Self-Driving

  • Swedish families help Volvo develop autonomous vehicles

    Swedish car manufacturing colossus Volvo has embarked on an innovative project centered on helping the automotive firm accelerate its plan to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles. Volvo has announced that it is launching its 'Drive Me' campaign, which focuses on the participation of Swedish families.

  • Tokyo airport deploys driverless shuttle buses in preparation for Olympics

    Japan is recognized as one of the world’s leading pioneers when it comes to championing groundbreaking technologies - and it has just announced that it will deploy driverless buses on a trial basis at Tokyo Airport in preparation for the Olympic Games there next year.

  • Toyota announces new aspects of collab with NVIDIA for autonomous vehicles

    Toyota and NVIDIA are working together and using each others’ resources and research facilities to better their program for autonomous vehicle development. 

  • Trump administration set to unveil revised self-driving guidelines

    US president Donald Trump's administration has announced that it will unveil its revised guidelines on self-driving regulations early next week, following pressure from leading US car manufacturers who had requested the government to relax and eliminate legal barriers that prevented automakers from putting autonomous vehicles on public roads.

  • Uber announces plans to open Canadian research hub for self-driving technology

    Global ride-hailing service Uber has taken its very first steps to expand its self-driving research into foreign markets with the announcement that it plans to open a research facility in Toronto, Canada. This latest expansion is for Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, which is responsible for the majority of the firm's research on autonomous vehicles. Uber also disclosed that University of Toronto professor Raquel Urtasun has been tasked with the responsibility of leading the new research center.

  • Uber faces legal action over its deployment of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco

    Californian authorities have threatened online transportation company Uber with legal action after they refused to adhere to state regulations in relation to its self-driving vehicles. Uber have deployed a number of its self-driving vehicles on the roads in San Francisco.

  • UK government announces self-driving trucks to be tested in the UK next year

    The UK government has announced that it will begin testing self-driving trucks on public roads in Britain next year. Tests of self-driving trucks in Europe have been ongoing for the last two years, and now the Tory-DUP led coalition government have agreed to introduce the revolutionary technology that looks set to transform the transportation industry.

  • UK manufacturer partners with tech firm in bid to improve safety in self-driving cars

    A leading UK automotive manufacturing company has partnered with a technology firm in an effort to improve vehicle safety in self-driving cars. Delphi Automotive PLC, which specializes in automotive parts - has announced that it has made a minority investment in Israeli-based laser-based sensor firm Innoviz Technologies.

  • UK to introduce new rules to remove insurance barriers for self-driving cars

    UK has announced plans to introduce new insurance rules to ensure victims of accidents involving self-driving vehicles are compensated in a quick fashion in an effort to remove a major obstacle currently facing the nascent industry of autonomous transportation.

  • US manufacturer unveils autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel

    US car manufacturing colossus General Motors has unveiled its new autonomous vehicle and it has certainly caught the attention of motoring enthusiasts.

  • US Postal Service to begin self-driving tests

    The US Postal Service has confirmed that it will begin to embark upon a series of self-driving tests as part of the company’s overall strategy to embrace automation.

  • US self-driving startup to launch services in Singapore next year

    US self-driving company NuTonomy, has announced plans to launch a paid, commercial service in Singapore. The US startup publicly announced its plans last week, and believes it will be in a position to deploy its services in Singapore by the second quarter of next year.

  • US smartphone giant granted permit to test self-driving vehicles in California

    US technology colossus Apple has been awarded a permit which allows them to test autonomous vehicles in California. The decision to grant the permit has only served to heighten speculation that Apple is working on self-driving technology and is set to join a growing number of companies with ambitions to offer self-driving vehicles to the masses.

  • US tech giant invests in electric vehicle startup

    US e-commerce behemoth Amazon has become the latest technology leader to join the self-driving race following its decision to invest $700m in an electric vehicle startup company.

  • Volvo and NTU launch world’s first autonomous bus

    Volvo and Nanyang Technological University launched an autonomous electric bus in Singapore on Tuesday.

  • WGS 2017 – Transport authority to introduce self-driving hover-taxi in Dubai

    RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) officials have announced that they have successfully tested a self-driving hover-taxi - and plan to introduce the aerial vehicle to Dubai in July this year. The announcement was made at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

    It was disclosed at the World Government Summit that the Chinese manufactured vehicle as part of the UAE’s vision to ensure that by 2030 a quarter of its means of transport is courtesy of self-driving vehicles. However, plans to introduce a self-driving aerial vehicle is a bold and innovative move, as the UAE continue to foster ideas to reduce mobility issues in its cities.

    The self-driving hover-taxi is a one-man electrical vehicle and has been developed by Chinese manufacturer E-Hang’ which can travel on a programmed course at 100km/h at an altitude of 300 meters (1,000ft) in a statement released by the RTA at the summit.

    All a passenger needs to do in order to get from A-B is select a destination for the autonomous aerial taxi to take off from there, the vehicle will fly the route before being landed in the chosen spot that will be monitored by a ground control center. The autonomous aerial taxi can recharge in just two hours and can undergo journeys for up to 30 minutes.

    Head of the RTA, Mattar Al-Tayer said that the product which was exhibited at the World Government Summit was not a model, and that it will make every effort possible to ensure they can introduce the service in July.

    He said: "The autonomous aerial vehicle exhibited at the World Government Summit is not just a model. We have already experimented with the vehicle in a flight in the Dubai sky. We’re making every effort as an authority to start the operation of the autonomous aerial vehicle in July 2017 to help reduce traffic congestion."

    The quadcopter is powered by eight propellers and contains highly accurate sensors and can resist extreme temperatures -which is an important factor due to the searing heat of the summers in Dubai.

    This latest development comes just months after Dubai agreed a deal to partner with a US start-up organization called Hyperloop One to construct a supersonic transport system which would link the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. Dubai is a massive global tourist attraction both in the Gulf and globally, home to the world’s largest tower the Burj Khalifa, and it attracted a record 14.9 million visitors in 2016.

    But will these tourists and residents alike beat the traffic congestion in Dubai by utilizing the self-driving hover-taxi?

  • WGS 2017 – Uber CEO believes key to success is to be ‘customer obsessed’

    Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick has declared that in order for a business to be successful it has to not only serve the people, but be 'customer obsessed'. The chief executive of the US based global ride-hailing service was discussing 'The Future of Urban Mobility' at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

  • Which country has announced plans to commercialize self-driving trucks by 2022

    Government officials in Japan have announced its intentions to commercially deploy self-driving trucks by 2022. It's the country latest attempt to breathe new life into its ailing corporate sector. In addition to this, it further disclosed its plans to finalize the strategy to enable package delivery by drones by 2020.