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Ford Gives Grandma the Heave-Ho and Emboldens Its Robotic Rides

The self-driving Ford Fusion, with a white crown of cameras, radars and lasers sensing its surroundings, was coursing through the congested streets of Miami when a bicyclist cut across its path. The robot didn’t even tap the brakes. It cruised …

Operator Watching ‘The Voice’ Before Uber Self-Driving Crash

The backup “safety driver” in an Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving vehicle that killed a pedestrian in March was streaming the popular television show “The Voice” on her mobile phone in the moments before the crash, according to police in Arizona. …

Fatal Arizona Crash Involves Uber Autonomous Car

A self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday evening, what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle. In response, Uber quickly halted its self-driving cars as the incident …

Waymo Accuses Uber of Self-Driving Car Trade Secret Theft

A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco …

Texas Tesla Owner Won’t Sue After Autopilot Crash, But Car Insurer May

A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. He doesn’t plan to sue the electric-car maker, but …

Data Could Assist Tesla in Defense Against Autopilot Liability

The large volume of data Tesla Motors Inc collects from its cars on the road has armed it with information to publicly counter, and possibly legally defend, claims about the safety of its Autopilot driving-assist software, according to lawyers familiar …

Consumer Reports Thinks Tesla Should Drop Autopilot Name

Consumer Reports said Thursday that Tesla Motors is misleading car owners by calling its semi-autonomous driving system “Autopilot,” potentially giving them too much trust in their car’s ability to drive itself. The influential magazine said Tesla should drop the Autopilot …

Auto Safety Agency Wants Tesla Autopilot Data in Crash Probe

Federal safety investigators are asking electric car maker Tesla Motors for details on how its Autopilot system works and why it failed to detect a tractor trailer that crossed its path in a Florida crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety …

Tesla Driver’s Death on ‘Autopilot’ Triggers New Questions

The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver’s history of speeding further complicates the question. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

Ford’s China Partner to Send Driverless Car on 1,200-Mile Test

Changan Automobile Group, Ford Motor Co.’s partner in China, plans to send a self-driving test car on a 1,200-mile road trip next month, underscoring its ambitions to produce highly automated vehicles by 2020. The car will depart Chongqing and arrive …