autonomous vehicles Archive

The new world of mobility

The race to rule the autonomous car market is on. Google, Ford and now Uber have stepped up to the challenge, each with their own vision and ambitions as to what a driverless world will look like. What’s clear is that technology is playing an ever-increasing role — where cities and existing modes of transit have stumbled — allowing us to completely rethink the mobility …

What the new NHTSA guidelines mean for self-driving cars

In September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous  vehicles. The important thing to remember for now is that these are merely guidelines and not rules. Complying with them is voluntary on the part of automotive and hardware manufacturers, as well as app developers. “Firms can make the decision to not comply and be within their rights to …

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 …

A Google self-driving car crashed in Mt. View today

A Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h was involved in a crash with a van in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday afternoon, according to local police. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident. TechCrunch has reached out to Google for more information. Two local TV stations, KRON and KPIX, reported that the Google autonomous vehicle had been “in control,” or in its self-driving mode at the time of …

US endorses self-driving cars, with a catch: Feds want to control tech approval, not states

Lexus SUV Google prototype autonomous vehicle in Mountain View, 2015. REUTERS Federal auto safety regulators today said that self-driving cars “will save time, money and lives,” but also sent a clear signal that they want the power to inspect and approve technology before it hits the highways, rather than each U.S. state setting its own safety standards. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on …

MIT spinout NuTonomy just beat Uber to launch the world’s first self-driving taxi

Uber has taken the plaudits for its audacious plan to deploy driverless cars as soon as this month, but the U.S. giant has been beaten to the punch for actually introducing autonomous vehicles by a far lower-profile company that is working on the other side of the world in Singapore. NuTonomy, a three-year-old company that span out of MIT, announced that its first autonomous vehicles available for public hire have hit the …

The new, scary face of auto insurance

Kevin Wang Crunch Network Contributor Kevin Wang is an associate on Plug and Play’s Ventures team sourcing for the insurance vertical. Kevin studied finance at Case Western Reserve University. He’s a serial entrepreneur with a background in edtech, manufacturing and distribution, as well as strategy consulting. How to join the network Technology in the mobility space has made travel safer, faster and more convenient. The …

Paving the way for the autonomous truck

Charles Chilton Crunch Network Contributor Charles Chilton is the Director of Engineering at Navistar and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in product planning, product development, engineering and personnel management in both public and private companies. He has worked on a variety of commercial vehicle brands throughout his career, including Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner, E-One and International Truck. How to join the network …

How self-driving cars could make everything worse, and what to do about it

The promise of self-driving cars is to take our vehicle fleets from 5% utilization to near-100% utilization, reducing congestion, parking problems, emissions and road accidents. But what if the cheapest way to “park” your autonomous vehicle is to have it endlessly circle the block while you’re at work? What do we do about the lost jobs of bus-, truck- and cab-drivers? How will we …

Tesla’s best-laid plans will have a challenge in convergence

Driverless cars and ridesharing are poised to bring about the next big tectonic movement that technology provides for the human experience. In much the same way that the mobile phone has transformed the way we live, autonomous vehicles and transportation sharing promise to change the way we move. Tesla’s recent announcement of its Master Plan, Part Deux exemplifies the convergence of these technology trends. For …