BMW demonstrated its i Hydrogen Next development X5 SUV, a modified gasoline vehicle, at the Frankfurt Auto Show. BMW plans to make a vehicle platform allowing for gas, hybrid and pure electric power, but the altered X5s -- test versions of which could be ready within a few years -- show its commitment to fuel cells as an alternative.
Waymo has long focused on robotaxis, but CEO John Krafcik said Thursday in remarks prepared for the Frankfurt motor show that the company might bring self-driving technology to the trucking industry. Krafcik added that the company has road-tested the Waymo Driver in Class 8 trucks in the US.
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Self-driving car startup Voyage has raised $31 million in a series B round. The company's goal is to provide self-driving cars in communities that need them most -- such as retirement communities -- and CEO Oliver Cameron has noted that the company is approaching its research and development methodically.
Abu Dhabi's toll roads will be active as of Oct. 15, and the United Arab Emirates Department of Transport says electric cars will be exempt from tolling for two years. Tolls of approximately $1.09 will be charged during peak hours, with off-peak tolls of 54 cents.
Ohio, Michigan and Virginia have received millions of dollars in Department of Transportation funding to advance autonomous vehicle testing and research. Ohio's Department of Transportation will use the money to bring automated transportation products on highways and rural roads, the Michigan Mobility Collaborative will develop an automated driving system testing process, and Virginia will focus on automated driving systems in trucks, plus automated vehicle interaction.