Sorry Tesla, Electric Cars of the Future Will Be More Like Golf Carts

Contrary to what the news cycle pounds into our brains, the electric car conversation does not begin and end with Elon Musk. There’s a more affordable and more relevant urban mobility solution than Tesla. I’m talking about the humble golf cart, which is already well on its way to ruling the world. » 5/23/15 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

GM Is Developing Smarter Headlights That Will Follow a Driver's Gaze

There are already cars on the road with intelligent headlights that can sweep left or right to improve visibility as a vehicle steers into a turn. But Opel/Vauxhall, a European subsidiary of GM, are developing next-generation headlight systems that can keep track of where a driver's looking, and automatically… » 3/25/15 2:30pm 3/25/15 2:30pm

Ford Introduces Cars That Can Recognize and Obey Speed Limit Signs

Before autonomous smart cars hit the roads, we're going to be seeing regular cars upgraded with the smarter technologies that will eventually make self-driving vehicles possible. In the UK Ford is introducing what it calls Intelligent Speed Limiter technology on its new S-MAX that enhances the vehicle's cruise control… » 3/25/15 9:20am 3/25/15 9:20am

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

Mercedes' New Cars Will Autonomously Recognize Street Signs

If the screams from pedestrians and the angry looks from oncoming drivers don't provide enough clues that you've accidentally turned onto a one-way street, maybe it's time you bought a Mercedes. Wait, what? The company's upcoming vehicles will include an updated safety system that's able to autonomously recognize… » 1/23/13 9:20am 1/23/13 9:20am

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.… » 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… » 6/11/08 8:00am 6/11/08 8:00am