Self-Driving Vehicles

Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora to Buy Uber’s Self-Driving Vehicles Arm

Uber self-driving cars A parking lot full of Uber self-driving Volvos in Pittsburgh on March 20, 2020. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber is selling off its autonomous vehicles-development arm to Aurora as the ride-hailing company slims down after its revenues were pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic.

December 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Luminar Technologies More Than Doubles Post SPAC Merger

Luminar Technologies lidar imaging Luminar Technologies lidar imaging. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Peter Thiel-backed Luminar Technologies Inc. briefly touched an all-time high within days of emerging as a stand-alone company as investor excitement over developers of laser sensors that enable autonomous driving ramped up.

Crystal Kim | Bloomberg News
December 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Gatik’s Self-Driving Delivery Vans Head North to Canada

Gatik's middle-mile autonomous trucks are designed to deliver cargo with almost no human interaction. Gatik's middle-mile autonomous trucks are designed to deliver cargo with almost no human interaction. (Christopher Li/Gatik)

Gatik, a Silicon Valley-based self-driving startup, has begun hauling cargo for Loblaws Inc., Canada’s largest grocer.

Kyle Stock | Bloomberg News
November 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Seeking Input on Autonomous Vehicle Rules

A Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo technology is displayed at an auto show in Detroit in January 2017. A Chrysler Pacifica hybrid outfitted with Waymo technology is displayed at an auto show in Detroit in January 2017. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

The U.S. government’s road safety agency is asking for public comment on how it should regulate safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Hyundai-Aptiv Venture Wins Driverless Test Approval in Nevada

A BMW vehicle outfitted with Motional technology drives in Las Vegas, where the venture is partnered with Lyft. A BMW vehicle outfitted with Motional technology drives in Las Vegas, where the venture is partnered with Lyft. (Motional)

Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv Plc’s $4 billion self-driving venture received permission from the state of Nevada to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, the company said.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Looks to Calm Doubts About Driverless Cars With Data Release

A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle sits parked in Chandler, Ariz., in July 2018. A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle sits parked in Chandler, Ariz., in July 2018. (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News)

The voluntary disclosure comes less than a month after Waymo announced that it would begin offering fully driverless service to customers in Arizona and days before an election that could usher in a much tougher regulatory regime.

October 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler to Take Stake in Luminar, Diversifying Autonomous Efforts

Austin Russell, founder and CEO of Luminar Technologies, holds a lidar box for a photograph. Austin Russell, founder and CEO of Luminar Technologies, holds a lidar box at the company's headquarters in Portola Valley, Calif., in July 2017. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG’s truck unit is investing in a laser-sensor startup to bolster its development of self-driving trucks in the U.S. less than a week after striking a deal to use driverless technology from a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

TuSimple to Build Hub in Texas, Expects Fully Driverless Routes in 2021

TuSimple's autonomous technology for trucks could yield fully driverless routes as early as next year. TuSimple's autonomous technology for trucks could yield fully driverless routes as early as next year. (Business Wire via AP)

Global automated trucking company TuSimple is setting up shop at AllianceTexas’ newly launched Mobility Innovation Zone, which it hopes will bolster a national expansion and fully driverless testing.

Dom DiFurio | The Dallas Morning News
October 29, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Ford Doubles Down on Testing Autonomous Cars in Miami-Dade

A test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, navigates a street in Pittsburgh. A test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, navigates a street in Pittsburgh in December 2018. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

After landing in Miami-Dade in 2018 with a fleet of self-driving cars, Ford announced Oct. 26 that it plans to broaden its presence in the area as it explores the frontiers of autonomous vehicles.

Rob Wile | Miami Herald
October 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

With Fully Autonomous Driving Distant, Lidar Finds Its Place

A Mercedes-Benz Urbanetic Vision autonomous electric concept van, manufactured by Daimler AG. A Mercedes-Benz Urbanetic Vision autonomous electric concept van, manufactured by Daimler AG, drives on stage at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Germany in September 2018. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

The promise of self-driving cars and robotaxi fleets once seemed just around the corner, but reality is setting in. Makers of the underlying technology are pivoting to more realistic ways of making money in the here and now.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 26, 2020

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