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A wave of negative news coverage has put ride-hailing giant Uber in a squeeze to clean up its image that may open opportunities for competitors. CEO Travis Kalanick apologized last week to employees for his indiscretions arguing with an Uber driver during a trip captured on video. He’d been labelled as “pugnacious” in media reports […]

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Renault-Nissan Alliance will be testing electric self-driving vehicles for mobility services in France with transport operator Transdev. The research project will start with field tests in the Paris-Saclay business district. Customers will get a ride in a driverless all-electric Renault Zoe for public transportation or on-demand rides. Transdev will provide an on-demand dispatch, supervision, and […]

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BMW and Mobileye are partnering to share real-time sensor data from BMW vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s mapping system supporting autonomous driving. Mobileye’s Road Experience Management data generation technology will be added to BMW models entering the market in 2018. This will “crowd-source” real-time data with vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s camera-based Advanced Driver Assist System technology. […]

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Ford Motor Co. has become convinced that fully autonomous is the necessary route to go for safe self-driving cars. Having Ford engineers fall asleep during autonomous vehicle test rides has created a convincing argument in favor of going with fully autonomous vehicles, reports Automotive News. Dozing off had happened before during long test rides, and […]

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Automakers and ride-hailing firm Lyft have asked Congress to unify self-driving car guidelines by a national standard. Executives from Toyota, General Motors, Volvo, and Lyft urged lawmakers in Washington yesterday to unify the patchwork of state laws governing testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The federal government has constitutional authority to override conflicting state laws, […]

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Ride sharing, electric vehicles, bike sharing, and self-driving cars in Ford products will make for the future of Ford Motor Co., according to a 90-second Super Bowl spot. The TV ad is being tied to the opening of FordHub at the Westfield World Trade Center in New York City. The 2,900-square-foot hands-on experiential center will […]

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Uber’s self-driving cars returned to the streets of San Francisco yesterday, but this time with their self-driving mode disabled and will be used for mapping purposes only. The five Ford Fusions, which had previously been used in a Pittsburgh, Pa. self-driving pilot program, will have human drivers controlling the cars at all times. “These cars […]

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The U.S. Transportation Department gave the nod to Michigan as one of 10 locations in a competition for self-driving car test sites as federal regulators move to implement new guidelines for autonomous cars. The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township, a 311-acre portion of the Willow Run WWII B-24 bomber plant, will be […]

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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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