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Drive.ai and Lyft partner to test self-driving cars in Bay Area

Drive.ai and Lyft have announced a partnership to test self-driving cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trial will look into how Lyft can optimize the passenger experience, and expand Drive.ai’s technical capabilities with thousands of autonomous miles. Lyft has made a few big self-driving announcements in the past few months, including a research […]

Samsung granted permission to test self-driving cars in California

Samsung is the latest technology company to receive a permit to test self-driving cars in California, but does not plan on launching its own automotive anytime soon. The South Korean electronics giant will instead work on ‘control systems’ for self-driving vehicles. It has already conducted tests in its home country with Hyundai cars. See Also: […]

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Uber looked into partnering with automaker for self-driving project

Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information. In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration with automakers, to offset some […]

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Apple to test self-driving shuttle for employees in Palo Alto

Apple is reportedly working on a self-driving shuttle service for its employees, moving them between Palo Alto and 1 Infinite Loop, the company’s headquarters. The shuttle service will use the company’s own self-driving software, which has been in development since the ‘Titan’ project started three years ago. The shuttle will be from a third-party manufacturer, […]

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Frankfurt commuters may soon jump aboard self-driving shuttles

Continental, a German auto manufacturer, has announced plans to test a “robo-taxi” in Frankfurt. The CuBe (Continental Urban mobility Experience) will be a blueprint for the future development of autonomous shared transport in urban areas. The CuBe will be fitted with driver assistance programs and sensors already embedded into Level 2 cars found on the […]

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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 […]

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Dutch mobility startup aims for self-driving car deployment by 2018

Amber, a mobility startup, has an ambitious plan to deploy self-driving cars in Dutch cities by mid-2018. The team, a spin-out of the Eindhoven University of Technology, is building a ride-sharing platform that will use student drivers to start, before switching to autonomous vehicles. It uses a predictive analytics platform that calculates where the next […]

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India to block any self-driving vehicles that enter the country

India doesn’t want anything to do with self-driving vehicles. The highway and transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, told reporters that he wouldn’t let driverless cars take away jobs. “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have […]

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Uber to merge Russian operations with Yandex

Uber has announced it will scale back operations in Russia, creating a new transport company with local search giant Yandex. Yandex.Taxi and Uber driver-side apps will be merged into one service, but both apps will remain available to customers in Russia. The new company will also take over operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. See […]

Lyft and nuTonomy announce self-driving R&D partnership

Uber rival Lyft and self-driving startup nuTonomy have announced on Tuesday a R&D partnership focused on the “end-to-end experience” of riders in autonomous vehicles. nuTonomy will work on the performance of the self-driving system and how it interacts with the rider, while Lyft will focus on the routing and booking of rides. In a press […]

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Yandex unveils self-driving car concept for taxi service

Russian search giant Yandex unveiled a prototype self-driving car on Tuesday, which it plans to incorporate into its taxi service in the future. A heavily modified Toyota Prius V is the car of choice for Yandex. It has outfitted the prototype with sensors, cameras, and artificial intelligence. Even though the prototype has not been on […]

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Uber lawsuit goes to trial, after judge rules in Waymo’s favor

Waymo, Google’s self-driving division, has been granted permission to take Uber to trial in a trade secrets lawsuit. Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber could not settle the lawsuit through private arbitration, which would have avoided the lawsuit details becoming public. Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Google engineer in the self-driving division, has been accused of stealing […]

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 […]

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Really? A 50-year ban to self-driving cars in New York?

An organization representing professional drivers has called on New York state legislators to ban self-driving vehicles for 50 years, citing the potential eradication of thousands of transport jobs. The Upstate Transportation Association, which advocates for professional drivers, said it expects Uber and Lyft, the two major ridesharing services in New York City, to convert to […]

Google patents pickup location finder for self-driving cars

Google’s self-driving division is one step closer to launching a ridesharing service, now that it has patented an accurate location pickup finder for autonomous vehicles. The patent, first spotted by Patent Yogi, shows a concept app that finds the nearest location for pickup, taking the user’s current location into account. Once the user chooses a […]

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NuTonomy autonomous taxi pilot gets Singapore green light

NuTonomy, an MIT autonomous vehicle spinoff, announced on Monday a new partnership with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to expand its autonomous taxi service in the city. We first reported on the pilot program’s existence on April 7, when nuTonomy filed paperwork to expand its “mobility-on-demand” program outside of the one-north business district. See Also: […]

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Can taxi drivers still have a place in a driverless world?

Uber and Lyft, the two big mobile taxi firms in the U.S., have both mentioned a future for their services that does not include humans. Blacklane, a German mobile chauffeur service, has a different view on the future. Speaking to Business Insider, CEO Jens Wohltorf said people still want someone else in the vehicle, and […]

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Gett gets investment from Volkswagen in self-driving bid?

Another day, another ride-sharing investment. This time, the Volkswagen Group has announced its investing $300 million into Israeli-startup Gett. The investment marks Gett – formerly GetTaxi – as a potential dark horse in the ride-sharing race. See Also: Uber to kick off autonomous car test in Pittsburgh Volkswagen said it invested in Gett as part […]