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 Wednesday 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

​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 1/26/15 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