The news that Google’s next self-driving car will be a modified Chrysler Pacifica hybrid has quickly elevated “minivan” from the punchlines of dad jokes to a totally serious solution for our transportation troubles. It’s not surprising at all. Zipping a bunch of people and their stuff around a city safely is exactly…
Bosch has announced that it’s been working on a system that can detect and help avoid pedestrians that step out in front of cars, and it hopes to fit it to production vehicles as soon as 2018.
Google has been successfully testing their fully-autonomous cars for a while, and now they’re ready to give them a big behavioral upgrade. So what are they changing?
Google’s new fleet of self-driving bubble-mobiles are finally taking to the roads around the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, and Google is giving artists a chance to turn them into rolling works of art.
An unofficial demonstration of a Volvo XC60’s semi-automated driving functionality in the Dominican Republic ended with the Volvo slamming into a strangely stationary man, who folded forward like a book slamming shut. Volvo essentially blames the owner cheaping out on options. Classy move, Volvo!
Google has built 25 of its techno-koala self-driving prototypes and they’re set to run around the company’s hometown this summer. And after this week’s spate of overhyped news about autonomous car crashes, Google is launching a website to increase transparency on how the project is coming along. That’s good.
In the battle for sideways supremacy, who reigns supreme? BMW's self-drifting 2 Series or Formula Drift Champion, Dai Yoshihara?
When Google announced its purpose-built, self-driving car program in May, the prototype it used for demos was a very rough, early build. After testing all of the different systems in a variety of prototypes, Google has built its first complete robo-pod that's ready to take to the streets.
We've moved beyond the geewhizOMG phase of autonomous cars and into the dirty, nasty, contentious world of legislation and regulation. The California DMV has issued its rules that Google (and others) have to abide by, and with that fight over, now we know what the crew from Mountain View wanted to hide.
The headline feature of Google's latest self-driving prototype is its lack of a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal. It's what Google envisions for the future of transportation, and it also runs afoul of California's autonomous vehicle testing laws.
Audi wanted to give Florida Governor Rick Scott a treat. After all, he's the man that signed the state's autonomous vehicle testing legislation into law, so Audi closed down the Selmon Expressway to give the Gov a ride. And then it broke. Twice.
Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, has confirmed that it's working on an autonomous vehicle, although it's stuck in the lab and might make it onto road this year. Maybe.
When Google finally decided to take it's self-driving prototypes to the next level, they ditched the modified Lexus and Toyota hybrids and rethought what a car should be. Except, it's not a car. It's a cute, non-threatening robot.
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."
The Swedish government wants to beat Google and become the world leader in autonomous vehicle technology, therefore a fleet of 100 self-driving Volvos will use approximately 31 miles of public roads in and around the Swedish city of Gothenburg, starting from 2017.
It's not every day you have to give way to a car that lacks a human driver.