Media News

Here are some news concerning self driving vehicles and innovative urban transport. Please be aware that these are mostly from the public media and we do not validate the scientific or economic reality of the contents. However, they can be used as “weak signals” to forecast what may come in the future…

February 26, 2020: Self-driving shuttle company ordered to stop carrying passengers after injury (The Verge)

February 25, 2020: Toyota steers $400 million to self-driving startup (The Verge)

February 22, 2020: Autonomous Ridehailing Could Be More Profitable Than We Had Modeled (SelfDrivingCars-360)

February 14, 2020: Tesla vehicles confirmed to be used in Elon Musk’s Boring Company Las Vegas Loop (Electrek)

January 22, 2020: Chinese driverless buses to hit European streets for first time (Tecnode)

January 21, 2020: GM Cruise unveils self-driving electric car for ride sharing (Electrec)

January 10, 2020: Why Creating An AV Business Is 10,000 Times Harder Than Building Self-Driving Tech (Forbes)

January 7, 2020: Behind the Scenes With Aptiv’s Self-Driving Car Nerve Center at CES 2020 (Extreme Tech)

December 9, 2019: Waymo’s driverless car: ghost-riding in the back seat of a robot taxi (The Verge)

December 4, 2019: Alibaba-financed AutoX wants to test self-driving cars without humans (Road & Show)

November 14, 2019: A New Approach to Autonomy (Medium)

November 14, 2019: Daimler takes ‘reality check’ on robotaxis (Reuters)

July 25, 2019: Navya abandons plans to enter fully-autonomous vehicle market (Autonomous Veh.)

May 7, 2019: GM’s self-driving division Cruise raises another $1.15 billion (The Verge)

April 18, 2019: Uber announces $1 billion investment into its self-driving car group, weeks before going public (CNBC)

April 18, 2019: Tesla spotted filming self-driving demo ahead of autonomy/Tesla Network event (Electrek)

April 12, 2019: Inside SoftBank’s push to rule the road (Automotive News)

April 12, 2019: California to allow testing of light-duty self-driving trucks (The Verge)

March 25, 2019: Mobileye, Nvidia AV Safety Models Collide (EETimes)

March 16, 2019: How Waymo Cars Create Trust (Thelastlicenceholder)

March 13, 2019: Safer roads: new EU measures to reduce car accidents (Europa News)

March 6, 2019: Waymo Starts Selling Sensors to Lower Cost of Self-Driving Cars (Bloomberg)

March 5, 2019: AV Safety Ventures Beyond ISO 26262 (EE Times)

February 21, 2019: Waymo self-driving cars can now respond to traffic cops’ hand signals (RoadShow)

February 19, 2019: Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020 (Wired)

February 14, 2019: Google’s Waymo risks repeating Silicon Valley’s most famous blunder (ArsTechnica)

February 11, 2019: Mobility-as-a Service pioneer moovel: 6.5 million users, growth rate of 69% (Moovel)

January 29, 2019: Robotaxis: Can Automakers Catch Up With Google in Driverless Cars? (Financial Time)

January 29, 2019: Don’t Trust the Robot Driving Your Car (Electronics Engineering)

January 28, 2019: Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations (Wired)

January 15, 2019: No driver, no problem? The future of automation by Gilbert Gagnaire (Medium)

January 3, 2019: Tesla leaks info about new self-driving computer in latest software update (Electrek)

January 3, 2019: DoorDash and GM’s Cruise team up to pilot food delivery via self-driving cars (RocketNews)

January 1, 2019: No Olli for Knoxville: City hits the brakes on self-driving buses (KnoxNews)

December 12, 2018: People Are Road Raging At Waymo’s Self-Driving Cars (Futurism)

December 21, 2018: Driverless Cars Will Be the Biggest Investment Write-Off Ever (Thestreet)

December 05, 2018: Waymo One: World’s First Robotaxi-Service Officially Launches (ThelastDriver)

