Embark’s self-driving truck completes 2,400 mile journey

San Francisco-based Embark’s autonomous semi (a modified Peterbilt 579) just completed a 2,400 mile trip from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida. The journey took five days to complete including breaks for the driver onboard. Embark is now collecting the data from this road trip to see how it can implement it to future self-driving testing….

Start-up Niro unveils autonomous delivery vehicle

Silicon Valley start-up Nuro has unveiled its R1 all-electric autonomous delivery vehicle, joining a growing list of start-ups and automakers developing self-driving delivery vehicles for commerce. Founded by two former Google engineers from its autonomous car division, Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu chose goods delivery over the highly competitive self-driving ride-hailing services race because it…

Waymo buys thousands of Chrysler Pacificas to grow its autonomous fleet

Google’s self-driving car division is looking to add “thousands” of additional Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its fleet of self-driving cars. This announcement puts the scope of the project into a larger scale of development of autonomous cars. Fiat Chrysler has said Waymo is already using 600 Pacifica minivans for its self-driving taxi service, but…

Autonomous police car patent filed by Ford

Ford this month was granted a patent for an autonomous police car. This autonomous police car will not replace the officer sitting in the car, but it will be more of an assistant in helping the officer. The A.I. will decide accordingly whether or not a driver has violated a traffic law. The autonomous police…

Apple’s fleet of autonomous vehicles gets bigger

Apple’s self-driving vehicle fleet has grown from just three cars last year to 27 vehicles registered according to records from the California DMV. Apple’s fleet consists of only the Lexus RX450h. This vehicle is a commonly used by autonomous car tech firms because of the ease of installing aftermarket sensors that complement the existing sensors…

AAA surveys finds that autonomous vehicles scare many Americans

The prospect of self-driving cars still has many Americans feeling uneasy according to AAA’s latest annual survey. Many Americans are frightened by the prospect of riding in a self-driving car. AAA’s survey finds that 63% of U.S. drivers said they are afraid of riding in a car that is self-driving. However, this is down from…