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China’s Baidu being probed after CEO tests driverless car on public roads

BEIJING: Baidu, China's biggest search engine provider, is under investigation to determine whether it had broken any laws after its chief executive tested a driverless car on public roads, Beijing's traffic police said on Thursday. The firm, China's answer to Alphabet's Google, is taking a leading role in the development of self-driving cars in China and beyond. It unveiled a broad alliance for self-driving cars on Wednesday as it aims to get such vehicles on the road in China by 2019. But Baidu may now face sanctions…

Renault-Nissan CEO says excited by “connected” driverless car future

LISBON: The most exciting part of the technology in driverless cars will be the one spent in the extra two hours drivers will gain per day when they no longer have to sit behind the wheel, the chief executive of Renault-Nissan said on Tuesday. Speaking to Reuters at the Web Summit being held this week in Lisbon, Carlos Ghosn said the extra two hours - the average time spent by drivers behind the wheel worldwide - will open an entire new world of technological possibilities. "The most exciting technology is the…

Driverless car in Singapore collides with truck, no injuries

Pulau Ujong: A self-driving car being tested on Singapore public roads collided with a truck on Tuesday, the city-state's transport regulator said, adding that no one was hurt. "The test vehicle was changing lane when it collided with a truck," the Land Transport Authority said in a Facebook post. nuTonomy, which is developing and testing the technology, said the car was operating with two engineers onboard and traveling slowly. Countries around the world are encouraging the development of autonomous technologies, and…

Driverless car tested on UK streets for the first time

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND: With the steering wheel turning on its own and radar and camera technology guiding it, a driverless car took to Britain's streets for the first time on Tuesday, as part of trials aimed at getting autonomous vehicles onto the roads by 2020. The electric-powered pod - like a small two-seater car - navigated its way around a pedestrianized area in the southern English town of Milton Keynes at 5 miles (8km) per hour, turning corners and stopping as pedestrians crossed its path. The government is…