Tag - self-driving-cars



Visitors check a Tesla Model 3 car next to a Model Y displayed at a showroom of the U.S. electric-vehicle maker in Beijing on Feb. 4.
Apr 29, 2024
Tesla clears key regulatory hurdles for self-driving in China
Tesla is said to have reached an agreement with Baidu to use the Chinese tech giant's mapping license for data collection.
Nissan is planning an autonomous vehicle ride-share service for Japan with a 2027 launch date to address a lack of taxi drivers due to the nation’s aging population.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 28, 2024
Nissan plans 2027 driverless ride-share service for aging Japan
Nissan will trial the service in Yokohama's Minato Mirai area, with 20 vehicles equipped with a safety monitor in each driver’s seat.
Kyle Vogt speaks on stage at the launch of the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle in San Francisco in January 2020.
Nov 20, 2023
CEO of GM's Cruise robo taxi unit resigns amid U.S. safety review
His resignation follows weeks of turmoil at the unit, which is undergoing a safety review after one of its vehicles dragged a pedestrian.
NTT plans to test driverless vehicle technology with Toyota and invest in a U.S. startup.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 7, 2023
NTT to test driverless tech with Toyota and invest in U.S. startup
NTT aims to start tests with autonomous buses and taxis as early as 2025 and invest about ¥10 billion ($66.91 million) in U.S. startup May Mobility.
A Cruise autonomous taxi in San Francisco on Aug. 10. Cruise is one of only two firms in California allowed to run paid robotaxi services around the clock.
Aug 25, 2023
Robotaxis are making enemies as they go around San Francisco
Mishaps are adding to traffic and safety concerns over driverless vehicles, which zip around the city’s streets surrounded by sensors and cameras.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2021
National Police Agency preparing for fully automated driving in limited areas
The government is considering a system to screen and approve providers of such services, the agency said, and an amendment to the road traffic law is being planned for next spring.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2021
Auto shows return as industry tries to reposition for the future despite delta
While the pandemic is still raging, the same forces that sowed the seeds of a megamerger at a 2019 show are even more relevant today.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2021
Smart cars, not electric vehicles, are the 'real game-changer,' Volkswagen CEO says
His statements make clear that software services for autonomous cars may be a key pillar of the group's future business.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2019
Demand in doubt for fully autonomous cars
Fully automous cars are coming, but how many people will be willing to pay for them?
Japan Times
Apr 23, 2019
Tesla says 'robotaxis' coming next year, touts self-driving microchip
Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. "robotaxis" with no human drivers will be available in some markets next year thanks to exponential improvements in technology.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2018
Police agency unveils draft bill to allow self-driving vehicles on Japan's roads
The draft bill would allow drivers of such cars to talk on their mobile phones or watch TV.
Apr 28, 2018
Safety and self-driving vehicles
The introduction of autonomous vehicles must be based on a broad social consensus that they are a safe and convenient means of transport.
Japan Times
Feb 5, 2018
China could seize the lead in self-driving cars
Alibaba is building systems that will link vehicles to the roads they drive on.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2017
Volvo looks to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars
Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2017
Government eyes self-driving car guidelines in fiscal 2017
The government plans to compile guidelines for self-driving cars in fiscal 2017 starting April 1 as it prepares to rework the existing legal framework ahead of the rollout of such vehicles, officials said Thursday.
Dec 25, 2016
Denso, NEC to tie up on self-driving technology for automobiles
Major auto parts maker Denso Corp. will team up with NEC Corp. on developing self-driving automobile technology that makes use of artificial intelligence, sources at the two companies said.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 9, 2016
G-7 transport chiefs meeting in Nagano to weigh self-driving car regulations
Transport ministers from the Group of Seven countries are expected to agree at their meeting in central Japan to set up a working panel tasked with creating global safety regulations for commercializing and promoting self-driving cars, a draft declaration of their summit showed Thursday.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2015
Abe and the media get ahead of themselves on driverless cars
In a new TV commercial for Nissan, American actress Charlotte Kate Fox, who appeared in last year's NHK morning drama series, "Massan," is driving on city streets at night. She pushes a button on the dashboard and slowly takes her hands off the steering wheel. The car continues to move, making turns...
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2015
Taxi firm hopes to have driverless cabs on the road by 2020
By the time Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, self-driving cars may be a feature on Japan's roads as local automakers work to develop the technology in the next five years.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2015
In the rearview mirror: Car designer warns of Google game-changer
The days of cheap and cheerful cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla may be numbered as technology firms Google and Apple muscle into the auto industry and change the way people own and drive automobiles.


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