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The U.S. could lead the world in vehicle safety and economic improvements through autonomous vehicle technologies, according to a new global study. Conducted by Global Positioning Specialists, an Australia-based fleet management GPS tracking company, the study estimated the positive impact adopting autonomous systems would have on global economies. The study’s findings sees countries adopting autonomous […]

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Waymo has cut the cost of a key technology for self-driving cars 90 percent, CEO John Krafcik said during a Detroit auto show keynote address on Sunday. The former Google self-driving car project is now offering a hardware suite with long, medium, and short-range Lidar sensors. Production costs have been dropped from $75,000 to 90 […]

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After losing its tussle with California over permits for self-driving cars, Uber yesterday abruptly loaded its fleet of 16 self-driving Volvos onto flatbed trucks and headed to Arizona. In what might be construed as thumbing its nose at the state, the flatbeds were hauled by Uber’s Otto self-driving big rigs, although it appeared they were […]

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Honda and Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, are discussing ways to integrate the two companies’ autonomous car technologies. Honda unveiled a prototype self-driving car in June, but said a proposed deal did not mean it was abandoning efforts to develop its own autonomous driving system. SEE ALSO: Honda To […]

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Uber caved in and pulled its self-driving cars off the streets of San Francisco yesterday after the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registration of all 16 Volvos used in the company’s autonomous pilot program. “It was determined that the registrations were improperly issued for these vehicles because they were not properly marked as […]

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In what appears to be a showdown, Uber has defied California regulators’ order to pull its self-driving cars off the streets of San Francisco. The tussle began last Wednesday when Uber began using 11 sensor-packed Volvo XC90 self-drivng SUVs in the city-by-the bay without permission. Within hours, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sent […]

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Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are taking a self-driving vehicle test project up a notch, adding ridesharing services to the list. The two companies will reportedly develop the ridesharing partnership using semi-autonomous versions of the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan. Plans – according to people who asked not to be named due to privacy concerns – […]

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Self-driving car startup nuTonomy is bringing an electric test car to streets of its Boston hometown. Cambridge, Mass.-based nuTonomy will begin testing an electric car in the city by the end of the year, the company said today. The test will start with just one car, a Renault Zoe electric car equipped with nuTonomy’s self-driving […]

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Uber is planning to add another vehicle of the future to its fleet: flying cars. Ride-hailing company Uber is well known for disrupting the taxi industry, and more recently for launching its self-driving car project in Pittsburgh and acquiring Otto with its autonomous trucking technology. The company has taken flying cars seriously enough to publish […]

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Toyota’s ambition is to have self-driving cars on the road by 2020, but rather than replace the driver, the automaker’s top priority is to help them drive safely. “A completely autonomous car is not what we’re looking for,” said Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota’s assistant chief safety technology officer, during a presentation to Automotive News. “Our priority […]

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