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Autonomous Cars Will Need “Autonomous Maintenance” Solutions

Competition has begun heating up as to who will be the first one to operate a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, as demonstrated again by recent announcements from General Motors (GM) and Uber.  However, a lot of work is still needed to allow such vehicles to roam freely throughout our city centers, neighborhoods and freeways, […]

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GM’s Cruise employees test autonomous ride-sharing app

Cruise Automation, the self-driving startup acquired by General Motors last year, is already operating an autonomous ride-sharing service in San Francisco for employees. The service, called Cruise Anywhere, works like the Uber or Lyft app. Users request a ride and the nearest available car starts to drive to the location. See Also: General Motors begins […]

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Lyft launches autonomous division to build own self-driving tech

After working with partners for over a year, ride-sharing app Lyft has announced it will create its own autonomous division, which will focus on all the self-driving parts apart from car manufacturing. The company will double the size of its workforce to build the hardware, software, and services. See Also: General Motors plans to test […]

Cruise stays aloof despite General Motors’ acquisition

They say maintaining your identity in a relationship is hard, but Cruise Automation, the $1 billion self-driving startup acquired by General Motors last year, has kept a significant amount of autonomy from the Detroit-based automotive giant. General Motors works on the development of self-driving vehicles and the installation of hardware, while Cruise installs, tests, and […]

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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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Cadillac previews Super Cruise at New York Auto Show

Cadillac previewed the next step in semi-autonomous technology at the New York Auto Show this week, improving its adaptive cruise control safety features. The new Super Cruise system, which will be available in the Cadillac CT6 this fall, is able to alert the driver when they stop paying attention to the road and ensure that […]

General Motors drops $14 million on its Silicon Valley pad

General Motors announced on Thursday a major expansion of its self-driving operations in Silicon Valley. The automaker intends to hire 1,100 people and double the research and development space available for its self-driving subsidiary, Cruise Automation. See Also: Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehicles GM has, in collaboration with Cruise, been testing […]

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In a crowded field, who is ahead in the autonomous car race?

The race to create the first fully autonomous car has a variety of competitors, from giant automotive firms like General Motors, software conglomerates like Alphabet, to newly minted startups like Chris Urmson’s secretive company. All of them have the end goal of creating some type of self-driving system, able to make it from point A […]

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General Motors begins self-driving tests on Michigan public roads

General Motors has started public road tests of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt in Detroit. It comes a few weeks after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder legalized self-driving cars in the state. Tests started in Warren, Michigan last week and GM wants to rapidly expand to the entire Detroit metro area. This should provide the automaker with […]

California self-driving dreamin’ hits industry’s sour reality

California’s recently proposed rules for autonomous vehicle testing are getting a thumbs down from developers of robotic cars. Yahoo! announced the state released its proposal for regulations that govern the testing of autonomous vehicles. But industry leaders, including representatives from Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, are raising fears that these regulations will significantly bog down development of […]

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GM hints at autonomous Bolt EV coming to Lyft

General Motors is confident it will have an autonomous, all electric car on the road sooner than most expect, available on Lyft’s ride-sharing app. Speaking to Tech Insider, Pam Fletcher, the chief engineer of autonomous tech at GM, hinted that the tech is progressing faster than most expected and a consumer model could be coming […]

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GM to spend $1 billion on self-driving tech center in Detroit

It’s not all happening in Silicon Valley. General Motors has created a new team dedicated to autonomous cars at its Warren Tech Center, based in Detroit. There are already several hundred employees working on the development of its self-driving system, alongside test drivers already active in San Francisco. “We’ve got several hundred people in this […]

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Self-driving car market worth trillions by 2030?

As the world’s biggest players in IT and the car makers dive frantically into self-driving cars, a new report estimates this market will grow to an astonishing $2.6 trillion annually within 15 years. The site Gas2.org reports the startling growth prospects for self-driving cars revealed in a new Mogran Stanley report led by Katy Huberty. […]

Are self-driving cars speeding past smartphones?

Amid the stalling out of previous technology market darlings such as smartphones, a new report shows that autonomous cars have a bright road ahead. As reported by PE Hub, Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends report. And the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner observed in her 213-slide report that the growth of self-driving […]

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Self-driving Chevy Bolt arrives in San Francisco

General Motors has arrived in San Francisco to test its own self-driving system, using a modified 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It comes just weeks after GM’s $1 billion acquisition of Cruise Automation, a self-driving startup based in the testing city. Photos were published online showing two Chevrolet Bolt cars driving in San Francisco, both featuring sensors […]

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Are cars self-driving Apple’s $1B stake in China’s Didi?

A just-announced $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing serves to expand Apple Inc.’s China strategy on several fronts including self-driving cars. As reported by Reuters, the U.S. tech behemoth’s decision to invest in Didi aligns Apple with Uber’s main competition for the Chinese market. According to Apple, a key driver of the […]

Are autonomous cars already influencing interior design?

Barring any regulatory issues, autonomous cars should be on the roads in a few years. Auto manufacturers have, for the most part, introduced slight iterations of a normal car interior, but General Motors executive director of Cadillac design, Andrew Smith, says bigger changes are on the way. While exterior designs for self-driving cars so far […]

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General Motors flags down Lyft to start taxi trial

General Motors and Lyft want prototype autonomous taxis on the road by the end of the year, a preliminary step for the ride-sharing company in swapping human drivers with a machine. GM has spent $1.5 billion on the program so far – $500 million as the lead investor in Lyft’s funding round and $1 billion […]

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Google not embarrassed to self-drive Fiat Chrysler minivan

Google has announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler, which will double the size of the company’s autonomous fleet to 200 cars. Fiat will provide 100 Chrysler Pacifica vans to Google. The vans will be fitted with all of Google’s autonomous technology and will join the other 100 cars in California for road testing. The two […]

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Detroit Auto Show to launch an all-autonomous spin-off in 2017

After swamping the Detroit Auto Show for the past two years, event directors have decided to debut an autonomous spin-off show in 2017, called AutoMobili-D. The event will be held in Cobo Center Atrium in Detroit, Michigan on Jan 8, according to Boston Free Press. The atrium offers a 120,000 square-foot space and indoor test […]