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GM Readies for Use of Robo-Taxis in San Francisco

General Motors Co. has created its own ride-hailing platform and quietly built one of the largest charging stations in the U.S. to get its Cruise self-driving car unit ready to enter the robo-taxi business next year. Cruise has installed 18 …

FedEx, Volvo Test Truck Platooning to Catch Up to Europe

FedEx Corp. is trying out new technology to tighten spacing between freight trucks traveling on the highway as a way to increase safety, relieve traffic congestion and reduce fuel consumption. The test of a technique called “platooning” involves Volvo AB …

Despite New Law, Nebraska Unlikely to See Self-Driving Cars Soon

Nebraska lawmakers may have cleared the way for companies to test self-driving vehicles with a law passed earlier this year, but don’t expect a large number to hit the streets anytime soon. Although industry officials say Nebraska has positioned itself …

Survey: Self-Driving Cars Need to Reduce Traffic Deaths by at Least 75% to Stay on the Roads

The race is on for companies to present their driverless cars to the public, but recent collisions involving autonomous vehicles developed by Uber Technologies Inc. and Tesla Inc. have led consumers to questions whether these vehicles can alleviate traffic issues …

Deadly Uber Crash Highlights Self-Driving Blind Spot – Night Vision

A few weeks after a woman was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving SUV in Arizona, the crash was recreated using heat seeking, thermal-imaging sensors. With that night vision technology—used by the military and luxury cars for decades—the pedestrian …

Robot Ride Fears Escalate Following High-Profile Roadway Deaths

Consumer trust in self-driving cars has plummeted following high-profile roadway fatalities, with almost three-quarters of Americans now saying they are too afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle, according to a new survey. The survey by the American Automobile Association …

Self-Driving Cars Find Smoother Path to Regulation in U.K., Germany Than U.S.

Cars that drive themselves are finding the clearest paths to showrooms in the U.K., Germany, South Korea and Singapore, where governments have enacted legislation allowing autonomous vehicles to be tested on public roads. And China’s not far behind. Those nations …

Lyft, Aptiv to Launch Self-Driving Car Program in Las Vegas

Ride-hailing service Lyft is partnering with an automotive technology company to deploy a fleet of 30 self-driving cars to the streets of Las Vegas this summer. Lyft and Aptiv will run the self-driving BMWs between the same predetermined sites that …

Waymo Leads Self-Driving Car Race

In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, …

Crashes Seem to Slow Self-Driving Car Pioneers’ Progress

A series of high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars are slowing the mad rush into the autonomous vehicles business, according to a report issued Wednesday. The accidents, some of them fatal, have ignited a debate about how to regulate the safety …