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Who will win the self-driving race? Here are eight possibilities

Enlarge Emanuel M Schwermer The self-driving technology industry is in a strange state right now. A number of companies have been pouring millions of dollars into self-driving technology for years, and many of them have prototype self-driving vehicles that seem to work. Yet I know of only one company—Waymo—that has launched a fully driverless commercial …

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Cruise industry salty over CDC plan to keep travelers safe from COVID at sea

Enlarge / YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – FEBRUARY 10: A member of the media wears a face mask while walking past the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Getty | Carl Court The cruise industry is rather salty about the latest federal guidance for safe pandemic sailing, calling it “burdensome” and “unworkable. “ The new guidance is an updated …

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Another self-driving startup got gobbled up by incumbents

Enlarge / Cruise CTO Kyle Vogt and Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron. Voyage Two weeks ago, I wrote about reports that Cruise—a self-driving venture co-owned by GM and Honda—was on the verge of buying startup Voyage. Now it’s official: Cruise is acquiring Voyage. Voyage’s strategy was to launch its first self-driving taxi service at the Villages, …

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Microsoft teams up with Cruise and GM on self-driving cars

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Cruise and GM have enlisted an important ally in their quest to make self-driving cars a practical reality. The two have entered a “long-term strategic relationship” with Microsoft to speed up the commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Cruise will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to deliver self-driving tech “at scale,” while Microsoft will …

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Cruise says it’s started driverless testing—I’m skeptical

Enlarge Cruise Cruise, the self-driving company that counts Honda and GM as major shareholders, has begun testing self-driving Chevy Bolts with no one in the driver’s seat, the company announced on Wednesday. A safety operator in the passenger seat has the ability to stop the car in an emergency but not “traditional driver controls,” according …

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Caribbean cruise COVID outbreak expands; Cruise line cancels voyages

Enlarge / A SeaDream cruise liner sailing into the sunset. Courtesy of SeaDream Yacht Club Plans for luxury cruises have quickly—and perhaps predictably—run aground in the Caribbean. Cruise ship-operator SeaDream Yacht Club this week canceled all voyages for the rest of the year after one of its ships—the first to resume sailing in the region …

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Cruise will soon hit San Francisco with no hands on the wheel

Enlarge / Cruise has been testing its self-driving cars, with safety drivers, in San Francisco for about five years. Andrej Sokolow | Getty Images Last week, Waymo, the self-driving-vehicle developer owned by Alphabet, expanded a first-of-its-kind service offering rides to paying passengers around Phoenix—with no one behind the wheel. Videos shared by Waymo and others …

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