Business, Technology, Autonomous

Don Burnette Becomes Last Otto Co-Founder to Leave Uber Technologies

Don Burnette checks the software on a computer inside the cab of the self-driving, big-rig truck during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters Aug. 18, 2016. (Tony Avelar/AP)

With the recent departure of Don Burnette, all four co-founders of driverless-trucking company Otto have left Uber Technologies Inc., about 18 months after Uber’s purchase of the startup.

April 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

New Hampshire Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Faces Speed Bumps

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A bill that would allow companies to road-test self-driving vehicles in New Hampshire may be facing some speed bumps.

Shawne K. Wickham | The New Hampshire Union Leader
April 18, 2018
Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Buses Will Be Introduced at University of Michigan

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A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor, Mich., later in April in an ambitious test of the new technology.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver Engagement Critical Issue for Cars That Steer Themselves

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After partially faulting Tesla’s automation system for a 2016 fatal crash, U.S. safety investigators in 2017 called on carmakers to do more to ensure drivers stay engaged as next-generation cars start to steer themselves.

April 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

PennDOT Chief Outlines Temporary Rules for Testing Self-Driving Cars

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Pennsylvania will ask Uber Technologies Inc. and any company developing self-driving cars with the same technology onboard to immediately stop testing.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Opinion: Driverless Cars May Make Traffic Worse, Not Better


One of the more puzzling questions arising from the revolution in autonomous vehicles and on-demand services is what impact it will all have on cities.

John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press
April 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Houston Joins Smart Cities Program to Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles

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Houston will join 21 other cities in a national partnership aimed at addressing persistent transportation challenges as technology and mobility choices have planners rethinking how streets, sidewalks and private spaces interact.

Doug Begley | Houston Chronicle
April 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Cars Are On North Carolina Turnpike Authority’s Radar

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The fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car in Arizona last month has not dissuaded the North Carolina Turnpike Authority from urging companies to test autonomous vehicles on the Triangle Expressway in western Wake County.

Richard Stradling | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
April 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Toyota Talks Self-Driving Cars and the Real Reason the Automaker Suspended Testing


When a woman crossing an Arizona street was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber car late last month, it sparked a swift public reckoning over the near-term future of autonomous vehicle testing on public roads.

Jill Cowan | The Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

California Starts Accepting Applications for Driverless Car Permits

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

April 3, 2018