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Welcome to Mcity: The Fake Town Built for Testing Driverless Cars

It’s been a tough road for driverless cars: We recently learned, for example, that all of the crashes involving Google’s test-phase autonomous vehicles have been caused by humans. Which is one of the reasons experts have just opened up a testing center in Michigan that’s trying to recreate the chaos of the human-built… » 7/21/15 9:21am 7/21/15 9:21am

Self-Driving Taxis "Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 90%"

If you can stomach the thought of handing over control of your hotrod to a computer, you may end up doing a significant part towards ensuring the future environmental stability of this planet. According to a new report from Berkeley Lab researchers, a wholesale switch to self-driving electric vehicles could cut… » 7/09/15 6:11am 7/09/15 6:11am

No, The Robocar Road Wars Haven’t Begun

Last night Reuters breathlessly reported that two self-driving cars – one from Delphi and another from Google – had a “close call” in which an autonomous Lexus from Google “cut off” an Audi from Delphi. Except they really didn’t. They reacted exactly like two responsible human drivers would, which is what they’re… » 6/26/15 5:27pm 6/26/15 5:27pm

Google Will Now Tell You When Its Driverless Cars Crash

Last month, a vehicle rear-ended one of Google’s self-driving cars at a Mountain View intersection. No one was hurt, but Google didn’t exactly broadcast the news to the public. Now, anyone will be able to download monthly reports about where the cars are and what they’re doing, thanks to a new transparency initiative… » 6/05/15 4:23pm 6/05/15 4:23pm

Saying That Autonomous Cars Will Kill Millions Of Jobs By 2025 Is Crap

Autonomous cars are coming, and we generally think that’s pretty great. It’ll reserve the driving for the enthusiasts, much the same way cars reserved horses for enthusiasts. But Zack Kanter over at Quartz thinks driverless vehicles will kill millions of jobs, all within ten years. And he’s wrong. » 5/13/15 1:54pm 5/13/15 1:54pm

Google Needs To Come Clean About Its Self-Driving Car Crashes

Over the past six years, Google claims that its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 “minor” accidents with light damage and no injuries. More importantly, it says its autonomous vehicles were never the cause of the crash. And it only took one report from the Associated Press for Google to finally release the… » 5/11/15 5:27pm 5/11/15 5:27pm

A Smart Modular Roadway Could Ping Workers When It Needs To Be Replaced

Autonomous vehicles get all the glory in our ideal transportation future, but they’re gonna need somewhere to drive. Our streets are seriously lagging, technology-wise. Enter smart roadways that can alert crews when they need to be repaired—and then can be swapped out as easily as Lego bricks. » 4/28/15 5:00pm 4/28/15 5:00pm

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

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