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.
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. »
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. »