Thursday, January 21, 2021

News Rules Could Finally Clear the Way for Self-Driving Cars

Since an internet search company named Google began testing self-driving vehicles more than a decade ago, the still-in-development technology has faced a niggling issue:...

Anthony Levandowski Pleads Guilty to Stealing Waymo Secrets

Anthony Levandowski, the once-lauded engineer who cofounded Google’s self-driving car project and helped spark interest in autonomous vehicles, pled guilty Thursday to stealing a...

The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

Late Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—the federal agency in charge of road safety in the US—took the unusual step of ordering a...

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

NTSB can’t change federal or local policy, but it can make recommendations. It had plenty of those. NTSB reiterated two recommendations it issued during...

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

Electric vehicle sales are soaring, with factories working full-pelt to churn out as many batteries as possible. And that’s creating some bottlenecks. Global production of...

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver...

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Discussing Uber’s 2019 financial results with analysts last week, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi used the word “focus” six times and the word “discipline” three times...

Investors Hit the Brakes on Automotive Startups

Last year, Ted Serbinski called his accelerator, TechStars Detroit, the “‘comeback city’s’ startup ecosystem.” Since 2015, the accelerator had supported and mentored 54 transportation-related...

Vancouver Wants to Avoid Other Cities’ Mistakes With Uber and Lyft

Canadian officials approve ride-hailing long after it's become a staple elsewhere, with tough rules on fares and driver licensing.

San Francisco Joins the Move to Ban Cars From a Major Street

From more than a block away, I hear the man playing the trumpet. It’s a little after 9 am Wednesday, and his classical sonata...

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