Congress plans to try again on self-driving car legislation

14 Aug
Waymo self-driving carCongress may revisit an overhaul to federal rules for self-driving cars when it reconvenes early next month. House and Senate committees are looking for comments from the public and automakers to standardize federal rules for testing and selling self-driving cars and cars with semi-autonomous driver-assistance features, Automotive News reported...

BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars

12 Jul
BMW Vision iNext conceptBMW and Daimler joined forces to develop self-driving car technology. The two typical rivals said in separate announcements last week that the partnership is a long-term contract to help bring autonomous vehicle technologies to market quicker. Specifically, the agreement aims to put Level 4 self-driving cars on the road as early as 2024. Level 4...

Ford, VW announce multibillion-dollar partnership for self-driving cars and electric cars

12 Jul
Argo AI self-driving carFord and Volkswagen announced Friday a widening partnership between the two automakers and detailed a multibillion-dollar partnership to develop autonomous cars. Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess announced the deal in New York and said VW would invest $2.6 billion in Ford-backed startup Argo AI to develop self-driving cars. The...

Volkswagen, Ford reportedly will team up to build self-driving cars, EVs

8 Jul
Argo AI self-driving car prototypeVolkswagen and Ford could announce a deeper alliance this week—beyond commercial vans and small pickups across the world—to build self-driving and electric cars. The New York Times reported July 5 that the two automakers could announce the partnership as soon as this week. The two automakers already announced an alliance this year to...

Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai

27 Jun
Drive.AI self-driving car in Arlington, TexasTechnology giant Apple has purchased self-driving car startup Drive.ai just as it was preparing to close up shop. Apple confirmed with Axios it made the purchase on Tuesday, though it's unclear what the technology company paid for the self-driving car company. Drive.ai had raised around $77 million in venture capital since its founding in 2016...

IIHS says automated car tech confusing to consumers

21 Jun
Consumer Reports Tesla Model 3 Navigate on Autopilot ready for right-lane pass [CREDIT: CR]Systems designed to make driving more automated have created a cloud of confusion for drivers, the IIHS found. The insurance industry-funded IIHS surveyed 2,000 drivers to understand how the branding names of systems affect the technology's perceived effectiveness. The results released Thursday show many discrepancies in how consumers understand...

No driver, no problem: Domino’s to test out self-driving pizza-delivery van in Houston

20 Jun
Nuro and Domino's partner for self-driving pizza deliveryOrder a Domino's pizza this fall in Houston and it may arrive in a futuristic self-driving test van. Autonomous car startup company Nuro said Monday that it will partner with Domino's for self-driving pizza deliveries from one Domino's location in Houston. It's the company's second major delivery gig after Nuro began delivering groceries for...

Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver

18 Jun
Argo AI self-driving car prototype"Florida man" headlines may be a thing of the past when it comes to cars. The Sunshine State will become home to the nation's least stringent autonomous car legislation come July 1. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation into law last Thursday that does not require a self-driving test car to have a human driver present, Fox 13 reported. The law...

Hyundai, Kia in driver’s seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup

17 Jun
Hyundai Nexo with Aurora Innovation self-driving technologyHyundai and Kia last week upped their investment in autonomous car technology startup Aurora Innovation just as Volkswagen stepped away from its partnership with Aurora. Specifically, the investment will expand self-driving technology research to more Hyundai and Kia models and help build a platform suitable for the brands' future autonomous cars...