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How Did A Golf Ball Wind Up Striking An Autonomous Chevy Bolt? An Investigation  How Did A Golf Ball Wind Up Striking An Autonomous Chevy Bolt? An Investigation 

California has the most stringent regulations for self-driving cars in the U.S., including a strict mandate for companies to file a “traffic collision” report involving any autonomous car. This, it turns out, encompasses even when a golf ball strikes a robot-operated car.

The Koch Brothers Are Using The Promise Of Driverless Cars To Kill Public Transit Projects The Koch Brothers Are Using The Promise Of Driverless Cars To Kill Public Transit Projects

The idea with autonomous driving technology is that, eventually, the driver will be removed from the equation to do whatever they want while their car drives itself. That vision, however, is decades away from becoming reality, if ever. Yet the Koch Brothers, the billionaire libertarian oil tycoons known for unleashing…

GM Dumped $500 Million Into Lyft But It's Not Really Working Out GM Dumped $500 Million Into Lyft But It's Not Really Working Out

Both General Motors and Lyft have ambitious goals to commercialize autonomous taxis in some way, but after teaming up more than two years ago, with the former investing $500 million in the latter, it seems they’ll no longer be pursuing that endeavor together.

Tesla Will ‘Begin To Enable Full Self-Driving Features’ In August, But It’s Unclear What That Means Tesla Will ‘Begin To Enable Full Self-Driving Features’ In August, But It’s Unclear What That Means

Tesla has been a leader in semi-autonomous driving tech for some time, but that’s been a double-edged sword. While ahead of many competitors, it now faces several investigations over crashes involving its Autopilot system and a flurry of criticism from safety advocates over how it is advertised. Nonetheless, CEO Elon…

GM Is Expanding Its Semi-Autonomous 'Super Cruise' System To All U.S. Models  GM Is Expanding Its Semi-Autonomous 'Super Cruise' System To All U.S. Models 

General Motors has treaded carefully with the rollout of its semi-autonomous system called Super Cruise. Until now, GM’s only made it available on the most recent Cadillac CT6s, but now the automaker is planning to expand it beyond Cadillac after 2020 and eventually to all of its U.S. brands, reports Automotive News.

GM Cruise Prepping Launch Of Driverless Car Pilot In San Francisco: Emails  GM Cruise Prepping Launch Of Driverless Car Pilot In San Francisco: Emails 

General Motors has said it wants to deploy a fleet of self-driving Chevy Bolts for a commercial ride-sharing service at some point in 2019. But ahead of that, GM’s self-driving unit, GM Cruise, is aiming to deploy autonomous cars without a driver at the wheel as part of a pilot program in San Francisco that, emails…

Google's Mass-Purchase Of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids Could Mean $465 Million In Federal Tax Credits Google's Mass-Purchase Of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids Could Mean $465 Million In Federal Tax Credits

Waymo, the self-driving car spinoff of Google, made a big splash last week by announcing it struck a deal with Fiat Chrysler to add 62,000 Chrysler Pacficia hybrid minivans to its upcoming fleet of autonomous taxis. Turns out, the move could have a big impact not only on Waymo’s bottom line but also potential buyers…

GM Settles Lawsuit With Motorcyclist Over Crash With Self-Driving Chevy Bolt GM Settles Lawsuit With Motorcyclist Over Crash With Self-Driving Chevy Bolt

General Motors has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist who alleged in January that one of the automaker’s self-driving Chevy Bolts knocked him off his bike in a California crash. The settlement for the case, the first known to involve an autonomous car crash, comes as GM moves to quickly accelerate the…

Someone Stole A Trailer From Google's Waymo And Police Can't Find It Someone Stole A Trailer From Google's Waymo And Police Can't Find It

If you consider the massive amount of data Google has gathered on the world around you, it might be surprising—maybe reassuring?—to learn the company can’t track down something as simple as a trailer. But that’s indeed the case: Since January, Michigan police have been trying to locate a car hauler stolen from Waymo,…

Why Volvo’s Auto-Braking System Might Have Kept The Self-Driving Uber Crash From Being Fatal Why Volvo’s Auto-Braking System Might Have Kept The Self-Driving Uber Crash From Being Fatal

The reason an Uber self-driving car fatally struck a pedestrian in March is coming into sharper focus, thanks to the release of a preliminary report on Thursday from the National Transportation Safety Board. But the agency’s findings raise a notable question: If the car—a Volvo XC90 outfitted with Uber’s own…

Uber's Autonomous Car Had Six Seconds To Prevent Fatal Crash But Failed To Act: Feds Uber's Autonomous Car Had Six Seconds To Prevent Fatal Crash But Failed To Act: Feds

The self-driving car owned by Uber that fatally struck a woman in March detected her in the road about six seconds before the crash, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which also acknowledged delayed responses from the vehicle’s automatic emergency braking system.

Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash

Uber informed “about 300” workers of their termination earlier today as part of plans to shut down its self-driving car testing program in Arizona following a fatal crash in March, where one of the company’s test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, according to The Arizona Republic.

How Autonomous Cars See The World How Autonomous Cars See The World

If we’re going to be talking and thinking about autonomous cars, self-driving cars, robo-cars, drive-o-droids (copyright pending) or whatever the hell we want to call these things, we should get a sense of exactly what they do and how they do it. How do they know what’s around them, and how can they potentially be…

The Problem Isn’t Media Coverage Of Semi-Autonomous Car Crashes The Problem Isn’t Media Coverage Of Semi-Autonomous Car Crashes

In some corners of the world where Elon Musk’s word is taken as gospel, there’s a prevailing view that it’s irresponsible for news outlets to cover car crashes involving semi-autonomous technology as diligently as we’ve seen lately. Whether it’s Tesla investors stanning hard for the company, claiming “not one”…

Our 'Hands-Off' Federal Government Is Killing American Autonomous Cars Our 'Hands-Off' Federal Government Is Killing American Autonomous Cars

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Six Months Later, GM Still Hasn't Received A Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York  Six Months Later, GM Still Hasn't Received A Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York 

In October, General Motors made a big splash by announcing it was applying for a permit to test autonomous cars in New York State, with plans to deploy vehicles on the busy streets of Manhattan in “early 2018.” But more than six months later, the automaker has yet to receive final approval for the necessary permit to…

How This 'Driverless' Car Startup Can Test In California Without A Permit How This 'Driverless' Car Startup Can Test In California Without A Permit

Earlier this year, California’s department of motor vehicles rolled out a new set of regulations for companies that want to conduct driverless car tests on public roads. But despite the painstaking effort that went into crafting the regulations, the DMV says there is one company in the state that’s allowed to test…

Volkswagen's New CEO Will Get A Heads-Up If The U.S. Charges Him Over Dieselgate Volkswagen's New CEO Will Get A Heads-Up If The U.S. Charges Him Over Dieselgate

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