Articles by Joseph White

Silicon Valley Fund Has $120M to Spend on Transportation Tech Including Insurance

Autotech Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, said it had raised $120 million from automotive companies and financial investors for a fund that will invest in startups working on transportation services and digital vehicle technology. The fund will try …

Most Car Makers in No Rush to Make Automatic Braking Standard Equipment

Big automakers are rushing to launch self-driving cars as early as 2021, but the industry’s major players are moving slowly when it comes to widespread deployment of a less expensive crash prevention technology that regulators say could prevent thousands of …

Who Wins, Loses In a Driverless Car Economy?

The automotive and tech companies pursuing the driverless car share a utopian belief: Autonomous vehicles will benefit society, eventually saving most of the nearly 33,000 people each year killed in road accidents in America alone. “If the situation was reversed, …

Progressive Insurance Snags Texas Uber Drivers Account

Uber Technologies Inc. will use Progressive Insurance to provide coverage for drivers in Texas beginning on Friday, in a pilot that could lead the ride-hailing market leader to diversify its U.S. insurance purchasing from its current sole provider, Uber and …

GM Backs Remote Software Updates But Not for Critical Systems

General Motors Co. will not use ‘over-the-air’ upgrades, a way of remotely updating software on its vehicles, for safety-critical vehicle systems such as brakes, the automaker’s product development chief said on Wednesday, signaling a different approach from electric car maker …

Automakers Outpacing Tech Firms in Driverless Car Patents

Automakers, not technology companies, are in the driver’s seat in developing self-driving, “autonomous” cars, and Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. is best positioned to lead the way, according to a new report on patents for the fast-evolving technology. As automakers enter …

Technology May Outpace Humans on Road to Automated Driving

From his laboratory at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, automated vehicle pioneer Raj Rajkumar says self-driving cars will evolve step-by-step, with humans staying in charge for a long time to come. More than 2,500 miles west in Mountain View, California, Chris …