self-driving cars

  • Bosch self-driving shuttle concept

    Bosch in 2019 will start trials of an on-demand self-driving car service with partner Daimler. The service will run between downtown and west San José, California, along the busy San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor, and initially only select users will participate in the trials. However, Bosch aims to have a self-driving system at Level 4 and even Level 5 capability ready for production by the beginning of the next decade. A Level 4 system can handle all driving situations within certain limits whereas a Level 5 system can handle all situations expected of a human driver. A new concept...

  • Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle prototype
    Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle could be the fire truck of the future

    Honda will use next month's 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to highlight a number of technologies it is working on in fields as diverse as robotics, connectivity and self-driving capability. Among the highlights will be a prototype for a self-driving all-terrain vehicle...

  • Waymo self-driving car prototype
    Waymo self-driving service won't launch in 2018 as promised

    Waymo won't launch a public self-driving car service this year, the company admitted Wednesday. Instead, the self-driving provider will offer a small-scale service in Phoenix, Arizona to existing volunteers that have already been screened. The limited service, called Waymo One, is a step toward...

  • Mercedes-Benz self-driving Cooperation Car
    Daimler concept shows how self-driving cars could communicate with pedestrians

    It will require years of research and technology implementation before self-driving cars are a common sight. Until then, some automakers aren't only working on the tech itself, but also developing ways for self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler showed off...

  • GM Cruise AV self-driving car
    GM president takes over Cruise self-driving car business

    As a sign of the growing importance of its Cruise self-driving business, General Motors President Dan Ammann is taking over as CEO of the San Francisco-based startup. GM announced Thursday that Ammann will take over from current Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt on January 1, 2019. Vogt founded Cruise...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    BMW says Level 5 self-driving car for public could happen by 2021

    Developing an autonomous car ready for the public is a huge task that has consumed tech companies for years, with millions of miles of on-testing that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It's not easy. BMW says they could accomplish the task in about two years. Wait, what? On Tuesday, BMW...

  • Volvo logo

    Volvo and its Silicon Valley-based partner Luminar announced a breakthrough lidar system that should help both companies make Level 4 self-driving cars a reality sooner. Lidar is the essential component that many automakers and technology companies have employed to give a self-driving car sight. The technology allows the self-driving car to see the world around it, and until now, lidar only gave the vehicles a view about 130 feet away. Luminar's new system has upped the figure to 820 feet. The extra distance will give a self-driving car the ability to see 7.5 seconds ahead of itself. What's...

  • Pop.Up Next concept
    Audi successfully tests scale model of its flying taxi

    In March, Audi showed off the Pop.Up Next concept, a flying taxi vehicle designed in partnership between Italdesign and Airbus. On Tuesday, Audi completed the first public test for the futuristic transportation model. The Pop.Up Next prototype took flight at Drone Week in Amsterdam, though the...

  • Ford partners with Walmart for self-driving delivery service
    Ford partners with Walmart for new self-driving delivery pilot

    Ford has begun various trial delivery services with its self-driving car prototypes across the United States, but now it has announced its most ambitious program yet. The automaker said on Wednesday it has partnered with Walmart and Postmates for a self-driving delivery service. The program will...

  • Waymo self-driving car
    Waymo's self-driving taxi service reportedly starts early December

    In a matter of weeks, Waymo, Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car business, will launch the world's first commercial service involving fully self-driving cars. Citing a person familiar with the plans, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the service is scheduled to start in Phoenix, Arizona in early...

  • Daimler and Bosch self-driving car prototype
    Daimler and Bosch self-driving cars will offer rides in Silicon Valley in 2019

    Daimler and Bosch, two giants of the auto industry, have been jointly developing a self-driving system which they will be ready to trial in the second half of 2019. The first of the trials will be run in the heart of Silicon Valley, specifically between downtown and west San José along the...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW the latest to join Baidu's Apollo self-driving car program

    There has been a flurry of announcements concerning the Apollo self-driving car program of Chinese tech giant Baidu in the past week. The latest comes from Volkswagen Group which on Friday said it would join the Apollo program. The automaker also said it would gain a seat on the program's board of...

