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Business, Technology, Autonomous

Don Burnette Becomes Last Otto Co-Founder to Leave Uber Technologies

Don Burnette checks the software on a computer inside the cab of the self-driving, big-rig truck during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters Aug. 18, 2016. (Tony Avelar/AP)

With the recent departure of Don Burnette, all four co-founders of driverless-trucking company Otto have left Uber Technologies Inc., about 18 months after Uber’s purchase of the startup.

Mark Gurman and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Crash Sparks Talk of Tighter Rules for Self-Driving Vehicles

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U.S. lawmakers have applied a light touch in regulating robot cars. At the national level, the Trump administration has proclaimed that driverless-car guidelines should be “entirely voluntary” for automakers, and bills pending in Congress would clear the way to putting tens of thousands of autonomous cars on the road — orders of magnitude more than the few hundred in the country today — before federal safety regulations are set.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2018
Technology, Opinion

Opinion: Uber Restricts Driver Hours; Should Others Follow Suit?

In an effort to combat drowsy driving, Uber announced on Feb. 12 new national rules that restrict drivers to 12-hour shifts with mandatory 6-hour breaks in between. Uber will enforce the rule through a new drive-time function in its driver app, which will first warn drivers and then temporarily cut off their access to the app, which is their only conduit to receive ride requests. The Uber announcement drove a lot of media coverage, almost all of it positive, but it also left open opportunities to do more to improve safety.

Pete Allen | Chief Client Officer, MiX Telematics
April 2, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Isolated by Partners and Competitors in Aftermath of Crash

Uber headquarters entrance in San Francisco. (Getty Images)

Uber Technologies Inc. has found itself isolated a little more than a week after one of its self-driving SUVs hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
March 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Exec Lior Ron Leaves an Autonomous-Vehicle Unit in Turmoil

Lior Ron, co-founder of Otto, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. May 2, 2017. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Lior Ron, a central figure in Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving-truck project, left the company, said people familiar with the matter.

Eric Newcomer and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo CEO Krafcik Has ‘A Lot of Confidence’ His Tech Would Have Avoided Deadly Uber Accident

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In a pioneering self-driving car company’s first public comments on the Uber autonomous car accident March 18 that killed an Arizona woman, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said his tech could “handle” that very scenario.

Marco della Cava | USA Today
March 26, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Senate Bill Could Clean Up Patchwork Autonomous Vehicle Laws

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The companies and officials influencing the development of self-driving technology offered a wide variety of reactions to the death of a pedestrian struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle March 18.

Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

After Uber Crash, Florida Still Welcomes Free-Range Robot Cars

Ford has chosen Miami-Dade to be the first large-scale test site of its self-driving vehicle fleet. (Ford)

The anything-goes approach meant to bring autonomous vehicles to Florida won’t change after the first fatal collision.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
March 23, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Video From Self-Driving Uber Car Captures First Fatal Collision

Dashcam video from inside Uber A still photo from a dashcam video taken inside a self-driving Uber vehicle shows pedestrian appearing suddenly in a dark roadway moments before the collision. (Tempe, Ariz., police department via AP)

Police in Tempe, Ariz., on March 21 released dashcam videos of the fatal accident March 18 in which an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian, showing the car did not slow down or alter its course to avoid her.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Uber Crash Is Nightmare Driverless World Feared but Expected

This March 19, 2018 still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car on the street in Tempe, Ariz. (ABC-15.com via AP)

Waymo recently showed a video of people riding in its self-driving minivans. They thumbed their phones, yawned and one snoozed. he message: Driverless cars are so safe, they’re boring.

Bloomberg News
March 20, 2018

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