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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

In the Future, Autonomous Coffee Shops Might Rule the Road

Self-driving cars are just beginning to creep onto our highways. But in the future, autonomous vehicles may dominate the roads, freeing up their human passengers to engage in all sorts of other activities. For instance, you might want to spend your morning commute pouring through your emails whilst a barista prepares… » 6/28/15 12:15pm 6/28/15 12:15pm

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

Car-Parking Tech Could Unearth the Ocean's Hidden Resources

Sometimes the best ideas come from thinking far, far outside the box. That’s what Nissan and Japan’s marine science agency did with their new deep sea rover. To build it, engineers used the same tech as a park-assisting car—which is now helping to give scientists a 360-degree view of the ocean floor. » 6/22/15 9:04am 6/22/15 9:04am

Humanity's Future Will Be In Caves ... On the Moon

While I talked with the legendary roboticist Red Whittaker in his lab at Carnegie Mellon, a half-moon shaped remnant of a Lifesaver was resting on his knee. He nibbled on it as we talked about sending autonomous robots to explore the Moon. That’s when he told me about the Moon caves that could be humanity’s future… » 6/15/15 1:20pm 6/15/15 1:20pm

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

Self-Driving Cars Are Already Getting Into Accidents [Updated]

Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. » 5/11/15 9:52am 5/11/15 9:52am