self-driving cars News

California Lawmakers May Limit Liability of Autonomous Carmakers

California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners. If adopted, the regulations drafted …

U.S. Senate Panel Gives Green Light to Bill to Speed Use of Self-Driving Cars

A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday unanimously gave the green light to a bill aimed at speeding the use of self-driving cars without human controls, a measure that also bars states from imposing regulatory road blocks. The bill still must …

Safety Groups Oppose Autonomous Driving Bill Backed by Car Makers

A coalition of auto safety advocates criticized a bill before the U.S. Congress that would allow automakers eventually to sell up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles annually if they could demonstrate they are as safe as current vehicles. The measure, the …

Dubai Stages First Public Test of Drone Taxi Service with Electric Volocopter

Talk about rising above the masses. Dubai staged the first public test of its drone taxi service on Monday, offering a peek at what it might—or will—be like to commute by flying car. The self-piloting, electric Volocopter is less noisy …

Robot-Car Drives in Berlin Traffic Like Nervous Teenager with Learner’s Permit

On a test route in Berlin traffic, an experimental Jeep Grand Cherokee slams on its brakes every few hundred yards, like a nervous teenager with a learner’s permit. In a sense, that’s exactly what the robo-car is. Even after months …

Germany Pioneers Ethical Guidelines for Operation of Driverless Cars

Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport ministry said on Wednesday [Aug. 23]. Germany is home to some of the world’s largest …

Michigan WWII Bomber Site Gears Up for Driverless Demos in December

Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where Rosie the Riveter helped produce a shiny B-24 Liberator bomber every hour more than seven decades ago. …

XL Catlin’s Accelerate Unit Appoints Artificial Intelligence Expert from Tesco

XL Catlin announced the appointment of Ashish Umre as Accelerate partner, Artificial Intelligence (AI), based in London. Accelerate is XL Catlin’s internal disruption and innovation team, which was established in November 2016 to leverage commercial opportunities arising from new technologies …

Q&A: How Driverless Car Technology Could Impact New York and Other States

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in May signed a budget bill into law allowing self-driving and self-parking cars to be tested for one year on New York public highways. Prior to this law going into effect, the technology was prohibited …

UK Plans $1B-Plus Investment in Driverless & Electric Vehicle Technology

The UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in new driverless and zero-emission vehicle technology as it seeks to boost its economy while leaving the European Union. Investment in research and new recharging infrastructure is …