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Driverless delivery vehicles are now allowed on California streets

by Jack Stewart Jan 17, 2020
The new rules still block large vehicles, meaning companies testing driverless big rigs have to look elsewhere.
A Nuro delivery bot drops off groceries.
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Uber's IPO arrives at a challenging time

by Scott Tong May 9, 2019
Uber's Jump bikes are made in China, and they could see a U.S. import tariff hike if trade talks fall through.
Uber launches its Jump electrical bike service in Brussels on April 25.
HATIM KAGHAT/AFP/Getty Images

As ride-share drivers strike, Uber and Lyft eye a driverless future

by Jack Stewart May 8, 2019
The protest against pay and working conditions comes as the companies go public.
Uber and Lyft drivers strike at Los Angeles International Airport over what they say are unfair wages.
Mark Ralston/AFP

Reporter's notebook: The first driverless spin

by Scott Tong Feb 7, 2019
One man's autonomous adventure includes scary left turns, robot rule-followers and teen snark.
Waymo self-driving vehicles are displayed in Mountain View, California, in 2018.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Your car is not self-driving, no matter how much it seems like it is

by Ben Bradford Jan 16, 2019
Drivers might be relying on their car's safety technology more than they should.
Advanced driver assistance systems "are like magic," says Alex Epstein, director of transportation safety at National Safety Council. “The problem is people don’t know how to use them."
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A fatal Uber accident rocks the robotics world

by Erika Beras Mar 22, 2018
Pittsburgh, Uber’s home base, has become a center for autonomous technology.

The Waymo vs. Uber driverless car war lands in court

by Aaron Schrank Jan 31, 2018
Waymo claims a former employee took trade secrets to rival Uber. The intellectual property dispute could have implications for a range of industries. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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Five reasons for a self-driving car slowdown

by Molly Wood Jan 30, 2018
The self-driving car revolution might take longer than expected. Maybe that's fine.
A Smart Vision EQ Fortwo autonomous electric concept car stands on display at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show on Sept. 12, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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Automakers step up autonomous car plans

by Amy Scott Jan 16, 2018
The future of driving may be closer than we thought. General Motors has announced plans to mass produce a fully autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals in 2019 — if it gets the go-ahead from federal regulators. Ford…
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Driverless cars have a hard time in snow, too

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Jan 9, 2018
They're sort of like teenage drivers who grew up in Southern California.
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