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

A Brief History of Air Bags and The Future of Driverless Cars

"We've lost more Americans on the highways than we've lost in all the wars that we've ever fought," says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times. » 9/15/14 5:36pm 9/15/14 5:36pm

Michigan Is Getting a Fake City for Testing Automated Cars

The center of U.S. car innovation may have shifted toward California lately (*ahem* Google, Tesla), but Michigan carmakers aren't giving up. The University of Michigan is building a test city and highway just for automated cars—a 30-acre facility complete with traffic lights, construction zones, and a "mechanical… » 6/04/14 3:10pm 6/04/14 3:10pm

Conan Shows How Google's New Cars Have No Driver—Or Mercy

Depending on who you listen to, Google's driverless cars are either exactly what we need or doomed to failure. But, as Conan points out, that's all beside the point until the bugs are ironed out. » 6/04/14 6:50am 6/04/14 6:50am

Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?

There's a train speeding down the tracks towards five innocent people who will never get away in time. You can save them by pulling a switch, but it'll kill another person on a different track. It's a thought experiment people have debated for ages, but it's about to become a real dilemma when we program robots to… » 5/12/14 3:40pm 5/12/14 3:40pm

Morgan Stanley Thinks Self-Driving Cars Will Bring Utopia by 2026

The term "techno-utopian" is helpful for referring to people who believe technology alone can solve the world's problems. The term is rarely used literally. But if the financial services company Morgan Stanley is to be believed, driverless cars will literally bring about a utopian society in just over a decade. » 2/25/14 6:29pm 2/25/14 6:29pm

A Family of Singing Time-Travelers Drive the Highways of Tomorrow

Tired of sitting in traffic? Just take the completely automated, high-speed safety lane! At least that's what the singing, time-traveling family of the 1950s did in this amazing film from General Motors. » 2/19/14 2:23pm 2/19/14 2:23pm

All Work and No Play Makes Self-Driving Cars a Dull Ploy

Back in the 1950s and 60s, self-driving cars represented the fantastic life of luxury that was supposed to be just around the corner. But here in the 21st century we can't even pretend that our driverless cars of the future will be filled with board games and light reading. No, our self-driving car of tomorrow will be… » 2/17/14 2:20pm 2/17/14 2:20pm

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

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Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 4:24pm 8/29/13 4:24pm

Holy Crap, Self-Driving Cars Are Now Legal in California

Just moments ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into effect SB1298, effectively paving the way for driverless cars in California. For a state that relies more heavily on cars than any other, this is hugely significant when it comes to traffic and road congestion. » 9/25/12 6:20pm 9/25/12 6:20pm

Nevada Finally Lets Google's Driverless Cars Loose

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. » 5/08/12 4:02am 5/08/12 4:02am