Autonomous Vehicle

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »



Self-driving cars await smarter, safer roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
A lack of infrastructure may slow the rise of autonomous cars as it has the growth of electric vehicles.... Read More »


Ford exec doubts Ghosn's 2020 timetable for self-driving cars

4:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
Ford's head of advanced r&d in Europe doubts Carlos Ghosn's prediction that Renault-Nissan -- or any automaker -- will have self-driving cars on the road by 2020.... Read More »



What's the real benefit of driverless cars?

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
Driverless cars are the auto industry's equivalent of an Armani suit: They give any company a touch of class. This is heady stuff, no doubt. But I can't shake the feeling that some of us are missing the real point of driverless cars.... Read More »



Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »


Ford teams with universities on automated driving research

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Ford said today it is launching a new research project into automated driving technology with two top universities in the United States.... Read More »



A new way for self-driving vehicles to win the public's trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »


Delphi to showcase automated driving technology at CES

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Technology and powertrain components supplier Delphi Automotive said it plans to demonstrate new automated driving technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.... Read More »



Will autonomous mean anonymous?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show had an unusual level of significance for the future, present and past.... Read More »


Ford joins quest to bring driverless cars to the market

Dec. 13, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford Motor has joined a growing list of automakers working to bring driverless cars to the market and hopes to advance the technology so that it can be installed in mainstream vehicles by 2025.... Read More »


Ford joins driverless car stampede

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
Add Ford to the growing list of automakers working to bring driverless cars to the market. Ford announced a partnership with the University of Michigan and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance to test how the technology might be applied to reduce congestion and improve traffic safety.... Read More »


California proposes regs for self-driving-car tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Automakers, suppliers and technology companies that want to test autonomous vehicles on California roads may have to pony up for a $5 million insurance policy.... Read More »



Why automakers should pay attention to Amazon's drones

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
Even if Amazon never manages to launch its experimental drone delivery concept, the auto industry should see it as a wake-up call.... Read More »


2013 L.A. Auto Show

Ford Edge Concept has enhanced park assist, obstacle avoidance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
The Ford Edge Concept can locate a perpendicular parking space -- the kind in a shopping mall parking lot, for example -- and maneuver into it with little or no input from the driver.... Read More »



12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Clifford Nass, a leading researcher in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, died Nov. 2 of a heart attack. He was 55.... Read More »


Self-driving 2.0: Cars pass, change lanes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2013
Even as automakers introduce technology that lets cars drive themselves in congested highway traffic, their engineers and suppliers already are working on the next steps, such as automatic passing and lane changing.... Read More »


Mazda CX-5 with automatic brakes crashes during test drive, Japanese police say

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
A Mazda SUV equipped with an automatic-braking system crashed in Japan on Sunday during a dealership test drive, injuring the driver and front-seat passenger, according to the police.... Read More »


Getrag CEO expects big gains from dual clutches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
German transmission maker Getrag foresees massive growth. By 2020, the supplier aims to produce 6.9 million transmissions a year, up from 3.9 million in 2012.... Read More »


Toyoda touts Tokyo show as high-tech hub

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
The Tokyo Motor Show has fallen on hard times as global automakers channel their marketing efforts into bigger shows in China.... Read More »


Survey: A self-driver? Sure, if insurance rates are slashed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Self-driving cars are getting a lot of buzz, and a new survey suggests nine of 10 drivers would consider buying one -- if it meant paying a lot less for auto insurance. A survey by asked 2,000 licensed drivers if they would buy an autonomous vehicle if they could get an 80 percent discount on insurance.... Read More »


90% of drivers would consider self-driving cars to save on insurance, survey says

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2013
Nine of 10 licensed drivers would consider buying a self-driving car if it meant paying a lot less for insurance, a new survey by consumer Web site says.... Read More »


Self-driving car demand seen boosted by aging population

11:12 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Self-driving cars being planned by Google and global automakers may help counter slumping demand from younger customers by tapping the fastest-growing demographic in the world’s largest vehicle markets: the elderly.... Read More »


Self-driving cars get a reality check

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
At the annual gathering to discuss intelligent transportation systems, engineers and operators alike injected doses of realism about the hurdles ahead for those technologies.... Read More »



Self-driving cars: Turning promise into a reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Self-driving cars are all the rage, with almost daily demonstrations of the latest advances by automakers and suppliers. But before shifting control of vehicles from individual drivers to artificial intelligence, the auto industry must agree on standards, legality and infrastructure needs.... Read More »



Will self-driving technology prevent tragedies?

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
A Continental AG engineer flipped through PowerPoint presentation slides with statistics on how many people are killed every year in distracted driving-related accidents. But the presentation last week came at a terrible time -- hours after I found out that a 24-year-old friend had been killed in a vehicle crash.... Read More »


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