autonomous cars

  • What the NTSB knows about the fatal Tesla crash, so far

    What the NTSB knows about the fatal Tesla crash, so far

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report on the fatal crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S and a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck in Williston, Florida in May. Unfortunately, the report yields no major new insights. The report confirms that the driver of the Tesla was going 74 miles per hour just prior to the crash, and on a highway where the speed limit was… Read More

  • Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

    It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China. And in Europe, there is another player that is making headway. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in Europe,” according to CEO Shahar Waiser. TechCrunch sat down with him for a video interview… Read More

  • The government should be measured in its reaction to the Tesla crash  Crunch Network

    The government should be measured in its reaction to the Tesla crash 

    While I acknowledge and appreciate the role of governmental agencies to protect its citizens from harm, I encourage the NHTSA to be rational and measured in their response. Today, the United States has a significant lead in the autonomous vehicle and self-driving car industry. The NHSTA would be wise to not set us back years or even decades by inappropriately overreacting. Read More

  • China pumping brakes on highway testing of autonomous cars

    China pumping brakes on highway testing of autonomous cars

    China has issued a temporary ban on the highway testing of autonomous cars. According to Bloomberg, the country’s auto regulators have warned automakers to keep their autonomous vehicle testing off highways until official rules are in place. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is working with law enforcement to create uniform regulations for self-driving testing. Read More

  • Tesla and Toyota among the smartest and the most connected companies

    Tesla and Toyota among the smartest and the most connected companies

    Visiongain, an analysis firm based in the U.K., released a report this month listing the top 20 connected car companies, which includes all the usual suspects, such as Volvo, Ford and Honda. Tesla and Toyota were also among the top 10 automotive manufacturers in the connected car market, which Visiongain projects to be worth $35.7 billion in 2016 alone. Toyota and Tesla also made the MIT… Read More

  • Faraday Future says it is also making an autonomous car

    Faraday Future says it is also making an autonomous car

    Chinese-backed electric car maker Faraday Future says it is working on a self-driving vehicle. The company not so secretly owned by LeTV joins a growing list of tech companies making autonomous cars, including Google, Tesla, Apple (big rumor) and even IBM now powers a self-driving bus. Faraday revealed its first concept car, the FFZERO1, at CES earlier this year — an electric car with… Read More

  • Liability in the coming age of autonomous autos

    Liability in the coming age of autonomous autos

    While we are many years away from an autonomous utopia, where cars pick us up and drive us where we need to go without a human at the wheel, we are seeing the first steps toward self-driving cars. Volvo, Honda, Audi, Tesla—pretty much every auto manufacturer, plus Google and probably Apple—is incorporating advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) into cars we can buy right… Read More

  • The Car Hacker’s Handbook digs into automotive data security

    The Car Hacker’s Handbook digs into automotive data security

    In the coming age of autonomous cars, connected cars, and cars that can communicate with each other, the city’s infrastructure, our phones, and the entire internet of things, data security is going to be paramount. That’s why Craig Smith, who has spent 20 years working in banking and healthcare digital security, wrote The Car Hacker’s Handbook: A Guide for the Penetration Tester. Read More

  • Elon Musk doesn’t think Google will compete with Tesla — but Apple could

    Elon Musk doesn’t think Google will compete with Tesla — but Apple could

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is watching the competition closely — including electric cars from existing manufacturers, and of course, potentially Apple. But he said at Vox Media’s Code Conference that he doesn’t view Google as a potential competitor. More clearly, he views that companies that might choose to work with Google as direct competitors to Tesla Motors. Read More

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