​Part Of The Autobahn Is Being Developed For Self-Driving Cars

Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have made it clear that they don't want to rely on Google or other companies to develop self-driving technology or the data that's involved, and now the German government is stepping in to facilitate things with a plan to establish a section of the autobahn for autonomous vehicle testing. » 1/26/15 7:35pm Monday 7:35pm

NASA And Nissan Are Teaming Up To Make Robo-Cars Of The Future

Now that everyone's getting on the autonomous car bandwagon, each manufacturer needs its own angle. Audi takes its cars to the track, Mercedes makes its cars look like an egg, and Google's cars just have a weird face. Nissan, however, has gone with the betterment-of-humanity route, and just teamed up with NASA. » 1/08/15 8:05pm 1/08/15 8:05pm

Autonomous Audi A7 Drives From SF To Vegas, Probably Now Counting Cards

Audi's autonomous A7 Sportback named 'Jack' has successfully completed the 560 mile drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Audi tried last year to have a robot car drive to CES in Vegas, but a driver was forced to take over. This year, however, the car pulled it off and is now in Vegas, likely cheating at blackjack. » 1/06/15 11:49am 1/06/15 11:49am

Rinspeed Understands What Autonomous Cars Need To Be

I have to hand it to Rinspeed. The Swiss company that's usually best known for creating delightfully bonkers concept cars has a new concept for an autonomous car, Budii. And, while it's still a bit bonkers, it realizes something about autonomous cars that most carmakers still haven't accepted: An autonomous car is a… » 12/09/14 9:43pm 12/09/14 9:43pm

Autonomous Cars Will Rob Us Of Our Freedom To Be Unproductive

I just finished a very long, trans-continental drive. I enjoyed it. That's not to say long stretches of it weren't boring, tedious, and I spent most of the drive fighting off the powerful claws of Road Madness, but overall there's something therapeutic about a nice long drive. Too bad the robot cars will take that… » 12/04/14 12:08pm 12/04/14 12:08pm

Mercedes' 'Interior Of The Future' Will Have A Coffee Table

Cars probably won't fly in our lifetimes, but they will go autonomous. That's pretty much a lock at this point. Nearly every automaker is working to advance their self-driving technology. But one thing that doesn't get much consideration is this: With no need for human control, what will the interior of the future… » 12/04/14 10:12am 12/04/14 10:12am

This Last Generation Of Human-Driven Cars Will Be Better Than Any Before

We're seeing a surprising amount of new, dramatic, and exciting stuff coming out of the Paris Auto Show — VW's remarkable XL Sport, the Lamborghini Asterion, the new Aston Martin Lagonda, and they're all production cars. In fact, I think we may in the beginning of the last generation of human-driven cars. Better enjoy… » 10/03/14 12:00pm 10/03/14 12:00pm

Any Car Could Be Autonomous With A Robot Chauffeur

During my recent trans-continental drive, after about hour 300 of slogging across America's infinitely-wide state, Oklahoma, I found myself daydreaming about the possible benefits of an autonomous car. But I wanted to keep this archaic old RV, so I thought what about an autonomous driver-bot? This should be a thing,… » 8/22/14 12:20pm 8/22/14 12:20pm

Americans Feel Good About Self-Driving Cars But Don't Want Them Yet

The self-driving cars are coming. Make no mistake about that. The powers-that-be may not drag us Jalops kicking and screaming from our manual-tranny E30 beaters, but there are a lot of other buyers interested in their potential benefits. So how do people really feel about self-driving cars? » 8/05/14 7:01pm 8/05/14 7:01pm

​The Stig Is Terrified Of Self-Driving Cars

It's easy to understand why some of us don't like the idea of autonomous cars. We enjoy the drive, adore the freedom, and practiced heel-toe downshifts for too damn long to give it up. But Ben Collins – former Stig and current halfwit – apparently gets paid to play fear mongering pundit rather than rational… » 7/30/14 8:03pm 7/30/14 8:03pm