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FCC Taking ‘Fresh Look’ at Opening Key Spectrum Band for Automakers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to vote in June on launching a new review of a key spectrum band reserved for automakers that could boost Wi-Fi use, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. In …

Tesla Versus the World: First Musk Takes on Chips, Now Insurers

For the second time in three days, Elon Musk has shed light on how Tesla Inc. plans to take on massive industries outside the automotive and clean-energy realms. Tesla’s chief executive officer said during Tesla’s earnings call Wednesday that the …

5 Reasons Autonomous Cars Won’t Be Available Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you’ll get an almost …

Headlights of the Future Could Offer Safety Benefits

Most people don’t turn on their car’s headlights and think, I wish they were brighter. Shuji Nakamura is not most people. The Nobel Prize-winning illumination scientist has spent the past five years developing a laser-based lighting system. His company, SLD …

Ford Moves Ahead With Plans for Talking-Car Technology

Ford Motor Co. is pursuing another path with talking-car technology that could reduce road deaths, break up gridlock and even ease ordering at the McDonald’s drive-thru. The automaker announced Monday that it’s outfitting all its new U.S. models starting in …

Uber Requests Permission to Resume Self-Driving Car Tests on Public Roads

Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads. The company has filed an application on with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in …

Future of Self-Driving Car Bill in Limbo

A push on Capitol Hill to speed development of self-driving vehicles may not cross the finish line in time for this Congress – casting doubt on the future of unusually bipartisan legislation in Washington. In order to get a final …

DOT: Better Metrics Needed to Prove Autonomous Car Safety

Autonomous vehicle manufacturers need a better yardstick to show that their products are safe, said Derek Kan, under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. The metrics that are most widely used by self-driving car developers – miles …

Study Examines Moral, Ethical Considerations in Autonomous Car Decisions

A crash by one of Uber Technologies, Inc.’s self-driving cars earlier this year resulted in the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The incident highlighted the challenges technology companies are facing in developing software that can adequately detect and …

Tesla Autopilot Crash Stats Far Better Than Humans’

When it’s machine versus man, it’s more likely you’ll be exchanging insurance information with man, according to data released by the electric-car maker Tesla. In the first quarterly report on the safety of its autonomous vehicles, Tesla said it recorded …