November 30, 2018: Ready for self-driving future? Sorry, it’s drizzling out (Automotive News)

November 21, 2018: Transdev’s North America CEO on AVs, transit and lessons from Europe (SmartCitiesDive)

November 15, 2018: Here’s What It Takes to Build a Self-Driving Business — And Where We Stand Today (Medium)

November 13, 2018: Waymo CEO: Autonomous cars won’t ever be able to drive in all conditions (CNET)

November 13, 2018: Waymo to Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month (Bloomberg)

October 30, 2018: A Green Light for Waymo’s Driverless Testing in California (Medium)

October 30, 2018: Another Tesla with Autopilot crashed into a stationary object (ArsTechnica)

October 20, 2018: self-driving service doubles down (Automotive News)

October 18, 2018: Why People Keep Rear-Ending Self-Driving Cars (Wired)

September 15, 2015: Powerful Digital Highways for Europe’s Connected and Automated Driving (GSMA)

September 13, 2015: Tesla is in the middle of a huge debate about the future of driving (Business Insiders)

September 4, 2015: Researcher Hacks Self-driving Car Sensors (IEEE Spectrum)

September 4, 2015: Toyota to Invest $50M in Car-Tech Research at Stanford, MIT (NYT)

September 1, 2015: Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers (NYT)

August 14, 2015: Documents confirm Apple is building self-driving car (The Guardian)

August 1, 2015: How Google quietly revved up its very own car company (The Guardian)

July 31, 2015: Tesla’s Self-Driving Cars Are About To Get Smarter (Huffington)

July 28, 2015: The Little-Known Robot Taxi That Could Outrun Google and Uber (Guizmodo)

July 24, 2015: Update: Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after Jeep hack (Computerworld)

July 1, 2015: I Rode 500 Miles in a Self-Driving Car and Saw the Future. It’s Delightfully Dull (Wired)

July 1, 2015: First Aftermarket Autonomous Cars Hit the Road in California (IEEE Spectrum)

June 30, 2015: Holland Opens Some Roads to Robots (IEEE Spectrum)

June 29, 2015: Stanford engineering students teach autonomous cars to avoid obstacles (Stanford)

June 23, 2015: EU‐US talks to show the road ahead for automated vehicles (EU Horizon)

June 18, 2015: Google’s driverless car fleet to double as it prepares for new tests (CIO)

June 12, 2015: MOSI debuts nation’s first driverless vehicle open to public (BayNews)

June 9, 2015: Baidu to launch driverless car later this year (BBC News)

June 1, 2015: Breaking:Hyundai promises fully autonomous cars by 2030 (Emerging Tech)

June 1, 2015: Driverless taxis to become a major form of transport (Horizon)

May 31, 2015: Californians are OK with Google self-driving cars (Emerging Tech)

May 20, 2015: Tesla and liability (CIS)

May 15, 2015: Google’s New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets (CityLab)

May 6, 2015: First Autonomous Semi-Truck Licensed to Drive Itself on Highways (IEEE Spectrum)

May 5, 2015: Automation in Cars: A $100 Billion Market by 2030 (IEEE Spectrum)

May 5, 2015: Driverless cars: 5 not so obvious consequences (Kaspersky)

May 4, 2015: TomTom eyes autonomous cars (Automotive News)

May 2, 2015: Hands-Free Cars Take Wheel, and Law Isn’t Stopping Them (NYTimes)

April 28, 2015: End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile (The Guardian)

April 26, 2015: Driverless cars and the big conundrum (Automotive News)

April 24, 2015: Truck Safety Out of the Box from Autonobox (Driverless Transport)

April 22, 2015: Adelaide Airport flags driverless shuttles (INDaily)

April 18, 2015: Watch: Audi’s self-driving car in action (The Telegraph)

April 3, 2015: Nissan to launch self-driving car in Japan in 2016, Ghosn says (Japan Times)

March 31, 2015: Hyundai Motor seeks to commercialize autonomous driving from 2020 (Korea Herald)

