Oil Trucking Jobs The First To Be Lost To The Robo-Driving Revolution

A little while back I had a disagreement with an article over on Quartz about the number of jobs about to be lost to autonomous vehicles. It’s not that I don’t think any jobs will be lost – quite the contrary, I think we’ll lose a bunch, it’s just that I don’t think it’ll happen overnight. But it’s already starting,… » 6/11/15 10:06am 6/11/15 10:06am

You Could Be The First To Have Sex In A Driving Autonomous Car

I’ll admit, I don’t have 100% absolute proof, but I believe we’re on the cusp of a remarkable opportunity. Pretty soon — not tomorrow, but soon — fully autonomous cars will be here, driving our asses around. And, in much the same way that aircraft autopilot was almost immediately used to bone, so will bonings follow.… » 6/02/15 5:10pm 6/02/15 5:10pm

Saying That Autonomous Cars Will Kill Millions Of Jobs By 2025 Is Crap

Autonomous cars are coming, and we generally think that’s pretty great. It’ll reserve the driving for the enthusiasts, much the same way cars reserved horses for enthusiasts. But Zack Kanter over at Quartz thinks driverless vehicles will kill millions of jobs, all within ten years. And he’s wrong. » 5/13/15 1:22pm 5/13/15 1:22pm

Self-Driving Cars Are Already Getting Into Accidents [Updated]

Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. » 5/11/15 9:52am 5/11/15 9:52am

Five Things That Autonomous Cars Will Change In TV And Movies

Technology has a way of screwing up entertainment from the past. How many Seinfeld episodes would have been four minutes long is everyone had cell phones? Hell, almost any plot that revolved around missing someone or a wrong bit of information would be obsolete today. So what will autonomous cars do? » 4/27/15 3:54pm 4/27/15 3:54pm

They Drove Cross-Country In An Autonomous Minivan Without GPS. In 1995.

(Think Delphi’s cross-country voyage in an autonomous Audi SQ5 is impressive? Try doing it with 90s tech, without GPS navigation, and in a salvaged Pontiac minivan. That’s what Carnegie Mellon research scientist Dean Pomerleau and then-Ph.D. student Todd Jochem did in 1995. Here’s the story of their journey as it… » 4/09/15 12:00pm 4/09/15 12:00pm

Mercedes Self-Driving Car Seems To Have Gone Rogue In San Francisco

First of all, I implore everyone to remain calm. Chances are, we'll all make it out of this mess okay, but only if we all just keep it together. What it wants is for us to panic, and we can't give it that. Here's the deal: the Mercedes-Benz F015 has been seen roaming the streets of San Francisco. And nobody is sure… » 3/04/15 3:40pm 3/04/15 3:40pm

This Tech Could Tell Cars When A Pedestrian Will Run Into The Street

For self-driving cars to work, they've got to do it all, and that includes navigating city streets where one of the biggest issues isn't just other cars, it's pedestrians. Humans have a sense of what a person will do based on their movements. Computers, not so much. Toyota has an idea how to fix that. » 2/19/15 6:55pm 2/19/15 6:55pm

Volvo Is Going To Let The Actual Public Operate Its Autonomous Cars

Volvo announced this morning that it's about to let 100 real, actual, normal members of the public sit behind the wheel of new XC90s — and not drive them. That's because these cars are completely autonomous, and only in the virtual hands of the inept and mechanical-ham-fisted public can robo-cars truly be tested. » 2/19/15 10:20am 2/19/15 10:20am