Toyota launched a Honolulu car-sharing service that allows customers to use smartphones to unlock and start cars for rent by the hour or day. It's the latest service offered by an automaker that competes with ride-hailing and rental-car companies.
Daimler and auto supplier Bosch plan to deploy self-driving taxis in California's Silicon Valley region next year as part of a test program of vehicles designed for city driving, the two companies said Tuesday.
A federal report released Tuesday underscores the thicket of legal, safety and social issues that have to be worked out as companies such as Alphabet's Waymo unit and General Motors gear up to deploy self-driving cars for public use.
VW Group has signed preliminary deals with China's FAW and the China Intelligent and Connected Vehicles Research Institute to cooperate on technologies including e-mobility, connectivity and autonomous driving.
General Motors has created its own ride-hailing platform and quietly built one of the largest charging stations in the U.S. to get its Cruise self-driving car unit ready to enter the robotaxi business next year.
It is painfully obvious that we -- and the U.S. government -- should not continue to allow car companies to use our streets and highways as if they are a private proving grounds intended solely for their use.