The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road. » 12/15/14 4:33pm 12/15/14 4:33pm

Trapster Will Die At The End Of The Year

Trapster, the app that let users share everything from speed traps to red light cameras, is headed to the great app store in the sky after mismanagement, neglect, and one ridiculously creepy privacy scandal. » 12/01/14 7:55pm 12/01/14 7:55pm

Now Nokia and Mercedes Are Trying to Build a Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars stand to be the next piece of technology that shakes the foundations of modern life. It's not hard to see why—it's basically science fiction come to life. Since it seems like everybody wants to be involved, news that Mercedes and Nokia were teaming up didn't come as a huge surprise. » 9/11/13 9:45am 9/11/13 9:45am

In The Future, Your Car Will Tell You Where To Park

Speed trap app Trapster's major limitation is a lack of map data. Last week's sale of Trapster to Nokia-owned map provider NAVTEQ will fix this one glaring oversight. In return, NAVTEQ will finally be able to amass real-time parking data. » 12/20/10 10:30am 12/20/10 10:30am

Nokia Tosses Hat Into The Traffic Tracking Ring

Nokia is the latest manufacturer to try its hand into the traffic tracking and communication area. Unlike the other methods, Nokia's traffic shenanigans uses an existing gadget: your GPS-enabled Nokia cellphone. » 2/15/08 12:45pm 2/15/08 12:45pm

TomTom Offers Serious MoneyMoney for Tele Atlas

Making good street maps is a pretty tough gig, which is why TomTom and Garmin are in a bidding war for Tele Atlas, the only major unsold mapmaker left (Navteq was purchased by Nokia for $8.1 billion). TomTom, the leader in navigation equipment, raised the stakes by offering a whopping $4.2 billion. What's great about… » 11/07/07 1:30pm 11/07/07 1:30pm