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Mobility

GM Robo-Cars Cleared to Carry Civilians

Another step closer to autonomous shuttle service

Mobility

Boeing Joint Venture to Test Autonomous Air Taxis

New Zealand program promises to be a world first for tests involving consumers 

Autonomous Vehicles

AutoX Storms Ahead with Robo-Taxis in China

Public rides with a fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacificas to start soon on congested streets in rainy Shenzen 

Autonomous Vehicles

Velodyne Readies $100 Lidar

Scaled-down unit targets low-speed applications

Regulations

California Approves Testing of Autonomous Delivery Trucks

Starting next year, Californians will be able to have groceries and other goods delivered to them via a self-driving vehicle—with or without an onboard backup driver.

Production

Waymo Adds AI Testing Smarts

The company’s acquisition of U.K.-based Latent Logic aims to make self-driving cars act more like human drivers. 

Car/Ride Sharing

Waymo Joins Apple App Store

Waymo has made its autonomous ride-hailing app for robotic taxis available for download via Apple Inc.’s App Store.

Quality

Lyft Expands Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Lyft Inc. is opening its own test track for autonomous vehile, expanding its engineering team and adding more vehicles to its test fleet.

Autonomous Vehicles

VW to Share Autonomous-Car Know-How

Volkswagen AG says it is willing to share future technologies for Level 4 and 5 self-driving vehicles with other carmakers to defray development costs.

Business

AutoNation Expands Partnership with Waymo

Vehicle retail giant AutoNation Inc. is extending its service agreement with Waymo LLC for another two years and will begin using Waymo self-driving vehicles to deliver parts to repair facilities.

Quality

Waymo Confirms Driverless Rides

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit has begun testing driverless rides as part of its robo-taxi pilot program in Chandler, Ariz.

Business

Waymo, Renault Eye Paris Robo-Taxi Service

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit and Renault SA may launch an autonomous vehicle service between Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris.

Autonomous Vehicles

Fully Driverless Waymo Rides Coming Soon

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit says it will gradually begin to offer driverless rides as part of its robo-taxi pilot program, which currently uses onboard backup drivers.

Infrastructure

Waymo Puts L.A. on the Robo Map

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car is mapping high-traffic areas of Los Angeles to help determine if the city would be conducive for future robo-taxi applications.

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Launches Awareness Campaign for Robotic Cars

Waymo is partnering with AAA and several other organizations on a campaign to increase awareness about autonomous vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Urges U.S. to Update Regs for Autonomous Vehicles

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo is the latest developer to ask for relief from U.S. safety regulations that require even totally robotic cars to be equipped with controls for human drivers.

Car/Ride Sharing

Former Uber Exec Charged in Waymo Theft Case

The U.S. Dept. of Justice has accused Anthony Levandowski of stealing trade secrets from Waymo before he joined Uber Technologies Inc. to head the ride-hailing company’s autonomous-vehicle project.

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Releases Data Trove on Self Driving

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo autonomous vehicle development unit is granting researchers free access to a huge data set useful for teaching self-driving vehicles how to “see.”

Mobility

New Waymo Tests Target Wet Florida Weather

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit is expanding tests of its self-driving car fleet to Florida this month to evaluate performance in heavy rainstorms.

Production

Yandex Seeks 10x Expansion of Robotic Car Fleet

Russian internet and ride-hailing services provider Yandex NV tells Reuters it hopes to put 1,000 self-driving test cars on the road within two years.

Autonomous Vehicles

GM Cruise Delays Autonomous Taxi Service

GM Cruise LLC says its driverless taxis won’t be ready to deploy for paying customers this year after all.

Car/Ride Sharing

Lyft Shares Autonomous-Car Test Data

Lyft Inc. has released research data from self-driving vehicle sensors and mapping systems.  

Car/Ride Sharing

Waymo Robo-Taxies Test In-Car Wi-Fi

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit has begun offering free wi-fi to select riders who use its robo-taxi pilot program in Chandler, Ariz., Reuters reports.

Autonomous Vehicles

Technology, Autonomy & Accessibility

Can autonomous vehicles perform their tasks better than human drivers? At some point the answer to that is an unambiguous “yes.”