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Autonomous Vehicles

January 13, 2020, 7am PST
The U.S. Department of Transportation, under fire for not doing enough to prevent an Uber self-driving car from killing a pedestrian in Tempe in 2018, has released the latest iteration of guidelines for autonomous vehicle technology.
Smart Cities Dive
December 23, 2019, 1pm PST
Safety driver not included.
Smart Cities Dive
December 11, 2019, 7am PST
Walmart is planning on delivering groceries autonomously in Houston at some point in 2020.
TechCrunch
December 10, 2019, 7am PST
Waymo, like Google a company of Alphabet Inc., has been offering self-driving ride-hailing service to the public for a year, providing 100,000 rides in the Phoenix area in the process.
Smart Cities Dive
November 19, 2019, 12pm PST
A small group of test subjects, enabled with the use of a chauffeur, increased driving distances by a collective 83 percent.
Jalopnik
November 14, 2019, 7am PST
The story of how the autonomous delivery company Nuro has taken to the streets of Houston to map the city and test its concept.
The Washington Poast
October 16, 2019, 5am PDT
Autonomous micromobility could solve some of dockless bike and scooter share companies' largest remaining challenges, like the local availability of scooters and conformity to local and federal regulations.
Smart Cities Dive
September 25, 2019, 10am PDT
A new guide says cities need to plan now for AVs so they are not caught off guard when the technology finally arrives.
Wired
August 18, 2019, 7am PDT
The AV shuttles transporting passengers around the Brooklyn Navy Yard offer a chance to see the technology in action.
Smart Cities Dive
August 8, 2019, 1pm PDT
Self-driving cars are likely to become part of the urban landscape in the future, and they have the potential to drastically alter urban environments—in good and bad ways.
The Washington Post
July 22, 2019, 5am PDT
Five self-driving car companies are currently operating in Pittsburgh, without much critical rigor in asking about the consequences of the technology to the city.
Streetsblog USA
July 17, 2019, 11am PDT
The slow progress of autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle technology in gaining widespread traction in the transportation market is casting doubt on the ambitious statements of a few years prior.
Fast Company
June 27, 2019, 11am PDT
The "fear of missing out," also known as FOMO, is no way to make transportation decisions, according to this article.
CityLab
June 10, 2019, 9am PDT
A study about planning for AVs shows that most cities are not actively working to prepare for them and officials are worried about the many potential effects they will have on cities.
CityLab
May 23, 2019, 6am PDT
The U.S. Postal Service is looking for ways to cut costs while also covering for a shortage of drivers. You can probably guess where this is headed.
NBC News
May 1, 2019, 9am PDT
Sidewalk Labs, a smart cities shop within the Alphabet corporate structure, is working to revolutionize technology's role in city planning. Sidewalk Labs recently released the street design principles it's using to guide that effort.
Smart Cities Dive
May 1, 2019, 6am PDT
There is a growing movement of humans who don't like the idea of being forced to hand the wheel over to robot drivers.
The New Yorker
April 4, 2019, 2pm PDT
There is no shortage of autonomous shuttle services operating around the United States, which means there are plenty of lessons to be learned.
Smart Cities Dive
April 1, 2019, 6am PDT
General Motors recently cancelled development of "Defensive Driving" software in its autonomous vehicle program. The announcement came just days after Ford announced it had cancelled the development of similar "Safe Driving" software.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
March 8, 2019, 1pm PST
Remember Elaine Herzberg, the 49-year-old woman who became the first pedestrian fatality due to an autonomous vehicle when she was hit last March by an Uber with a safety driver in Tempe, Ariz.? Prosecutors found no criminal liability.
The New York Times