Self-Driving Vehicles

Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Why Remote Control Isn’t Required for Self-Driving Vehicles

 General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP) GM's Cruise has logged more miles than many other autonomous companies testing the vehicles on California roads. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo CEO John Krafcik to Step Down, Become Adviser

Former Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks during a conference in California in 2018. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) Former Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks during a conference in California in 2018. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

John Krafcik stepped down as chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving vehicle division, and will stay on as an adviser to the business, the company said in a memo.

Mark Gurman and David Welch | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

New Mexico Takes Steps Toward Embracing Autonomous Vehicles

Welcome to New Mexico sign near a highway The bill would give the state the authority to regulate and give guidance to the emerging self-driving vehicle industry (holgs/Getty Images)

New Mexico legislators have introduced a bill that one says would set up in statute the authority to regulate and give guidance to the emerging autonomous vehicles industry.

Hannah Grover | The (Farmington, N.M.) Daily Times
March 4, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW, Microsoft Extend Collaboration to Self-Driving Car Software

Volkswagen logo. Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG and Microsoft Corp. are expanding their cooperation involving the U.S. software giant’s cloud technology to include speeding up development of automated driving.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Cruise Posted Most California AV Testing Miles in 2020

GM Cruise Cruise autonomous vehicles drove more than 770,000 miles in California in 2020. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Cruise clocked the most miles of any company testing self-driving vehicles in California in 2020, according to new reports from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

February 10, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Automakers Push for Congressional Movement on AV Rules

An autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle maneuvers a road. (Business Wire via AP) An autonomous Peterbilt 579 test vehicle navigates a road. (Business Wire via AP)

A group of nearly four-dozen automakers, industry advocacy groups and corporations sent a letter to Congressional leaders Feb. 3 urging action on legislation that would allow for greater deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Riley Beggin | The Detroit News
February 4, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Paccar, Aurora to Partner on Development of Autonomous Trucks

Aurora Peterbilt truck and Kenworth T680 Left: Aurora has been testing autonomous Peterbilt trucks in Texas. (Aurora) Right: A Kenworth T680 at a past industry show. Paccar is working with Aurora to build self-driving models of the T680. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Paccar Inc. reached a deal with a California technology startup to develop and sell autonomous versions of two of its most popular Class 8 truck models.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Eyes Exemptions From Some Safety Rules for Self-Driving Cars

A self-driving vehicle from Intel company Mobileye's autonomous test fleet navigates Detroit streets. A self-driving vehicle from Intel company Mobileye's autonomous test fleet navigates Detroit streets. (Mobileye via Associated Press)

President Donald Trump’s administration is starting to update federal motor vehicle safety standards to exempt self-driving cars from crashworthiness standards that are applied to cars operated by humans, a move questioned by safety advocates.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Cruise Hires Former Delta Air Executive Gil West as COO

GM's Bolt electric vehicle, with Cruise's autonomous technology installed, is displayed in Detroit. GM's Bolt electric vehicle, with Cruise's autonomous technology installed, is displayed in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Cruise, the self-driving car startup majority owned by General Motors Co., has hired former Delta Air Lines Inc. Chief Operating Officer Gil West for the same position as it prepares to start offering paid robotaxi rides in San Francisco.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

FHWA Awards Grant Supporting AV Truck Project at Port of Virginia

Port of Virginia The Port of Virginia received $2.1 million to assist in efforts to make the terminal “autonomous truck ready,” according to FHWA’s announcement. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded $49.6 million to support projects that incorporate transportation-related technologies.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021

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