Is This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

Autonomous vehicles are likely going to have to do more than just drive themselves: They're also going to have to organize carpools. GM's EN-V was cute and all, but this Akka Link & Go 2.0 is more like a tiny bus—which is a much more reasonable proposition for a self-driving, car-sharing fleet. » 3/12/14 6:40pm 3/12/14 6:40pm

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

The Government Wants Our Cars and Trucks to Talk to One Another

The U.S. Department of Transportation brought us one step closer to that utopian future where cars never crash on Monday with the announcement that it will move ahead with vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) technology. In short, the government wants all the cars on the road to talk to one another. » 2/03/14 2:00pm 2/03/14 2:00pm

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

A UK Town Is Replacing Its Buses With Driverless Pods

It's happening, folks. The self-driving car phenomenon is finally jumping from the test track onto public roads. And the revolution isn't just happening in the United States—it's happening in the UK, too. » 11/05/13 12:20pm 11/05/13 12:20pm

Google's Cars Now Drive Better Than You Do

Though there may be plenty of hurdles when it comes to getting self-driving cars on the road in large numbers, Google has gotten one step closer to its goal of replacing every human on Earth with machines (I think that's what "Don't Be Evil" meant). Through an analysis of reams of data, they've proven that their… » 10/26/13 1:00pm 10/26/13 1:00pm

The UK Is About to Connect an Entire Highway to the Internet

Imagine a future where your car's not just connected to the road between the tire rubber and tarmac. It's connected to the internet and not only sending a steady stream of data but also receiving signals to speed up or slow down based on the traffic. This futuristic future is already here. » 10/02/13 6:40pm 10/02/13 6:40pm

Elon Musk Is Building a Self-Driving Car Because Of Course He Is

Tesla is joining the race to build and sell the world's first self-driving car, and it plans to win. In an interview with the Financial Times this week, Elon Musk said he's working on building a car that can run on "auto-pilot" within three years. That would put Tesla way ahead of competition in typical Tesla fashion. » 9/18/13 10:02am 9/18/13 10:02am

Now Nokia and Mercedes Are Trying to Build a Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars stand to be the next piece of technology that shakes the foundations of modern life. It's not hard to see why—it's basically science fiction come to life. Since it seems like everybody wants to be involved, news that Mercedes and Nokia were teaming up didn't come as a huge surprise. » 9/10/13 4:55pm 9/10/13 4:55pm

Nissan Wants Self-Driving to Be a $1000 Car Upgrade by 2020

Nissan got bold on Tuesday afternoon by announcing plans to build and, more notably, sell an affordable self-driving car by 2020. And when Nissan say affordable, it means it. The company estimates the cost of upgrading a luxury sedan to a luxury autonomous sedan will be just $1,000. » 8/27/13 2:54pm 8/27/13 2:54pm

Report: Google Might Just Build Its Own Self-Driving Car

Google is reportedly having a hard time finding a partner to manufacture self-driving cars, so the company's thinking about just building them itself. While it's still unclear exactly what Google would do with the cars, a new report from Amir Efrati says that the search giant is thinking of starting a robo-taxi… » 8/23/13 4:26pm 8/23/13 4:26pm

How Apple Is Taking Over Your Car

It's no secret that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was keen on bringing the company's technology to the automotive world. In fact, according to longtime Apple board member Mickey Drexler, "Steve's dream before he died was to design an iCar." Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Shiller, echoed those… » 4/19/13 2:48pm 4/19/13 2:48pm

Cheap Researchers Are Working On A $150 Self-Driving Car Kit

When you think of a self-driving car, you probably think of Google's little project. And exciting as that is, we still have to wait a long time for pay-off. And even then, you can bet it'll be pricey. Researchers in the UK are working on their own version of the tech, and it stands to be a lot cheaper. Maybe as cheap… » 2/17/13 12:00pm 2/17/13 12:00pm