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According to some estimates, we'll be driven around town by high-tech driverless taxis at the start of the next decade. But despite ever-more mobility companies testing out robo-taxis on city streets, the technology just isn't ready.
When Silicon Valley startup Phantom Auto was formed in 2017, it was one of many software suppliers hitching their fortunes to self-driving cars, confident that fleets of robotaxis would be using their technology within a few years.
Almost two years ago, the heir apparent to South Korea’s massive Hyundai Motor Group, Euisun Chung, paid a visit to the driverless-vehicle hotbeds of Pittsburgh and Detroit, wanting a look under the hood of the best technology from companies both places had to offer. It turned out to be quite the productive trip.
Thailand’s ubiquitous tuk-tuk is getting a cutting-edge makeover to help carry the local auto industry into the future.
For seven days next July, before Japan kicks off the Summer Olympics, Tokyo will let dozens of driverless vehicles roam freely around the competition venues in the city’s waterfront area to promote the nascent technology.
Silicon Valley has a split personality about “brilliant jerks”. These are the kind of abrasive, boundary-pushing executives whom the industry (and often the media) lionises – until they push boundaries too far and are kicked out of the tech Garden of Eden.
Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc, on Thursday urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to "promptly" remove regulatory barriers for cars without steering wheels and brake pedals.
Japan's top automaker, Toyota, and smaller rival Suzuki are partnering in the development of self-driving car technology, as manufacturers around the world grapple with innovations in the industry.
A self-driving vehicle pioneer who used to work for Google has been charged with stealing secrets from the company before he joined Uber's efforts to build robotic vehicles.
Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to roll out autonomous vehicles across the city-state.