Stories by Joann Muller

Exclusive: GM CEO Mary Barra on the race to be first with self-driving cars

GM CEO Mary Barra, facing an aggressive timeline to launch a self-driving taxi fleet, tells "Axios on HBO" they won't deploy the technology until it is safer than a human driver.

Why it matters: In a largely self-regulated industry, it is up to carmakers to demonstrate when self-driving cars are ready for deployment. The race to be first means the buzz and hype have often gotten ahead of the reality.

Volkswagen and Ford on cusp of new autonomous vehicle deal

illustration of a seatbelt with embroidered Ford and Volkswagen logos
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Volkswagen, which ended an 18-month partnership with Aurora Technologies on self-driving cars, could be getting ready to announce a new deal with Ford, Bloomberg reports.

Background: Ford and VW have already announced a broad alliance on commercial vehicles and pickup trucks, and have said they intend to cooperate on expensive new technologies in an uncertain future.

Uber's lofty flying taxi plan

Illustration of car with bicycle tires and a helicopter rotor blade
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Uber looked more like an aviation company than a ride-sharing provider at a conference this week where it was showcasing concepts and partnerships as it tries to seed an ecosystem to support the world's first urban air taxi network.

The big picture: Barely a decade old, Uber today is synonymous with ride-hailing. But the company is creeping further into daily life, with ambitions to help manage everything from how people get to work to what meals they order when they get home.