are still some way off, and a great deal of research and rigorous product testing will need to be carried out to make the ‘self-driving car’ a reality,” said […]

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A Washington, D.C. – based nonprofit announced a new Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, created to advocate for a technology that the group said offers benefits for business, national security and the environment. The goal of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) – an organization that promotes alternatively-fueled vehicles as a way to reduce the country’s dependence […]

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Even as autonomous technology continues to make its way from prototypes to street-legal vehicles, legislators and lawmakers are still working to define the rules and liabilities for self-driving cars. In the meantime, one carmaker is taking a resolved stance on the matter: “Volvo will accept full liability whenever one if its cars is in autonomous […]

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This week, the University of Michigan opened a 32-acre miniature city with intersections, streetlights and construction zones to offer a real world environment for testing autonomous technology. University officials said Mcity, the name of the test course, is “the world’s first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies […]

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