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  • Ex-Google Self-Driving Car Guru Is Likely Headed To Prison
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    Ex-Google Self-Driving Car Guru Is Likely Headed To Prison

    Photo: AP Last August, attorneys for Anthony Levandowski, who left Google to found his own company, ended up as an engineer at Uber, and briefly ran his own techtopian church, said, “He didn’t steal anything from anyone.” On Thursday, Levandowski said in papers filed in federal court, “I stole.” The case, in which Levandowski was […] More

  • The Failure Of This Self-Driving Truck Company Tells You All You Need To Know About Self-Driving Vehicles
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    The Failure Of This Self-Driving Truck Company Tells You All You Need To Know About Self-Driving Vehicles

    Screenshot: Starsky Robotics Starsky Robotics is a self-driving truck company that was the first company to run an unmanned semi on a public highway. It’s now shutting down though, and its co-founder has some unusually sensible and honest things to say about the industry, unusual only because the industry is stuffed with charlatans. Stefan Seltz-Axmacher […] More

  • Waymo's Self-Driving Jaguars Arrive With New, Homegrown Tech
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    Waymo’s Self-Driving Jaguars Arrive With New, Homegrown Tech

    Waymo (as it was christened in 2016) soon gave up building its own vehicles, but kept making the bits that replace the human driver, chiefly the sensors and the computer systems. The software may do the thinking, but it’s no good if it can’t rely on good sensing data, or reliable connections between the sensors […] More

  • The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People
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    The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

    Late Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—the federal agency in charge of road safety in the US—took the unusual step of ordering a fleet of self-driving shuttles to stop carrying passengers. The shuttles, from the French company EasyMile, were transporting or preparing to transport riders in 16 US cities. NHTSA’s order allows the vehicles […] More

  • In California, Which Self-Driving Cars Log the Most Miles?
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    In California, Which Self-Driving Cars Log the Most Miles?

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday released reports detailing how many times in 2019 human safety operators had to take control of self-driving vehicles being tested in the state. According to the reports, robot cars in autonomous mode drove almost 2.9 million miles on public California roads last year, up from 2.1 million […] More

  • How Self-Driving Car Makers Measure Their Own Progress
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    How Self-Driving Car Makers Measure Their Own Progress

    As each function improves, “you can start crossing them off the list,” says Don Burnette, who runs the self-driving truck outfit Kodiak Robotics. “How many features do you still have left to implement? How many features have you included? That is a very good indicator of progress for a company”—one that Kodiak uses internally. At […] More

  • A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash
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    A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

    NTSB can’t change federal or local policy, but it can make recommendations. It had plenty of those. NTSB reiterated two recommendations it issued during a 2017 investigation of an Autopilot-related death—to which Tesla has not formally responded. It asked that Tesla limit drivers to using Autopilot in road and weather situations where it can be […] More

  • NTSB Calls Out Tesla, Apple And NHTSA Over Fatal Autopilot Crashes And Sloppy Regulating
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    NTSB Calls Out Tesla, Apple And NHTSA Over Fatal Autopilot Crashes And Sloppy Regulating

    Screenshot: Tesla The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just put Tesla, Apple, and the federal government on blast, claiming the two companies have been reckless in self-regulating vehicle safety systems and distracted driving, and concluded that the government needs to step in and do more to regulate the driver assistance systems on our roads. Let’s […] More

  • Investors Hit the Brakes on Automotive Startups
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    Investors Hit the Brakes on Automotive Startups

    Last year, Ted Serbinski called his accelerator, TechStars Detroit, the “‘comeback city’s’ startup ecosystem.” Since 2015, the accelerator had supported and mentored 54 transportation-related companies, with funding from some big transportation names, like Ford, Honda, AAA, and Nationwide. Success stories included Cargo, a startup that helps ride-hail drivers make supplemental income by running rider-friendly “convenience […] More

  • Cadillac Brings Super Cruise to the New 2021 Escalade
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    Cadillac Brings Super Cruise to the New 2021 Escalade

    If HBO’s Entourage ever comes back on the air—and hopefully it won’t—there will likely be a new character in the lineup along with the boys: a semi-sentient Cadillac Escalade. Because no vehicle could be better for wandering between parties than a glitzy-glamor seven-seat SUV that can handle the highways of Los Angeles all by itself. […] More

  • Autonomous Company Nuro Just Got Federal Approval To Deliver Your Groceries
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    Autonomous Company Nuro Just Got Federal Approval To Deliver Your Groceries

    Photo: Nuro The first autonomous car to achieve federal regulation approval could soon be hitting the streets of a city near you. And they might just be delivering your groceries. Self-driving robot startup Nuro gets to bypass safety standards to start taking to the streets. This is honestly pretty big, and we’ll let Bloomberg give […] More

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