Overhead Cams Replace Bored Humans in Honda's Driverless Valet System

If worrying about your vehicle and personal possessions has always made you hesitant about using valet parking, Honda will alleviate your fears with a new system that replaces clumsy valet drivers with overhead tracking cameras and software smart enough to juggle an entire lot full of cars. » 10/21/13 9:12am 10/21/13 9:12am

Volvo's Awesome New Autonomous Self-Parking Car Is Pure Magic

Realizing that cars that automatically parallel park themselves are old news, Volvo has taken the concept one step—actually several miles—further with a new concept vehicle that can actually find an empty spot and park itself in a lot. You just abandon your car at the entrance of a parking lot, and like a valet you… » 6/20/13 1:49pm 6/20/13 1:49pm

Crusher UGV Eats Cars, Needs No Driver

DARPA and Carnegie Mellon have been dumping money in the Crusher UGV and rightly so. This beast of a machine is fully autonomous, meaning it needs no driver. It will navigate between two GPS waypoints and uses advanced sensors to detect the best route to get there. The video suggests that the sensors are also capable… » 2/26/08 1:45pm 2/26/08 1:45pm

RoboTrac Semi-Autonomous Tractor Replaces Man With Machine

Summer jobs that involve sitting on a tractor for hour upon hour, trying to find ways to entertain yourself, may soon be a thing of the past. The Valtra RoboTrac is an autonomous tractor design by Hannes Seeberg. Inside the orange body is a fairly simple 85hp diesel engine. It's available in RWD or AWD and can… » 2/15/08 10:30am 2/15/08 10:30am

Next DARPA Grand Challenge to Be Held on City Streets, First 11 Teams…

As we mentioned earlier this year, the next DARPA Grand Challenge will remove all those spanky autonomous vehicles from the desert and drop them onto city streets, albiet mocked-up ones. Entrants, like VW's and Stanford University's Stanley the Touareg (pictured), must follow all traffic laws to find their way around… » 10/04/06 3:57pm 10/04/06 3:57pm

Stanley the Touareg Aces First Round of DARPA Grand Challenge

The first qualifying round of the DARPA Grand Challenge — the big, desert robot-off that comes with a $2 million grand prize — got underway in California yesterday. Fewer than half of the 16 vehicles that started the two-mile course finished, though one competitor, a Volkswagen Touareg named Stanley (don't ask)… » 9/30/05 10:14am 9/30/05 10:14am