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Almost three-quarters of U.S. drivers are interested in riding in a self-driving car, and 80 percent say they would pay extra for the new technology, according to a survey report. AlixPartners surveyed 1,517 U.S. drivers to find that when presented with the attributes of self-driving cars, 73 percent said they would want autonomous vehicles to […]

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While Ford CEO Mark Fields has warned about demand for mobility services changing the automotive landscape, Ford Motor Co. has been much less visible than peers on forging deals with Silicon Valley partners. Talks with Google about self-driving cars earlier this year went nowhere, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken on that relationship with the […]

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Google co-founder Larry Page has added flying cars to his list of next-generation technologies that he supports, along with self-driving cars. Page is investing in two startups that are working on flying cars. He’s funded one of them, Zee.Aero, more than $100 million since it started in 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Thursday. Zee.Aero conducts […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun discussing a driverless car partnership with ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies. The tech deal is in its early stages of discussion, according to Bloomberg, and the venture could be announced by the end of the year. Uber is said to be talking with other automakers, while Fiat has had contact with […]

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As the federal government finalizes its guidelines for autonomous vehicles, it is receiving conflicting public comments from automakers and other interested parties. Automakers, technology companies, and the public have submitted diverging opinions on the long-awaited release of national standards. Key legislative issues include the testing, regulation, and whether to license operators of autonomous vehicles. Questions […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. is close to acquiring two robotics divisions from Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, according to a news story. Toyota is on track to buy Boston Dynamics, a U.S.-based firm, and Schaft, founded by a University of Tokyo graduate, as reported by Japan’s Nikkei business daily. Both of these firms are divisions of […]

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Michigan wants to be the first state to move beyond testing self-driving cars to allowing them to be sold and operated on its roads. Although driverless cars are perhaps years away, a package of bipartisan bills includes one that would update 2013 laws allowing for the operation of autonomous cars on public roads without anyone […]

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Google is setting up shop in Michigan, near the Detroit Big Three. The tech giant has been working on self-driving cars and will open a self-driving technology department in Novi, Michigan. Google said that it has spent the past few years working from the Greater Detroit area and many of its current partners are based […]

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While self-driving cars are expected to increase vehicle safety, mobility, and convenience, transportation researchers are concerned that that too many people may be using them. Researchers predict the number of miles driven will skyrocket, and could add to traffic congestion. Self-driving cars will likely be used for more trips including chauffeuring children to school and […]

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Today Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that his company’s partnership with Google on autonomous vehicles is just the “first phase” of larger relationship. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is working to put Google’s autonomous driving system in 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. “This first phase of the operation is very targeted. It’s designed to take Google […]

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