Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

GM Drops the Steering Wheel and Gives Robot Driver Control

General Motors Co.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

January 12, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

US Regulators Eye Policy for Autonomous Trucks

Daimler AG

Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy to guide the development of autonomous transportation beyond cars to include trucks, buses and other ground-based modes.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Ford Partners With Postmates in Path to Driverless Delivery

Ford partnered with Domino’s in 2017 for autonomous pizza delivery trials. Photo by Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is expanding its driverless delivery experiment beyond pizza by partnering with Postmates to test what it will take to eventually remove the driver from on-demand distribution.

January 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Pizza Hut Working With Toyota to Test Driverless Pizza Delivery

Toyota says its e-Palette concept vehicle will be fully autonomous, battery-electric vehicle with open control interface to allow partner companies to install their own automated driving system.

Toyota and Pizza Hut announced Jan. 8 a “global partnership,” that could see Pizza Hut pizzas delivered in autonomous vehicles designed and built by Toyota.

Karen Robinson-Jacobs | The Dallas Morning News
January 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Car Firm Aurora to Expand After Deal With VW, Hyundai


Deals inked by the self-driving car firm Aurora with two major auto manufacturers will mean more jobs and more test vehicles on the streets in Pittsburgh, one of the company’s co-founders told the Tribune-Review.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Cars Hit Las Vegas Streets for Tech Tradeshow


LAS VEGAS — The self-driving car is getting closer to deployment in the real world for everyday passengers.

JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press
January 8, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Jacksonville, Fla., Opens Test Track to Future for Self-Driving Shuttles

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The futuristic appeal of the autonomous vehicles that began operating Dec. 21 on the Jacksonville Transportation Authority test track is the prospect that eventually hundreds of them could be shuttling passengers around downtown.

David Bauerlein | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
December 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

If You Hate Driving in the Snow, a Robot Can Now Do It For You

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Self-driving cars may be the future, but relinquishing control of the wheel certainly takes some getting used to. It’s one thing to go (slowly) with the flow on well-marked city streets, for which many self-driving cars were initially developed and tested, but what happens when you throw icy winter road conditions into the mix?

Rachel Tepper Paley | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens Near Detroit

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility, points to future construction, at the ACM facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Aug. 15, 2017. Photographer: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
December 19, 2017
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles Pose New Challenges to Future of Cybersecurity

Getty Images

Today, as artificial intelligence (AI) technology is making a future full of self-driving cars increasingly likely, hacking has become a serious potential concern.

Erin Mundahl | (Washington, D.C.)
December 18, 2017