March 30, 2015: Toyota’s low-price safety tech coming to U.S. this year (Automotive News)

March 18, 2015: Some Teslas Will Be Able To Drive Themselves In Just 3 Months (Huff Post)

March 18, 2015: Driverless cars get boost with £100m funding in Budget (The Telegraph)

March 17, 2015: Google found highway automation wasn’t a good idea (Moonshot)

March 13, 2015: Delphi plans coast-to-coast demo of its self-driving car (Finance-Yahoo)

March 10, 2015:  Rinspeed Budii Autonomous Electric Vehicle Concept (Business Wire)

March 5, 2015: Self-Driving Cars Will Be in 30 U.S. Cities by the End of Next Year (Observer)

March 4, 2015: AKKA link&go 2.0 electric self-driving concept designed for future cities (Designboom)

February 26, 2015: Will Nissan Beat Google and Uber to Self-Driving Taxis? (IEEE Spectrum)

February 19, 2015: Volvo Has a “Production-Viable” Autonomous Car (Car and Driver)

February 13, 2015: Driverless car beats racing driver for first time (The Telegraph)

February 11, 2015: Meet the Lutz pod, the UK’s first driverless ‘car'(engadget)

February 11, 2015: Driverless car review launched by UK government (BBC News)

February 11, 2015: UK gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads (Automotive News)

February 10, 2015: Self-driving trucks tested on Dutch highways (NL Times)

February 4, 2015: What Is Apple Doing With Its Mystery Minivans? (SiliconBeat)

February 2, 2015: Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars (TechCrunch)

February 2, 2015: Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it’s great) (ECN)

January 27, 2014: Germany’s A9 autobahn to become test track for self-driving cars (GizMag)

January 27, 2015: Google warns DMV not to over-regulate self-driving cars (Sacramento Business J.)

January 23, 2015: Dutch approve large-scale testing of self-driving cars (PhysOrg)

January 16, 2015: Paving the Way to an Autonomous Future (VIODI)

January 14, 2015: Google driverless cars being built in Livonia (Detroit Free Press)

January 14, 2015: Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car (AutoNews)

January 14, 2015: Self-driving cars: Lower-cost navigation system developed (R&D)

January 13, 2015: University of Michigan builds mini city to test driverless vehicles (ClickOnDetroit)

January 9, 2015: Nissan, NASA to Work on Autonomous Car Technology (ABC News)

January 8, 2015: Autonomous Audi A8 to be offered for sale in 2016 (Supercars)

January 6, 2015: The 1st Self-Driving Ford Is on Its Way (CES 2015)

January 6, 2015: Mercedes reveals F 015 Luxury in Motion concept at CES [w/videos] (AutoBlog)

January 4, 2015: Audi’s 550-mile self-driving gamble (C/Net)

December 25, 2014: LG will build a stereo camera system for driverless Mercedes-Benz cars (The Verge)

December 22, 2014: Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection systems from Nissan and Clarion licensed to Hitachi IM Mining)

December 21, 2014: California Puzzles Over Safety of Driverless Cars (ABC News)

December 20, 2014: Google Seeks Partners for Self-Driving Car (Wall Street J.)

December 19, 2014: Senate Passes Kean Bill to Make NJ a Hub for Driverless Vehicles (NJB)

December 18, 2014: Riding in Audi’s 150MPH self-driving RS 7 (Engadget)

December 5, 2014: Insurer RSA wins driverless car contract in London (ComputerWorldUK)

December 4, 2014: DRIVERLESS PODS: First three to arrive in Milton Keynes in March (MKWEB)

December 3, 2014: Driverless cars set to be tested in four English cities (BBC)

December 1, 2014: Huawei Aims to Create New Communications Architecture For Self-Driving Vehicles (Auto World)

November 27, 2014: Self-Driving Cars Sink the Case for TTIP (Huffington Post)

November 26, 2014: Google teaches its driverless cars to be more AGGRESSIVE (Daily Mail)

