Google Is Already Building Its Driverless Cars in Detroit

Google is teaming up with auto builders in Detroit to build its driverless cars, according to Chris Urmson, director of Self-Driving Cars for Google. » 1/15/15 6:45am 1/15/15 6:45am

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

Your GM Car Could Have Autonomy Features By 2016

GM is already taking technology in cars seriously, but it has plans to take it to the next level, and soon. Yesterday, the company announced that in less than two years its cars will communicate with each other—and hopefully even drive themselves. » 9/08/14 3:30am 9/08/14 3:30am

Google's Autonomous Car Is Programmed to Speed Because It's Safer

Self-driving cars are coming, some people are freaked out about them. Here's something that might not put those people at ease: According to a Google engineer, the cars are designed to exceed the speed limit. Don't worry though! There's actually a good reason for it. » 8/19/14 3:45pm 8/19/14 3:45pm

Ford is teaming up with the brainy folks at MIT and Stanford University to work on self-driving cars. MIT will focus on technology that anticipates movement by pedestrians and other vehicles, while Stanford will work on sensors that let autonomous vehicles see around obstacles. [Ford via PhysOrg] » 1/22/14 11:57am 1/22/14 11:57am

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 3:51pm 12/18/13 3:51pm

Fleets of SARTRE Cars Will Band Together in Self-Driving "Road Trains"

There are definite advantages from convoying behind big-rigs on long drives—and not just the fuel savings. If this new networked-vehicle system comes to fruition, riding behind Smokey will also enable your car to drive itself. » 5/29/12 8:20pm 5/29/12 8:20pm