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Google self-driving car has "some responsibility" in bus accident

In February 2016, one of Google's self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs, operating in autonomous mode, collided at low speed with a bus. Unlike previous incidents on public roads involving the search giant's fleet of self-driving cars, the internet giant is claiming a share of the responsibility...

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Google’s autonomous car project is on a recruitment rampage
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Google’s autonomous car project is on a recruitment rampage

Google may not have plans to build its anticipated autonomous car on its own, but a long list of new job openings confirm it is planning to take a direct hand in most of the pre-production work. A full 36 positions were listed by the Google X research and development arm of Google’s newly launched parent company Alphabet, which is responsible for all of the tech giant’s experimental projects...


Ford to build Google’s driverless car - report
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Ford to build Google’s driverless car - report

The question of whether Google will build its upcoming driverless vehicles directly or partner with an existing carmaker appears to have been answered, with reports this week that the company has struck a deal with Ford. Google has been remarkably open about its ongoing development of self-driving vehicle technology, with the company's logo appearing on prototype vehicles since 2012...


California proposes strict rules for driverless vehicles: Google ‘gravely disappointed’
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California proposes strict rules for driverless vehicles: Google ‘gravely disappointed’

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released a draft of possible new regulations that could affect the development and marketing of autonomous vehicles. The California DMV claims that its draft rules, released for public comment this week, are aimed at ensuring the safety of all road users while still promoting the continued development of driverless car technology...


Google recruits former Hyundai boss for self-driving project, but swears off manufacturing
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Google recruits former Hyundai boss for self-driving project, but swears off manufacturing

Google has poached the former CEO of Hyundai’s North American operations, John Krafcik, to lead its growing self-driving project - but the company says it has no plans to become a carmaker in its own right. An expert in ‘lean manufacturing’ who cut his teeth at Toyota and Ford, Krafcik was a key figure in Hyundai’s transformation into a big-time player in the American market...


Google self-driving pod vehicle ready for public roads
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Google self-driving pod vehicle ready for public roads

The next-phase of Google's self-driving car project will kick off soon, with the company's in-house designed autonomous vehicle set to hit public roads. So far, Google has only been using its 20-or-so strong fleet of specifically modified, autonomous Lexus RX crossovers on public roads...


Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years
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Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years

Google has confirmed that its fleet of self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents during the programme's six-year life, but not once were its software or drivers at fault. Yesterday we reported that since September 2014 there have been four accidents involving autonomous cars in the state of California...


Google and Apple car development a "wake up call", says Ford
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Google and Apple car development a "wake up call", says Ford

Google and Apple’s much-publicised interest in entering the automotive space is both validating and a “wake up call” for the existing industry, says Ford’s vice-president of research and advanced engineering Ken Washington. Washington made a flying visit to Australia last week for discussions at the Blue Oval’s Melbourne research, design and engineering centre — a site that serves as the blue oval brand’s R&D hub in the entire Asia Pacific region...


Volvo ‘way ahead’ of Google and Audi’s ‘gimmicks’ in autonomous driving
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Volvo ‘way ahead’ of Google and Audi’s ‘gimmicks’ in autonomous driving

Volvo says it has one of the most advanced autonomous driving projects in the world and leads its automotive and technology rivals. Speaking to the Australian media at the launch of the Volvo XC90, the company’s communications manager, Trevor O’Rourke, confirmed the company’s ambitious plans for autonomous cars...


Google talking to suppliers, car makers about producing self-driving vehicle
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Google talking to suppliers, car makers about producing self-driving vehicle

The project leader for Google's autonomous car project has said that any production vehicle from the internet company would need to be produced in association with an established car maker. Late last week, Chris Urmson, the leader of Google's self-driving car project, spoke at the Automotive News World Congress...


Google self-driving car revealed in production guise
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Google self-driving car revealed in production guise

The long-awaited Google self-driving car has been uncovered with the technology company claiming it is "the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined". Described as "the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype", the cutesy two-door, high-topped hatchback (pictured top) may look mighty similar to the "mockup" version seen in May (pictured below), but it now features several legally required items...