GM expects to launch autonomous ride-sharing within 2 years
General Motors plans to launch commercial autonomous vehicles at scale within two years as it reduces the costs of self-driving technologies and moves into service-based operations such as ride sharing.
Japan’s latest driverless car hits the Tokyo highway
Last month, motoring giant Nissan installed its latest autonomous drive technology on its Infiniti Q50 model. The modified car was equipped with 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine radar sensors and six laser scanners to enhance the accuracy of its solo journey. The test drive saw the vehicle travel 12 miles (20 kilometers) without human interference. The journey ended where it started.
Uber orders up to 24,000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet
Uber has entered into an agreement with carmaker Volvo to purchase 24,000 of its XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021 to form a fleet of autonomous vehicles, according to Bloomberg News. The XC90 is the base of Uber’s latest-generation self-driving test car, which features sensors and autonomous driving computing capability installed by Uber after purchase on the XC90 vehicle.
Intel Corp. is airing its first commercial for a digital ad campaign for autonomous cars, featuring Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.
The upcoming campaign, “Driving Trust,” is meant to lessen apprehension of autonomous cars and instill trust in consumers. The commercial will lead up to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics opener set for Oct. 17.
Delphi acquires self-driving startup nuTonomy for $450M
Auto supplier Delphi Automotive has acquired self-driving software startup nuTonomy Inc. for $450 million to speed the development of autonomous vehicles. Boston-based NuTonomy was founded in 2013. It has been testing autonomous taxis in Singapore and Boston since last fall.
Self-driving cars could be on California roads by June 2018
Totally driverless cars could be on California roads as soon as June 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Wednesday, as the rush to bring autonomous vehicle technology to market continues.