What is the future of self-driving car regulation?

Driverless cars are making serious progress. Waymo’s most recent disengagement report showed that the self-driving car software performed much better in 2016 than it did in 2015. Despite the cars traveling more miles overall, the software system had fewer disengagements. California requires that all companies testing self-driving cars submit a disengagement report each year. Disengagements […]

GOP plans to bar U.S. states from meddling with self-driving laws

A Republican proposal could see U.S. states effectively banned from regulating self-driving cars and make the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the lead agency for all autonomous vehicles. States are currently allowed to create their own rules and regulations for self-driving cars. That has led to several states legalizing parts of self-driving, in […]

How AI and autonomy will usher in a new age for car insurance

When an autonomous vehicle causes an accident – who is liable for the fault? Given the passengers are not in control of the vehicle, it would make sense for the autonomous system designer to be holding the liability. At a high-level, autonomous vehicles conceptually disrupt traditional insurance. Tesla looking to bundle insurance with new vehicle […]

Report predicts 95% of US cars will be autonomous by 2030

Report predicts 95% of US cars will be autonomous by 2030

A lot can happen in 13 years. New technologies emerge and become commonplace in the market, political and economic climates shift several times over, and industries rise and fall with changes in consumer demand. If a new report titled Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030 is correct, the transportation industry is about to undergo a very transformative decade. […]

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General Motors plans to test thousands of driverless cars in 2018

Thousands of modified Chevrolet Bolt cars may hit the roads next year, as part of a major deployment by General Motors to test its self-driving system on public roads. GM, along with ridesharing app Lyft, will test the cars and possibly pick up members of the public, similar to Uber’s self-driving program in Pennsylvania and […]

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You won’t be able to buy autonomous cars until 2026, says Ford

Autonomous cars might be road ready in less than five years, but it will take another decade before the general public are allowed to buy them, according to Ford’s head of research, Ken Washington. The comment adds to the growing fear that automakers will not sell autonomous vehicles to customers, instead relying on ride-sharing and […]

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SoftBank wants autonomous shuttle on public roads by 2020

Japan could have a fleet of self-driving shuttles on the road within three years, if SB Drive, a new entity created by tech conglomerate SoftBank, reaches its target date for commercialization. SB Drive wants to have a range of autonomous vehicles serving the public in the next five years, and has already completed trial runs […]

Baidu: Hackers tried to steal our autonomous trade secrets

Chinese search giant Baidu has disclosed that a “gang” of hackers tried to steal autonomous trade secrets from the company’s internal servers earlier this month. The company is conducting an internal investigation to figure out more about the attackers, but so far has kept tight lipped on details. “It’s very difficult to know who employs […]

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No surprise: Millennials have the most trust in self-driving cars

Millennials have the most trust in self-driving out of all the age demographics, according to a new AAA survey. Only 69 percent would be afraid of driving an autonomous vehicle, compared to 82 percent of Baby Boomers. The younger age group also show more acceptance of semi-autonomous technology, like adaptive cruise control (45 percent to […]

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Google claims Otto founder and Uber colluded far before acquisition

Google is hoping to strengthen its lawsuit against Uber with a detailed timeline of the friendship between Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick and ex-Googler, now head of Uber’s self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski. Levandowski is at the center of the lawsuit, as Google alleges he stole trade secrets from the company and sold them to Uber, through […]

California DMV to authorize fully driverless vehicles on roads

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has introduced new legislation to legalize fully driverless vehicles in the state. It follows similar legislation passed in Michigan late last year. Automakers and tech firms are required to have a driver in the front-seat at the present time, to take control if the vehicle malfunctions. In California, […]

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Intel acquires driver assistance firm Mobileye for $15 billion

Chip giant Intel announced on Monday that it has acquired Mobileye for $15.3 billion, in an effort to remain a dominant player in the self-driving industry. Mobileye is one of the largest providers of driver assistance and collision prevention systems. It also started work on a camera, radar, and sensor system for self-driving vehicles, in […]

Google asks judge to halt Uber’s self-driving program

Google’s self-driving unit Waymo has filed a preliminary injunction against Uber, a few weeks after filing a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing trade secrets related to self-driving technology. The preliminary injunction asks for all of Uber’s self-driving cars to be taken off the road, effectively halting the company’s self-driving program. Uber has over […]