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

Why Google's Goofy Little Self-Driving Car Is Almost A Design Triumph

Google just showed the world their new self-driving car, and it looks pretty much like a cross between an Isetta, Honda's Asimo robot, and a Koala. Matt, the Editor King, told me "our readers are going to hate it." Maybe. But, if you think about it, the design is brilliant. Well, almost brilliant. » 5/29/14 1:20pm 5/29/14 1:20pm

Google Car Is A Toy, But Self-Driving Trucks Could Change The World

Semi-truck driving seems like exactly the kind of repetitive, yet awareness-intensive activity that robots were born to bear the burden of. Why bother with a self-driving PowerWheels koala bear when 'bots could be taking the efficiency of ground transport to a whole new level? » 5/28/14 4:06pm 5/28/14 4:06pm

What Should Robot Cars' Ethical Rules Be?

Recently, there's been a lot of talk about the ethics of robotic cars. Put simply, should your autonomous car kill you if it means saving two other people? This is actually a philosophical issue that's been around for a long time, but it doesn't make the solutions any easier. What rules should robotic cars live by? » 5/21/14 3:02pm 5/21/14 3:02pm