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

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

CarTel Device Attacks Traffic Jams with Fleet of Networked Smart Cars

Researchers at MIT are using computer networks and cabbies to tackle a routine problem that I, personally, can attest to: Boston area traffic jams. Called CarTel (get it?), the system creates a network by way of cell phone-sized black boxes. The boxes currently sit on board 50 cars and taxis in the Boston area. Drivers … » 10/12/08 3:00pm 10/12/08 3:00pm

Ford's Self-Driving Hybrid DARPA Car Now Available for $89,000

If you are looking for a self-driving car, now you can buy the ByWire XGV, the modified Ford Escape that got third place at the DARPA Urban Challenge. Torc Technologies—who collaborated with Virginia Tech to develop this smartypants SUV hybrid—is going to sell the car for just $89,000 as a "research platform," so other… » 6/11/08 8:00am 6/11/08 8:00am