The verdict is split on the styling of Google's self-driving techno-koala. Some of us love it, some of us hate it, but mostly it's been met with a resounding "meh". Chris Bangle takes it a step further, saying the "'face' is supposed to be cutesy but is awful weak."
How well does the Lexus LS 600h's Active Pedestrian Detection System work? Allow Consumer Reports and its levitating test dummy "Steve" demonstrate.
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.
A Japanese company has created a creepily anthropomorphic, Linux-powered 1/10-scale robot car capable of piloting itself with the use of cameras and sensors to test autonomous algorithms without trashing real cars. It's called RoboCar Z.