As incredible as it sounds, Finnish law doesn’t require the vehicles on its roads to have drivers. That makes it the perfect place to test autonomous tech, which is exactly what’s now happening.
Technically, Ford has been selling driver-less cars since always, because it is illegal to sell people with cars. But this time the automaker will sell a car that cannot be driven: a fully autonomous car, with no human driver controls, much like Google’s autonomous car. The planned target markets are commercial…
After nearly a decade with the company, the chief technical officer of Google’s self-driving car project left the company—along with two other veterans of the car division. The decisions to leave come under a new leader on the project, who reportedly didn’t mesh well with some longtime employees.
Last week art dealer Albert Scaglione told police that Autopilot was engaged when his Tesla Model X crashed and rolled across the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Tesla is less than convinced.
China’s top search engine Baidu already has driverless car prototypes out on the road. Now they’ve announced plans to have them in mass production in five years. That might not even be the most ambitious part, either.
Joshua Schachter knows a thing or two about going fast. He’s an avid Spec Miata racer and part owner of the Aston Martin-slinging TRG racing team. But the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor’s latest venture isn’t about getting humans to go fast in cars—it’s about making cars go fast by themselves, and it’s open…
Roborace, the new autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E, will surely be a masterful technical exercise that showcases the bleeding edge of modern artificial intelligence technology. Will it be any fun to watch? Given that most of what I love about racing involves a human element, I’m not sold yet.
Roborace, the autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E, hired Tron: Legacy lightcycle designer Daniel Simon to create its four-wheeled racers for competition. The Verge reports that these wild dog-bone-shaped creations are packed full of sensors to keep them from Maldonado-ing into each other.
You know how I knew the Great Jalopnik Throwdown over driverless cars would be good? Because it started almost immediately with a diatribe from Jason Torchinsky about robotic car enslavement. And Alex Roy talking about how he’ll stash motorcycles all over the city to do “a social good” if banning cars becomes an…
Self-driving cars seem to be just about all the auto industry can discuss lately, but at least one robotics expert thinks it’s time to slow that roll a little bit. While a Duke University researcher and is all for autonomous technology, she said it’s far from ready for widespread deployment.
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If you ask automakers and tech companies why they’re exploring autonomous vehicles, the number one answer is probably “safety.” The theory is it’s safer, in the long run, if you take driving out of human hands. Ironically, safety is the exact reason why the California Department of Motor Vehicles is proposing new…
If you thought of Google’s adorable panda-like driverless car as a glorified science experiment until now, get ready to change your mind. According to reports within the company, Google is set to make its driverless car program a standalone “Alphabet” business in 2016—the biggest sign yet that driverless cars are…
Just like most of us can bark commands at our smartphones, the future of driverless cars may now include vehicles telling pedestrians what to do. It’s beginning to look a lot like... Skynet. (That’s a joke. A Christmas-themed Terminator joke, because why not.)
If you ever had worries about a future that features autonomous cars taking away the appeal of car races, never fear—the ROBORACE is here. No, seriously. This is a real thing.
Cars without drivers. Drones with cars. Both with autopilot features.
As the future of driverless cars pedals (itself?) onward, one person in the business wants to slow the process — at least, until all of the bases are covered.
It’s always annoying to choose between ‘self-driving cars’ and ‘driverless cars’ or ‘autonomous cars’ or any other of a number of clunky terms for cars that can drive without human control. Here’s a new term: autonomobile.
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,…