  • Ford and Baidu self-driving car prototype

    Ford and Chinese internet services giant Baidu have joined forces to develop self-driving technology. The two firms announced last week that they will jointly test Level 4 self-driving cars in Beijing, initially in a program of two years duration starting in late 2018. A Level 4 self-driving car can operate without a driver in select conditions. The conditions usually include operating within a pre-determined, sufficiently mapped area, known as geo-fencing, as well as within certain weather restrictions. The ultimate goal is a Level 5 car which can handle all conditions expected of a human...

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins
    Apple's solution for energy-efficient electric cars may come from cycling

    Apple produces some intriguing patents. Their latest is for a system they call "Peloton" that could platoon self-driving electric cars for better long-range efficiency and energy sharing. The technology company's filing Tuesday with United States Patent and Trademark Office explains a wild way to...

  • Volvo 360C concept
    Volvo will jointly develop self-driving car with Chinese tech giant Baidu

    Volvo hit the accelerator Thursday on the further integration of the automotive and tech industries by announcing plans to jointly develop a self-driving car with Chinese internet services giant Baidu. The plan is to mass produce the cars in China for sale to fleets as well as individuals. Timing...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW promises commercial self-driving service in Israel by 2022

    The Volkswagen Group is the latest firm to announce plans for a commercial ride-hailing service involving self-driving cars. The German auto giant will join Intel's recently acquired self-driving car business Mobileye to develop the service whose development will commence in early 2019 and roll out...

  • Lexus Safety System+ and Toyota Safety Sense
    All that fancy safety tech in your car could hike your repair bills

    Cars are safer than ever. There are whole hosts of systems onboard with the goal of keeping drivers and passengers safe. This tech is great at keeping you out of harms way, but it might come back and bite you should any of it need repairing. According to AAA, all of the safety tech in our newest...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Could Volkswagen be Waymo's partner in Europe?

    The Volkswagen Group and Waymo are reportedly in talks over partnership in the area of mobility services in Europe. Germany's Manager Magazin reported Thursday that the two firms are interested in working together and that VW Group CEO Herbert Diess had even suggested purchasing a 10-percent stake...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3

    Days after announcing a new mid-range Model 3 variant, Tesla has increased the price of the electric car from $45,000 to $46,000. The price hike also follows news that Tesla has dropped the Full Self-Driving option from its online configurator. Tesla told Motor Authority the $1,000 price increase is "a slight adjustment" to the Model 3 following the introduction of the Mid Range Battery last week. But, a spokesperson added, "We will honor the lower pricing for all in-progress orders." Those who've already ordered their $45,000 Model 3 won't suddenly see a $1,000 charge added. The Model 3 Mid...

  • Ford self-driving cars in Washington DC
    Ford set to be first to bring self-driving cars to Washington, DC

    Ford will soon become the first company to begin testing self-driving cars in Washington, D.C. The automaker announced on Monday it plans to expand its self-driving teams to D.C. after setting up similar operations in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Miami. The automaker laid out a wide list of goals it...

  • Transdev self-driving school bus
    NHTSA shuts down "unlawful" self-driving school bus in Florida

    After the NHTSA called its self-driving school bus operating in Florida "unlawful," French transport company Transdev will halt its autonomous vehicle. The NHTSA originally gave Transdev the approval to temporarily import the EZ Generation II bus for testing and demonstration purposes, but not to...

  • Waymo self-driving car
    Waymo publishes first responders guide in case of self-driving car crash

    With the advent of self-driving cars, emergency services will need to rethink how to approach wrecks and other crashes. To help them out, Waymo has published a guide for first responders in case of an emergency involving one of its self-driving cars. Crashes involving self-driving cars have been...

  • Ford Intersection Priority Management
    Ford proposes a future without traffic lights

    Vehicle-to-everything communications technology, more commonly referred to as V2X, is poised to change the way cars operate in the very near future. Numerous automakers are working on V2X systems, some of which are already available. Among those automakers is Ford which thinks the tech could one...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
    Porsche North America CEO: Porsches will always have a steering wheel and pedals

    Porsche drivers want it all. So says Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer. When it comes to self-driving cars, that means Porsche drivers want to hand off the driving when it's tedious and take it back when it's fun. At Rennsport Reunion VI last month, Zellmer told Motor Authority that...

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