California regulators have shot down what appeared to have been a very ill-advised plan to let self-driving car manufacturers dodge liability for crashes if the cars weren’t maintained to industry-written specifications, the Associated Press reported. No such maintenance requirements exist for standard human-driven…
More and more semi-autonomous cars cruise on the road every day, and yet the more time I spend testing these driver-assisted vehicles, the more I think that full autonomy may never, ever happen.
Things seem to be looking up at Uber’s embattled self-driving car unit. The company just made a deal with Volvo for as many as 24,000 XC90 sport utility vehicles to be delivered between 2019 and 2021. Uber then plans to add its own driverless technology and unleash a fleet of robo-taxis onto the world. It would be the…
On Tuesday, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revealed the updated version of the guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The DOT secretary defended the guidelines, which opt for voluntary guidance rather than enforceable rules. Chao said that a third version is in progress and slated…
Predictions about driverless cars became incredibly popular in the 1950s and 60s. But the idea is nearly as old as the automobile itself. One example? This short film from 1911, featuring a robot chauffeur.
Intel just plunked down $15.3 billion for Mobileye, a leading manufacturer of sensors and cameras for autonomous cars, as it tries to catch up with microchip rivals Nvidia and Qualcomm in the driverless car industry.
Modern cars are equipped with all sorts of fancy new safety equipment. A side-effect of all those automated braking systems and other goodies is that your car might freak the hell out in an automated car wash, kind of like trying to get a dog into a bathtub.
Last week Mercedes got a lot of attention—and not necessarily the good kind—after one of its managers said that in the future, the automaker’s self-driving cars would prioritize the safety of occupants over pedestrians. Now Mercedes is walking that back, and hard. Apparently doing so would be unethical, unacceptable,…
For years now carmakers have been avoiding addressing the Trolley Problem. In the event of an imminent crash, who does your car protect: you, the occupant, or a pedestrian?
Reducing traffic? Fighting the scourge of private ownership? Nah man, there’s something better about autonomous cars, and you can leave it to the Aussies to get it so right.
Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh are super exciting for anyone interested in the future of transportation—but they could come at a huge risk for passengers riding in the vehicles.
You might take a self-driving car home from the bar in five years. Ford announced plans today to build a fully autonomous vehicle to sell to ride-sharing services such as Uber by 2021. The proposed vehicle would not include a steering wheel, gas tank, or brake pedals.
After nearly a decade with the company, the chief technical officer of Google’s self-driving car project left the company—along with two other veterans of the car division. The decisions to leave come under a new leader on the project, who reportedly didn’t mesh well with some longtime employees.
Google’s driverless cars are tiny, compact, and have what can only be described as “car face” with headlights that look like eyes and a sensor that looks like a nose. Generally speaking, they’re pretty cute, which makes Google’s latest experiment—teaching them to honk—all the more amusing.
Tesla’s new semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has already saved a few YouTubers from spectacular crashes. But according to Elon Musk, those aren’t the exception to the rule: Autopilot has decreased crashes by 50 percent in a few months.
Autonomous cars are hot and flashy and new. Roads, by and large, are expensive and shockingly boring. But unfortunately, autonomous cars will only work if some radical changes are made to our infrastructure, and this proposed highway is a good place to start.
Self-driving cars, as popularized by the likes of Google and Tesla, are meant to be transportation bubbles that operate free of any human interference. But full autonomy isn’t the only option, and Toyota is investing in a system that would use computers as an aid to human drivers, not a replacement.
As much as everyone is getting excited about Google’s cute little autonomous cars, self-driving trucks are the most obvious—and probably easiest—beneficiaries of autonomous tech. To prove this, a “platoon” of connected trucks from six brands completed a 1,300 mile trip across Europe.
Among the many different hazards Google’s cars have to handle on the road is one particularly annoying one: pedestrians acting like jerks when they see Google’s cute little machines in the wild.
Roborace, the autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E, hired Tron: Legacy lightcycle designer Daniel Simon to create its four-wheeled racers for competition. The Verge reports that these wild dog-bone-shaped creations are packed full of sensors to keep them from Maldonado-ing into each other.