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Built in New York City

April 19, 2019

The New York Auto Show gets underway this week and by way of comparison to previous shows it feels a little perfunctory. There are few major debuts, with some major luxury models already revealed at the March show in Geneva, and there's less electricity in the air--wit...

April 12, 2019

Much is made these days about artificial intelligence or AI particularly as it may be the savior for what ails self-driving vehicle research.

But what AI really amounts to today is a bunch of basic rules enhanced by algorithms that can adjust their output based on some...

April 5, 2019

In the ignorance-is-bliss category, another poll found that most people in the U.S. are skeptical about autonomous vehicles. A Reuters poll demonstrated that most Americans believe self-driving cars are more dangerous than those driven by humans. Moreover, 63 percent o...

April 4, 2019

The automobile, in American life, has long been a hallmark of freedom. A teenager’s first driver’s license offers freedom from Mom and Dad. A new car and the open road bring the freedom to chase the American dream. But as more technology creeps in to help drivers, so,...

March 25, 2019

What was once considered an afterthought, remote control operation of autonomous vehicles is starting to become another area of serious contention.

With the growing realization that machine learning (a.k.a., AI) will not be sufficient to cover unusual, so-called edge ca...

March 15, 2019

There were two noteworthy announcements this week, both interesting for what they indicated about the current state of the market. Tesla underwhelmed; Waymo talked about lidar.

March 8, 2019

Traditionally, the Geneva Motor Show has been for the spats and gaiters set. Half-a-million-dollar bespoke sedans, custom sports cars, Lagondas for hedge fund managers, that sort of thing. But even the sleepy lakeside winter show has realized, the automotive world is g...

March 1, 2019

Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, and BMW agreed to work together on an autonomous vehicle platform this week. It was a sign of not only the growing realization that making such vehicles is going to be more challenging than previously thought, but also of the treme...

February 27, 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, may be the place to be this summer when FedEx begins testing its own autonomous delivery robot. And while there are other delivery bot tests underway, the entrance by the pre-eminent delivery service in the U.S. into the self-driving space represent...

February 21, 2019

"Declining reliability" is the way Consumer Reports referred to the Tesla Model 3 losing its "recommended" status at the magazine.

The shopping advice mavens demoted the Tesla Model 3 based on the results of updated data for its Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Consumer...

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