Google just released a monthly update on its self-driving car program discussing how its cars will communicate with human drivers in other cars to make sure they don’t kill themselves. The strategy: teach the autonomous cars how to honk at us flesh-bound mortals.
Ride-hailing startups are so in right now, and they’re hitting the dating scene looking for big investments with automakers. Everybody seems to have paired up so far except for poor Uber, until today, with Toyota announcing a “strategic partnership” with the ride-sharing service.
The former Technical Lead of Google’s autonomous car division, Anthony Levandowski, introduced “Otto” to the world yesterday. It’s a startup with the objective of making the world a better place by making big trucks drive themselves.
It’s possible that Tesla has achieved another dramatic breakthrough in autonomous car tech: according to a Utah man, his Tesla started itself up and drove under and into a parked trailer, all while unmanned and unattended. It used to take a human to perform such a low-speed, stupid wreck! Impressive.
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Ford, Volvo, Google, Lyft and Uber are joining forces to push the U.S. government to pen regulation that supports autonomous vehicle development and deployment, according to a Reuters report. That’s good news for people yearning to be driven around by robots, because these are some seriously rich and powerful…
The first autonomous car designed and built in India is a big deal. So is the fact that the project was done by a small team, led by Dr. Roshy John of Tata Consultancy services, and that the autonomous car is a Tata Nano. But I think the hidden big news is that this is the first autonomous driving system that can…
Today we learned that Ford wants to let your car take you around the racetrack itself, to show you how it’s done and establish trust between you and your new potentially deadly robot transportation machine.
Google’s X skunkworks division has posted three dozen jobs lately seeking people with experience in the fields of industrial and manufacturing engineering. At first glance, that might indicate the tech giant is finally building its own cars in-house, but it’s not that simple.
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.