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The rush toward self-driving cars just accelerated as California issued permits to privately held Wheego and Valeo North America last week, bringing the total to 17 companies with testing permits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said the two new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each, operated by up […]

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For many people, fully autonomous cars may seem still off in an uncertain future, but the radical changes they’re projected to bring are approaching. Their ascendancy into the public arena has meanwhile captured the imagination of people for the good they are promised to bring to society, including mobility for the infirm and non-driving elderly, […]

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As part of its push to leverage the company’s autonomous vehicle research, Ford could be plotting to remove the driver from delivery trucks. The news comes on the heels of our report last week that the automaker plans to produce a fully self-driving cars in just five years from now. In a report by Trucks.com, […]

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Google’s chief technical officer for its self-driving unit, Chris Urmson, has quit the company. After taking the summer off, Urmson suddenly announced his departure to his colleagues last Thursday. “I am ready for a fresh challenge,” Urmson, said in post published on Medium the next day. Urmson denies that his departure has to do with […]

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Since Google began testing autonomous, or self-driving, cars it has continuously updated the technology. For example, last month the software named “Google Chauffeur” learned how to toot its horn, honking with appropriate intensity and frequency depending on the situation. Now its autonomous cars “can detect a cyclist’s hand signals as an indication of an intention […]

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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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