The latest developments from Uber and GM, and other firms in the self-driving race, indicate autonomous vehicles are helping drive efficiency and accelerating the use of EVs.
Factors other than ridesharing carry more weight behind the surge in VMT. Lower pump prices, economic growth, and rising household income are underpinning increased travel.
Instead of building its own autonomous cars, Lyft is forming partnerships to help it gain an advantage in the self-driving arena.
Ford's appointment of Jim Hackett as its new CEO makes good strategic sense, given the automaker’s commitment to AVs and the necessity of taking more bold steps in this area. The move further deepens Ford’s commitment to becoming a modern mobility company, and not just a traditional automaker.
The recent ruling by a federal judge in California in the Uber-Waymo dispute is, to some extent, a victory for both sides and serves as a reminder of the high stakes in the race to develop autonomous vehicles.
House Panel Highlights the Need for Greater Consumer Education on AV Capabilities, and for a National Regulatory Framework
Both lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing noted that the transition period to full autonomy holds significant challenges, including integration of semi-autonomous features into the vehicle fleet.
Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners in Silicon Valley speaks to The Fuse about how the transition to on-demand mobility will create a new value chain that produces jobs.
The new Transportation Secretary is calling on the auto and tech industries to rigorously educate the public about the benefits of autonomous cars.
Uber seems to be avoiding compliance with laws for driverless vehicles in order to make a statement to California, and any other state that should follow its example with what the ride-hailing service believes are onerous laws.
Critics may argue that the self-driving car phenomenon is premature, but as choices for drivers and commuters grow, attitudes will eventually shift, particularly with new technology expected to ease congestion, boost efficiency, and reduce traffic accidents.