Autonomous vehicles may be on Mass. roads soon

Experts made one thing clear at a Statehouse briefing on autonomous vehicles Thursday. While the estimated time of arrival varies, autonomous vehicles are on the road to Massachusetts — and policymakers are trying to figure out how to make the best of it and prevent the worst. Concerns about autonomous vehicles include safety, increased traffic […]

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Nuro’s self-driving vehicle carries packages, not passengers

As Toyota proved by winning Engadget’s Best of CES 2018 award for its e-Palette, robotic cars that can deliver things other than humans are coming at us fast. A new startup called Nuro is capitalizing on that idea, but taking a different angle with its self-driving electric van. Rather than carrying things over long distances, the narrow, lightweight vehicles are […]

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Waymo orders thousands of Pacificas for 2018 self-driving fleet rollout

Waymo has ordered thousands of new Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA to help populate its autonomous ride-hailing fleet, which it will open to the public in 2018, the company says. The public launch of its Pacifica-based self-driving ride hailing service is set to occur sometime later this year, after Waymo starts testing its minivans without […]

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Ford files a patent for an autonomous police car

If the fourth season of Black Mirror didn’t thoroughly freak you out, buckle up! Ford has filed for a patent on an autonomous police car. While patent filings don’t always come to fruition, the mere fact that this idea is in development is mildly unnerving. The patent, first spotted by Motor1, describes an autonomous police vehicle that would […]

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Death of the American Trucker

When Donald Trump sidles up to a semi truck, he’s usually selling policy only a plutocrat could love. Campaigning to repeal the Affordable Care Act in March, Trump pinned an iTrucks button to his lapel and honked the horn of a Mack truck outside the White House. “Obamacare,” he said, “has inflicted great pain on […]

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GM just revealed a fully autonomous electric car that doesn’t have a steering wheel

No driver. No pedals. No steering wheel. Just seats and screens and doors that can close themselves. That’s what riders will see when they get into one of General Motors’ Cruise self-driving electric vehicles, scheduled to hit the road in 2019. On Thursday, the automaker also stressed that the fully autonomous vehicle would emphasize safety […]

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