Ford Autonomous Vehicles: The Spin-Off Company That Will Drop $4 Billion on Autonomous Cars by 2023 

Ford is planning to spend $4 billion on developing self-driving cars by 2023, the automaker said Tuesday, in an announcement that also detailed the creation of a new spin-off entity cleverly titled Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. It seems like Ford is consolidating all its self-driving ventures and tech under one roof:…

The Koch Brothers Are Using The Promise Of Driverless Cars To Kill Public Transit Projects

The idea with autonomous driving technology is that, eventually, the driver will be removed from the equation to do whatever they want while their car drives itself. That vision, however, is decades away from becoming reality, if ever. Yet the Koch Brothers, the billionaire libertarian oil tycoons known for unleashing…

Tesla Will ‘Begin To Enable Full Self-Driving Features’ In August, But It’s Unclear What That Means

Tesla has been a leader in semi-autonomous driving tech for some time, but that’s been a double-edged sword. While ahead of many competitors, it now faces several investigations over crashes involving its Autopilot system and a flurry of criticism from safety advocates over how it is advertised. Nonetheless, CEO Elon…

Google's Mass-Purchase Of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids Could Mean $465 Million In Federal Tax Credits

Waymo, the self-driving car spinoff of Google, made a big splash last week by announcing it struck a deal with Fiat Chrysler to add 62,000 Chrysler Pacficia hybrid minivans to its upcoming fleet of autonomous taxis. Turns out, the move could have a big impact not only on Waymo’s bottom line but also potential buyers…

Why Volvo’s Auto-Braking System Might Have Kept The Self-Driving Uber Crash From Being Fatal

The reason an Uber self-driving car fatally struck a pedestrian in March is coming into sharper focus, thanks to the release of a preliminary report on Thursday from the National Transportation Safety Board. But the agency’s findings raise a notable question: If the car—a Volvo XC90 outfitted with Uber’s own…