Autonomous Vehicles

Close-up of back of white self-driving Waymo car on San Francisco street.

California Approves Waymo Driverless Taxis

Waymo’s autonomous vehicles can begin picking up passengers in Los Angeles and San Francisco in spite of opposition from local officials.

March 6, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Overhead view of white Waymo self-driving car in San Francisco, California with shared bikes and scooters visible on adjacent sidewalk.

An Approach for Managing the Risks of Autonomous Cars

As ‘robotaxis’ and other autonomous vehicles make their way onto American streets, cities can take proactive steps to mitigate risks and balance the benefits and challenges of new technology.

February 4, 2024 - Governing

White Waymo self-driving car in parking lot in Chandler, Arizona.

Waymo to Begin Autonomous Rides on Phoenix Freeways

The company’s autonomous cars will start testing freeway rides with employees as passengers.

January 9, 2024 - The Arizona Republic

Close-up of green sign for bike box for turning in intersection.

US Road Design Manual Gets Multimodal Update

The long-awaited changes include road design elements and signage aimed at improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists while planning for autonomous vehicles.

December 19, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Planning for the Autonomous Future

With some historical perspective, transportation planners and policymakers can avoid the mistakes of the past and develop a transportation system that acknowledges the needs of all road users.

November 12, 2023 - Route Fifty

Semi truck driving down freeway with twilight sky in background.

California Governor Vetoes Autonomous Truck Ban

Gov. Newsom called the new law unnecessary, citing existing efforts by state regulators to develop new rules around autonomous trucking.

September 28, 2023 - Wired

White Waymo self-driving minivan taxi on street Mountain View, California

Robotaxi Regulations Lag Behind Reality

As fleets of autonomous cars make their way onto city streets, the need to effectively regulate the technology is becoming more urgent.

June 28, 2023 - MIT Technology Review

White Waymo self-driving car with roof-mounted camera driving on San Francisco street with Exploratorium parking lot sign in background

San Francisco Officials Want to Put the Brakes on Self-Driving Taxis

Local officials say autonomous cars are not yet safe enough to be permanently deployed across the entire city.

June 15, 2023 - Governing

Self-driving Mercedes semi truck on highway with white semi truck behind it

California Moves to Limit Autonomous Trucks

A bill passed by the State Assembly and moving on to the Senate would require autonomous semi trucks to have a trained human operator in the vehicle.

June 2, 2023 - The Sacramento Bee

Red, grey, and blue Tesla cars on the back of a truck trailer in Burlingame, California

Key Points From the Tesla Data Leak

Thousands of leaked safety complaints about the electric carmaker reveal a pervasive effort to hide problems from the public and prevent customers from filing lawsuits.

May 30, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Blue and green Waymo logo on black square mounted on grey concrete background

Waymo Expansion Makes Phoenix ‘World’s Largest Self-Driving Car Zone’

The company’s autonomous taxis will soon be available in most parts of the metro area including Tempe, Mesa, and a new airport pick-up location.

May 8, 2023 - Arizona Republic

Self-driving white Waymo Jaguar SUV on street in Chandler, Arizona

How Self-Driving Cars Are Integrating—or Not—Into the Urban Fabric

As they become more common on some U.S. streets, autonomous vehicles are impeding emergency response operations and blocking traffic, idling in neighborhoods, and defying law enforcement.

May 2, 2023 - Arizona Republic

White Waymo self-driving car on San Francisco street

Driverless Cars Blocking Buses, Traffic in San Francisco

Footage from buses and trains show self-driving cars from Waymo and Cruise frequently make unscheduled stops, blocking transit vehicles and causing traffic snarls.

April 13, 2023 - Wired

View of street in Chinatown, San Francisco with cars parked along curb and red Chinese lanterns hanging above street

Study: Autonomous Cars Won’t Solve the Parking Problem

In hyper-dense cities where incentives to reduce car use and eliminate parking are already high, mass adoption of AVs won’t significantly reduce parking demand.

March 26, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Dark blue Tesla with crumpled front bumper on rainy highway with red fire truck in background

Majority of American Drivers ‘Afraid’ of ‘Self-Driving’ Cars

Responses to a AAA survey indicate a rising fear of automated vehicles in the wake of high-profile crashes and federal investigations.

March 3, 2023 - AAA

Close-up of multiple black and red Tesla cars parked in a lot

Recall Affects Over 360,000 Tesla Cars with ‘Full Self-Driving’ Software

Federal regulators are asking the carmaker to update the software on vehicles equipped with FSD due to its poor safety record.

February 17, 2023 - The Verge

Self-driving white and red Cruise vehicle (Chevy Bolt body) in San Francisco with cyclist following behind

San Francisco Officials Detail Self-Driving Car ‘Mayhem’ in Letter to State

In the worst version of the autonomous future, San Francisco firefighters have to fight off a self-driving car that crashed into their equipment during a fire, prompting calls for stricter regulations.

February 9, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Photo of cars on two-way separated highway with illustrated lines between them indicating tech-driven decisions

How Autonomous Cars Could Impact Energy Use

The complex algorithms used by self-driving vehicle technology use massive amounts of energy, which could lead to a steep rise in carbon emissions as autonomous cars become more commonplace.

February 2, 2023 - Dezeen

Electric cars parked curbside and charging on a city street

Tech Trends for Cities and States

Smart cities technology is well behind schedule, but the technology industry hasn’t given up on new digital solutions, self-driving cars, curb management, and AI-powered systems.

January 4, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

The interior of a Tesla, with a large video screen. The person behind the wheel is touching the screen.

Tesla Banned From Using ‘Full Self-Driving’ Name in California

On the heels of multiple crashes and a federal investigation, a state law bars the company from calling their software Full Self-Driving to avoid misleading consumers about the need for driver assistance.

December 29, 2022 - PC Magazine

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