Stephen Edelstein graduated from Clark University in 2011 with an M.A. in American History. He was the Editor in Chief of Clark's student newspaper, The Scarlet. Stephen enjoys all things historical, science-fictional, and transportation-related.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is licensed to drive autonomously on Nevada highways. Several companies test self-driving prototypes in Nevada, but Mercedes says the E-Class is the first production car to get licensed.
GM is considering using Mobileye mapping technology and data from its OnStar telematics customers to create maps for future self-driving cars. Cameras already installed in customer cars would do the work.
The Volkswagen Budd-e concept debuted at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show as a reincarnation of the classic VW Microbus. It's got that vehicle's classic shape, but with modern updates, tech, and an electric powertrain.
Ford plans to build out its fleet of Fusion Hybrid autonomous test cars to 30 vehicles, which it claims will be the most of any carmaker. It's also upgrading the cars' design with a more compact lidar unit.
Volvo and Ericsson plan to develop an "intelligent" media-streaming system for future self-driving cars that will tailor video streaming to a specific route, in order to help passengers make the most of their free time.