Michigan governor signs bill allowing self-driving cars on public roads
UPDATED: 12/9/16 12:30 pm ET - adds GM statement
Automakers and tech companies will be able to develop, test and sell autonomous vehicles in Michigan, per legislation Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law today.
Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector
Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co.
Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles
A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without stopping, scientists say.
Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding
So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.
Apple signals a readiness to join the self-driving car race
Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles.
Denso to help study car-sharing technologies in Mich.
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso and the University of Michigan-Dearborn said Thursday a car-sharing technology study would take place on the university's campus.
Nissan to offer maintenance alerts in foray into connected cars
Nissan Motor Co. will make its first major foray into Internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required.
Otto broke Nevada's self-driving car testing laws, report says
UPDATED: 11/28/16 5:59 pm ET - adds details
Otto, the self-driving truck startup owned by Uber, broke Nevada's autonomous vehicle testing laws, according to a report published by tech website Backchannel. And there's little the state can do about it.
BMW boosts tech startup fund as self-driving challenge grows
BMW plans to boost its investments in startups, as competition intensifies with rivals over technologies that make cars smarter and more energy efficient.
Ford dives into city of tomorrow
Ford Motor Co. wants to create futuristic urban utopias where curbsides don't get clogged with illegal parking; where eco-friendly bicycles help commuters navigate the final mile of their trips to work; and where key arteries leading into and out of downtowns aren't stifled by heavy traffic during rush hour.
Colorado's rocky roads
Colorado, a boom state that is growing much faster than planners expected, faces a complex road problem. So state officials are looking for solutions, and they may have found one: autonomous vehicles.
U.S. transportation officials looking for driverless car proving grounds
The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a competition to identify proving grounds for the development of self-driving cars, and the new American Center for Mobility in Michigan could be a contender.
Auto coalition urges U.S. to adapt regulations for autonomous vehicles
A group of automakers and tech firms advocating for autonomous vehicles has called on U.S. regulators to change federal auto safety standards that effectively prohibit the operation of a car without the presence of a driver.
Construction of $80 million driverless car testing site begins in Mich.
UPDATED: 11/22/16 11:50 am ET - adds tax incentive
Leaders of the American Center for Mobility testing site for driverless cars formally kicked off construction of the planned $80 million project, saying Michigan will be competitive in a race for a federal autonomous vehicle testing designation.
NuTonomy to test self-driving vehicles in Boston
NuTonomy is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing to Boston following the trials it began in April on Singapore roads.
Mazda solves its diesel dilemma
Six years and three delays after Mazda proclaimed its readiness to sell diesels in the United States, CEO Masamichi Kogai says his company has finally achieved a way to balance driving performance with clean emissions.
Just what is going on up there?
The winner of Local Motors' Essence of Autonomy Challenge is an autonomous, 3-D-printed car that also launches its own drone.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Driverless cars? Count me out
I read Keith Crain's Oct. 17 comment, "Industry is crazy over technology." One factor you never hear mentioned is driver/enthusiast rejection of driverless vehicles.
Crain, MSX will hold auto tech summit in 2017
Crain Communications Inc., the publisher of Automotive News, will team with MSX International to hold an automotive technology summit next September.
Samsung snagging Harman lifts supplier stocks, creates speculation
UPDATED: 11/18/16 4:15 pm - adds stock close
Samsung's $8 billion agreement to buy Harman International helped breathe some life into a few moribund auto stocks, especially Visteon, as investors speculate that there could be a buying spree of companies that make technology for self-driving cars.
Electric-car startup Faraday Future halts work on Nevada factory
UPDATED: 11/15/16 7:40 pm ET - adds details, reactions
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future said it stopped construction on a planned $1 billion factory in North Las Vegas, Nev. The company, which is based in Gardena, Calif., said it plans to restart work on the plant in 2017.