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Uber’s Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Crash

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber said its autonomous vehicles returned to public roads on Thursday, nine months after one of its self-driving cars killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. But Uber’s driverless vehicles are operating at drastically reduced speeds and in less challenging environments than before, the company said, as it …

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A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical Uses

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Last Thursday morning in the desert town of Scottsdale, Ariz., a tiny robotic car turned onto a neighborhood street and pulled up to a home with a Spanish-tiled roof and synthetic grass in the front yard. Not even half the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, the toylike …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Are Set to Return in a Downsized Test

SAN FRANCISCO — Eight months after one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian, the ride-hailing company is close to putting its autonomous vehicles back on the road in a drastically reduced version of earlier efforts. Uber was driving its autonomous vehicles on public roads in four cities …

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G.M.’s President Will Take Over Its Self-Driving Effort

General Motors said Thursday that its president, Dan Ammann, would take on a new role as chief executive of Cruise, the G.M. division working to develop and commercialize self-driving cars. The Cruise unit was formed when G.M. acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based start-up, for more than $1 billion in …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Social Media Ugliness Hits Home

The big social networks have, of course, been trying to confront the spread of divisive news and misinformation on their platforms. Facebook’s quarterly financial results, which it announced on Tuesday, showed a slowdown in revenue that appears to have been caused, at least in part, by the company’s efforts to …

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Urban Planning Guru Says Driverless Cars Won’t Fix Congestion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Peter Calthorpe thinks Silicon Valley has it all wrong. He rejects the ideas of tech industry visionaries who say personal autonomous vehicles will soon be the solution to urban problems like traffic congestion. Mr. Calthorpe is a Berkeley-based urban planner who is one of the creators …

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Uber and Lyft Charge Toward Potential I.P.O.s Next Year

Uber and Lyft have for years battled for customers in the fast-growing ride-hailing business. Now the bitter rivals may fight for investors in their initial public offerings. Uber has received proposals from the investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs that say the technology giant could be worth as much …

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Honda Putting $2.75 Billion Into G.M.’s Self-Driving Venture

G.M. acquired Cruise, then called Cruise Automation, in 2016 for a reported $1 billion in cash, stock and incentive compensation. It has since added other properties to the effort. A year ago, it bought Strobe, a company that specializes in laser-imaging technology, and folded it into Cruise. Rather than go …

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