As car companies log more and more miles on self-driving prototypes, we’re quickly finding out that there’s not much middle ground between humans driving cars and robots driving cars.
If you fall down the Internet rabbit hole looking into autonomous cars, eventually you’ll arrive at Francis P. Houdina. Yeah, Houdina—not Houdini, but we’ll get to that a minute. Why’s Houdina relevant? He tested out a driverless car. In 1925.
The state of self-driving cars on the road at the moment is we have some semi-autonomous systems that can get flustered and require human intervention. Not only is this the most critical feature of semi-autonomous cars, humans are really, really bad at it, as a new study finds.
Modern cars are equipped with all sorts of fancy new safety equipment. A side-effect of all those automated braking systems and other goodies is that your car might freak the hell out in an automated car wash, kind of like trying to get a dog into a bathtub.
So, what’s it gonna be? Are we going to get a future of robots that bring us beer, or a future of robots killing us Terminator-style? Or... possibly... death by beer? Never mind. Ignore me.
Last week Mercedes got a lot of attention—and not necessarily the good kind—after one of its managers said that in the future, the automaker’s self-driving cars would prioritize the safety of occupants over pedestrians. Now Mercedes is walking that back, and hard. Apparently doing so would be unethical, unacceptable,…
For years now carmakers have been avoiding addressing the Trolley Problem. In the event of an imminent crash, who does your car protect: you, the occupant, or a pedestrian?
Reducing traffic? Fighting the scourge of private ownership? Nah man, there’s something better about autonomous cars, and you can leave it to the Aussies to get it so right.
Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh are super exciting for anyone interested in the future of transportation—but they could come at a huge risk for passengers riding in the vehicles.
So far, self-driving cars have a safer driving track record than most humans. This seems impressive, but part of the reason is because we suck at driving. We’re in a hurry, we get angry, and we take unnecessary risks. In those areas, self-driving cars have a few things they could teach us.
Driverless bus prototypes and experiments are already popping up in various urban areas, and it seems like Russia (and their equivalent of Google) is next.
The future is here! It’s also holding up traffic.
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.
Tesla’s new semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has already saved a few YouTubers from spectacular crashes. But according to Elon Musk, those aren’t the exception to the rule: Autopilot has decreased crashes by 50 percent in a few months.