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.
A professor Audi dubbed an “innovation expert” may not have the highest opinion of America’s big players in autonomous car tech, but he’s right about one thing: the Google car just ain’t a looker. And now, through the miracle of German humor, it has a nickname it won’t be losing anytime soon.
Google just released a monthly update on its self-driving car program discussing how its cars will communicate with human drivers in other cars to make sure they don’t kill themselves. The strategy: teach the autonomous cars how to honk at us flesh-bound mortals.
Most wouldn’t argue that getting paid to drive cars is a dream job, but Google is putting a new spin on that concept in its car division. The company put out a job listing looking to hire people to sit behind the wheel of its self-driving vehicles and, well, not drive—unless absolutely necessary.
Google is teaching its cars how to drive, and that hasn’t been without some drama. Here’s footage of one of their Lexus’ recent crashes with a city bus.
According to IEEE Spectrum, documents filed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission indicate that new efforts toward Google’s prototype autonomous cars include the testing of several wireless charging systems for the vehicles in California. The systems come from two companies that specialize in creating charging…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.