self-driving cars

  • Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, Arizona

    Waymo has chosen the Motor City to produce its future self-driving cars. Google's self-driving car subsidiary announced in a blog post on Tuesday it has selected Detroit as the home for future vehicle production. In the announcement, Waymo said it was fully aware Detroit remains the "heart of the American auto industry," and it plans to bring jobs back to the area. Waymo didn't say how many jobs the new facility will provide, but reiterated it will bring a workforce back to the city, which has recently seen further cuts. The comment is likely a subtle jab at General Motors, which announced...

  • Tesla Model 3  -  Portland, OR  -  January 2019
    Tesla unveils "fully self-driving" custom computers, Musk says he expects self driving next year

    Tesla on Monday unveiled its custom computers now installed on its cars and said the hardware would be able to drive its cars by the end of next year, pending approval from lawmakers. "We expect to be confident enough...where we think people do not need to touch the wheel (or) look out the window...

  • Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
    Toyota, SoftBank buy $1B stake in Uber's self-driving car unit

    Ahead of Uber's historic IPO in the coming weeks, the ride-hail giant's self-driving car division received a $1 billion injection from Toyota, investment firm SoftBank, and automotive supplier Denso. Toyota and Denso will together invest $667 million and SoftBank will invest $333 million, valuing...

  • Audi AI:ME concept
    Audi AI:ME concept is an A2 from the future

    Audi on Monday revealed the AI:ME concept ahead of the official debut on Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2019. Rather than preview a future model in the works, the concept is a pure design study that explores electric mobility a decade from now. Specifically, it's a compact EV with self-driving capability...

  • Ford self-driving cars in Washington DC
    Ford CEO says company overestimated self-driving car's arrival

    Ford has backpedaled on its expectations for self-driving cars in the near future. The automaker's CEO, Jim Hackett, said at a Detroit Economic Club event on Tuesday that the automaker "overestimated" how soon self-driving cars would be available, according to a Bloomberg report. Hackett added Ford...

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook
    Apple patents system to help self-driving cars correct slipping tires

    Apple remains quiet about any plans for self-driving cars, but it continues to file patents that clue us into what the technology company is interested in. A new patent revolves around detecting speed and behavior at a self-driving car's tires. Essentially, it's a new process that could give a...

  • Self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid for Domino's pizza delivery

    Although numerous automakers and technology companies continue to test and push toward the goal of deploying self-driving cars, safety standards and regulations are nearly inexistent. With a new partnership between Ford, Toyota, General Motors and SAE International, the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium hopes to change that. Announced on Wednesday, the goal of AVSC is to help ensure Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving cars develop in safe environments. On the SAE autonomy scale, Level 5 is the highest with zero input required from a human in any given scenario. The AVSC believes it fills a gap...

  • Volkswagen self-driving car prototype testing in Hamburg, Germany - April 3, 2019
    Self-driving VWs hit the streets of Hamburg

    Prototype self-driving cars from the Volkswagen Group have started testing in an urban environment for the first time. Five prototypes, each based on the current Volkswagen e-Golf electric hatch, hit the streets of downtown Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, operating at Level 4 self-driving...

  • Apple store
    Apple hires away Tesla's powertrain chief

    Apple has poached yet another Tesla executive. The technology company has brought on Tesla's head of powertrains, Michael Schwekutsch. Schwekutsch was previously in vice president of engineering at Tesla where he oversaw electric motors, transmissions, and axles. According to his LinkedIn profile...

  • Torc Robotics headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia
    Daimler to bring self-driving trucks to the road with America's Torc Robotics

    The commercial vehicle arm of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler on Friday announced it acquired a majority stake in Torc Robotics, a company based in Blacksburg, Virginia, developing self-driving systems for multiple vehicle categories, ranging from SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks. The deal, which...

  • Roborace Hot Wheel Robocar model
    Hot Wheels introduces Roborace self-driving race car model

    Roborace has plans to take humans out of the cockpit in a futuristic machine-versus-machine race series, but before that happens, it's putting its Robocars in the hands of people—quite literally. That's because the latest Robocar is a 1:64 scale model in the form of a Hot Wheels toy. Hot...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos
    VW open to forming mobility company with Ford

    New alliances are forming in the auto industry as the major automakers prepare for a reality where instead of owning their own car and dealing with traffic every day, people get around in fleets of self-driving taxis operated by mobility companies. In February, BMW Group and Daimler merged all of...

