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Toyota Expanding Alliance With Uber

A recent Los Angeles Times article provided details on the relationship between Toyota and Uber. Toyota is expanding an alliance with Uber by way of a new investment and a plan to get self-driving cars on the road, a person familiar with the matter said. The Japanese automaker will invest about $500 million in a deal that will value the ride-hailing company at $72 billion, said the...

Public-Private Partnerships Needed for Public Trust in Autonomous Vehicle Technology

While speaking at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit, Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, emphasized the need for public perception of autonomous and connected-vehicle technology to be comparable to domestic technologies in which the public already places trust. To accomplish this goal, King said cooperation between...

Texas Self-Driving Cars Will Communicate Messages to Pedestrians

A bright orange self-driving van with LED screens on the hood, above the tires and on the rear can be found driving through the streets of Texas soon. Drive.ai has announced the launch of a limited ride-hailing pilot in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. The company says its vehicles are designed to look differently for a reason. “They’re intended to look visually distinct,” said...

Daimler Will Start Testing an Uber-Like Service Using Self-Driving Cars in 2019

Daimler will launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in California during the second half of 2019, the company announced. The automaker will partner with the auto manufacturer Bosch for the project and use self-driving technology from Nvidia. The service will operate in Silicon Valley on pre-selected routes, but Daimler did not announce which city it will use. The ride-hailing...

Boston Approves Self-Driving Car Test

The City of Boston has granted autonomous driving company nuTonomy and its parent company Aptiv permission to run autonomous vehicles on public roads across the city. The self-driving cars have been in a testing phase in the Seaport area of Boston for more than a year. Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, is also conducting a self-driving test with Lyft in Las Vegas. In addition to...

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