November 21, 2014: Robotic Taxis Could Slash Fares in Austin, Texas (IEEE Spectrum)

November 20, 2014: Denso Tests Autonomous Cars on Japan Roads (GPS World)

November 18, 2014: A System That Any Automaker Can Use to Build Self-Driving Cars (Wired)

November 16, 2014: The Unknown Start-up That Built Google’s First Self-Driving Car (IEEE Spectrum)

November 11, 2014: Permits for testing self-driving cars are a hot commodity in California (Fortune)

November 6, 2014: Milton Keynes Driverless Pods Could Revolutionise Town Public Transport (Huffington Post)

October 23, 2014: Why China is more eager for self-driving cars than the West (AutoBlog)

October 21, 2014: First driverless vehicles for the public launched in Singapore (PhysOrg)

October 21, 2014: The autonomous Google car may never actually happen (Slate)

October 20, 2014: Man vs Machine: I raced against Audi’s self-driving RS 7 (SlashGear)

October 12, 2014: Why Self Driving Cars Will Change Retirement (Wall Street J.)

October 3, 2014: Town Built for Driverless Cars (MIT Tech Review)

October 3, 2014: Jaguar joins the race to driverless cars (

October 3, 2014: Can L.A. Kill Traffic With Self-Driving Cars? (NBC News)

September 25, 2014: This Palm-Sized Laser Could Make Self-Driving Cars Way Cheaper (Wired)

September 23, 2014: Daimler ‘Self-Driving Truck’ could hit the roads in next 10 years (TelematicWIRE)

September 19, 2014: Personal Rapid Transit Is Probably Never Going to Happen (CityLab)

September 10, 2014: Time for HONDA to Introduce Self Driving Car (EIF)

September 5, 2014: Robotaxis: nowhere to dominant in 6 years? (Cities21)

August 30, 2014: Look, no hands! I’m in Google’s driverless car (MailOnLine)

August 21, 2014: Volvo driverless cars test centre opens (Motoring Research)

August 6, 2014: Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun) (Slash-Gear)

August 4, 2014: Bosch to sell laser-based radar by ’20 (Automotive News)

July 31, 2014: Boris Johnson tries to distance himself from idea of driverless London buses (Guardian)

July 30, 2014: Forget the Google Car, get an S-Class and a Coke (Road&Track)

July 30, 2014: Driverless cars get green light for testing on public roads in UK (Guardian)

July 24, 2014: How We Gave Sight to the Mercedes Robotic Car (IEEE Spectrum)

July 23, 2014: Google Dominates Autonomous Cars Influence as Automakers Lag Behind (Forbes)

July 22, 2014: Google Takes the Self-Driving Wheel From Nissan (Bloomberg)

When will you be able to buy a driverless car? (MojoMotors)

July 15, 2014: Millennials Want Apps, Not Cars (Bloomberg)

July 2, 2014: le gouvernement va autoriser des expérimentations dès 2015 (Les Echos)

July 1, 2014: Start-up offers aftermarket kit for autonomous Audi cruising (Gizmag)

June 23, 2014: Driverless Cars For $10,000? This Startup Is Challenging Google (Forbes)

June 20, 2014: German carmakers consider black box recorders for self-drive cars (KFGO)

June 20, 2014: Netherlands wants to approve large-scale self-driving car test (Automotive IT)

June 19, 2014: Japanese Manufacturers Hot on the Tail of US/European Firms in Self-Driving Cars (Nikkei Tech)

June 18, 2014: 2030 May Be The Year They’ll Take Your Driver’s License Away (Huff Tech)

June 17, 2014: New laws to be drawn up to allow driverless cars on Britain’s roads (Mail Online)

June 16, 2014: Dutch govt to support testing of self-drive cars (Telecompaper)

June 3, 2014: Sentosa could be a trial site for driverless car fleet (Channel News Asia)

May 30, 2014: How Google got states to legalize driverless cars (22 News)

May 30, 2014: Lazy Humans Shaped Google’s New Autonomous Car (MIT Tech Review)

May 29: Staggering toll: Car crashes cost $871 billion a year (USA Today)

May 28, 2014: Google’s New Self-Driving Car Has No Steering Wheel, No Brakes. (Forbes) – with video.

