Elon Musk Describes the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Elon Musk isn't afraid to speak his mind—and it always feels like he's about to change the world. So when the Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal billionaire sat down with Nvidia's CEO to talk about his self-driving cars, we listened carefully. (Not because he always delivers on his promises, mind you.) » 3/18/15 9:46am 3/18/15 9:46am

​Elon Musk Thinks Drivers Could Be Outlawed In The Future

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] » 3/17/15 3:14pm 3/17/15 3:14pm

​This Autonomous Audi Is About To Drive Itself Across The Country

The auto supplier Delphi is out to prove its autonomous car technology is up to snuff with a 3,500-mile trek that will take its heavily modified Audi SQ5 from San Francisco to New York. » 3/13/15 5:32pm 3/13/15 5:32pm

This Windowless Autonomous Racer Promises A 4-Minute Le Mans Lap

Autonomous race cars sound idiotic at first glance. And second. But there's something to this concept from the Italian designers at ED. The Torq isn't just a self-driving, electric racer with over 1,300 lb-ft of torque. It's pointing towards a new direction for endurance racing. It's also total bullshit, at least for… » 3/04/15 7:50pm 3/04/15 7:50pm

How Artificial Intelligence Playing Atari Could Help Self-Driving Cars

When Google announced its new artificial intelligence system could play, learn, and beat some old-school Atari games, my first reaction was, "Cool. Call me when it can play Spy Hunter." Actually, what about Gran Turismo? Because that's obviously part of the plan. » 2/27/15 9:30pm 2/27/15 9:30pm

​Honda, Nissan, And Toyota To Team Up On Self-Driving Car Tech

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. » 2/26/15 8:30pm 2/26/15 8:30pm

​You Can Be Trained To Test A Self-Driving Car In Less Than Two Hours

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… » 2/25/15 4:46pm 2/25/15 4:46pm

​Why You Won't Be Able To Buy An Apple Car

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… » 2/25/15 12:02pm 2/25/15 12:02pm

Hollywood Is Making A Self-Driving Car-Racing-Action-Comedy Thing

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. » 2/19/15 8:55pm 2/19/15 8:55pm

Apple's Car Will Drive Itself, Says Reuters

As if yesterday's report that Apple is working on an electric car codenamed "Titan" wasn't surprising enough, this morning Reuters issued a follow up claiming Apple's car is actually of the self-driving variety. And there's more. » 2/14/15 2:11pm 2/14/15 2:11pm

Apple Really Is Working on a Car, Claims Wall Street Journal

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. » 2/13/15 6:00pm 2/13/15 6:00pm

​Google Is Reportedly Developing Its Own Uber Competitor

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. » 2/02/15 5:46pm 2/02/15 5:46pm

​Uber Is Opening A Robotics Lab To Start Work On Self-Driving Cars

Uber is 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... » 2/02/15 5:15pm 2/02/15 5:15pm

​Google Doesn't Think The DMV Is Capable Of Regulating Self-Driving Cars

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. » 1/28/15 1:48pm 1/28/15 1:48pm

​Part Of The Autobahn Is Being Developed For Self-Driving Cars

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. » 1/26/15 7:35pm 1/26/15 7:35pm

The Designer Behind Nest, iPod Could Design Your First Self-Driving Car

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. » 1/20/15 12:45pm 1/20/15 12:45pm

Driving a BMW Remotely With a Smartwatch Feels Preposterously Dangerous

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? » 1/06/15 2:11pm 1/06/15 2:11pm

​Audi Lets Its Self-Driving Car Loose On Trip From SF To Vegas

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.
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Personal ​Injury Lawyer Says Self-Driving Cars Will End His Business

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.
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The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch 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. » 12/15/14 1:55pm 12/15/14 1:55pm