No, The Robocar Road Wars Haven’t Begun

Last night Reuters breathlessly reported that two self-driving cars – one from Delphi and another from Google – had a “close call” in which an autonomous Lexus from Google “cut off” an Audi from Delphi. Except they really didn’t. They reacted exactly like two responsible human drivers would, which is what they’re… » 6/26/15 2:04pm 6/26/15 2:04pm

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 10:43am 6/11/15 10:43am

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

Google Needs To Come Clean About Its Self-Driving Car Crashes

Over the past six years, Google claims that its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 “minor” accidents with light damage and no injuries. More importantly, it says its autonomous vehicles were never the cause of the crash. And it only took one report from the Associated Press for Google to finally release the… » 5/11/15 3:50pm 5/11/15 3:50pm

A Smart Modular Roadway Could Ping Workers When It Needs To Be Replaced

Autonomous vehicles get all the glory in our ideal transportation future, but they’re gonna need somewhere to drive. Our streets are seriously lagging, technology-wise. Enter smart roadways that can alert crews when they need to be repaired—and then can be swapped out as easily as Lego bricks. » 4/28/15 5:32pm 4/28/15 5:32pm

This Windowless Autonomous Racer Promises A 4-Minute Le Mans Lap

Autonomous race cars sound idiotic at first glance. And second. But there's something to this concept from the Italian designers at ED. The Torq isn't just a self-driving, electric racer with over 1,300 lb-ft of torque. It's pointing towards a new direction for endurance racing. It's also total bullshit, at least for… » 3/04/15 7:50pm 3/04/15 7:50pm

​Why You Won't Be Able To Buy An Apple Car

Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's… » 2/25/15 12:02pm 2/25/15 12:02pm

The Navy's Future War Plan Includes Swarms Of Heavily Armed Sea Robots

There are three things that an aircraft carrier fears. One of them is a massive swarm of tiny boats, each of them carrying outsized armaments. Sure you might get one, five, even ten of them. But you can't stop 200. So to get in on the game, the US Navy's building a swarm of their own. But the Navy's has a computerized… » 10/06/14 6:14pm 10/06/14 6:14pm

Oshkosh M-ATV Is The Next War Machine Going To Battle Without A Driver

Oshkosh's freshly-updated M-ATV, a giant off-road war machine they consider "medium," is now being fitted with the company's TerraMax technology. This allows the M-ATV to drive itself, with the purpose of clearing paths for larger, clumsier cargo-transporting trucks that are more vulnerable to attack. » 5/13/14 3:09pm 5/13/14 3:09pm

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 3:58pm 12/18/13 3:58pm