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News Story
8/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Just months after its public launch, the self-driving truck startup Otto has been purchased by the ride-hailing giant Uber for an undisclosed amount. According to a Bloomberg estimate, the deal could be valued at about $680 million. Uber, whose "anyone-can-be-a-cabbie" business model has already shaken up the taxi industry, is also...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The top U.S. highway safety regulator, Mark Rosekind, last month said of self-driving cars: “We are literally seeing the future being created in front of us.” Uber Technologies Inc. and Ford Motor Co. this week proved Rosekind’s point. They announced plans to roll out autonomous vehicles and thus heightened a key question facing...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber Technologies Inc. expanded its push to develop self-driving cars on Thursday, announcing its acquisition of driverless truck firm Ottomotto LLC and a partnership with Volvo Cars, making Uber the latest U.S. company to accelerate the race toward offering a ride-sharing service powered by self-driving cars. Uber and Volvo will contribute...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber will use Volvo’s cars for its next stage of self-driving development Uber and Volvo have entered into an industrial partnership to collaborate on autonomous car development, the two companies announced today. The deal will see Volvo sell 100 cars to Uber by the end of the year (a few have been delivered already) along with a longer-term...
News Story
8/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With two federal safety investigations already underway in the U.S., Tesla Motors could face scrutiny in China, as well, in the wake of an incident involving a Model S sedan operating in Autopilot mode. The crash last week was relatively minor – unlike the fatal accident in Florida on May 9 – but it raises questions about both the...
News Story
8/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — A spate of crashes involving Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot driver-assist software has emboldened consumer groups to push federal regulators to pump the brakes on rules governing self-driving vehicles. The safety advocates say the fatal accident involving a 2015 Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged that occurred in May has...
News Story
7/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The US Center for Auto Safety, Consumer Watchdog and former National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) administrator Joan Claybrook have told NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind that "you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead" to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety...
News Release
7/28/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Auto safety advocates today told National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind that “you inexcusably are rushing full speed ahead” to promote the deployment of self-driving robot car technology instead of developing adequate safety standards “crucial to ensuring imperfect...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Joan Claybrook joined Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Auto Safety in reprimanding NHTSA for its response to the fatal crash of Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode. In a Thursday letter, the advocates said they are “dumbfounded” that NHTSA...
News Story
7/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. The groups said the letter was sent in response to Rosekind...