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Waymo Self-Driving, Fare-Generating Taxis Hit the Road in Arizona

Alphabet’s Waymo on Wednesday launched a significant development in its costly, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that actually generate fares. With little fanfare, the company has begun charging passengers to use its driverless vehicles in a roughly 100-mile …

Waymo Cleared to be First in California for Testing Without Backup Driver

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit on Tuesday became the first company to receive a permit from the state of California to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver in the front seat, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said. California said …

London’s Biggest Private Taxi Firm Aims to Roll Out Self-Driving Cars by 2021

A fleet of autonomous taxis could roll onto the streets of the U.K. capital within three years, after one of London’s biggest private-hire taxi companies struck a deal with a maker of autonomous vehicle software. Addison Lee Group, which has …

Driverless Ships Could Offer Significant Growth Area for London Market: IUA Survey

Autonomous ships could offer significant growth potential for the London market, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the International Underwriting Association (IUA). Indeed, 25 percent of IUA members who responded to the survey stated they are considering …

Toyota Eyes Future When People Don’t Buy Cars, Pushing Ride-Hailing Ties, Insurance

Toyota Motor Corp., Asia’s biggest carmaker, is preparing for a potential future where people don’t buy cars. That’s behind the hefty investments that the company has made in ride-hailing providers, most prominently the $1 billion that it poured into Southeast …

Why Not Just Retrain Pedestrians to Make Self-Driving Vehicles Safer?

You’re crossing the street wrong. That is essentially the argument some self-driving car boosters have fallen back on in the months after the first pedestrian death attributed to an autonomous vehicle and amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence capable of …

Oklahoma City Spending to Improve Traffic Issues, Prepping for Self-Driving Cars

A city in central Oklahoma is spending millions of dollars preparing for self-driving cars while working to alleviate traffic problems. Edmond Traffic Engineer Tom Minnick told The Oklahoman that the city is laying down infrastructure for autonomous vehicles. The $5 …

Daimler Deploying Self-Driving Taxis in California Test Program

German automaker Daimler AG and auto supplier Bosch Corp will deploy self-driving taxis in California’s Silicon Valley region next year as part of a test program of vehicles designed for city driving, the two companies said. The world’s largest maker …

How Much Americans Could Save by Ridesharing Driverless Cars Over Owning

Self-driving cars promise safer roads, less traffic and increased mobility. Some autonomous vehicle proponents also maintain they will save time and money. But will they really save Americans time and money? And even if they do, are Americans ready to …

Boston Approves NuTonomy Self-Driving Car Testing Citywide

A self-driving car company is getting the green light to test its vehicles on a Colonial-era street network with a reputation for aggressive human drivers. Boston city officials announced Wednesday that they’ve granted permission to NuTonomy to test its autonomous …