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

This Toyota Scientist Is Wrong About Urban Sprawl And Self-Driving Cars

Ken Laberteaux is a senior principal scientist for Toyota North America, and he's convinced that self-driving cars will increase pollution, exacerbate urban sprawl, and ruin our families. I'm pretty sure there's something in there about killing kittens too, but I may have missed it in his haze of pessimistic,… » 7/18/14 2:00pm 7/18/14 2:00pm

For $10,000 This Company Will Turn Your Audi Into An Autonomous Car

If you're unwilling to wait for Google or an automaker to bring an autonomous vehicle to market, Cruise will sell you the privilege for $10,000. The start-up says it can retrofit your ride with cameras, sensors, and computers to enable semi-autonomous driving. But it's only for Audis and it's not fully baked. » 6/23/14 2:06pm 6/23/14 2:06pm