Why Autonomous Cars Could Be The Change Disabled People Need

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. » 3/13/15 1:46pm 3/13/15 1:46pm

An Old Guy's Take On Driverless Cars

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… » 2/06/15 2:08pm 2/06/15 2:08pm

Google's Autonomous Car Passed The Nevada Driving Test With Some Help

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. » 9/11/14 7:00pm 9/11/14 7:00pm

Will Autonomous Cars Kill the Traffic Light?

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. » 8/20/14 1:27pm 8/20/14 1:27pm

Google's Autonomous Car Is Programmed to Speed Because It's Safer

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. » 8/19/14 3:58pm 8/19/14 3:58pm

​Will Autonomous Vehicles Breed 'Spam Cars'?

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. » 6/20/14 4:53pm 6/20/14 4:53pm

Where are driverless cars even legal?

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. » 6/11/14 5:07pm 6/11/14 5:07pm

Is The Google Car A New Dawn For Car Bombs?

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. » 6/06/14 6:41pm 6/06/14 6:41pm

Google's Self-Driving Car Has A Cute Exterior And No Morals Whatsoever

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. » 6/04/14 2:55pm 6/04/14 2:55pm

The Real Reason Google's Self-Driving Car Doesn't Have Controls

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. » 5/29/14 8:00pm 5/29/14 8:00pm

These Are Your Ten Biggest Fears About The Google Car

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. » 5/29/14 11:00am 5/29/14 11:00am

Of Course Uber Is Planning To Make All Its Cars Autonomous

Less than 24 hours after Google showed off its first ground-up self-driving vehicle, the CEO of Uber confirmed what we all assumed: its on-demand car service will go autonomous. » 5/28/14 5:32pm 5/28/14 5:32pm

Roush Is Helping Build Google's Self-Driving Car

A source tells Jalopnik that Roush Enterprises is the mysterious Detroit-area company building Google's driverless car, adding to their portfolio of performance parts, military vehicles and NASCAR stock cars. » 5/28/14 3:09pm 5/28/14 3:09pm

The Best Google Car Photoshops

The Google Car is a sweet-looking car. Not sweet-looking like a high-boy gasser '55 Chev looks sweet, but sweet-looking like a buttercup filled with plucked daisies looks sweet. » 5/28/14 1:46pm 5/28/14 1:46pm

What Do You Fear Most About The Google Car?

New technology is scary, and the idea of a car with no steering wheel or pedals is certainly very new. So let's get our worst fantasies out of the way — what do you fear most about the Google Car? » 5/28/14 11:40am 5/28/14 11:40am

Google's Driverless Car Is Built In Detroit, But By Whom?

A little, buried factoid in the hubbub over Google's little automatic bean-mobile, which drove the Internet crazy last night: It's being built here in the Motor City*. Now we need to know who's behind it. » 5/28/14 9:54am 5/28/14 9:54am

​Why Google's Self-Driving Car Will Fail

Google's New Self-Driving Car Doesn't Have A Steering Wheel

Google just unveiled its latest autonomous car, and it's a bulbous two-seater, with no steering wheel, gas or brake. This is the future, pod people. » 5/27/14 10:09pm 5/27/14 10:09pm

Protesters Angry Over Surveillance Visit Home Of Google Car Engineer

Google has had a rough go lately with its perception among Bay Area residents. The whole Google private bus issue hasn't helped matters. And then there are those who want more privacy. They're starting to form mobs. » 1/24/14 12:00pm 1/24/14 12:00pm