California is finalising the rules needed to allow everyday use of self-driving cars. Photograph: The New York Times

Google envisions a world where a blind man can get in his car alone and tell it to take him to the grocery store. California regulators say self-drivi(...)

A driver with the ride-sharing service Lyft waits for a customer on a street in Santa Monica

General Motors is investing $500 million in Lyft and has laid out plans to develop an on-demand network of self-driving cars with the ride-sharing se(...)

Predictions for May: The new Amazon Prime motoring series begins, and the first episode consists entirely of Jeremy Clarkson speaking directly to the camera and “just saying what’s on his mind.” Three international incidents, a dozen lawsuits and one minor war result, along with a vendetta against Clarkson from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Neil Briscoe dusted off his crystal ball to foresee the year ahead - but his predictions are about as likely to arrive as flying cars January Volksw(...)

Padmasree Warrior:  has joined US arm of Chinese electric car start-up NextEVs: she said software would play an important part in disrupting the existing auto industry. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Padmasree Warrior, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent female executives, has signed on to run the US arm of Chinese electric car start-up NextEV, (...)

A Roewe E50 electric car is parked next to a street as a bicycle travels past, amid heavy smog, after the city issued its first ever “red alert” for air pollution in Beijing, China last week. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Last week’s smog in Beijing was more likely to have a yellowish tinge than a silver lining but one beneficiary of pollution going off the charts last (...)

Ryanair followed up this week’s news that it made €1 billion surplus in the first half of the year with strong passenger numbers for October. Its shares added 1.07 per cent to end the day at €14.66

European shares closed off their highs yesterday amid continued fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal and indications from Federal Reserve cha(...)

Audi: results out today.   Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
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TODAY Results: Aramark; Audi; Avis Budget; Estee Lauder; Inmarsat; Ryanair; PostNL; Visa. Indicators: Irish Investec manufacturing PMI; Irish consumer(...)

A file picture of a Tesla Model S all-electric sedan. Tesla added an autopilot update on Thursday that allows cars to steer through curves on its own, monitorsurrounding vehicles and adjust speed as needed. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

As of Thursday morning, thousands of Tesla electric cars already sitting in garages and driveways were to abruptly gain the ability to drive themselve(...)

 Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

One third of Irish households will be generating their own electricity within 10 years, the ESB’s chief executive has predicted. Pat O’Doherty said (...)

Shares in Irish oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources regained some ground by the close, having dipped by as much as 8 per cent earlier. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

World equity indexes gained modestly yesterday after a rout last week. Positive US housing data helped Wall Street shrug off a weak manufacturing rep(...)