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A designated driver for the driverless car

Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck.

Tesla's scramble for lithium

Tesla's talks to invest in a lithium supplier indicate automakers have a long road ahead to secure a steady supply of the metal to support the mass production of electric vehicles.

Uber pays Waymo $245 million to settle

The settlement agreement stipulates that Uber may not use Waymo's hardware or software intellectual property.

Uber vs. Waymo: Battle for founder status

Waymo's lawsuit was about staking its claim as a founder of self-driving cars. The details that emerged this week show just how coveted founder status can be in Silicon Valley.

Uber reaches $245 million settlement with Waymo in midst of trial

UPDATED: 2/9/18 2:33 pm ET - adds details

Five days into the landmark lawsuit brought by Waymo against Uber, the two companies said they have reached a settlement. The settlement calls for Uber to pay Waymo $244.8 million in the form of stock -- or 0.

Tesla posts wider Q4 loss, sees 'sustained' improvement in '18

UPDATED: 2/7/18 9:54 pm ET

The company has posted only two profitable quarters since going public but told investors Wednesday at some point in 2018 it expected "to begin generating positive quarterly operating income on a sustained basis."

Former Uber CEO Kalanick says relationship with 'big brother' Google soured

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick once thought of Google as a "big brother." He later decided to start Uber's own autonomous vehicle development after repeated requests for meetings were ignored.

Former Uber employee's notes provide window into internal tensions

The short notes show former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick calling for "cheat codes."

Waymo-Uber trial poses difficult task for jury

A jury's ability to decipher highly technical information in the face of back-and-forth accusations will decide Uber's fate in the trade secrets lawsuit brought by self-driving competitor Waymo.

Complex technology calls for simpler cars

Tesla had the advantage of building its first vehicles in the era of connected technologies, allowing it to design with those capabilities in mind.

Full autonomy a long way off

Companies piloting self-driving vehicles on California streets have provided state regulators a peek into the latest inner workings of their real-world tests.

Waymo vs. Uber: High-stakes trial for the self-driving world

Though Waymo's lawsuit against Uber has narrowed markedly since it was filed, it has raised questions — and eyebrows — over how technology is developed and who stands to benefit.

Aptiv reports $256 million in Q4 net income following Delphi spinoff

UPDATED: 2/2/18 3:40 pm ET - adds stock close, details

Aptiv, the mobility technology company formerly known as Delphi Automotive, said fourth-quarter net income fell nearly 9 percent to $256 million.

California's latest self-driving report card signals long road ahead

Companies piloting self-driving vehicles on California streets have provided state regulators a peek into the latest inner workings of their real-world tests.

Waymo, FCA expand partnership to 'thousands' of Chrysler Pacifica minivans

FCA agreed to supply "thousands" of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo, Google's self-driving affiliate, for its ride-hailing pilot and public road testing.

Waymo, FCA expand partnership to 'thousands' of Chrysler Pacifica minivans

FCA has agreed to supply "thousands" of Canada-made Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Waymo, Google's self-driving affiliate, for its ride-hailing pilot and public road testing.

Boston dealership offers free fitness club access for customers

Through a partnership with NB Fitness Club, Boston Volvo Village customers waiting to have their vehicles serviced can go to the gym for free.

PSA confirms it will locate N.A. headquarters in Atlanta

PSA Group will locate its North American headquarters in Atlanta, tapping the city's universities and automotive businesses to regain a foothold in the United States.

Toronto prof part of Udacity program that teaches coding for flying cars

Udacity, the online education startup founded by self-driving car veteran Sebastian Thrun, is opening its digital doors to potential flying car engineers by offering a program that includes a course taught by a U of T...

Udacity launches classes to teach coding for flying cars

Udacity, the online education startup founded by self-driving car veteran Sebastian Thrun, is opening its digital doors to potential flying car engineers.

Waymo taps Atlanta as next test city

Waymo, Google's self-driving car affiliate, said it has chosen metro Atlanta as the next location to test its autonomous minivans.

Volvo leader: Dealers deserve some love

Volvo North America CEO Anders Gustafsson says the automaker needs to ensure strong residual value and premium brand perception in order to run a successful subscription sales model.

PSA targets Atlanta for North American headquarters

PSA Group, steaming toward a return to the U.S. auto market, is poised to put its North American headquarters in the greater Atlanta area, Automotive News has learned.

PSA to tap GM expertise in return to U.S.

France's PSA Group has found a bonus benefit in engineers from its newly acquired Opel unit. The former GM employees are helping make PSA products compliant with United States regulations,

Volvo leader recalls 'painful' meeting with irate dealers

Four months into his new job, Volvo North America CEO Anders Gustafsson has already butted heads with dealers.

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