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October 25, 2019

In a year when the autonomous vehicle business has hit a big reset button, consensus is growing among designers that self-driving cars just aren’t perceptive enough to make them sufficiently safe. So now engineers are considering using more sophisticated sensors and te...

October 11, 2019

Vacuum maker Dyson abandoned its efforts to enter the electric car market this week. Unable to find a way to make it "commercially viable" and unable to find a buyer, the project will power down soon.

Ineluctably, the market is moving toward electric vehicles (EVs), but...

September 20, 2019

Electric vehicles--and Ford-backed Rivian in particular--got another kick in the collective rear bumper this week, thanks to Amazon.

While the kids were schooling the adults about the disaster that is global warming, Amazon committed to purchasing 100,000 (yes, that's 5...

September 10, 2019

The fight for the dashboard has been an ongoing software battle for more than a decade. But in recent years, it has lost much of its significance given that most drivers use smartphones for infotainment functions rather than built-in systems. So GM's recent announcemen...

July 31, 2019

Last week's announcement that Bosch and Mercedes-Benz would begin the first government approved deployment of a fully-autonomous driving function--valet parking--was no doubt a milestone. But more important, hidden within the news were 4 interesting lessons for automak...

July 22, 2019

Last week, a Navya self-driving shuttle in a residential Vienna neighborhood bumped into a pedestrian. The female walker reportedly received only minor injuries--thankfully--but the fact that the slow-moving shuttle tagged her at all shows how difficult it is to deal w...

July 12, 2019

Ford and Volkswagen confirmed what many have argued for some time: the future of transportation will be electric and autonomous--and it's going to take a lot, a lot of money to get there.

At a presentation ahead of the Formula E's season-concluding races in New York Cit...

June 28, 2019

E-scooters--it's all fun and games until you fall off and hurt yourself--or someone else.

Many people have opined about what happens to car insurance when the roads are full of autonomous vehicles (who'll need it?). However, few have talked about insurance issues facing...

June 18, 2019

Ending traffic fatalities is the ultimate goal of autonomous vehicle developers. So every year that the introduction of self-driving cars is delayed means more lives lost. And the calculus keeps holding steady, unfortunately.

Last year, an estimated 36,760 people died i...

May 28, 2019

Classification is what folks in the autonomous car business call the process of correctly identifying objects, people, cars, and trucks on the road. Mobileye famously spent a lot of time trying to program its software to recognize kangaroos. Others have spent years get...

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