British people are the least supportive in their attitude towards driverless cars or partially autonomous vehicles, compared to consumers in the US, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a new study. The research by law firm Kennedys found that fewer than a third of UK respondents (28%) support the idea of fully autonomous vehicles, compared to 75% in China and 81% in Hong Kong.
Self-driving car developer Cruise has announced that it will delay the rollout of a fully driverless service in San Francisco, beyond an original target of 2019. In a blog post, Dan Ammann, CEO of the GM-backed company, said that Cruise would significantly increase its testing and validation miles this year, "which has the effect of carrying the timing of fully driverless deployment beyond the end of the year".
Ridesharing firm Lyft announced this week that it is releasing a subset of its autonomous driving data, the Level 5 Dataset, which it says is the largest publicly released dataset of its kind. The company hopes to level the playing field for researchers interested in autonomous technology, and will launch a competition to incentivise research into self-driving vehicles.
Bosch and Daimler have received approval for a driverless parking system that the companies say is the world’s first fully automated driverless parking function to be approved by authorities. The automated valet parking system can be operated via a smartphone app and will be used in the parking garage of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in the German city of Stuttgart.