May 27, 2014: Google is to start building its own self-driving cars (BBC)

May 19, 2014: Cars could drive themselves sooner than expected after European push (Reuters)

May 15, 2014: The Trick That Makes Google’s Self-Driving Cars Work (The Atlantic)

May 7, 2014: Driverless Cars Are Coming, Whether We Want Them or Not (Time)

May 4, 2014: Politics begins to steer driverless car’s future (Automotive News)

April 28, 2014: The First Look at How Google’s Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets (Atlantic Cities)

April 23, 2014: Driverless cars can’t come soon enough (Washington Post)

April 18, 2014: Driverless vehicles will force us to rethink car ownership (Washington Post)

April 17, 2014: Could Robotaxis Replace Private Cars And Public Transit? (Forbes)

April 16, 2014: Rio Tinto grows driverless truck fleet (IT News Australia)

April 6, 2014: Self-driving cars could keep seniors in the driver’s seat (LA Times)

April 4, 2014: Our Ultimate Driverless Car Report Card (FC)

April 2, 2014: Driverless Parking for Tomorrow’s Vehicles (Science World Report)

April 1, 2014 (!): The Practical Path to Driverless Cars (Atlantic Cities)

March 21, 2014: University of Michigan approves design for $6.5M test track for autonomous vehicles (UM)

March 19, 2014: Driverless taxi pods considered by Glasgow Airport (CIHT)

March 18, 2014: Can We Put a Price on Autonomous Driving? (MIT Tech Review)

March 3, 2014: Video: The future of driverless transport is hiding at Heathrow (City AM)

January 22, 2014: Stanford, MIT to carpool with Ford on driverless technology (Detroit News)

January 22, 2014: Ford Joins Tesla, Google In Self-Driving Cars Race (

January 16, 2014: Daventry to compete with Milton Keynes for £10m UK prize fund? (LT Today)

January 15, 2014: Google’s Car Guru Talks About a Future of Wildly Safe Roads (Wired)

January 9, 2014 : At CES 2014, the cars drive you (CNET)

January 8, 2014 : 10 Autonomous Driving Companies To Watch (FC)

December 23, 2013 : Zoox – a new car design for autonomous vehicles (Driving the Nation)

December 17, 2013 : A Pilot Project to Safely Test Autonomous Vehicles (Ontario)

December 14, 2013 : 2014 Rinspeed XchangE Concept (TopSpeed)

December 12, 2013: Will The Google Car Force A Choice Between Lives And Jobs? (Forbes)

December 12, 2013 : Ford joins driverless car stampede (Automotive News)

December 11, 2013: Why Google’s Driverless Car Is Evil (ReadWrite)

December 9, 2013 : La ruée des constructeurs automobile vers la voiture sans chauffeur (Les Echos)

December 9, 2013 : Millennials Pushing Development of Driverless Vehicles (Detroit Bureau)

December 9, 2013 : SMART Driverless golf cart provides a glimpse into a future of autonomous vehicles (MIT Tech)

December 8, 2013 : Proposed rules for self-driving cars drafted by California regulators (Los Angeles Times)

December 6, 2013 : Uber Might Be More Valuable Than Facebook Someday. Here’s Why (New York News & Politics)

December 6, 2013 : Bringing Safety to Autonomous Driving (Intel)

December 5, 2013: UK government paves way for driverless cars (BBC)

December 4, 2013 : Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android (New York Times)

December 4, 2013 : DMV proposes regulations to test self-driving cars (TechWire)

December 2, 2013 : Volvo “Drive Me” project brings 100 autonomous cars to the road (Slash Gear)

