Mercedes, Google, Volvo To Accept Liability When Their Autonomous Cars Screw Up

Autonomous cars are an inevitability, which we’ve known for a while, but the remaining questions we’ve had for a while doesn’t concern the technology, but rather the regulations. Rather than wait for the government to say something, it looks like manufacturers are just saying “screw it” and stepping up to the plate… »10/07/15 11:47am10/07/15 11:47am

Brand Loyalty Is for Suckers

Every year, when a new tech product is announced, the world divides into two kinds of people: people who line up to buy the New Shiny Thing, and people who rant about how New Shiny Thing sucks. Both of those groups of people are chumps. Loyalty to a brand—whether it’s love or hatred—is a poison that makes you stupid. »10/01/15 11:53am10/01/15 11:53am

The Drivers of SF's Tech Buses Are Paid So Little They're Forced to Live in Cars

The buses that shuttle San Francisco tech workers to and from their Silicon Valley jobs each day have been blamed for displacing longtime residents. In a heartbreaking twist, the drivers of those buses are paid so little that they, too, have been priced out of San Francisco–and some of them must live in their cars. »9/23/15 6:22pm9/23/15 6:22pm

A Cyclist's Track Stand Befuddled One of Google's Self-Driving Cars

It’s usually easy for our human brains to predict how any given car, pedestrian, or cyclist is going to act, but computers must be programmed to “understand” all of our varying behaviors on the road. The latest thing perplexing Google’s self-driving cars (and thereby entertaining us)? A simple track stand, according… »8/27/15 10:17pm8/27/15 10:17pm

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 2:04pm6/26/15 2:04pm