California won’t require back-up drivers for self-driving car tests

Uber's self-driving car program won't need drivers in the vehicle under new California regulations.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images It’s the Wild West on California roads. On Monday, the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced it will allow autonomous cars on public roads without an approved driver. That means cars with no one in the driver’s seat can start being tested and driven throughout the state once the regulations go into effect…

February 27, 2018

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick seems unfazed during Waymo-Uber trial

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick testified on day two of the trial between Waymo and Uber.Image: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images Known for his fiery, overly aggressive approach to business, ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick seemed laid back and calm, if maybe a bit nervous while sipping on a water bottle, when he testified in a San Francisco court on Tuesday. Kalanick appeared in U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s courtroom as part…

February 22, 2018

Travis Kalanick gives court details about Uber’s evolving relationship with Google

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick answered a lot of question during Wednesday's Uber-Waymo trial.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of ride-hailing app Uber, let out some laughs, reminisced about old colleagues, and shared his awe over flying cars during several hours of questioning in a San Francisco courtroom this week. Quick overview: Kalanick is one of many witnesses in the trial over autonomous vehicle technology that Waymo,…

February 15, 2018

Here’s what the Waymo-Uber self-driving car trial is all about

Waymo took Uber to court over trade secrets the Google self-driving car company claims were stolen.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images For the next three weeks the autonomous vehicle industry will be in overdrive. Waymo and Uber, the two biggest leaders in self-driving car technology, are battling it out in court. The trial over driverless car trade secrets started Monday in San Francisco’s U.S. District Court exposing some of the inner workings…

February 8, 2018

Crash on L.A. freeway is another reminder that Tesla vehicles are not self-driving cars

Image: tesla Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. A Tesla sedan slammed into a fire truck on Los Angeles’ heavily trafficked 405 freeway, on Monday.  Such an incident on this accident-prone highway wouldn’t normally be newsworthy, but an official Twitter account for the fire department in question reported the driver was…

January 26, 2018