California's Proposed New Rules Could Slam The Brakes On Driverless Cars

If you ask automakers and tech companies why they’re exploring autonomous vehicles, the number one answer is probably “safety.” The theory is it’s safer, in the long run, if you take driving out of human hands. Ironically, safety is the exact reason why the California Department of Motor Vehicles is proposing new…

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Google's Self-Driving Car Unit Will Be A Standalone Company In 2016, Could Challenge Uber 

If you thought of Google’s adorable panda-like driverless car as a glorified science experiment until now, get ready to change your mind. According to reports within the company, Google is set to make its driverless car program a standalone “Alphabet” business in 2016—the biggest sign yet that driverless cars are…

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They Drove Cross-Country In An Autonomous Minivan Without GPS. In 1995.

(Think Delphi’s cross-country voyage in an autonomous Audi SQ5 is impressive? Try doing it with 90s tech, without GPS navigation, and in a salvaged Pontiac minivan. That’s what Carnegie Mellon research scientist Dean Pomerleau and then-Ph.D. student Todd Jochem did in 1995. Here’s the story of their journey as it…