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Robotaxi Tech Proving Difficult to Perfect: Daimler CEO

Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving “robotaxis,” acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought amid questions over their future earnings potential. Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius told journalists on Thursday Daimler would “rightsize” its spending …

Travelers Joins MIT Research Groups Focused on Autonomous Transportation

The Travelers Companies has joined the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), organizations working to advance research and public information about automated vehicle and driver assistance technologies. …

Japanese Flying Car Takes Flight – For About a Minute

It was caged and only hovered for about a minute, but it flew: a new flying car. Made by NEC Corp., the vehicle is essentially a large drone with four propellers that’s capable of carrying people. The Japanese electronics maker …

Driverless Bus Hits Pedestrian in Vienna, Halting Trials

Authorities are investigating why a driverless bus struck a pedestrian in Vienna, an incident that resulted in minor injuries but stopped Austrian trials of the technology. The Navya SAS vehicle was driving at 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) an hour on …

Intel’s Mobileye Aims to Launch Trial of Self-Driving Cabs on Israeli Roads in 2020

Intel Corp.’s Mobileye NV unit expects to launch a trial of robo-cabs next year in Israel, the company told Bloomberg News on Sunday [June 16]. Intel Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan rode a Mobileye autonomous car through Jerusalem congestion Sunday …

Tesla’s Autopilot System Confuses Drivers About Extent of Automation: Safety Report

Automakers including Tesla Inc. are stoking confusion among motorists by choosing names for their automated-driving systems that wrongly suggest they’re more capable than is actually the case, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Almost half of respondents to …

Lloyd’s of London Aims to Revamp Auto Coverage as Era of Driverless Cars Looms

Lloyd’s of London, the 330-year-old insurance market, is pushing to revamp auto coverage as the rise of driverless cars looms. Chief Executive Officer John Neal said that Lloyd’s is talking with automakers about how to set up different policies to …

How Autonomous Vehicles Improve Traffic Flow

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have shown. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, programmed a small fleet of miniature robotic cars …

Driverless Electric Truck Delivers Freight on Public Road in Sweden

Resembling the helmet of a Star Wars stormtrooper, a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden on Wednesday [May 15], in what developer Einride and logistics customer DB Schenker described as a world first. …

Jet-Powered Flying Taxi Completes Debut Flight Near Munich

The world’s first all-electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger jet has been unveiled after completing its first flight. German startup Lilium aims to have a fleet of the five-seat aircraft — which can operate with a pilot or in drone …