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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...

May 14, 2019

If you've seen one smartphone, you've seen them all. Until now.

Debuting today, the OnePlus 7 Pro is zippy phone with a gorgeous screen for maximum legibility. It boasts some clever features, as well, and over the past week of testing ahead of its launch, I found it to...

May 10, 2019

Testing BMW's lineup of vehicles on the track and on the highway was an informative (and fun) way to spend a couple of days in Palm Springs. Despite our best attempts, no harm came to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan (well, maybe just a little bit).

May 3, 2019

There's a "desperate shortage" of engineers needed to make self-driving cars a reality.

Even with some optimistic predictions that commerical, fully autonomous vehicles will appear on roads as early as the second quarter of next year, the truth is that autonomy will tak...

April 30, 2019

With each passing week, the American automobile becomes more of an integral part of the Internet of things. The latest sign of that trend is today's announcement that Ford is joining Amazon's Key In-Car program that allows the online retailer to drop off packages in cu...

April 24, 2019

Electric vehicle startup Rivian, which is making a major push at the New York Auto Show this week, just got a $500-million boost from Ford. The major automaker's investment follows a previous $700 million round earlier this year led by Amazon.

Rivian has generated consi...

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