Articles by Jane Lanhee Lee and David Shepardson

Self-Driving’s Latest Turn: GM’s Cruise Seeks OK for Cars Without Steering Wheel, Pedals

Self-driving car maker Cruise said on Wednesday it and majority shareholder General Motors Co. would seek U.S. regulatory approval in coming months to deploy a limited number of Cruise Origin vehicles without steering wheels or pedals. At the same time, …

California Permits GM’s Driverless Car to Cruise Streets of San Francisco

The race for driverless autonomous vehicles is heating up and on Thursday Cruise became the first to receive a permit to test cars without anyone in them on the streets of San Francisco from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Cruise, …

As Wildfires Spread, Public Safety Tech Startups Lack Venture Capitalists’ Backing

Silicon Valley’s innovation engine has been slow to produce useful new tools to help firefighters like Dave Winnacker extinguish the deadly blazes that each year fill California’s skies with smoke. Winnacker, a fire district chief who led a team against …

Self-Driving Vehicles, Robots Showing What They Can Do in Contactless Deliveries

Self-driving cars, trucks, sidewalk robots and shuttles are rolling out of the labs and parking garages and onto American streets to help deliver groceries, meals, and medical supplies. Although self-driving car companies have paused on-road testing in the U.S., as …

How Big Tech Hopes to Turn Cars into Connected Revenue Machines

Technology companies transformed smartphones and televisions into continuous fountains of revenue. Now, big tech wants to work with automakers to do the same thing for your car. With the widespread rollout of autonomous vehicles still years away, the two industries …

Data Firm Palantir’s Partnership with Japan’s Sompo Insurance Targets Health, Cyber

Silicon Valley data analytics company Palantir Technologies Inc. has established a joint venture with Japanese insurance holding company Sompo Holdings Inc. that will initially focus on health and cybersecurity clients, Palantir said. The joint venture, owned 50-50 by Palantir and …

Shanghai Subway Trains Collide Injuring More than 270

Two subway trains collided in Shanghai on Tuesday injuring more than 270 passengers, 20 critically, prompting public anger two months after a crash between two high-speed trains and renewing concerns about China’s aggressive rail building plans. The collision occurred in …