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News, Analysis & Perspective on Autonomous Vehicles

The CEO of Argo AI, a self-driving startup backed by Ford, reveals the one thing that is absolutely necessary for an autonomous driving company to survive

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

The past few years have been good for entrepreneurs who were early to the self-driving-car game. In the aftermath of the financial crisis...

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Driverless cars will be the biggest investment write-off ever

Posted on Dec 21, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

In December 2015, I published an article on Seeking Alpha titled “The most overhyped story of 2015 — and 2016: Driverless...

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The future is hybrid: Why we need a control tower for autonomous vehicles

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Autonomous vehicles and services are coming as early as next month or late in the next decade, depending on who you ask. Ford, Waymo and...

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Slow and steady could win the self-driving car race

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

The bulk of the attention in the autonomous vehicle (AV) space has been focused on Alphabet’s Waymo and GM, which will likely be the...

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Self-driving cars might still need human drivers

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

For all the talk of cars without drivers, the deployment of autonomous vehicles might still require humans controlling them from a...

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Will Santa have a driverless sleigh by next Christmas?

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

For those of us who will soon head over the river and through the woods to meet up with family, the holidays mean travel. Last year,...

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Last-minute gift guide for (current and aspiring) self-driving car nerds

Posted on Dec 18, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

When people find out that I cover self-driving cars, they are almost always super curious to learn more about the subject but often...

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Former Google engineer, once barred from autonomous-driving industry, says he just completed first cross-country self-driving car trip

Posted on Dec 18, 2018 in Cars, News, Perspective

Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of a now-settled lawsuit between Alphabet self-driving car company Waymo and Uber, claims...

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2018 was the year self-driving cars hit a roadblock

Posted on Dec 18, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

It’s been a long day. As you ride home from the office, you start to nod off. You close your eyes as the self-driving car merges...

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One of Tesla’s early rivals reveals the fastest way to get self-driving vehicles on the road safely

Posted on Dec 18, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

The founder of one of Tesla’s early rivals, Fisker Automotive, is back with a vehicle that could demonstrate the benefits of...

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Does AI truly learn and why we need to stop overhyping deep learning

Posted on Dec 15, 2018 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

AI today is described in breathless terms as computer algorithms that use silicon incarnations of our organic brains to learn and reason...

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There’s no such thing as self-driving cars yet, and a spate of scary incidents could hurt their chances of ever existing

Posted on Dec 13, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Autonomous vehicles promise safer roads and more freedom. But they’re not ready to drive themselves yet....

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The long, winding and still evolving path toward automated driving

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

All within a few days, Waymo launched the first commercial self-driving robotic taxi service in Arizona, Tesla disclosed that Autopilot...

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Autonomous vehicles are likely to be a slowly-arriving commodity

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

My wife recently needed a new car, and unlike me she seeks only basic transportation. I like exotic electric cars or plug-in hybrids with...

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How self-driving cars will make our cities more charming

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Everyone’s trying to get ready for roads that will be filled with more and more self-driving cars. But just as the first cars were...

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COMMENT – The uncertain road to driverless delivery

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Autonomous vehicles are increasingly seen as at the heart of a radically different future landscape for transport solutions in the...

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Road rage against the machines? Self-driving our way into 2019

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Self-driving cars – or Autos, as I hope we’ll call them – passed several important milestones in 2018, and they will pass several more in...

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32 hours in Chandler, Arizona, the self-driving capital of the world

Posted on Dec 8, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

THE PARKING LOT at the Walmart on West Chandler Boulevard is packed as the sun wanes on Chandler, a languid suburb of Phoenix....

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A fair criticism of Tesla — we need more Tesla taxis!

Posted on Dec 8, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

I have watched every single Elon Musk interview I can find. People often ask the same questions of him (which is unfortunate since there...

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Congress needs to tighten up AV legislation (opinion)

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in Cars, Perspective

Self-driving cars are the future. An innovation that is projected to be an $800 billion business by 2035 — double the size of the...

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