It’s usually easy for our human brains to predict how any given car, pedestrian, or cyclist is going to act, but computers must be programmed to “understand” all of our varying behaviors on the road. The latest thing perplexing Google’s self-driving cars (and thereby entertaining us)? A simple track stand, according… »
Presumably someone at Google is making sure that the car knows its driver is actually a human, rather than a rock. Or a particularly large cat. »
It’s always annoying to choose between ‘self-driving cars’ and ‘driverless cars’ or ‘autonomous cars’ or any other of a number of clunky terms for cars that can drive without human control. Here’s a new term: autonomobile. »
Earlier this week morning commuters witnessed a gruesome scene at a busy Brooklyn intersection. An SUV struck several vehicles then hit a cyclist, tangling the bike’s frame in its tires. The cyclist died immediately, his body covered in a white sheet in the middle of the road. Still, many news outlets reported what… »
If you can stomach the thought of handing over control of your hotrod to a computer, you may end up doing a significant part towards ensuring the future environmental stability of this planet. According to a new report from Berkeley Lab researchers, a wholesale switch to self-driving electric vehicles could cut… »
Until now, Google has largely tested its cars on real roads around around Mountain View. But its autonomous Lexus SUVs are now cruising the roads of Austin, Texas too. »
Last night Reuters breathlessly reported that two self-driving cars – one from Delphi and another from Google – had a “close call” in which an autonomous Lexus from Google “cut off” an Audi from Delphi. Except they really didn’t. They reacted exactly like two responsible human drivers would, which is what they’re… »
The state of Virginia has decided to open up 70 miles of its public highways to companies that are developing self-driving cars. »
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has re-promised that the automaker will absolutely have autonomous cars ready by 2020. But you might not be able to buy them – even if you want to – because the government won’t let you.
Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. »
Driving a car is easy. Engine on, eyes open, foot on the gas and you’re all set. So why is it taking autonomous cars so long to learn? »
Perhaps the most important thing to understand about a future in which your car is fully autonomous is that it probably won’t be your car.
Elon Musk envisions self-driving cars being taken to their logical conclusion: crashes eliminated and drivers outlawed. After all, "You don't want a person driving a two-ton death machine," says Musk. [UPDATE] »