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Minnesota transportation officials are looking to autonomous buses to boost the state's public transportation capacity  with the Minneapolis (pictured)-Saint Paul area expected to double in population by 2040.

Even in Cold Weather, Minnesota Has Warm Welcome for Self-Driving Buses

by Bridget Clerkin on

Residents of the North Star State are hoping a new project there will prove that Minnesota is no fair-weather friend of driverless technology. The state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) recently approved a plan to bring self-driving buses to its roads. The venture could benefit Minnesotans on several fronts, involving their state in the competitive field […]

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Popular rideshare service Uber is adding tipping, and a suite of other features, in an attempt to enhance its appeal to drivers.
Helpful Tip: Uber Adds Gratuity Option by Allison Perrine on

After years of requesting a tipping option, Uber drivers are finally getting what they’ve wanted.  On June 20, the popular rideshare service released a tipping feature in three U.S. cities—Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston—and vowed to enhance its system to further benefit drivers with additional features such as protection insurance and more. The tipping feature is […]

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The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt has been implicated in multiple collisions as the autonomous technology learns to navigate humans.
Self-Driving Car Hits Cyclist in San Francisco by Bridget Clerkin on

It’s been just over three months since California proposed looser testing regulations on self-driving vehicles, and already the state has seen several accidents involving the autonomous autos. On May 25th, a bicyclist traveling in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood collided with a self-driving car, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The […]

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What makes an autonomous vehicle? U.S. and international safety agencies have defined six levels of autonomy.
Leveling Up: How Our Cars Will Turn from Servants to Savants by Bridget Clerkin on

What’s in a word? When it comes to the way the federal government looks at autonomous vehicles, more than you may think. To help facilitate the robotic takeover of our driving skills, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently adopted a set of definitions meant to chart our cars’ evolution from something we drive […]

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