By Tim Higgins WSJ Tues., May 7, 2019 Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing app will soon begin offering rides from self-driving cars operated by Waymo LLC in suburban Phoenix, in what would be one of the bigger commercial deployments of robot taxis so far. Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., said it will initially deploy 10 vehicles with safety operators behind the wheel through the Lyft app in the next few months. Lyft users in the Phoenix area will be able to select a Waymo vehicle from the app for eligible rides. Terms of the partnership weren’t disclosed. Waymo made the announcement just before Lyft was set to release its first quarterly financial report as a publicly traded company. Lyft is getting ahead of news from rival Uber Technologies Inc., which on Friday is expected to hold its initial public offering at a valuation up to $90 billion. Lyft and Uber for years have talked about autonomous cars being critical to the future of … [Read more...] about Lyft to Offer Waymo Self-Driving Taxis in Suburban Phoenix
Taking driving test in own car
Elon Musk is no stranger to bold predictions, and on Tuesday, he lobbed another one at self-driving tech doubters: The Tesla CEO said the electric carmaker’s full self-driving feature will be completed by the end of 2019. And by the end of 2020, he added, it will be so capable, you’ll be able to snooze in the driver seat while it takes you from your parking lot to wherever you’re going. “I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview with the money management firm ARK Invest, which is a Tesla investor. “I am certain of that. That is not a question mark.” Today, Tesla customers willing to plunk down an extra $5,000 at purchase can unlock their vehicles’ Enhanced Autopilot feature, which is far simpler than what Musk is … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020
By Russ Mitchell Los Angeles Times Thu., Feb. 14, 2019 It was an extraordinary vote of confidence for autonomous driving by the nation’s top vehicle safety agency. Two years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced crash rates for Tesla cars dropped by almost 40 per cent after installation of a self-drive technology called Autosteer. “Forty per cent. That was an eye-popper,” said R.A. Whitfield, director of Quality Control Systems and an expert in statistics. So “breathtaking and remarkable,” he said, that he didn’t quite believe it. “Extraordinary claims ought to be backed by extraordinary evidence.” But when Whitfield requested the data, he encountered a thick bureaucratic wall at NHTSA, the taxpayer-funded agency primarily responsible for vehicle safety in the United States. On Nov. 27, 2018, after a federal lawsuit and almost two years, NHTSA finally released the data. Whitfield was … [Read more...] about An agency hid Tesla crash data for nearly two years — is that any way to build trust in driverless cars?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 February 2019 Judy Rimmer The Elveden Classic Car show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Remember when cars seemed to be part of the family, and even had nicknames? Here are memories from around the area of the vehicles our mums, dads and grandparents drove when we were young. This classic Morris Minor 1000 was bought for Jessica Whyte by her late dad, on the left in the photo on the day they bought it Picture: JESSICA WHYTERob Hadgraft of Colchester writes: “My dad, Bob Hadgraft, Ipswich born and bred, learned to drive in the Army. When he returned to his home-town after National Service in the early 1950s he met the Colchester girl who would be my mum, and after they married invested in their first family car – a tiny Austin Ruby 7, shiny black and built in 1936.“It was small and tough, like a little terrier, but to get it going you needed to turn a starting-handle inserted into a small hole between radiator and … [Read more...] about Driving down memory lane in our old family cars
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Using a foreign licence One of the first things foreigners think of when they move to Deutschland is whether or not they’re allowed to drive without restrictions in the country. That depends on where you got your driver’s license and how long you’ve been here. If you’re 18 years of age or older and you have a licence which was issued from a member state in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you may drive motor vehicles in Germany of the category that’s indicated on your licence without restrictions. And if it’s on the verge of expiring or for whatever reason you’d prefer to exchange it, you can get your hands on a German one of the same category upon request. The cost is around €35 but it varies across the country. A German driving licence. Photo: DPA You should note as well that when it comes to renting cars … [Read more...] about What you need to know about getting a German driving licence