Ripple Effects from Uber’s Deadly Self-Driving Crash Have Far-Reaching Impact

Fallout from the fatal collision involving an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian continues to course through the ride-hailing company and beyond.  Among the latest developments: Uber will not attempt to renew its autonomous-testing permit in California, which expires at the end of this month, regulators said Tuesday. The company’s retreat from the state likely heads […]

Waymo Adds Jaguar I-Pace EVs to Lineup, Unveils Plans to Launch Self-Driving Ride-Hailing Service

Uber’s self-driving vehicles this week were indefinitely suspended from driving on Arizona roads, but Waymo’s autonomous-vehicle program using self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans, on the other hand, is gaining momentum in the state.  Company executives said Tuesday they intend to launch commercial ride-hailing services by the end of the year in Phoenix, a city that has served […]

After Crash, Arizona Governor Suspends Uber Self-Driving-Vehicle Testing

It was little more than a year ago that Arizona governor Doug Ducey welcomed the arrival of Uber’s self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads with unabashed enthusiasm. On Monday, in the wake of a fatal crash, Ducey has suspended Uber’s autonomous fleet from testing and operating within the state’s borders, citing the company’s “unquestionable […]

Video of Fatal Uber Crash Reveals Shortcomings of Human and Automated Driving

Now that video footage has been released of the moments preceding a fatal crash between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, it appears that more than just a flaw in Uber autonomous technology may have contributed to the crash. A human safety driver, who did not act as the required fail-safe in the event […]

Following Fatal Crash, Some Press Pause on Self-Driving Tests

In the aftermath of a fatal crash earlier this week between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, industry leaders and city officials across the country are putting their own autonomous-vehicle testing programs on hold so they can ponder the effect on the vehicles’ onboard safety drivers and consider the road ahead for this fledgling […]

Following Fatal Crash, Some Press Pause on Self-Driving Tests

In the aftermath of a fatal crash earlier this week between an Uber self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian, industry leaders and city officials across the country are putting their own autonomous-vehicle testing programs on hold so they can ponder the effect on the vehicles’ onboard safety drivers and consider the road ahead for this fledgling […]

First Death Brings Unanswered Questions, Rattles the Self-Driving Future

Long before an Arizona woman stepped off a curb and into transportation history under cover of darkness Sunday night, some circumstances surrounding her death in a collision with an Uber self-driving test vehicle had already been determined.  As in so many other places in the Sun Belt, traffic engineers had built this road in Tempe with […]

Uber Self-Driving Vehicle Involved in Fatal Arizona Crash

A self-driving vehicle operated by Uber struck and killed a person in Tempe, Arizona, early Monday morning. Police are investigating the deadly crash. While there are many unknowns at this early juncture, Uber officials say that the vehicle was operating in autonomous mode at the time and that a human safety driver was behind the wheel. […]

Unclogging Streets Could Help City Dwellers Save 125 Hours a Year

Today’s cities are awash with an influx of new technologies and reams of fresh data points that could soon help combat pollution, traffic congestion, overcrowding, and many other ills of modern urban landscapes. For all their potential, there’s a nagging feeling in some quarters that the arrival of these ballyhooed “smart cities” might benefit City […]

Lyft and Magna Enter Long-Term Deal to Develop Self-Driving Systems

The melding of Silicon Valley and the traditional automotive industry continues. Ride-hailing service Lyft and Magna International, one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, said they’re embarking on a long-term collaboration to build self-driving systems capable of operating without any input or oversight from human drivers. Magna will invest $200 million in Lyft […]