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Public transit vs. self-driving cars

This week, a political battle is brewing in New York, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just won't go away and researchers are dressing up like car seats.

Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevy Bolt: How they compare

UPDATED: 8/6/17 11:46 pm ET - corrects Model 3 length

Which of these is the better buy? In the green-car market, any long-range, battery-powered vehicle has to compete on the smallest of details and specs.

Carmakers play matchmaker, Elon's euphoria, a solar car

Tesla dominated the week's conversation, but we've got more from carmaker anxiety in Traverse City, legislative deliberation in Washington D.C. and a hubris-check in Silicon Valley.

Don't fear autonomous, Waymo targets Uber's lawyers, and Lyft's taco controversy

Federal legislation would allow hundreds of thousands of self-driving cars on public roads while the technologies still in development. Don't freak out.

Everything but autonomous, net neutrality and Uber's 'Game of Thrones'

Caught skipping out on transportation Twitter? We've been there. Here's our round-up of the best insights, strange news and everything else to catch-up on this weekend.

Does Lyft deserve praise or ridicule?

This week Mobility Report discusses if Lyft deserved the ire of the internet when it touted a new service suspiciously similar to traditional, fixed-route buses.

What happens if the Tesla Model 3 flops?

In our first reading group, we talk Tesla, CEO Elon Musk, the Model 3 and what needs to happen to make the company worth its valuation.

ZF and Hella seek 'easy and open' alliance

The deal, which focuses on radar and camera technology critical to self-driving vehicles, is "three sheets of paper," says ZF CEO Stefan Sommer.

Self-driving test ends in delicious tragedy

Sometimes inventors need to get a little silly with their experiments.

ZF, Hella form partnership to boost self-driving sensors business

ZF said it is collaborating with fellow German component supplier Hella to develop radar and camera technology in a bid to bolster its autonomous system portfolio.

What cities want from mobility

Can mobility be for everyone? In the season finale of our podcast, we explore the social responsibility required of new mobility ventures, and zoom in on one company's efforts to make ground in the city that birthed the...

Waymo looks into autonomous trucks

The self-driving car company said autonomous trucks could reduce tens of thousands of deaths each year.

Holman, Cox plan national rollout for Flexdrive

The dealer group and partner Cox are preparing for a future that could rely less and less on personal car ownership.

Cox, Holman team up on subscription sales model

Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises are teaming up toexpand a retail vehicle-subscription service dubbed Flexdrive.

BMW adds Delphi as autonomous development partner

UPDATED: 5/16/17 11:34 am ET - adds details

BMW added Delphi as a new partner in its development of advanced autonomous systems, signaling a new stage in bringing self-driving cars to market by 2021.

The moral quandary frustrating autonomous advocates

Self-driving cars: The solution to preventable traffic deaths or dystopian robot killers... or both? In our latest podcast episode, we investigate the contradictory ways the public talks about autonomous tech.

Learning the language of driving

How will you know when a self-driving car will be about to slam on its brakes? In the latest episode of "Futurismo," we investigate how car designers are developing the language self-driving cars will use to exchange...

Tune in, keep up with car of the future

In the first half of Season 2 of the podcast series "Futurismo," Automotive News explores the challenges of designing self-driving cars around human needs and reactions.

NASCAR racer embraces self-driving tech

A racer urges NASCAR to embrace advanced autonomous drive technologies.

Will disruptors of the taxi market become disruptees?

Uber and Lyft and the like have turned the taxi industry on its head in a few short years. Now the industry looks like it may be disrupted again, this time by automakers.

How to go from next-gen tech to public failure

At the dawn of auto safety, one inventor wanted to do his part to save lives. Instead, his invention sparked a public backlash and went down in history as a quintessential case of why technology fails.

Quanergy's $250 lidar to be produced later this year

The Mobileye/Intel deal on Monday shows how hot the lidar business has become in Silicon Valley.

Security experts shrug off CIA memo that mentioned Canada's BlackBerry QNX

UPDATED: 3/15/17 10:41 am ET - corrected

A CIA memo from 2014, briefly indicated the agency was considering exploring how to hack into cars remotely, specifically mentioning Canada's BlackBerry QNX software. Security experts have shrugged it off.

Security experts shrug off CIA memo

UPDATED: 3/15/17 10:39 am ET - corrected

A CIA memo dated Oct. 23, 2014, briefly indicated the agency was considering exploring how to hack into cars remotely. The revelation resulted in a lot of panicky headlines, but security experts have shrugged it off.

Engineer models path from hobbyist to self-driving cars

After graduating from the University of Utah, Joshua Smith was employed by a boutique racing firm run by a husband-and-wife team who are former auto executives.