Nissan-backed WeRide receives permit to test passenger vehicles on public roads in California

In a statement California’s Department of Motor Vehicles said autonomous driving startup WeRide has received a permit to test two passenger vehicles on California’s public roads without a safety driver. Nissan and Mitsubishi,backed WeRide, is also testing its driverless vehicle in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Technology and automakers are investing billions of dollars in…

Apple moves ahead with self-driving car project, targets production by 2024

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Apple Inc is moving ahead with plans on self-driving car technology and is targeting to produce a passenger vehicle by 2024. The self driving passenger vehicle could feature its breakthrough battery technology, said sources familiar with the matter at hand. Apple’s automotive efforts, known as Project…

Former head of Uber’s self-driving unit Anthony Levandowski files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit, has filed for bankruptcy protection following a court order confirming that he must pay $179 million to Google to end a lawsuit over his split from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo. In December, an arbitration panel had ruled that Levandowski, a former key engineer in…

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FCA partners with silicon valley startup Aurora for creating autonomous platforms

Tech companies are increasing going up the value chain for automakers. This partnership is the latest example of this strategic tie-up. In a development that marks the latest collaboration between Silicon Valley and automakers, Aurora, a self-driving car software startup stated it will be partnering with Fiat Chrysler to build autonomous platforms for commercial vehicles.…

Volkswagen joins Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving consortium

The consortium, of more than 130 partners, is aimed at developing self-driving car technology for the Chinese market. The European Union’s biggest carmaker, Volkswagen AG, stated it would join China’s Apollo autonomous driving consortium so as to develop self-driving car technology in the world’s biggest car market. In 2017, Baidu created the Apollo consortium to…

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo the first company to get license to test self-driving cars without backup driver

The development marks a milestone in the testing of autonomous automated vehicles. In a significant development, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles stated, Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit has been awarded a permit to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver in the front seat. Waymo is the first company to receive such a permit from California’s…

Trump Administration backs Department of Transportation’s ‘Automated Vehicles 3.0’

Rules that impede the development and deployment of fully autonomous automated vehicles will be revised. As per a document made public on Thursday, the Trump Administration plans to surge ahead and revise safety rules that bar fully automated autonomous vehicles from being on the roads; this includes cars without traditional items such as mirrors, steering…