Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

It’s No Use Honking. The Robot at the Wheel Can’t Hear You

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As auto accidents go, it wasn’t much: twelve minutes before noon on a cool June day, a Chevrolet Bolt was rear-ended as it crawled from a stop light in downtown San Francisco.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

GM Buys Lidar Startup Strobe to Accelerate Self-Driving Cars

General Motors Co. world headquarters stands in Detroit. Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

General Motors announced Oct. 9 that it is buying Strobe, a Pasadena startup that makes lidar, a laser-based sensor that most autonomous vehicles use to see the world around them.

David R. Baker | Bloomberg News
October 9, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Big-Rig Technology Moving Quickly Down the On-Ramp

Daimler AG

While advancements in autonomous — or self-driving — cars get much of the attention, development of self-driving commercial vehicles is speeding forward.

Judy Keen | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
October 9, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Bill Allowing 80,000 Self-Driving Cars on the Road Passes Senate Panel

A row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP

WASHINGTON – On a unanimous voice vote, a Senate committee approved legislation Oct. 4 that authorizes self-driving car makers to sell as many as 80,000 vehicles a year within three years that would be exempt from current safety standards as manufacturers develop technology for autonomous vehicles.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hacking Risk Is What Worries Americans Most About Driverless Vehicles

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U.S. residents are “polarized” on whether to embrace driverless cars, according to a survey by insurer American International Group Inc.

Sonali Basak | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo Engineer Left Trail of Deleted Files En Route to Uber


Uber Technologies Inc. hired an engineer to lead its driverless car program last year even after its own research revealed red flags about how much proprietary information he took from his former employer, Waymo.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicles Raising Big Questions Around Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Open Container Laws and More

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The idea of highways being filled with self-driving cars may be alluring, but it has highway safety experts raising numerous questions about common contemporary issues like drunk driving, seat belt use and how other motorists might react to a car without a driver behind the wheel.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
October 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Warren Buffett Isn’t Losing Sleep Over Self-Driving Trucks

A cardboard cutout in the likeness of Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., sits in the driver's seat of a truck on display during the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Neb. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

“Trucks are going to be around for a very long time.”

Elizabeth Fournier | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Mining Giant Vies With Tech Firms for Workers in Push for Self-Driving Trucks

Nick Courtois, project manager of autonomous haulage systems at Rio Tinto Group, watches as an autonomous haul truck drives through a pit at the company's West Angelas iron ore mine in Pilbara, Australia. Ian Waldie/Bloomberg News

Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second-largest mining company, is focused as much on driver-less trucks and automated drills as conventional shovels and loaders these days. That means it needs a whole lot more high-tech workers.

Joe Deaux | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Australia Expands Use of Caterpillar’s Self-Driving Truck Technology

Caterpillar Inc.

Self-driving truck technology being developed by Caterpillar Inc. at its Tucson, Ariz., division headquarters will soon be used more extensively by iron ore mines in Australia

Gabriela Rico | The Arizona Daily Star
October 3, 2017