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Boeing to Open Autonomous Aircraft Development Center at MIT

You’ve heard of autonomous cars and trucks, but there’s now another fast-emerging player in the world of self-driving technology – one that aims to make traffic safer and more efficient not on the roads but in the air. Boeing has announced that it will open its new Boeing Aerospace and Autonomy Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), becoming the first major tenant of its new Kendall Square District. Through its Kendall Square Initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the university will develop six buildings to house a blend of lab and research, office, housing, and retail space. The aircraft manufacturer said ... Read More

Is Autonomous Vehicle Bill In Jeopardy After Self-Driving Crashes?

For the manufacturers of autonomous vehicles, the recent Uber and Tesla crashes probably couldn’t have come at a worse time. Driven by ambitious financial goals, autonomous vehicle manufacturers are engaged in a race to get their self-driving vehicles on the road. Generally, the automakers have enjoyed healthy support among U.S. and state politicians and a new regulatory and legal framework to accommodate self-driving cars was making swift progress. But on March 18, an autonomous Uber SUV struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, as she was walking her bike across the street in Tempe, Arizona. Although the car had a human ... Read More

NTSB Boots Tesla From Model X Crash Investigation

Federal investigators have taken the rare action of removing Tesla as a party to an ongoing investigation of the fatal March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Tesla Inc. violated investigative protocol by releasing information pertaining to the crash probe before it was vetted and approved by the NTSB officials. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash, which does a disservice to the investigative process and the traveling public,” the NTSB said in a statement. ... Read More

Tesla on Autopilot Rams Highway Barrier, Killing Driver

Tesla has confirmed that the driver of a Model X who was killed in a violent highway crash in Mountain View, California, March 23 had his hands off the wheel and the SUV’s Autopilot engaged for several seconds before slamming into a barrier at 70 mph. Computer logs recovered from the wreckage show that Wei Huang, a 38-year-old Apple engineer and father of two, had his hands off the steering wheel for six seconds as he traveled along highway 101 toward a carpool lane on 85. A highway barrier separated the interchange, and the automated Tesla vehicle drove straight into ... Read More

Uber Quickly Settles Self-Driving Car Death With Victim’s Family

The husband and daughter of a woman struck and killed by a self-driving Uber SUV in Arizona earlier this month have reached an undisclosed settlement with the company. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bike across the street in Tempe on the night of March 18 when a self-driving Uber car with a human backup “safety driver” behind the wheel hit her. She was the first person to be killed by a self-driving “autonomous” vehicle. Although Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said video footage of the deadly collision indicated it was “unavoidable,” critics have questioned why the Uber vehicle’s sensors failed to detect ... Read More

Self-driving Shuttle Grazed by Tractor-Trailer in Las Vegas

A self-driving shuttle was involved in a minor traffic collision with a tractor-trailer less than an hour after its launch on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. None of the passengers aboard the 12-seater driverless Navya Arma shuttle were injured in the incident, which was caused by a tractor-trailer that backed into and lightly grazed the shuttle. Note: Fox News and others incorrectly report the shuttle manufacturer as Navaya. Critics of self-driving cars noted that the self-driving shuttle failed to avoid the collision, citing one passenger who told KSNV News3LV Las Vegas that the shuttle “just stayed there” as the tractor-trailer ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Deadly Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Crash

A semi-autonomous Tesla Model S that crashed in Florida last year, killing its driver, had “operational limits” that played a major role in the accident, federal investigators said. The main shortcomings of Tesla’s semi-autonomous technology involved the vehicle’s inability to monitor and ensure driver attention, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found. Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died when his semi-autonomous Tesla car failed to apply its brakes as a tractor-trailer turned left in front of it. The May 7 crash occurred on a divided highway in Williston, Florida. Mr. Brown’s death was the first death to occur in a self-driving ... Read More

Enthusiastic Bipartisan Support for Self-Driving Trucks at Senate Hearing

Support for self-driving technology in tractor-trailers and other heavy commercial trucks is gaining steam in the upper echelons of the U.S. government. On Sept. 13, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways,” offering legislators, industry officials, safety advocates and others an opportunity to discuss the benefits of automated truck technology as well as the impact self-driving trucks could have on jobs and the U.S. economy. From a safety angle, the evidence is indisputable. Even at its current level of development, self-driving vehicles are far safer than vehicles ... Read More

Self-Driving Boats and Ships: Coming Soon To a Port Near You

In the race to develop self-driving technologies, it appears that self-navigating boats and ships will be the first to cross the finish line. In the U.S., Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, China, and several other countries, self-navigating vessels are on the threshold of plying the world’s oceans and waterways completely free of a captain and crew. According to the Associated Press, “marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across the Atlantic and Pacific.” “One experimental workboat spent this summer dodging tall ships and ... Read More

Self-Driving Car Ready For Mass Production, GM and Cruise Announce

A unit of General Motors developing self-driving auto technology announced that it is ready to begin production of fully automated, driverless cars on a mass scale once the software is fully developed and the regulatory environment is ready. “Today, we’re announcing the first production design of a self-driving car that can be built at massive scale,” Kyle Vogt, CEO and founder of Cruise Automation, a self-driving car developer that GM acquired as a startup last year, told Tech Crunch. “And more importantly, these vehicles can operate without a driver.” All the mechanical components of the self-driving cars are in place. ... Read More