Autonomous cars are just now barely starting to end up on our roads, in limited numbers and in limited ways. For now. We’re in an interesting transitional period, and there’s still lots of things we have to figure out. I think I have an idea that could help, and it’s as simple as a dumb old light.
“The mysterious new car company making big promises” is something we’ve heard many times before with no result, but this particular new company is making big hires and even bigger commitments, including a brand new billion dollar factory.
Mercedes-Benz’ autonomous ambitions have been pretty clear. It’s the future of luxury and all that. Now Darren, a Jalop reader in western Ireland, caught this prototype S-Class fitted with a massive LIDAR array on its roof. But what the hell is Mercedes doing with it?
After last month’s collective media freak-out about Google’s self-driving vehicles being involved in – but not responsible for – 11 crashes since the program launched, Google is now issuing monthly reports about the progress of the project. Oh, and they’ve been involved in two more crashes in just the last week…
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has re-promised that the automaker will absolutely have autonomous cars ready by 2020. But you might not be able to buy them – even if you want to – because the government won’t let you.
Google has built 25 of its techno-koala self-driving prototypes and they’re set to run around the company’s hometown this summer. And after this week’s spate of overhyped news about autonomous car crashes, Google is launching a website to increase transparency on how the project is coming along. That’s good.
If you want to understand the future of the car world, look at this chart. It's the way things are going, according to one analyst, who says, "Telling the story of this chart will occupy the remainder my professional life. It's sort of sad that my life can be boiled down to one chart… but it's so true."
Unlike nearly every other automaker, Hyundai has kept relatively quiet about the development of its autonomous driving technology. But at an event today in Seoul, the automaker announced plans to introduce its first round of self-driving technology beginning later this year.
Ask a dozen people to define "luxury" and you'll get a dozen different answers. Maybe even more than that. But at its core, luxury is about having the means to do what you want, when you want. That's what Mercedes-Benz is attempting to deliver with its fully-autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept.
Audi is embarking on a 550-mile trek from San Francisco to Las Vegas to prove that its "piloted driving" system is ready to tackle the soul-sucking journey through Central California and Nevada.
File this one way to "No Shit". Eric Turkewitz is a personal injury lawyer in New York and he's convinced that self-driving cars will spell the end of his career. And he's totally okay with that.
The California DMV set a deadline of January 1 to establish rules that would govern self-driving cars. The only problem is DMV officials can't figure out exactly how to set safety standards for robotic chauffeurs that are still years away from production.
When Google announced its purpose-built, self-driving car program in May, the prototype it used for demos was a very rough, early build. After testing all of the different systems in a variety of prototypes, Google has built its first complete robo-pod that's ready to take to the streets.
BMW is back at CES next month with a self-driving i3 that finds a space in a multi-story car lot, parks itself, and comes back to the driver when summoned through a smartwatch app. And it doesn't even need GPS.
Hyundai recently held its Future Automobile Technology Competition in South Korea, pitting 12 teams against each other to see which autonomous tech comes out on top. Only four teams made it to the final round, and on the second day, disaster. A strange liquid fell from the sky.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is a smooth swath of silver concealing soft LEDs. Oh yeah, it can also navigate crowded highways at speed while the driver takes a nap.
Meritor Wabco, Peloton, and Denso are collaborating on a "platooning" system that puts us one step closer to autonomous trucks. Using a radio-based system that can be installed on any big rig in about three hours, trucks can be "tethered" together so that one can effectively control a whole convoy rolling behind it.
Last week Mercedes-Benz demonstrated the "Future Truck 2025;" one of their Actros 1845 commercial rigs with 12-speeds, 1,600 lb-ft of torque, and a full suite of self-driving tech they call the Highway Pilot. They say we'll be not-driving it in a decade.
When Google finally decided to take it's self-driving prototypes to the next level, they ditched the modified Lexus and Toyota hybrids and rethought what a car should be. Except, it's not a car. It's a cute, non-threatening robot.