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Daimler believes that it's close to getting permission to begin testing semi-autonomous big rigs on the roads there very soon.

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Bosch and TomTom are partnering to create improved autonomous vehicle tech. They want to have all of the freeways in Germany ready for driverless cars by the end of 2015 with high-definition maps.

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Florida Official Says State Is Courting Autonomous Tech Companies

Since NASA's space-shuttle program ended four years ago, many of the hangars and buildings on the sprawling Kennedy Space Center launch site have gone unoccupied. Florida officials have a plan to change that.

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The Brookings Institution is forecasting upheaval in local government as the rise of autonomous cars radically changes some of the ways they collect money. In just one example, the driverless vehicles are going to behave more safely on the road, which means less revenue from people paying for tickets.

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The Groundbreaking Tech Venture Seeks To Bring Automotive Innovation Back to Michigan

The University of Michigan opens Mcity, a one-of-a-kind test site for automated vehicles.

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Ford has patented a way to use information about things like road grade and navigation data to more efficiently make use of the adaptive cruise control. The system seems perfect to help autonomous vehicles maximize their fuel economy.

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Apple is bolstering its automotive expertise, bringing in former FCA quality executive Doug Betts as part of its operations team.

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Officials Hope Mcity's Opening Keeps Auto Jobs Entrenched

A fake city rising from the middle of a Midwestern college campus is more than a proving ground for autonomous and connected car technology expected to revolutionize American roads. It's a lynchpin in Michigan's strategy to stay economically relevant and prevent automotive technology jobs from being poached by Silicon Valley.

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Your EV Can Go Charge Itself, Then Move Off The Charger

Volkswagen shows off its Valet Charge technology, called V-Charge, that allows a car to autonomously park itself, charge itself, and return to its owner via a smartphone app.

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Focusing On Human-Caused Fender-Benders Misses The Point

Here we go again. Google reported Thursday another one of its self-driving cars was involved in a traffic accident earlier this month. The crash occurred near the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters July 1.

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Motorists Have Concerns About Self-Driving Cars, Says University of Michigan Survey

Self-driving cars might dominate the roadways of tomorrow, but American motorists aren't ready for them today. A survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found drivers are concerned about riding autonomous vehicles and that they're not ready to relinquish control.

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Vehicles Produced By Local Motors Are Part of Ride-Sharing Research

The first time many Americans ride in a self-driving car, it probably won't be in a vehicle they own. It will be in one they hail with an app.

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Uber's CEO told a venture capitalist that he would buy every one of the 500,000 self-driving cars Tesla plans to build in the next five years.

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For First Time In Six Years, Program Goes Beyond California

Google's self-driving cars are taking a summer road trip. The company said Tuesday two of its autonomous vehicles will be tested this summer in Austin, TX.

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Autonomous Impact On Insurers Will Be 'Severe,' KPMG Says

Self-driving cars may help consumers by ushering in an era of faster commutes, safer travel, and greater independence. But the greatest benefit may be for their wallets.

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Humanoid Robots Drive Cars And Use Power Tools As They Vy For Millions In Cash Prizes

In 2013 the DARPA Robotics Challenge was created to inspire universities and corporations to build robots to assist humans in disaster situations. The robots are asked to open doors, climb stairs, turn valves and even drive a cars and use power tools to saw through a wall! We head to Pomona, CA, for the 2015 DRC Finals and track two of the teams vying for millions in prize money.

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Position Marks Change From Previous Policy That Kept Records Secret

Breaking with previous policy, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday it will now release reports from accidents involving self-driving cars.

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The trolley problem is a thought experiment that puts a person in a lose-lose situation and forces them to react. The same concept is being applied to autonomous vehicles to help determine how they should react in an accident.

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Land Rover demonstrates new technology that allows the driver to operate a Range Rover Sport prototype remotely in order to tackle tricky terrain, exit a tight parking spot, or execute a three-point turn.

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Plus: Notes On The 2016 BMW 7 Series, Google, And 2017 Chevy Bolt

We curate the week's events with a focus on Ford's return to Le Mans in 2016. Plus, other news and notes from around the industry.

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A recent study suggests that autonomous vehicles aren't accepted yet by about half of the public. While women are reticent about driverless due to fears about their safety, men worry more about losing the joy of being behind the wheel.

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