There’s a killer new novel about a pharmceutical pirate and the robot that hunts her, set in the world of 2144, coming from Annalee Newitz, the founding editor of io9. Annalee just sold her first novel, Autonomous, to Tor Books. Tor is describing Autonomous as a novel of ideas about intellectual property law, set in a…
“The mysterious new car company making big promises” is something we’ve heard many times before with no result, but this particular new company is making big hires and even bigger commitments, including a brand new billion dollar factory.
You visit incredible places. You go on adventures. You want someone or something to capture them—and you—for posterity. But instead of reaching out with a selfie stick, you reach into a backpack... and toss a drone up into the air to film it all for you.
BMW is back at CES next month with a self-driving i3 that finds a space in a multi-story car lot, parks itself, and comes back to the driver when summoned through a smartwatch app. And it doesn't even need GPS.
Hyundai recently held its Future Automobile Technology Competition in South Korea, pitting 12 teams against each other to see which autonomous tech comes out on top. Only four teams made it to the final round, and on the second day, disaster. A strange liquid fell from the sky.
While GPS has enabled a degree of autonomous function in many modern maritime vessels, ships are very much unable to steer themselves upon the high seas—or even navigate out of the harbor. But, like a naval Knight Rider, this new "smart" search and rescue boat could soon be patrolling your local shores, all by itself.
If worrying about your vehicle and personal possessions has always made you hesitant about using valet parking, Honda will alleviate your fears with a new system that replaces clumsy valet drivers with overhead tracking cameras and software smart enough to juggle an entire lot full of cars.
Realizing that cars that automatically parallel park themselves are old news, Volvo has taken the concept one step—actually several miles—further with a new concept vehicle that can actually find an empty spot and park itself in a lot. You just abandon your car at the entrance of a parking lot, and like a valet you…
You might think you've got the most badass stroller at the playground, but it's got nothing on Xandon Frogget's creation which adds motors and a wireless steering system using a Wiimote controller. And thanks to an onboard Kinect sensor, his toddler can even drive it without the risk of crashing into anything.
In a few short years Volvos-the fancy ones, anyway-will include a cruise-control system that lets your car drive and steer itself through crawling traffic. So if your daily commute involves a long stretch sitting in a jam, you'll be able to sit back and read a book, get caught up on work, or just keep your hands free…
Remember the team of autonomous quadrocopters that could work cooperatively? Well they're back and upgraded with the abilty to thrown and catch objects on the fly. You need to watch it to believe it.
With a skilled pilot at the controls, a helicopter can easily pick up cargo while remaining hovering in the air. It's a time-saving maneuver that the Marine Corps' K-MAX autonomous helicopter has just learned to perform itself.
Earlier this year, Nevada became the first state to approve the use of self-driving cars on its highways. Now, it's granted its first license for the vehicles and it goes to—what a surprise—Google.
Google has added another family member to its autonomous vehicle program, and an eagle-eyed reader in Southern California caught the Big G's Lexus RX450h out and about during testing.
While Google has been testing autonomous cars for years now, no state has allowed cars to legally roam free without a driver at the wheel. That's just changed: Nevada now allows self-driving cars on its roads.
About 7,500 feet over California there's a small autonomous flying wing trying to prove that it can land, all by its lonesome, on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Those cheeky gents across the pond are taking design elements from the current incarnation of Batman and putting them into an autonomous assault vehicle called the Tumbler. Sorry, the Raider. You understand why there's confusion—they look very similar!