Google’s self-driving cars have racked up about 1.4 million self-driven miles on actual roads in the last six years, but as impressive as that sounds, it’s a pittance compared to what the simulators have been doing behind the scenes.
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…
Google recently invited artists to design artwork themed around their community and neighbors to be featured on the company’s prototype self-driving cars. Kind of like the daily Google Doodle.
In a way, the pace of the self-driving car revolution will really be determined by a single technology: How quickly 3D laser scanners will improve until they’re as good as the old-fashioned 3D scanners in our human eyes.
Good human drivers know to cover the brake pedal when they’re rolling through a neighbourhood football game, and it sounds like Google’s computerized drivers are being equally cautious.
With autonomous vehicle operators now required to report their crashes, we finally have some data to compare robot drivers to human drivers when it comes to road safety. Here’s one good argument for a robot-driving future: Human drivers are more likely to get in crashes that hurt or kill other humans.
For Americans with mobility impairments, just getting around can be a challenge. Public transit that accommodates for the disabled is inconsistent and even non-existent in some places. Purchasing an adaptive van can be as expensive as a supercar. But autonomous cars may provide an affordable and radical solution.
I've been seeing a lot of 'Save the manuals' missives float past on blog pages and social media recently. Having never owned anything but sticks in 40 some odd years, I'm wondering if one will be available on the next new car I purchase. But it also reminds me of cars I've owned or driven that have had such fun…
An interesting article over at IEEE Spectrum details how Google's autonomous Prius became the first self-driving car to pass a state driving test. Even if it was a special autonomous car test with the route and acceptable weather conditions set by Google. And a Google engineer had to take over. Twice.
The first electric traffic light blazed to life a century ago this month, transforming the way our cities managed vehicular flow. But this icon of the automobile age could become a rarity on our American roads, thanks to the advent of autonomous cars.
Self-driving cars are coming, some people are freaked out about them. Here's something that might not put those people at ease: According to a Google engineer, the cars are designed to exceed the speed limit. Don't worry though! There's actually a good reason for it.
Anyone that's traveled to Vegas in the past decade has seen them. Trucks carrying massive billboards for gentlemen's clubs, shooting ranges, and way-off-the-Strip "services". Now remove the driver from the situation. Yup. It's spam IRL.
We've got the answer. These are the states where driverless cars AKA self-driving cars AKA autonomous cars AKA robot cars are legal (FL is more progressive than you think), not legal and in-legislation. Also shown are the states with no legislation at all.
You could argue that the most terrifying weapon of the post-modern era is the car bomb, delivering explosives anywhere, at any time, and hidden in plain sight. The only weapon that's possibly more piercing into the collective unconscious is drones, and the Google Car could very well combine the two.
Google's latest self-driving car prototype has no steering wheel or controls of any kind inside. And, as Conan O'Brien has now exposed, that means it also has no morality.
The most dangerous thing about autonomous cars isn't snow or rain or Neo hacking the mainframe. It's the meat bag behind the wheel. Specifically, it's the "handoff" from car to driver, and that's why Google nixed the steering wheel, brake, and accelerator on its self-driving prototype.
The future is here, but is it a bright one with Google's autonomous ride? These are the fears of an autonomous future that are keeping you awake at night.
I mean, why not? Not like it'll drive through your front room in search of revenge.