  • Toyota e-Palette self-driving electric mobility concept

    Honda and Japanese commercial vehicles brand Hino announced Thursday they are joining the mobility company Monet established by Toyota and Japanese investment firm SoftBank last October. Monet, whose name is a portmanteau of “mobility” and “network,” will initially offer a ride-hail service in Japan for several public agencies and partner companies. However, as early as 2020, the company will launch an autonomous delivery service based around Toyota's e-Palette, a self-driving shuttle bus that was shown in concept form in early 2018. Honda and Hino each paid about...

  • Daimler in-car gaming development competition
    Daimler wants your help for in-car gaming ideas

    We don't know when or if self-driving cars will take over the roadways, but it's inevitable they'll change the way we spend time in the car. Mercedes-Benz's parent company, Daimler, recognizes that massive changes are afoot and has launched a competition called the In-Car Gaming Challenge to...

  • First Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R rolls off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan
    Flat Rock plant will be home to Ford's next-gen Mustang, EVs

    Ford on Wednesday announced a shakeup in production plans for future electric and self-driving cars. Under the latest plans, the Flat Rock Assembly Plant south of Detroit will become a production hub for Ford's electric cars, though the site will also continue to build Mustangs—including a...

  • 2022 BMW iNext spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2022 BMW iNext spy shots

    BMW is working on a technological flagship code-named the iNext, which the automaker previewed last September with the Vision iNext concept and has since confirmed is coming in 2021. A prototype for the iNext has now been spotted, revealing a few clues about the vehicle that in production guise...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW Group and Daimler partner on self-driving cars

    BMW Group and Daimler will partner on self-driving cars, the two automakers announced Thursday. The announcement follows last week's briefing on a 50:50 joint-venture company BMW and Daimler have set up to oversee all of their various mobility services under the one roof. In the area of...

  • BMW Group and Daimler merge mobility services into joint-venture company
    BMW and Daimler reveal details of joint company to target Uber, Lyft

    BMW Group and Daimler are preparing for a future where car ownership, especially in major cities, could become a thing of the past. The two German auto giants announced a year ago plans to merge their existing mobility services into a global joint-venture company, and on Friday they finally...

  • Aurora Innovation self-driving car prototype

    What started with books has reached the budding self-driving car sector. Amazon has invested in self-driving car company Aurora Innovation, the self-driving technology firm announced last Thursday. The actual figure it had received from Amazon wasn't disclosed in Aurora's announcement, but in total, the company raised $530 million in the latest round of investment. Other investors included the venture capital firm Sequoia and the investment branch of Shell. Amazon told CNBC in a Thursday report its investment comes as it continues to seek out "innovative, customer-obsessed companies." The...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Second Apple engineer accused of stealing self-driving car tech secrets for China

    Following an accusation last July against an ex-Apple engineer, the FBI has arrested a second Apple employee after he allegedly tried to steal self-driving car technology secrets and leave the country. The employee is Jizhong Chen, and according to a CNBC report on Wednesday, the FBI arrested him...

  • Makr Shakr Guido self-driving bar
    Self-driving bar aiming to pour a cold one anywhere

    The automotive industry often focuses on how self-driving cars will move people in the future. We've also looked at self-driving grocery delivery services, but what about a robotic, self-driving bar? There hasn't been talk of that until now. The Italian startup Makr Shakr, which has already...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Apple drops 200 staff from Project Titan self-driving car skunkworks

    Apple has let more than 200 employees go from its secretive Project Titan self-driving car operation. CNBC first reported on the move Thursday and an Apple spokesperson acknowledged the cuts in a statement to the news organization. The spokesperson said Apple will refocus on other projects and...

  • Path projection system for self-driving cars
    New tech lights up the path of self-driving cars

    A world where we share the road with cars driven by computers will take some getting used to. In response, companies working on self-driving cars are looking at ways of making the transition as smooth as possible, by helping to gain the trust of the public. One of the companies is Jaguar Land...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and 2018 BMW i3
    BMW and Daimler reportedly in talks over subcompact, self-driving car partnership

    Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is already partnered with BMW Group in the area of mobility, with the two German auto giants last month having received regulatory approval to merge their various mobility divisions into a single joint-venture company. Now the two are reportedly in talks over...

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