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Industry Schools Government about the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Earlier this week, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment. I …

Driverless Cars

Ford Robocar To Ford Engineers: Wake Up!

The Ford Motor Company is skipping Level 3 autonomy—when the driver must be prepared to take the wheel—and going straight to Level 4—when there is no …

Transportation

Smart Road to Parked Car: Talk to Me

When cars start talking both to one another and to traffic signals, they will sometimes suffer from the cellphone user’s bane: dropped calls. That’s …

Transportation

Waymo's Fight With Uber Might Be the First Shot in a Self-driving Car IP War

Weaponizing Waymo's intellectual property could hurt self-driving startups much more than Uber Photo: WaymoWaymo filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing …

Uber

Adding self-driving tech to your car is surprisingly cheap... and legal

Self-driving tech is on its way to cars — but for some, it's not coming soon enough. While Tesla rolls out updates to Autopilot incrementally and other automakers fine-tune their autonomous platforms after years of development, some ambitious drivers are tricking out their own, regular cars with …

Tesla

This self-driving semi company wants to make truckers' jobs easier

If a new startup has its way, highways might soon be filled self-driving semi trucks. Embark, which emerged from stealth mode to launch publicly Friday, is the latest autonomous long haul solution to hit the road.<p>The company claims its semi trucks will be able to self-navigate freeway routes from …

Driverless Cars

Wireless Apple CarPlay will finally come to more cars

Apple's CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment system has been around since 2014 — and since then, it's been tethered to car dashboards by a Lightning connection like any another anonymous AUX cord.<p>It's not for any lack of trying on Apple's part — the company announced an update for wireless CarPlay …

Transportation

Morgan Freeman's Tesla-Exclusive Limo Service Is Fully Booked for the Oscars

This all-Tesla livery service is the anti-Uber for Hollywood's elite.<p>ROBYN BECK—AFP/Getty Images<p>Until Teslas can drive and valet park themselves, …

Uber

Honda wants to charge electric vehicles dynamically for ‘unlimited range’ on highways

We find that automakers who have historically been betting on hydrogen fuel cells over battery-powered vehicles, like Honda, are very focused on the speed of charging since it’s currently the only advantage fuel cells have over batteries.<p>While charge rates are obviously important, it’s not actually …

Electric Vehicles

Get Amped: Shanghai Custom’s electrifying street tracker

Despite a mind-boggling population of 24 million, Shanghai seems like a questionable location for a custom bike shop. Chinese laws make it expensive to register imported vehicles, and the bigger the capacity, the harder it gets.<p>Still, this hasn’t deterred Kiwi Matthew Waddick and his crew at …

Electric Vehicles

Mercedes EQ Power Launches New EV & Hybrid Range

Mercedes is launching the EQ Power sub-brand with the revised S-Class this summer, the company announced today.<p>All subsequent hybrid and EV models …

Electric Vehicles

France is offering over $200 to any citizen who buys an electric bicycle

As more people across the globe are starting to realize the multitude of benefits presented by bicycle commuting, some governments are trying to find …

Cycling

MOKE is a powerful electric fat tire utility bike that seats two

<b>It's like the crossover of e-bikes, with room for two and a capacity of almost 400 pounds.</b><p>With electric bikes breaking out all over these days, how …

Electric Vehicles

Google’s Lawsuit Against Uber Revolves Around Frickin’ Lasers

The biggest challenge in building an autonomous vehicle is giving the car the ability to see the world. It requires a thorough understanding of …

Driverless Cars

Intel Gives A Glimpse Inside Its Autonomous Driving Lab On Wheels

Many of the top players in technology and automobiles are fervently working towards a world in which autonomous driving vehicles are commonplace. Some current vehicles, like the Tesla Model S, already offer self-driving, autopilot capabilities, but these are a precursor to fully autonomous vehicles …

Driverless Cars

The Future Of Car Insurance: Digital, Predictive And Usage-Based

Imagine shopping for your next car insurance and the car company offers an insurance that connects a black box, dongle or a mobile phone app, which tracks how you drive, and saves you up to 30 percent on premiums. This, in essence, is the future of connected car insurance, also called <b>usage-based</b> …

Insurance

The state of your self-driving car

Last year, the car industry was abuzz about the move towards autonomous vehicles, largely spurred by decisions made by technology companies such as Google, Tesla, and Uber. Since then, a few car makers have entered the space and even during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, there was plenty of …

Driverless Cars

Formula E unveils next-gen all-electric race car

The all-electric Formula E championship is off to a surprisingly good start since its launch in 2014 considering the level of difficulty associated with establishing a new racing championship.<p>It is still facing some technological problems, but most of them should be solved in the next generation of …

Electric Vehicles

Automakers ask Trump to reconsider car emissions standards

The heads of several major automakers are asking President Trump to reconsider greenhouse gas standards for vehicles instituted during the Obama …

Fuel Efficiency

Rollout Begins: Toyota Delivers First of 100 Fuel Cell Buses

Toyota Motor Corp. says it has officially delivered the first fuel cell bus (FC bus) sold under the Toyota brand to the Bureau of Transportation of …

Will the public accept the fatal mistakes of self-driving cars?

How many people could self-driving cars kill before we would no longer tolerate them?<p>This once-hypothetical question is taking on greater urgency, particularly among policymakers here in Washington. The promise of autonomous vehicles is that they will make our roads safer and more efficient, but no …

Driverless Cars

Wireless electric cars about to hit the road

Imagine charging your electric car as easily as you charge your electric toothbrush.<p>Or, your car charging itself as it drives down the road.<p>Those …

Electric Vehicles

Speedy growth of electric cars will challenge automakers

Estimates of electric-car market share over the coming decades vary wildly, but certain trends seem to be working in their favor.<p>Battery prices …

Electric Vehicles

Big Corn courts old foe Big Oil to combat electric car threat

| SAN DIEGO<p>A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.<p>The two industries have been at loggerheads for years as they seek sway with Washington over how much biofuel should …

21st Century

Lawsuits could mean that the Silicon Valley self-driving-tech bubble is about to pop

The gloves are coming off in the Silicon Valley race to dominate the self-driving-tech world.<p>Google's Waymo is now suing Uber and its recent acquisition, Otto, accusing it of stealing technology secrets.<p>As Business Insider's Alexei Oreskovic and Danielle Muoio reported on Thursday:<p>"At the center of …

Silicon Valley

Embark’s self-driving truck is ready to assist human drivers

Self-driving trucking startup Embark is revealing its tech for the first time, showing off a competitor for Uber’s Otto that uses neural networks and deep learning to teach trucks how to drive themselves through their own processes of practice and trial and error.<p>Embark’s trucks are also approved …

Driverless Cars

Buying an electric vehicle? A growing list of states will charge you extra yearly fees.

Dumb policy in response to a broken gas tax.<p>Electric vehicles serve the public good — they reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But these social benefits are not reflected in the price of the vehicles, which remain, at this stage of market development, somewhat more expensive …

Taxes

Volkswagen’s e-Golf gets a range boost to 125 miles for 2017

The e-Golf, Volkswagen’s electric version of its popular compact car, officially gets around 50 percent more range this year than it did in the previous model. That means it now has an EPA rating of 125 miles on a single charge (via Autoblog), compared to 83 miles before. The 125-mile range is …

Volkswagen

Roads made from recycled plastic are paving the way to a greener tomorrow

Roads laid with asphalt are so 20th century. They're unsustainable, brittle and they contribute over 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide around the world each year.<p>Construction company, VolkerWessels, is using recycled plastic bottles to pave the roads. Lightweight and easily installed, the roads …

Plastic