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Now Uber Says It Also Could Deploy Cars Without A Driver As Early As 2019 Now Uber Says It Also Could Deploy Cars Without A Driver As Early As 2019

Google’s self-driving car unit already has driverless cars on the road as part of a pilot project. General Motors says it wants to have cars without a steering wheel or pedals on the road by next year.

Toyota's Racing Team Has The Right Idea About The Future Of Cars Toyota's Racing Team Has The Right Idea About The Future Of Cars

With every day we seem to inch closer to fully driverless cars in series production, but it’s still not clear if they’ll ever fully displace human-driven cars. One of the more cogent takes on the issue comes from, of all places, Toyota’s factory race program in Japan.

Waymo's Insurance Plan For Drivers Doesn't Answer Who's To Blame Yet Waymo's Insurance Plan For Drivers Doesn't Answer Who's To Blame Yet

While automakers and tech developers race to deploy fully-autonomous cars on the road, one question that’s still being worked out is who’s liable in the event of a crash. Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, delivered one possible answer on Tuesday: it’s teaming up with an insurance provider to cover everything from…

California DMV Ditches Rule to Limit Liability for Self-Driving Car Manufacturers California DMV Ditches Rule to Limit Liability for Self-Driving Car Manufacturers

California regulators have shot down what appeared to have been a very ill-advised plan to let self-driving car manufacturers dodge liability for crashes if the cars weren’t maintained to industry-written specifications, the Associated Press reported. No such maintenance requirements exist for standard human-driven…

How To Drive In A Future Where Driving Is Banned How To Drive In A Future Where Driving Is Banned

I know this is weird to talk about for car enthusiasts, but the U.S. Department of Transportation says it wants to move the nation toward a Zero Death Future, where traffic fatalities become relegated to history. In theory, this sounds nice; in practice, it’s probably impossible—unless there’s a ban on driving. So how…

What If Autonomous Cars Just Never Happen? What If Autonomous Cars Just Never Happen?

More and more semi-autonomous cars cruise on the road every day, and yet the more time I spend testing these driver-assisted vehicles, the more I think that full autonomy may never, ever happen.

Why Uber Just Ordered a Buttload of Volvos Why Uber Just Ordered a Buttload of Volvos

Things seem to be looking up at Uber’s embattled self-driving car unit. The company just made a deal with Volvo for as many as 24,000 XC90 sport utility vehicles to be delivered between 2019 and 2021. Uber then plans to add its own driverless technology and unleash a fleet of robo-taxis onto the world. It would be the…

Will The Autonomous Car Revolution Leave Poor People Behind? Will The Autonomous Car Revolution Leave Poor People Behind?

Depending on whom you ask, our driverless car future will happen in five or 10 or 20 years, but no one is certain exactly what that future is going to look like. It may have us all owning cars that pilot themselves; it may eliminate car ownership altogether and shift to an Uber-style on-demand model, or some…

Waymo Is Launching A Fleet Of Actual Driverless Cars In Arizona Waymo Is Launching A Fleet Of Actual Driverless Cars In Arizona

Waymo, the self-driving car project launched by Google, spent last week showing off the company’s autonomous vehicles to reporters. Now, Waymo said Tuesday, it’s deploying driverless cars for testing in Phoenix as part of a pilot program. Cars without actual people in the driver seat. Driving people around. It’s wild…

Rolls-Royce Is Too Good For Your Silly 'Driverless' Technology Rolls-Royce Is Too Good For Your Silly 'Driverless' Technology

Autonomy and electricity are the future of the car industry, but not for Rolls-Royce. See, Rolls-Royce customers should not have to sit in a driver’s seat and tap a steering wheel to tell a car they’re still awake. The thought of it is absurd. They have chauffeurs for that, so long as future generations learn how to…

Australian Advisory Body Says 'Driving' Drunk Or On Drugs In An Autonomous Car Should Be Legal Australian Advisory Body Says 'Driving' Drunk Or On Drugs In An Autonomous Car Should Be Legal

Oh my, oh my. The day has come. An advisory body to the Australian government brought up the thing legislators will probably be debating until there are no longer steering wheels or pedals in road cars: whether people should be allowed to “drive” drunk or on drugs in an autonomous car.

Man Accused Of Proudly, Drunkenly Surfing A 'Driverless' Car Man Accused Of Proudly, Drunkenly Surfing A 'Driverless' Car

Late last month, Chinese police arrested a (drunk) man who stood on top of a car that traveled about one-third of a mile in the city of Bengbu, according to The People’s Daily. I don’t know, maybe sticking his head out the window and drunkenly screaming for joy wasn’t good enough. But at least he looks proud.

Ohio Is Building The Country's Longest Driverless Car Ready Highway Ohio Is Building The Country's Longest Driverless Car Ready Highway

Ohio’s banking on a $218 million “driverless car” highway to get techies out of sunny California and test their autonomous tech alongside cornfields, cows and Cedar Point.

Street Lights Of The Future Will Talk To Cars And That May Not Be A Good Thing Street Lights Of The Future Will Talk To Cars And That May Not Be A Good Thing

Cars won’t just be driving themselves one day—they’ll be communicating things like traffic conditions and the weather with everything else around them. Connected cars will be masses of sensors and outpouring radio signals, but if carmakers aren’t careful, this data sharing will open itself up to hacks and cyber…

Who Will Clean Up Barf In Robot Taxis? I Have The Solution Who Will Clean Up Barf In Robot Taxis? I Have The Solution

A story from Bloomberg this morning details one of the myriad issues that need to be addressed before driverless robotaxis can be deployed by the likes of General Motors and Uber: how to clean up a passengers’ puke. A start-up in San Francisco offers one idea—a 24/7 cleaning service—but I think there’s a much simpler…

New Legislation Aims To Put 100,000 Driverless Test Cars On Public Roads New Legislation Aims To Put 100,000 Driverless Test Cars On Public Roads

At a hearing today, Republicans in Congress made clear they want to drastically increase the number of semi-autonomous and autonomous cars tested on American roadways. It’s a proposal that should make driverless car developers giddy but could potentially pose safety risks if not done correctly.

Automakers Admit The Driverless Car Revolution Will Take 'At Least Four Decades' Automakers Admit The Driverless Car Revolution Will Take 'At Least Four Decades'

Congressional hearings tend to be dull, but it’s encouraging to see lawmakers actively approaching how to create legislation for self-driving cars. And while there’s considerable debate on how to do that, one industry panelist at a Senate hearing Wednesday offered a welcomed reality check: it’s going to take decades…

Stop Saying Dumb Shit Stop Saying Dumb Shit

We’re barely a year removed from the fatal crash that killed Tesla owner Joshua Brown, whose semi-autonomous vehicle was traveling in its hands-somewhat-free Autopilot mode at the time of the accident. And still misleading bullshit about the current capability of autonomous tech continues to be floated: on Wednesday,…

Huge Profits Aren't Enough For Car Companies Anymore Huge Profits Aren't Enough For Car Companies Anymore

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know, or at least the ones that are fun to read if you want an inside look into the big ego auto industry.

Self-Driving Engineers Are Looking To Flee Uber's Sinking Ship Self-Driving Engineers Are Looking To Flee Uber's Sinking Ship

As if Uber wasn’t already having a bad enough week, the ride-hailing giant is reportedly set to lose a bevy of self-driving car engineers, as its high-stakes litigation with Google’s self-driving car project Waymo continues to play out in court.

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