Autonomous cars: Still many questions to answer

An experimental Ford Fusion self-driving delivery car is displayed shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Autonomous driving is generating talk at this year’s Detroit Auto Show after being a star at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The technology has generated plenty of excitement, but still faces myriad questions before it can be widely adopted. – Where does the technology stand? – Hundreds of fully autonomous cars have been built and put on roads in various countries around the world, but these vehicles are notRead More

The top trends of CES 2018: From almost autonomous vehi…

For a week each January, Las Vegas becomes Las Betas. The VentureBeat crew checked out CES 2018, the big tech trade show last week, and we’ve come up with the top trends of the event. These trends are bigger than any single company, and they could change the landscape in the coming years. We were among the 185,000 or so people who attended the show. We survived torrential rain on Tuesday and a 90-minute blackout in the big halls on Wednesday. We tried to cover as much of the 2.6Read More

Students Role-play Autonomous Driving Tragedies Before …

Matt Posky Graduate students from the University of Michigan are currently engaged in a twisted role-playing game, where they attempt to cope with the media backlash following various failures of self-driving cars. The exercise is intended to help them understand the pitfalls associated with autonomous tech and how to best respond when it goes terribly awry — something automakers will also have to go through as self-driving vehicles become more prevalent. Broken into teams of four, 30 groups across the Ann Arbor campus were confronted with a pretend automated tragedy last night.Read More

GM Unveils Bolt-based Autonomous Fleet

Matt Posky General Motors has showcased its plan to launch public ride-hailing services by teasing a self-driving vehicle with no manual controls whatsoever. The fleet is said to arrive in 2019, which gives us plenty of time to form an angry mob. On Thursday, the company announced it had submitted a safety petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requesting that autonomous Chevrolet Bolts be allowed to operate on public roads without adhering to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that pertain to actual driving. If you’re asking yourself ifRead More

Visteon CEO Bets Company Future on Autonomous Vehicles

Matt Posky After spinning off from Ford in 2000, Visteon has set a corporate goal of expanding its supplier business to other companies. However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing. Granted Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009, Visteon emerged intact from its reorganization the following year. By 2013, the automotive supplier announced it would pare down its operations to focus primarily on vehicle electronics and HVAC systems. Now, CEO Sachin Lawande says the company’s future hinges on autonomous vehicles. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Visteon will unveil its newRead More

Guardian Launches at CES as First Truly DIY, Autonomous…

LAS VEGAS, Jan 07, 2018 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Elexa, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech electrical components, announced today that it has officially launched Guardian, the first water leak prevention system that does not require tools for installation and allows users to “set it and forget it” for ultimate peace of mind. The Guardian Water Leak Prevention System consists of an autonomous valve controller as well as individual leak detectors with a 15-year battery life for placement around the house, providing leak detection by sensing water on both theRead More

Tesla Missed the Deadline for its Nationwide Autonomous…

Matt Posky While The Truth About Cars has occasionally been accused for having it in for Tesla, the honest-to-god-truth is that we just possess a severe aversion to unbridled hype. Autonomous cars have made a lot of progress in the last few years, but there’s something about the way manufacturers talk about them that makes us want to say, “Interesting, but we’ll believe it when we see it.” Automakers love making grandiose claims and Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk may be the prince of hyperbolic statements and lofty promises. He should beRead More

Fitch Maintains Autonomous Community of Catalonia on RW…

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) BARCELONA, December 22 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings is maintaining the Autonomous Community of Catalonia’s (Catalonia) Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) of ‘BB’ on Rating Watch Negative (RWN). The Short-Term Foreign Currency IDR of ‘B’, and the ratings on the EMTN programme and bond issues – all rated at ‘BB/B’ – also remain on RWN. KEY RATING DRIVERS Catalonia was placed on RWN on 5 October 2017 following the escalation of the political tensions between the central government andRead More

Volvo Tweaks Script on its Autonomous Play

Matt Posky Back in 2015, Volvo Cars reiterated that it would test hundreds of autonomous vehicles in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and China by 2018 as part of its Drive Me project. Using cars equipped with advanced autonomous technology, the initiative hoped to help Volvo understand how customers interact with self-driving cars. However, the automaker appears to have tweaked that plan in a recent press release. Instead of families helping Volvo test new autonomous vehicles, they’ll help develop them by cruising around in well-equipped XC90s. While we can’t cry foulRead More

Autonomous is not Anonymous – Self-Driving Cars

From a fantastic meal to a fantastic show, self-driving cars make an evening out easier . . . and there is no one to tip except for the food, of course. From a fantastic meal to a fantastic show, self-driving cars make an evening out easier We step out of our car and walk into Pacific Grill on Pacific in downtown Tacoma for dinner. We have pre-ordered parsnip soup and steelhead lox appetizer with the filet mignon for the main course. Peg and I both order wine. When we finish,Read More