Google's Chris Urmson interested in on-demand, autonomous minivans
Executives from Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have held discussions about creating a technical partnership, the purpose of which would be to further development of self-driving vehicles, according to multiple reports. The two companies might make ideal partners.
Senate asks industry about national testing facility, initial deployment, privacy and more.
Self-driving car executives and Congressional leaders alike warned this week that the lack of a cohesive national policy toward autonomous vehicles would hinder their development. But that wasn't their only concern.
Google is teaming up with a bunch of new providers and integrating their services into Google Maps. These are 99Taxis in Brazil, Ola Cabs in India, Hailo in the UK and Spain, mytaxi in Germany and Spain, and Gett in the UK.
This patent may have been filed before the accident, but it was granted just after.
Google was granted a patent for bus detection on autonomous vehicles, which comes just weeks after one the company's driverless models hit a transit bus. The company filed for the patent well before the crash, though.
The bolder autonomous vehicles face bigger regulatory headaches, says a new report.
Manufacturers that choose to build self-driving cars that hew closely to the design of traditional vehicles will enjoy a ride in the fast lane, while manufacturers that push for more unconventional designs face roadblocks.
Autonomous vehicle missed its opportunity to merge ahead of bus.
Officials with the Valley Transportation Authority have released video footage of a collision between one of its buses and a self-driving car operated by Google. The crash is the first in which the company's autonomous technology is at least partially at fault.