Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

California Starts Accepting Applications for Driverless Car Permits

General Motors Co.

California began accepting applications April 2 for permits to deploy self-driving cars on public roads without a human backup driver at the wheel.

Russ Mitchell | Los Angeles Times
April 3, 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
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Detroit Area’s Cutting-Edge Center for Self-Driving Vehicles Set to Open

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. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

The only engineering facility built expressly to test self-driving vehicles will officially open April 4 at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site just west of Detroit.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 2, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Ohio Logistics Firm Buys Property in Anticipation of Autonomous Trucks


Jarrett Cos. has purchased a 53-acre property in Seville, Ohio, that it expects eventually will be used by driverless, autonomous trucks.

Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal
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, Autonomous

Toyota Warns That Some Rivals Are Skipping Steps in Race to Autonomy

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As the global auto industry vies to deploy driverless cars, some contenders may be cutting corners in a bid to get ahead, warned Jack Hollis, group vice president of U.S. sales for the Toyota brand.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
March 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Google Backs Startup Working on Remote-Controlled Driverless Cars

The hubcap of a Jaguar I-Pace with Waymo autonomous electric vehicle is seen during an event in New York, March 27. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Gradient Ventures, an early-stage venture fund within Google, is leading a $6 million investment in a new company that’s building software to let humans control cars remotely.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo, Jaguar Team Up With 20,000-Car Self-Driving Fleet


Waymo is teaming up with Jaguar Land Rover on autonomous vehicles, its second major automaker partnership and a big boost for the nascent technology that has come under scrutiny recently.

Gabriella Coppola and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

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


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