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Automakers are spending billions on self-driving technology people are afraid of

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Cars, News

On the surface, cost-cutting is the name of the game in the automotive industry. Many automakers are slashing unprofitable, low-volume...

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GM’s driverless car petition to NHTSA enters public comment phase

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Cars, News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking action on General Motors Co.’s request to put a driverless car —...

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Drivers embrace tech, but unsure about self-driving cars

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Cars, News

Drivers may love their backup cameras, but remain unsure about a car’s ability to drive itself.  As car manufacturers pile on more...

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Picking and ranking leaders in the automated driving sector

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Buses, Cars, News, Trucks

In my primary job as a principal analyst with Navigant Research, I cover the mobility industry and produce a number of reports that...

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Detroit at center of autonomous tech universe, Navigant report shows

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News, Trucks

The Motor City is firmly at the front of the auto industry’s next revolution. A new study by Navigant Research rates three companies as...

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Uber driverless talks signal IPO imminent

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Uber’s initial public offering appears imminent, with the news it is trying to boost its valuation prospects with a possible stake...

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Apple’s self-driving cars could automatically take pictures of points of interest for drivers

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News, Technology

Self-driving vehicle systems are complex to produce, with many different elements working together to monitor the local area for hazards...

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SoftBank-backed Nuro launches autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News

On the heels of its massive $940 million funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund, Nuro is launching in its second market. Nuro first...

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Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, Finance, News

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its...

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Ford is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to Austin

Posted on Mar 14, 2019 in Cars, News

Ford is preparing to open an autonomous vehicle program in Austin as the automaker continues to ramp up testing ahead of launching a...

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Three years ago, Elon Musk said a Tesla car would be able to drive itself across the country by the end of 2017 – but that still hasn’t happened

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

In October 2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on a press call that a Tesla vehicle would be able to drive itself across the country, from Los...

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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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Nearly 3 in 4 Americans are reportedly afraid of self-driving cars, study says

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 in Cars, News

The latest consumer survey reveals most Americans still fear self-driving cars. Only a small minority, 19 percent, would trust autonomous...

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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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The first all-weather autonomous-driving bus debuts in Helsinki

Posted on Mar 12, 2019 in Buses, News

GACHA – the first autonomous driving bus for all weather conditions – has been launched by MUJI and Sensible 4 in Helsinki, with a view to...

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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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