Japan's largest automakers are teaming up with the government, local universities, and electronics companies to make a concerted go at developing and standardizing self-driving car technology beginning later this year. »
The California DMV is in charge of overseeing autonomous car testing in the state. Part of that includes ensuring the people operating the fleet of robo-cars are properly trained, but because the DMV is incapable of getting its shit together, that means some companies only require a couple hours of training before… »
Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's… »
You know the worst part about racing movies? Drivers. They're so dull and milquetoast, never showing emotion, but needlessly devolving into wild rivalries based on outmoded ideas like "skill" and "talent." The director of The Pirates of the Caribbean wants to change that. »
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has hundreds of people working on a top secret project: an electric minivan. The massive undertaking, codenamed "Titan", is expected to last years, and it's entirely possible that Apple will abandon it. But if it doesn't, Steve Jobs's iCar dream will finally come true. »
Well, this is interestingly timed. Hot on the heels of a report claiming Uber is beginning to work on self-driving technology, Google is supposedly in the process of developing its own ridesharing service. »
reportedly building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA – home of Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute – to "kickstart autonomous tax fleet development." So it begins... »
Governments aren't particularly adept at grasping new technology, and Google made that point crystal clear at a meeting this week in California where the safety and regulation of self-driving cars were debated. »
Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have made it clear that they don't want to rely on Google or other companies to develop self-driving technology or the data that's involved, and now the German government is stepping in to facilitate things with a plan to establish a section of the autobahn for autonomous vehicle testing. »
Self-driving cars have to be easy if they're going to catch on. Yes, they have to be safe, but they also need to be approachable. Tony Fadell – the creator of the Nest thermostat and one of the guys behind the iPod and iPhone – might be the man to make that happen. »
The BMW I3 is a lovely hunk of automobile, the kind of vehicle you would save up for years to buy, and then polish with a diaper. Hold on there, sir. Do you really want to drive this masterpiece of engineering with a Samsung Gear S smartwatch? »
Audi is embarking on a 550-mile trek from San Francisco to Las Vegas to prove that its "piloted driving" system is ready to tackle the soul-sucking journey through Central California and Nevada.
File this one way to "No Shit". Eric Turkewitz is a personal injury lawyer in New York and he's convinced that self-driving cars will spell the end of his career. And he's totally okay with that.
For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps—much 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. »
Audi showcased its new Audi RS7 piloted driving concept prior to the finale of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) by having it circle the Hockenheimring without a driver at high speeds. »
Google's self-driving cars are required to have a brake, accelerator, and steering wheel to test in California. But the Big G has found a loophole, and it's making unwitting test subjects out of NASA employees at the Ames Research Center outside of Mountain View, CA. »