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Waymo teams up with Renault, Nissan on robotaxis outside US

Jun. 20, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan. The partnership announced late Wednesday underscores Waymo's ambition to...

Florida law to allow autonomous cars _ when they're ready

Jun. 13, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida — once they're finally ready for prime time — under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis said he hopes to use the law to lure companies that test and build the cars. The...

Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

Jun. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground zero" for...

Uber tests drone food delivery, launches new autonomous SUV

Jun. 12, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone. The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year. Uber says the service should decrease food delivery times. It works this way: Workers at a restaurant...

Volkswagen to take stake in battery cell maker Northvolt

Jun. 12, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is taking a stake in Swedish battery cell producer Northvolt AB and plans a joint factory in Germany ahead of increased production of electric vehicles next year. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would invest around 900 million euros ($1...

Tesla CEO lifts shareholder spirits, takes aim at media

Jun. 11, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk assured shareholders the electric car maker has recovered from a disappointing start this year and promised to counter media coverage that he believes has distorted perceptions about the unprofitable company's long-term prospects. "It has been a hell of a year, but...

Fiat Chrysler in talks with Aurora on autonomous vehicles

Jun. 10, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is in talks to produce self-driving commercial vehicles with Aurora, an autonomous vehicle company led by former Google, Tesla and Uber executives. FCA and Aurora have a deal to lay the groundwork for a partnership to use Aurora's self-driving system globally in Ram and Fiat...

US-China trade war sparks worries about rare minerals

Jun. 8, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China have sparked worries about the 17 exotic-sounding rare earth minerals needed for high-tech products like robotics, drones and electric cars. China recently raised tariffs to 25% on rare earth exports to the U.S. and has threatened to halt...

GM adds trickier roads to its semi-autonomous driving system

Jun. 5, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is adding 70,000 miles (113,000 kilometers) of roads across the U.S. and Canada to the area where its Cadillac Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system can run, including some with cross traffic similar to those that have confused Tesla's Autopilot system. Currently the GM...

German government expands electric car incentive program

May. 31, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is extending a system of incentives to buy electric cars by 18 months until the end of 2020. The program launched three years ago was supposed to expire at the end of June, but demand for electric cars has remained disappointing. It is backed by a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.3...