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Uber-owned Otto to offer freight hauling services using autonomous trucks in 2017

Uber acquired self-driving lorry startup Otto this summer in a deal worth up to $680 million and it plans to put the company to work next year. That’s according to comments from Otto co-founder Lior Ron, who told Reuters that Otto will enter the long-haul freight business in 2017. To recap, Otto’s technology allows existing trucks to be ‘retrofitted’ with self-driving technology which can handle driving on …

The end of the automotive supply chain

Over the next 10 years, the differentiating source of supply and value in the automotive industry will not be car parts or engines. Instead, it will be a network of software developers. The autonomous car will be here before we know it. Tesla autonomous technology has already amassed 100 million-plus miles. Legacy car manufacturer General Motors joined the action by acquiring self-driving startup Cruise. Apple has …

20-minute hot take: 2017 Volvo S90 Pilot Assist

I’ve spent the last couple of days at a Northwest Automotive Press Association driving event, and the last car of the two dozen or so I drove was the 2017 Volvo S90 with the latest version of IntelliSafe, which includes City Safety, Pilot Assist, and more. I’ve already put my name on the list for a more extensive test drive, but even with less than …