Self-Driving Vehicles

Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles....
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Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed....
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Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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Obama to discuss self-driving cars in State of the Union

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

President Obama plans to talk about the prospects for self-driving cars in his final State of the Union address tonight, according to government officials, the first time the president has used the annual speech to tackle an important issue facing the auto and technology industries....
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TomTom launches high-resolution maps to rival Here

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

TomTom, the No. 2 supplier of maps for in-car navigation systems, said is was ready to deliver similar maps for more than 15,000 miles of highways in California and Michigan, two key testing grounds for autonomous vehicles....
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How Google could put Ford out front in the race to build self-driving vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

In the mad rush to build autonomous vehicles, Ford may be set to leapfrog the competition by doing a deal with Google to build a fleet of self-driving cars to the tech giant's specifications....
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Denso sees 60% sales boost from driver-assist systems through 2020

8:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

Denso forecast that revenue for its safety and automated driving systems will rise by 60 percent by 2020 as the Toyota-affiliated supplier plans to focus more on driver-assist functions....
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Driverless cars give trial lawyers bottomless list of defendants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2015

Imagine a robot car with no one behind the wheel hitting another driverless car. Who's at fault? No one knows. But plaintiff's lawyers are salivating at the prospects for big paydays from such accidents....
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Ford in talks with Google to build self-driving cars

7:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Ford and Google are in talks to have the automaker build Google's next-generation autonomous cars under contract, Automotive News has learned. Although few details about the project are known, a source with knowledge of the project says both parties have been negotiating on a contract manufacturing deal “for a long time.”...
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Is self-driving technology becoming commoditized?

7:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2015

George Hotz’s claim that he built a driverless car in his garage has created a debate on Wall Street about the future for automotive technology suppliers such as Mobileye....
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BLOG: Toyota's tech takes the wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

I had a recent opportunity to see Toyota's autonomous driving system in action on Tokyo's challenging Shuto Expressway. My verdict: Toyota's technology is extremely promising....
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NHTSA chief prefers 'nimble, flexible' approach on self-driving car rules

4:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2015

The top U.S. auto safety watchdog said he opposes a "patchwork" of state regulations on driverless cars and promised a "nimble, flexible" approach to writing new rules for self-driving vehicles....
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California DMV proposes ban on 'driverless' cars

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

California regulators, calling for caution on self-driving cars, today proposed rules that would sharply restrict their use on the state's roads -- and place an outright ban on “driverless” cars that travel with no humans onboard....
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Ford gets California approval for testing self-driving cars on roads

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

Ford said it secured a permit from California to begin testing its self-driving car on public roads from next year....
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Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness....
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What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf....
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Nissan's prototype Leaf tests new autonomous technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Nissan, aiming to put autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020, has unveiled its latest prototype, a sensor-laden Leaf electric vehicle that can change lanes, pass cars and merge onto and off of highway by itself. The system previews a new technology called Piloted Drive 1.0 that Nissan says it will offer in Japan by the end of next year....
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Honda plans to market partial self-driving car in 2020

7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015

Honda said it plans to sell a car with automated highway driving functions around 2020, joining the race to market self-driving vehicles that pits traditional automakers against tech firms like Google....
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Italian firm seeks to get more companies involved in autonomous car research

Oct. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

ED Group, a small Italian engineering company, has created a styling model of a self-driving racecar that could allow a much larger mix of companies beyond large automakers, megasuppliers and tech giants to play a role in the creation of autonomous vehicles....
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Toyota tech keeps driver in seat with hands off wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2015

As shown by an impressive demonstration on a crowded Tokyo freeway, Toyota's vision for autonomous driving keeps customers always in the driver's seat even if their hands aren't always on the wheel....
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Ontario will allow road tests of autonomous cars

3:17 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Ontario will become the first Canadian province to allow automated vehicles to be tested on its roads, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation said in a statement today....
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Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there....
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Austin may be fertile ground for Google test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

The rapid rollout of prototypes this summer for testing in Austin, Texas, suggests that the company may be zeroing in on a city for when that day arrives....
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VW joins anti-hacking venture as Web-connected car use grows

Sept. 18, 2015 15:21 CET

Volkswagen is partnering with German companies to fight cybercriminals. The partners will set up a Berlin-based venture to offer services to identify cyber risks and repel cyber attacks....
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Mercedes eyes driverless limousine service as potential market

Sept. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes sees business potential in offering on-demand limousine services using driverless cars. "This is a concrete development goal," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said....
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