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Waymo buying 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs for driverless ride-hailing service

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Google-owned Waymo announces a deal with Jaguar to buy 20,000 I-Pace Jaguars and turn them into a self-driving car fleet. NEW YORK -- Waymo, the company that grew of out of Google's self-driving car project, announced a deal to buy up to 20,000 electric cars over the next two years, a move that shows the scope of its ambition when it comes to driverless ride-hailing services. More: 401(k): What stocks, industries are vulnerable in a trade war? More: Heineken pulls'Lighter is Better' commercial after some call it'racist' The company said it planned to buy the electric version of a Jaguar SUV, the I-Pace, to create its fleet of cars. The vehicles would then be fitted with components to make them capable of piloting themselves without a driver.

Fear of Riding in Autonomous Cars Rising as Accidents Increase -


When it comes to autonomous vehicles, the majority of American drivers aren't too sure where to stand. Younger drivers that live in urban areas are more accepting of the technology, but older drivers that live in rural areas aren't crazy about the technology. The split in feeling towards driverless tech makes sense, but it's continuing to change. In March, the American Automobile Association (AAA) conducted a survey that found the majority of American drivers felt uncomfortable when it came to the idea of sharing the road with autonomous vehicles. A large margin of drivers, approximately 75 percent, stated that they were afraid of riding in an autonomous vehicle.

U.S. to release guidelines on driverless vehicles

Los Angeles Times

Any doubt that driverless cars, trucks and buses are on a fast track to join their human counterparts on the nation's highways may be knocked aside Tuesday, when the Department of Transportation releases long-awaited guidelines for the development of autonomous cars. The guidelines, which specify safety criteria and promise to eliminate red tape, will help "bring lifesaving technologies to the roads safely while providing innovators the space they need to develop new solutions," said the U.S. Department of Transportation in an early summary released Monday. Automakers and tech companies have been barreling ahead in their race to churn out driverless vehicles, prompting the government to play catch-up when it comes to how to regulate the technology. Under the guidelines, car manufacturers and researchers will be required to submit to a "15-point safety assessment" for driverless cars, including how the vehicles respond to system failure, whether they make data available for crash reconstruction and even whether their artificial intelligence software takes driving ethics into account. The Transportation Department will hasten approval or rejection of special exemptions to regulations for driverless cars, with an upper limit of six months.

Germany to create world's first highway code for driverless cars

New Scientist

This month, Germany's transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, proposed a bill to provide the first legal framework for autonomous vehicles. It would govern how such cars perform in collisions where lives might be lost. The laws attempt to deal with what some call the "death valley" of autonomous vehicles: the grey area between semi-autonomous and fully driverless cars that could delay the driverless future. Dobrindt wants three things: that a car always opts for property damage over personal injury; that it never distinguishes between humans based on categories such as age or race; and that if a human removes his or her hands from the steering wheel – to check email, say – the car's manufacturer is liable if there is a collision. "The change to the road traffic law will permit fully automatic driving," says Dobrindt.

Totally driverless cars could be on California roads by June 2018

Los Angeles Times

That doesn't mean you'll be able to buy a completely driverless car next year, or even hitch a ride in one. The technology is still being developed. The driverless cars that may begin appearing will mostly be test vehicles. The news came Wednesday, when the state Department of Motor Vehicles proposed a new set of streamlined regulations along with a 15-day public comment period. The regulations are expected to be set by the end of the year and approved by the DMV early next year.