Autonomous Cars Need Tougher Batteries, Lithium-ion Pioneer Says

Battery makers must rethink their technology if predictions for a wave of self-driving vehicles pan out, according to one of the inventors of the lithium-ion battery. In addition to focusing on making batteries more powerful to extend the driving range of single-owner...

Many EVs On the Way, But Few Buyers Await

Automakers with ambitious plans to roll out more than a hundred new battery-powered models in the next five years appear to be forgetting one little thing: Drivers aren’t yet buzzed about the new technology. Electric cars -- which today comprise only 1 percent of auto...

Bad Weather, Traffic Are True Tests for Robotic Cars

It’s one thing for a self-driving car to navigate the sunny freeways around Phoenix. It’s another thing entirely to survive the streets of Manhattan or Detroit, much less in a snowstorm. That’s why industry experts are watching where carmakers, automotive suppliers...

Self-driving CEO Sees 2018 as Dawn of Robotaxis, Delivery Cars

Self-driving vehicles will be ready to roll next year, though the work to make them affordable to individual consumers is still "in the first inning," according to the CEO of a company working on the technology. Initial autonomous auto customers will be businesses...

Senators Search for Path to Bring Self-driving Legislation to a Vote

The U.S. Senate sponsors of legislation governing self-driving cars are searching for an expedited way to get a floor vote after momentum on the bill stalled in recent weeks. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and top Democrats are pulsing members...