Saying that “autonomous cars are coming” is basically a cliche at this point, but it’s true. Even more true, however, is that semi-autonomous cars are already here. They can drive themselves, sort of. It’s a wonderful party trick to be sure, but which semi-autonomous car should you buy? Watch us argue, disagree, and…
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Faraday Future has made a lot of wild claims, but does it really have what it takes to be the next Tesla? Nevada’s state treasurer went to China last week to meet with Leshi, the parent company of Faraday Future, over concerns with the company delaying its promised $1 billion in investment funding for a new…
This summer, the U.S. army is taking its next steps towards instituting autonomous military vehicles by dispatching a convoy of self-driving trucks on a highway in Michigan to test vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, Automotive News reports. That’s right: huge, self-driving trucks will be driving on public roads.
Tesla recently added a feature to its Model S allowing users to summon their car like an obedient dog, and now the Apple Watch is on board too. Other than being ridiculously cool, the process essentially works like summoning with a key fob.
According to IEEE Spectrum, documents filed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission indicate that new efforts toward Google’s prototype autonomous cars include the testing of several wireless charging systems for the vehicles in California. The systems come from two companies that specialize in creating charging…
Is nothing sacred? It would appear not, as now even the small, self-governing Isle of Man, forever independent of the changing empires of Europe around it, and home to one of the oldest and most dangerous races on the planet, is inviting autonomous vehicle development to its roads.
The British Government has just committed almost $30 million to develop various facets of autonomous car tech, a chunk of which Bosch and Jaguar Land Rover are getting to develop self-driving cars that actually “drive like humans, not robots.”
Google’s self-driving cars have racked up about 1.4 million self-driven miles on actual roads in the last six years, but as impressive as that sounds, it’s a pittance compared to what the simulators have been doing behind the scenes.
Self-driving cars spend a lot of time looking at their surroundings to know how they should respond to the road. But autonomous cars will likely spend some time looking at you to work out how they should behave, too.
Autonomous cars are coming, and semi-autonomous cars are already here. They promise a new transportation future, with no traffic and increased productivity. But what if we encounter a new experience, one we’re not fully prepared for?
The weird thing about the road trip of the future is that it’s much more like the road trips we used to take in our past than anything else. My coworkers and I just did 1400-odd miles in an electric Tesla Model S that could also drive itself. It wasn’t just the trip of the future. It was the way things used to be, too.
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.
Last week, President Obama announced plans to earmark a whopping $4 billion for autonomous vehicle research. These funds will be dispersed to pilot programs all over the country during the next decade—but where and how the money is spent will determine just how big a step forward Obama’s plan really is.
We haven’t heard much about the inevitable next-generation GT-R supercar, but we can expect it’s going to offer ballistic abilities to those lucky enough to drive it, particularly on racetracks. Nissan says why do that when you can sit in it and have it drive you around the racetrack. Huh?
In his final State of the Union, President Obama hinted about building a “21st century transportation system.” Now we know he was actually sitting on a plan to dramatically change the way Americans get around.
Winter driving is, generally, a pain in the ass. That usually starts with a morning windshield-scraping and snow-clearing so you can actually see well enough to drive. But what about your car? Many modern cars need to “see” as well, and all that ice and snow gets in the way. Here’s how to help.
As part of the regulations surrounding self-driving cars, anyone with a permit to test an autonomous vehicle in California has to report how often the human driver is forced to take control from the computer. The first round of filings is in, and it’s not all good for the machines.
President Obama gave his final State of the Union address tonight, pointing out the auto industry having its best year ever while looking to a future where our reliance on fossil fuels no longer limits us.