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SoftBank Invests in GM’s Cruise Automation

The SoftBank Vision Fund will be investing $2.25 billion in GM’s Cruise Automation, its self-driving car division. The company will receive an initial investment at the close of the transaction, and the remaining $1.35 billion when GM deploys its self-driving cars for commercial use. (GM has claimed that it will mass-produce autonomous cars without steering wheels or pedals by 2019.)...

Study Finds Americans Still Wary of Autonomous Vehicles

In a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of the more than 3,000 survey participants said they would be uncomfortable riding in an autonomous vehicle. Survey participants were even more reluctant to share the road with driverless trucks, with nearly 70% stating that they would be uneasy. The responses varied by age, with those over 66 least likely to accept autonomous vehicles. Nearly 70% of...

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Auto Innovation

This week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a field hearing on “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies.” Chairman John Thune gave the opening statement, stating that automated vehicles and new business models, driven by technological advancements, are “poised to enable substantial growth.” Chairman Thune pointed to...

NHTSA Says Canadian Cars Meeting Canadian Safety Standards Can Be Imported to the US

The NHTSA recently issued a notice of a final decision to allow Canadian-made vehicles that comply with Canadian standards—but which do not comply with US safety standards—can be imported into the US. The decision applies to a variety of Canadian vehicles manufactured on or after September 1, 2017, and extends through September 1, 2022. The specific manufacturers or models have not yet...

Waymo Must Show “Actual Use” In Trial Against Uber

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in the Northern District of California recently issued revised jury instructions in advance of the February trial between Waymo and Uber regarding trade secret misappropriation—specifically, the use of Waymo’s self-driving car technology. The proposed jury instructions require Waymo to prove actual use of the trade secrets, as opposed to merely proving...

Aurora Innovation, Driverless Car Start-Up, Announces Transactions with Hyundai and VW

Both VW and Hyundai have announced deals with Aurora Innovation, a driverless car start-up from a former Tesla Autopilot program director.  Although there were few details released about the nature of the deals, both VW and Hyundai have expressed a desire to roll out their autonomous vehicles. Hyundai, for example, has said that it is aiming for a roll-out of autonomous vehicles by the...

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