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Uber vehicle in autonomous mode kills pedestrian in Ariz.; pilot programs suspended

UPDATED: 3/19/18 6:54 pm ET -- adds details

An Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode in Tempe, Ariz., struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street Sunday night. Uber has suspended pilots in all cities following the deadly accident.

Uber halts AV tests in Toronto after company's driverless car kills pedestrian in Ariz.

Uber has voluntarily stopped testing autonomous vehicles in Toronto after one of the ride-hailing service's driverless vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz.

Volvo dealers worried about subscription models

Volvo's new subscription service and its plans for its Lynk & CO brand to sell vehicles directly to consumers have stirred unrest among the Swedish automaker's approximately 300 U.S. dealers.

UAW vs. Tesla: It's on

UAW complaints, combined with production problems, could make it easier for the union to organize Tesla plants, experts say.

Quick Shift: Waymo launches driverless rides in Arizona

We're wrapping up at SXSW and looking forward to the next autonomous vehicle industry event ... in two weeks.

Magna to invest $200M in Lyft to speed self-driving tech

UPDATED: 3/15/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

Ride-hailing startup Lyft is adding Magna to its long list of investors and partners to deploy and accelerate self-driving technology.

Magna investing $200M in Lyft to speed self-driving tech

UPDATED: 03/15/2018 1:12 pm ET -- Adds kit details

Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with Canadian auto parts giant Magna International to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project.

Tesla targeted by new UAW complaint with U.S. labor board

Tesla is facing another complaint from the UAW over allegations that it retaliated against workers involved in unionizing efforts at its factory in Fremont, Calif.

Polestar: Avoiding delays crucial to early success

Satisfying its first customers will be crucial for the new Volvo electrified performance brand, Polestar.

Volvo aims to boost luxury image

Despite falling sedan sales, Volvo hopes to boost S60 sales by 5,000 cars a year with redesigned model.

Polestar looks to turn curiosity into cash

Showing the production-spec version of the Polestar 1 for the first time, the performance brand born out of Volvo Cars said it would begin taking deposits for the vehicle March 13.

SF Motors begins autonomous vehicle testing on U.S. roads

As it prepares to introduce its first vehicle this month, Chinese startup SF Motors has begun to test its autonomous vehicle technology on California and Michigan roads.

A community built for cars of the future

Establishing an Internet-connected residential and work area should provide Bosch and its real estate partner with data about how a connected community functions.

Cadillac chief touts measured approach to Super Cruise

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen says the brand's slow-and-steady approach to semiautonomous technology allowed it to win the race to hands-free driving.

Rivals wary of Uber's latest ambitions

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is spearheading an aggressive expansion into public transportation.

Tesla expects to hit cap for federal tax credits in 2018

UPDATED: 2/23/18 5:10 pm ET - adds details

Tesla said it will likely sell its 200,000th vehicle this year -- the volume cap at which the $7,500 federal tax incentive for electric vehicles begins to be phased out.

Bosch establishes new mobility services division

Robert Bosch is joining the wave of suppliers shifting their organizational structures to brace for massive industry changes.

A designated driver for the driverless car

Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck.

Tesla's scramble for lithium

Tesla's talks to invest in a lithium supplier indicate automakers have a long road ahead to secure a steady supply of the metal to support the mass production of electric vehicles.

Uber pays Waymo $245 million to settle

The settlement agreement stipulates that Uber may not use Waymo's hardware or software intellectual property.

Uber vs. Waymo: Battle for founder status

Waymo's lawsuit was about staking its claim as a founder of self-driving cars. The details that emerged this week show just how coveted founder status can be in Silicon Valley.

Uber reaches $245 million settlement with Waymo in midst of trial

UPDATED: 2/9/18 2:33 pm ET - adds details

Five days into the landmark lawsuit brought by Waymo against Uber, the two companies said they have reached a settlement. The settlement calls for Uber to pay Waymo $244.8 million in the form of stock -- or 0.

Tesla posts wider Q4 loss, sees 'sustained' improvement in '18

UPDATED: 2/7/18 9:54 pm ET

The company has posted only two profitable quarters since going public but told investors Wednesday at some point in 2018 it expected "to begin generating positive quarterly operating income on a sustained basis."

Former Uber CEO Kalanick says relationship with 'big brother' Google soured

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick once thought of Google as a "big brother." He later decided to start Uber's own autonomous vehicle development after repeated requests for meetings were ignored.

Former Uber employee's notes provide window into internal tensions

The short notes show former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick calling for "cheat codes."

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