A senior Toyota Motor Corp. executive is urging the federal government to keep states from setting their own autonomous vehicle rules, something carmakers say could threaten the emerging industry with a patchwork of contradictory regulations.
For the past year, Google's car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring self-driving technology experts. Another force pushing people out? Money. A lot of it.
Tesla Inc. started testing four self-driving cars on California’s public roads late last year, a milestone for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk who has promised to demonstrate an autonomous road trip from Los Angeles to New York by the end of 2017.
Daimler AG, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, has struck an agreement with Uber Technologies Inc. to include the German company’s self-driving vehicles on its ride-hailing network in the “coming years.”