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NTSB: Tesla Autopilot 'limitations played a major role' in deadly crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board says the car company is not at fault. National Transportation Safety Board chair Robert Sumwalt said the Tesla vehicle's "operational limitations played a major role in this collision." His statement came at the beginning of a hearing where the NTSB is expected to rule on whether the Autopilot system on Ohio resident Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S should be blamed for the Florida crash that killed him. Joshua Brown didn't keep his hands on the wheel, despite repeated vehicle warnings, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.


Exclusive: Goodyear debuts 'Fitbit' for tires

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Goodyear is teaming up with car service Tesloop to test a new breed of sensors that monitor a tire's condition. While many vehicles today are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that tell you how low on air your tire might be, this system represents a step toward a more sophisticated approach that will be critical once fleets of self-driving cars hit the roads. Goodyear is testing a new tire condition sensor with Tesloop, a car service that offers rides in Tesla Model S cars. Initially, he adds, Goodyear smart tires are likely to roll out as part of a new car from a major automaker.


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving car alliance

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is joining a partnership that includes German automaker BMW and U.S. tech giant Intel to develop self-driving car technology. "In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers," Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. BMW, Intel and self-driving car tech firm Mobileye formed the partnership in 2016, saying they'd welcome others to join to help accelerate and spread the technology. In April, Fiat Chrysler announced that Waymo had ordered an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids that it will modify for its self-driving fleet.


Reports: Tesla to test self-driving semi-truck in California, Nevada

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Officials at Tesla, the California DMV and Nevada DMV were not immediately available to comment Thursday morning. Auto industry experts have long expected that autonomous vehicle technology will roll out widely in trucks before other vehicles. The document obtained by Reuters indicated that Tesla is planning to test trucks without anyone in the cab, which would require special government permission. The company also reportedly plans to test the trucks in a platooning manner, which refers to a strategy of ensuring the trucks travel closely together.


No that wasn't a driverless car driving around Washington

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Are Detroit and the Silicon Valley the hotbeds for driverless car development? But the seemingly driverless vehicle actually had a disguised driver behind the wheel and was part of an experiment into how people will react to self-driving cars. After a Ford Transit van with no apparent driver was spotted whisking around the urban streets of Arlington, Va., in recent days, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute disclosed that the project was part of a study on how people will react to the technology. Driverless car story that really had a driver dressed as a car seat coming up on @nbcwashington in minutes pic.twitter.com/l8xhHamv2k As it turns out, the researchers had a person behind the wheel disguised as part of the car seat.


Lyft ups ante on Uber, starts self-driving car division

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"This is too strategic an area for us not to be a player," said Luc Vincent, the Google Street View creator who now serves as Lyft's vice president of autonomony. Former Google Street View expert Luc Vincent will guide Lyft's new autonomous car team. Anthony Levandowski, a former Google car engineer who departed to start self-driving truck company Otto, became Uber's head of autonomous programs when Uber bought Otto last year. Kapoor and his colleagues were vague when asked what specific hardware, including LiDAR, Lyft's new team planned to develop.


Regulators scramble to stay ahead of self-driving cars

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"If you had 50 different requirements for 50 different states, each state (might do it) different," said Chan Lieu, an adviser to the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, whose members include former Google driverless car project Waymo, automakers Ford and Volvo and ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft. "That has been our challenge since Day One," said Jessica Gonzalez, spokesperson for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which recently proposed revised rules in a state home to several tech giants that are developing self-driving car technology, such as Google, Apple, Uber and Tesla. So we see all the advantages to it, but at the same time we're tasked with making sure this technology is safe," In March, California regulators introduced a pathway to obtain permits for driverless car testing after initially signaling last year that it would require a steering wheel and brake pedals in all test vehicles. "The U.S. still runs the risk of slowing down the development and introduction of autonomous driving technologies by making it difficult for carmakers to test, develop, certify and sell" self-driving cars, said Anders Karrberg, Volvo's vice president of government affairs.


States get ready for the self-driving car revolution

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That's because when it comes to getting the nation's infrastructure ready for autonomous traffic, the most critical upgrade amounts to making sure the lines on our 4 million miles of roads are solid, bright and preferably white so they can be picked up by computer vision gear. While some states such as California, Michigan, Arizona and Ohio are eagerly welcoming self-driving vehicle tests and beginning to make upgrades to roads to accommodate robot-driven vehicles, others are taking a more measured approach given the nascent state of the industry. Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, says smart roadways would make self-driving cars even more capable, but "you can't count on that being there, which is why our technical approach is to build the capability completely on the vehicle." What's more, experts say that if every vehicle on the road had sophisticated autonomous vehicle technology on board, highway officials could make lanes narrower and pack more cars on the road without expensive lane expansion projects.


Driverless shuttle service to launch at University of Michigan

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Mcity will launch a driverless shuttle service on the University of Michigan's North Campus in Ann Arbor beginning in the fall of 2017. The electric shuttles are made by French startup NAVYA and are on display on June 21, 2017. Mcity will launch a driverless shuttle service on the University of Michigan's North Campus in Ann Arbor beginning in the fall of 2017. The electric shuttles are made by French startup NAVYA and are on display on June 21, 2017.


Apple confirms self-driving car ambitions

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company is currently working on self-driving cars but clarified that it will not be building Apple-branded vehicles. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company is currently working on self-driving cars but clarified that it will not be building Apple-branded vehicles.