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Autonomous vehicles are projected to become a $560 billion industry within 20 years, but several problematic issues need to be worked out first. This was the finding of a report by consulting firm AT Kearney, which interviewed 150 executives from the technology, automotive, and communications industries surveying a broad array of issues facing the future […]

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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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Details are murky behind the scenes of quasi-secretive Google and its effort to build autonomous cars, but another top talent has been recruited from Tesla to potentially help it along its way. Reports indicate Google has hired Robert Rose, Tesla Motors’ former lead software engineer described by some as the “brains” behind Tesla’s Autopilot program […]

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One week Google executives say the company is moving toward mass producing its autonomous electric car, and the next a different representative is denying the idea. In the latest installment of “Will Google Build Electric Cars?” the answer is a clear no. “Google does not intend to become a car manufacturer,” said Philipp Justus, one […]

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It appears that Google may be moving beyond the research phase of its self-driving cars, ramping up production for possible retail sale in the future. For the past six years Google has been testing autonomous vehicle technology. Then, in 2014, the company released its own vehicle: a compact self-driving car with no steering wheel or […]

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After being fairly secretive about its autonomous car project, Google has revealed two possible directions in the last few weeks: it may use the technology for public shuttles, and it wants to work with an established auto company to bring the car into production. Google’s autonomous cars – which are currently nameless – have already […]

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Nissan Motors says its first autonomous drive car projected to be on sale in 2020 may be launched initially in the U.S. In August at its Nissan 360 event, the Japanese automaker announced ambitious plans to globally launch a first-generation vehicle, with intent to make the technology available in all its cars – gas and […]

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