Mercedes Self-Driving Car Seems To Have Gone Rogue In San Francisco

First of all, I implore everyone to remain calm. Chances are, we'll all make it out of this mess okay, but only if we all just keep it together. What it wants is for us to panic, and we can't give it that. Here's the deal: the Mercedes-Benz F015 has been seen roaming the streets of San Francisco. And nobody is sure… » 3/04/15 3:56pm 3/04/15 3:56pm

Volvo Is Going To Let The Actual Public Operate Its Autonomous Cars

Volvo announced this morning that it's about to let 100 real, actual, normal members of the public sit behind the wheel of new XC90s — and not drive them. That's because these cars are completely autonomous, and only in the virtual hands of the inept and mechanical-ham-fisted public can robo-cars truly be tested. » 2/19/15 11:15am 2/19/15 11:15am

NASA and Nissan Are Building a Self-Driving Car For Cities… and Space

NASA and Nissan just announced a five-year partnership in the development of a self-driving car that will not only tackle city streets but also alien planets. Most of the research will take place in Silicon Valley, where both organizations already have research facilities. And believe it or not, NASA wants to learn… » 1/09/15 9:30am 1/09/15 9:30am

The New Mercedes Self-Driving Car Concept Is Packed Full of Future

The Mercedes Luxury in Motion is not a car that you'll be able to find on a lot any time soon. It's not bound for any highways or driveways in the near future. It is, though, a glimpse at the future of automotive transportation. And a damn good looking one at that. » 1/05/15 11:32pm 1/05/15 11:32pm

Here's Google's First Fully Functional Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google is a front runner in the autonomous auto future. Back in May, Google showed off an early prototype, a hack together little car with an exposed roof sensor and non-functioning headlight stickers. Today, in a short blog post, the team revealed the first fully functioning model. » 12/22/14 1:55pm 12/22/14 1:55pm

This Last Generation Of Human-Driven Cars Will Be Better Than Any Before

We're seeing a surprising amount of new, dramatic, and exciting stuff coming out of the Paris Auto Show — VW's remarkable XL Sport, the Lamborghini Asterion, the new Aston Martin Lagonda, and they're all production cars. In fact, I think we may in the beginning of the last generation of human-driven cars. Better enjoy… » 10/03/14 12:56pm 10/03/14 12:56pm

Elon Musk: Self-Driving Teslas Are Just Six Years Away

Tesla Motors founder/CEO/madman-in-chief Elon Musk is feeling bullish on self-driving cars: He just told The Wall Street Journal that his all-electric car company will have autonomous vehicles six years from now, and they'll run circles around foolish human drivers. » 9/18/14 5:17pm 9/18/14 5:17pm

6 Simple Things Google's Self-Driving Car Still Can't Handle

Self-driving cars are most definitely the future. They have been for decades. For Google, that future isn't quite as close as you might think—as of right now, its autonomous vehicle would fail a driver's license test before it ever got out of the parking lot. » 8/30/14 12:00pm 8/30/14 12:00pm

This Toyota Scientist Is Wrong About Urban Sprawl And Self-Driving Cars

Ken Laberteaux is a senior principal scientist for Toyota North America, and he's convinced that self-driving cars will increase pollution, exacerbate urban sprawl, and ruin our families. I'm pretty sure there's something in there about killing kittens too, but I may have missed it in his haze of pessimistic,… » 7/18/14 4:50pm 7/18/14 4:50pm

For $10,000 This Company Will Turn Your Audi Into An Autonomous Car

If you're unwilling to wait for Google or an automaker to bring an autonomous vehicle to market, Cruise will sell you the privilege for $10,000. The start-up says it can retrofit your ride with cameras, sensors, and computers to enable semi-autonomous driving. But it's only for Audis and it's not fully baked. » 6/23/14 2:23pm 6/23/14 2:23pm

Why Google's Goofy Little Self-Driving Car Is Almost A Design Triumph

Google just showed the world their new self-driving car, and it looks pretty much like a cross between an Isetta, Honda's Asimo robot, and a Koala. Matt, the Editor King, told me "our readers are going to hate it." Maybe. But, if you think about it, the design is brilliant. Well, almost brilliant. » 5/29/14 6:40pm 5/29/14 6:40pm

Google's New Self-Driving Car Doesn't Have A Steering Wheel

Google just unveiled its latest autonomous car, and it's a bulbous two-seater, with no steering wheel, gas or brake. This is the future, pod people. » 5/27/14 10:18pm 5/27/14 10:18pm

Self-Driving Cars Will Hit California's Roads in September

On September 16th, 2014, California will take one step closer to the utopian (or dystopian) future, allowing self-driving cars on public roads. And the state's new autonomous vehicle regulations should help prevent the murder-bot anarchy that opponents are worried about. » 5/21/14 10:32am 5/21/14 10:32am

Should People Be Allowed to Drink and "Drive" Self-Driving Cars?

Autonomous cars are coming soon, people, maybe as soon as 2015 if you live in California. And with them will be a whole set of new rules and regulations when it comes to driving. Or, ahem, not driving. » 3/18/14 5:40pm 3/18/14 5:40pm

Volvo Plans to Put Self-Driving Cars on City Streets by 2017

Volvo's hitting the gas on its plan to sell self-driving cars. The Swedish (but Chinese-owned) company just announced a trial that will put 100 driverless cars on the streets of Gothenburg in 2017. They'll navigate traffic, dodge pedestrians, and even park themselves. Pretty futuristic! » 12/02/13 7:20pm 12/02/13 7:20pm

Daily Mail Duped By Fake Article About Google Selling Driverless Cars

According to this article in the Daily Mail, urban alterna-taxi service and annoying fashion-shoot-looking-website Uber will be purchasing 2500 of Google's new self-driving cars, the GX3200. This data comes by way of a TechCrunch story about the first-of-its-kind fleet. Too bad it didn't actually happen. » 8/26/13 2:17pm 8/26/13 2:17pm

Mercedes' New Cars Will Autonomously Recognize Street Signs

If the screams from pedestrians and the angry looks from oncoming drivers don't provide enough clues that you've accidentally turned onto a one-way street, maybe it's time you bought a Mercedes. Wait, what? The company's upcoming vehicles will include an updated safety system that's able to autonomously recognize… » 1/23/13 9:20am 1/23/13 9:20am