November 28, 2013 : Dutch test self-driving cars, predict they’ll be on sale by 2020 (Dutch News)

November 26, 2013 : Nissan self-driving car begins real-world testing (Slash-Gear)

November 22, 2013 : Official draft of H2020 European Research Programme is now on line (EU)

November 21, 2013 : L’autopartage de demain sera électrique et autonome (Avere)

November 19, 2013 : Honda MC-B shoots for Renault Twizy and adds autonomous drive (GoAuto)

November 20, 2013 : L.A. Auto Show: When can we expect our cars to drive themselves? (LA Times)

November 18, 2013 : Michigan poised to approve self-driving vehicle testing (Detroit News)

November 18, 2013: Hands-off: 2014 Infiniti Q50 can steer for long stretches without your help (CarTech)

November 17, 2013 : Auto Correct. Has the self-driving car at last arrived? (The New Yorker)

November 12, 2013 : Americans Can’t Stay Off the Internet, Even While Driving (The Wire)

November 11, 2013 : University of Michigan sets goal of driverless car network by 2021 (Fox News)

November 10, 2013 : £75m to build cars of the future (UK gvt)

November 8, 2013 The cars we’ll be driving in the world of 2050 (BBC Future)

November 7, 2013 : Milton Keynes Pioneers Driverless Car Scheme (SKY News)

November 4, 2013 : How self-driving cars could transform the rental market (Automotive News)

November 1, 2013 : Survey: Drivers ready to trust robot cars? (

October 28, 2013: Honda unveils driverless parking system for electric cars (ERTICO Communications)

October 25, 2013: Data Shows Google’s Robot Cars Are Smoother, Safer Drivers Than You or I (MIT Tech Review)

October 22, 2013 : Driverless Cars Are Further Away Than You Think… (MIT Tech Review)

October 8, 2013 : The Ethics of Autonomous Cars (The Atlantic)

October 1, 2013 : VRA project – Concertation Workshop on Automation, (iMobility News)

September 30, 2013 : Driverless Carts Are Coming Sooner Than Driverless Cars. (The Volokh Conspiracy)

September 26, 2013 : Nissan Leaf with advanced-driver assist to begin public road tests in Japan (Autoweek)

September 25, 2013 : Nice clip about BMW’s activities in driverless cars and some consumer research data (CNBC)

September 24, 2013 : Rome reclaims its streets (Eltis)

September 19, 2013 : Delphi demoes autonomous car technologies at new Silicon Valley facility (CNET)

September 18, 2013 : Driverless cars on the streets by 2020 says Carlos Ghosn (Euronews)

September 17, 2013 : Tesla enters race to build self-driving car (Reuters)

September 10, 2013 : Mercedes-Benz reveals recent test of self-driving car (Los Angeles Times)

September 6, 2013: VIPA experimentation at the CHU in Clermont-Fd (Ligier)

August 27, 2013 : Nissan Announces Unprecedented Autonomous Drive (Nissan)

August 19, 2013: Hitting The Road Without A Driver (All Tech Considered)

August 16, 2013 : NTU to trial Singapore’s first driverless vehicle on the roads (NTU News)

August 8, 2013: Hackers Offer Advice To Automakers On How To Prevent Attacks (AOL Autos)

August 5, 2013 : New S-Class takes the lead with self-driving tech (CNET)

April 15, 2013 : Automated Vehicles are Probably Legal in the United States by Bryant Walker Smith (Stanford)

April 2, 2013 : Toshiba launches Visconti3 line of image recognition processors for automotive applications (GCG)

March 27, 2013 : Meet Ropits, the Japanese robot car that drives itself (Guardian)

March 5, 2013 : Is This Why Google Doesn’t Want You to Drive? (MIT Tech Review)

February 14, 2013 : Robotcar: Latest Driver-less Vehicle Unveiled (SkyNews)

May 12, 2012 : Volvo Developing Accident-Avoiding Self-Driving Cars for the Year 2020 (Inhabitat)