Working with a local tech firm, a Tokyo cab company this week launched Japan's first trial of a robot taxi service for paying passengers. The aim is to have a full-fledged service operating for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Uber has ended autonomous-car tests in Arizona after one of its robot vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian there. It promises to take a new approach when it resumes trials in Pittsburgh and San Francisco in the summer.
Ford has signaled its determination to begin operating an autonomous-car service "at scale" by 2021. Early indications are that it'll launch some a delivery business rather than a ridesharing service using its driverless vehicles.
California is now welcoming autonomous-car companies to take unmanned vehicles onto its roads, but so far only one has applied. In light of recent tragedies involving Uber and Tesla, that may not come as too much of a surprise.
Waymo is working to convince people of the safety of self-driving cars, with a new video showing the experiences of some of its riders. The company aims to launch a ridesharing business with its driverless vehicles this year.
Lyft has numerous partnerships with other companies involved with self-driving cars, but the ridesharing outfit is to start testing its own vehicles in California at the largest secure test facility in the country.
Ford is testing out how it might incorporate its self-driving technology into commercial efforts such as delivery and ridesharing services. Initial trials are taking place in Miami in partnership with Domino's and Postmates.
Lyft riders in the Seaport area of Boston can now take a ride in a driverless car thanks to the the company's partnership with tech firm nuTonomy. The goal is to use feedback from riders to improve the technology and experience.
A "fake city" in South Korea has opened for companies wishing to test their latest driverless-car technology. The 80-acre site offers a wide range of driving conditions that include, of course, a good number of potholes.
Toyota will put its latest self-driving technology through "extreme" testing on a closed driving course in California. The company said the track will allow its engineers to subject its car to "hazardous" driving conditions.
The race towards driverless technology is now seriously burning up the pavement. The international competition is on like never before as China pursues the development of its very own autonomous vehicles, with Baidu at the lead.
Waymo is launching a public education campaign to teach people about the benefits of driverless cars and make them more comfortable with the technology. The effort kicks off in Arizona, where Waymo is already testing its cars.
Residents of a retirement community in California are enjoying the benefits of a new self-driving taxi service. The driving conditions inside the gated location are also ideal for the engineers testing the technology.
In a fascinating if not worrying development, researchers in the U.S. have discovered that putting stickers on streets signs can confuse self-driving cars. One test made the car mistake a "stop" sign for a 45-mph speed limit sign.