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VW to cut jobs, costs in transition to electric, autonomous cars

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

Volkswagen AG’s main car brand plans to deepen cost cuts and ax more jobs as profits slip in the industry’s shift to electric and...

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Just three companies at top of Navigant’s autonomous-vehicle ranking

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

And then there were three. In its third annual Automated Driving Vehicles leaderboard released today, Navigant Research puts just three...

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New documentary Autonomy makes the convincing case that self-driving cars will change everything

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

Autonomy, a new documentary on self-driving cars directed by Alex Horwitz and produced by Car and Driver magazine, gets its most grievous...

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Toyota reveals ‘self-driving electric moon car’ as Japan prepares to land astronauts on the moon

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Japan is planning a moon landing for 2029 and wants its astronauts to explore the lunar surface in a vehicle built by Japanese automaker...

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US DOT forms council to support emerging transportation tech

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, News

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced a council aimed at supporting transportation projects including hyperloops and...

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Autonomous vehicles could be an environmental boon or disaster

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Buses, Cars, News, Trucks

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in...

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Tesla Autopilot & full self-driving prices rising on Monday — buy now to beat the price increase

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, News

News broke overnight that it isn’t just car prices that are going up Monday, March 18th, but the prices for Autopilot and Full...

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GM’s first autonomous car heads to Henry Ford Museum

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, News

General Motors has donated its first self-driving car, a 3-year-old Chevy Bolt electric car modified for autonomous operation, to the...

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Uber’s self-driving car unit was burning $20 million a month

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Uber thought it would have 75,000 autonomous vehicles on the roads this year and be operating driverless taxi services in 13 cities by...

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If driverless cars are going to change the world, they have to be affordable

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Silicon Valley is pouring billions into robot cars. Soon – although the time scale keeps shifting – tech manufacturers say driverless cars...

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Comma.ai founder George Hotz wants to free humanity from the AI simulation

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

What keeps George Hotz, the enigmatic hacker and founder of self-driving startup Comma.ai, up at night is not whether his autonomous car...

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FCA thrives alone, but tie-up OK, too

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Many observers speculated that without Sergio Marchionne keeping it intact, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would be quickly sold off. But...

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14 experts choose their favorite tech from CES 2019

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Buses, Cars, Technology

There’s no better place to get the inside scoop on groundbreaking new tech than the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), organized by...

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5G’s important role in autonomous car technology

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, Technology

The momentum for the realization of autonomous vehicles in mainstream use is reaching critical mass. Companies such as Tesla and Toyota...

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Self-driving cars could soon navigate the world via micropayments

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

With autonomous vehicles already debuting on our roads and in our airspace, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the idea of a new future...

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Self driving safety steps into the unknown

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

On August 30, 2017, I published an article in TheDrive about lessons that the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry could learn from decades of...

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GM’s self-driving division Cruise plans to double in size by year end

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in Cars, News

Cruise Automation, the San-Francisco startup acquired by General Motors in 2016, has plans to double in size this year. To help with its...

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Tesla updates self-driving language, creates confusion and walks back features

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Cars, News, Trucks

Today, Tesla updated its language regarding Autopilot and self-driving capability on its website – walking back some previously announced...

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Daimler, BMW seek to define self-driving rules

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Cars, News

Daimler and BMW want to set an industry standard that can help to shape future regulation for self-driving cars, senior executives said....

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Could unsupervised A.I. enable autonomous cars to learn as they go?

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 in Cars, Technology

Most autonomous vehicle tech ventures such as Waymo, GM Cruise and Nvidia rack up miles of deep learning experience to build reliably safe...

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