Insurtech Geared to Autonomous Vehicle Coverage Grabs $5 Million in Funding

Article 0 Comments A startup focused on rewarding drivers and fleet owners that use autonomous vehicles and semi-autonomous car safety features has raised $5 million in seed funding. California-based Avinew’s technology uses artificial intelligence and telematics to gather driving data that can tell when a vehicle is in autopilot mode […]

Driverless Shuttle Making Debut in Utah State Capitol

Article 0 Comments A driverless public shuttle is expected to make its Utah debut this year as state officials test the possibilities of autonomous vehicles. The Salt Lake Tribune reported the shuttle that holds about a dozen people is expected to begin operating in February at the state Capitol. It […]

California Highway Patrol May Have Used Tesla Autopilot to Stop Speeding Car

Article 1 Comments The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep. The CHP says officers attempted to stop the Tesla Model S, which was doing about 70 mph on a highway early Friday in […]

Can Commercial Auto Insurers Get to Profit Before Autonomous Vehicles Arrive?

Article 0 Comments Commercial auto insurance hasn’t produced an industrywide combined ratio below 105 in the United States since 2010, according to a Guy Carpenter analysis, which says the line’s poor performance is a key factor in overall property/casualty underwriting results. “It is an open question regarding which will arrive […]

Federal Safety Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving School Bus Test

Article 0 Comments The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle, as the testing could be putting them at “inappropriate” risk. Transdev’s use of its EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle in […]

Volvo Offers Self-Driving Truck with No Cab as Way to Address Shortage of Drivers

Article 0 Comments Sweden’s Volvo, the world’s second-biggest truck maker, presented a new self-driving electric truck on Wednesday, which it said should help respond to the boom in e-commerce and a shortage of freight drivers. Volvo said the truck, which does not have a driver’s cab, was still under development […]

Correction: Safety Agency Orders Firm to Stop Selling Tesla Warning Reduction Feature

Article 2 Comments Correction: An earlier headline on this article incorrectly identified the product as Tesla’s. It is not; it is made by an aftermarket firm. Tesla supports the move to end sales of the product. Insurance Journal regrets the error. The Autopilot Buddy is marketed as a “nag reduction […]

Self-Driving Waymo Part of 5-Vehicle Crash in Arizona

Article 0 Comments Mesa police say a self-driving vehicle was among five cars involved in a collision, but no serious injuries were reported. The driver of the Waymo vehicle told authorities that the car wasn’t in autonomous mode at the time of Saturday night’s crash. Witnesses say a car failed […]

Insurer Planning to Wed Couple Inside Driverless Vehicle in Vegas

Article 0 Comments AAA Nevada is hoping to set a world record by throwing what is believed to be the first wedding held inside a driverless vehicle. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports would-be brides and grooms can submit an online essay explaining why they deserve a free wedding aboard AAA’s […]

Driver Had Hands off Wheel in Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash in California

Article 0 Comments The driver of a Tesla Inc. Model X car using Autopilot did not have his hands on the steering wheel in the six seconds before a fatal crash in California in March, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB said in a preliminary report […]