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Researcher Says Autonomous Vehicles Are Traveling the Wrong Road to Safety

The current method of programming autonomous vehicles may not be safe, according to Aviral Shrivastava, a computer science associate professor in Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. “Google, Uber and others in the field are using humans …

Senator Wants More Safeguards for Self-Driving Cars

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who took a firsthand look at self-driving vehicle technology on Tuesday, said it was frightening to see “no hands on the wheel” as his car approached a parked car and called for more safeguards to be …

Rivals Warn About Cutting Corners After Uber, Tesla Crashes

As the global auto industry vies to deploy driverless cars, some contenders may be cutting corners in a bid to get ahead, carmakers warned in the aftermath of the first pedestrian death tied to the emerging technology. “Some competitors, not …

Liability in Uber Deadly Crash May Turn on Victim’s Steps

Uber Technologies Inc.’s potential liability for the death of a woman hit and killed in Arizona by a self-driving car may be limited after a video showed she suddenly walked into traffic on a dark street. The woman’s family could …

Solar Storms Are Driverless Cars’ Cosmic Weakness

Self-driving cars are still working to master the snow. It turns out that excessive sun can also pose a problem for the coming wave of robot drivers. The threat comes from solar storms, those occasional eruptions of vast amounts of …

Lyft Partners With Auto Parts Maker Magna on Autonomous Vehicles

Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with large Canadian auto parts supplier Magna to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project that could vault them onto the leader board in autonomous technology. The companies announced the partnership Wednesday and …

Toyota Adds $2.8B to Improve Software Design for Self-Driving Cars

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to spend $2.8 billion to make sure its system for writing the software for self-driving cars will be just as efficient as the factories that build them. The company needs faster and more reliable methods for …

Self-Driving Cars Will Eliminate Things You Love and Hate

Electric cars, robo taxis and self-driving trucks are coming to change the society we live in—possibly sooner than you think. Limited tests of driverless cars are already happening today and they’ll be in use everywhere within six years, according to …

Commentary: Billionaire Son Bets on World Without Car Crashes

It has almost become a refrain: just what is Masayoshi Son up to? After plowing money into companies as diverse as Uber Technologies Inc., office rental specialist WeWork Cos Inc. and fintech lender SoFi, the billionaire chief of Softbank Group …

Waymo Robot Cars Need Little Human Help as GM Makes Big Leap

Self-driving cars developed by Waymo need less human backup than rivals – though General Motors Co.’s vehicles are improving fast. The Alphabet Inc. unit’s cars drove in autonomous mode for more than 352,000 miles on California public roads last year, …