USPS to test autonomous long-haul delivery trucks

29 May
TuSimple self-driving semi truckWe've come a long way from the Pony Express. The U.S. Postal Service said last week that it will test autonomous long-haul mail delivery trucks in the relatively remote stretch between Phoenix and Dallas. The USPS said that San Diego-based TuSimple won the contract to self self-driving semi trucks on the 1,000-mile round-trip trek between...

Lyft to let riders hail Waymo self-driving taxis from its app

10 May
Waymo and Lyft logosLyft users in the Phoenix area may soon be able to hail a self-driving car from Google's Waymo division directly from the ride-sharing service's smartphone app. The two firms announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will see Waymo autonomous vehicles deployed as part of the Lyft network. The addition of Waymo self-driving cars to the Lyft...

Florida could legalize fully self-driving cars

4 May
GM Cruise AV self-driving carFlorida may be the next state in the United States to make self-driving cars without a backup driver legal on its roads. Senate Bill 932 lays out a path to autonomous car legalization in the Sunshine State. Notably, the cars would not require a human driver behind the wheel, something currently not allowed in most states. The bill passed the House...

Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

3 May
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceWaymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software must be able to identify differences in cyclists and...

Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

24 Apr
Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, ArizonaGoogle's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would provide jobs in an area affected by recent...

Tesla CEO: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year

24 Apr
2019 Tesla Model SAt an event to promote his company's autonomous technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday said that a fleet of self-driving taxis will be on the road as early as next year. The New York Times reported on Musk's comments following the presentation. Musk said the self-driving "robo taxis" will be ready by the end of 2020 thanks to a new Tesla-made...

Tesla to hike price for “Full Self-Driving” driver-assistance tech

17 Apr
2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceTesla's advanced driver-assistance technology, which isn't even fully operational yet, will cost a lot more next month. "Full Self-Driving," as Tesla calls tech that allows its vehicles to drive themselves from an on-ramp to an off-ramp on limited-access roads with no driver intervention, will cost $3,000 more "over time," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said...

Ford, Uber dial back expectations for self-driving cars

12 Apr
Ford self-driving cars in Washington DCTwo major players vowing to transform the automotive industry with self-driving cars backpedaled on expectations this week. Both Ford and ride-sharing company Uber tempered expectations for when autonomous cars will arrive and what they'll be capable of when they do. Uber's chief scientist at its Advanced Technologies Group, Raquel Urtasun, cast...

Self-driving cars tackle tropical storms at Singapore test center

10 Apr
Singapore-MIT self-driving car tests in heavy rain at CETRAN facility Image: SMARTIn Singapore, self-driving development cars are getting a far tougher shakedown than they are in gentle real-world testing in places such as Arizona. IEEE Spectrum on Monday opened the doors to the Center for Excellence for Testing and Research of AVs, or CETRAN, in Singapore, a 200-acre facility that can replicate producing severe tropical...

British startup says its self-driving car doesn’t need fancy tech

9 Apr
Wayve self-driving car prototypeA British startup says it doesn't need the expensive sensing tech found in most self-driving cars and has opted instead to use cameras and artificial intelligence software that learns how drivers react to real-world situations Medium reported Monday that Wayve fits its test cars with a camera, a GPS tracker, and a computer to analyze collected...