The cars, the roads, the entire transportation systems of tomorrow will be influenced by decisions and events of today. How exactly? That’s what we’re going to argue about, this Friday and Saturday, in two panels at the New York Auto Show. You should come through.
As car companies log more and more miles on self-driving prototypes, we’re quickly finding out that there’s not much middle ground between humans driving cars and robots driving cars.
The state of self-driving cars on the road at the moment is we have some semi-autonomous systems that can get flustered and require human intervention. Not only is this the most critical feature of semi-autonomous cars, humans are really, really bad at it, as a new study finds.
Waymo, the new identity of Google’s self-driving car program, now says that it has cut the costs of LIDAR by 90 percent. This is a critical sensor array in making self-driving cars feasible and affordable.
So, what’s it gonna be? Are we going to get a future of robots that bring us beer, or a future of robots killing us Terminator-style? Or... possibly... death by beer? Never mind. Ignore me.
Remember how we could barely believe that a car company could emerge from the ether and start construction on a massive Nevada production facility? Guess what! Faraday Future’s $21 million behind on construction payments.
Tesla took an extra two days to prep a video of their new self-driving tech navigating a “complex urban environment,” to prove how good it is. What we got doesn’t exactly match up.
The LeEco car, the car from the Chinese Netflix, the backers of the mysterious Californian Faraday Future, is finally getting its U.S. debut on a live stage. Except it’s not.
Last week Mercedes got a lot of attention—and not necessarily the good kind—after one of its managers said that in the future, the automaker’s self-driving cars would prioritize the safety of occupants over pedestrians. Now Mercedes is walking that back, and hard. Apparently doing so would be unethical, unacceptable,…
For years now carmakers have been avoiding addressing the Trolley Problem. In the event of an imminent crash, who does your car protect: you, the occupant, or a pedestrian?
Reducing traffic? Fighting the scourge of private ownership? Nah man, there’s something better about autonomous cars, and you can leave it to the Aussies to get it so right.
Today is an important day in the development of autonomous cars, because today the National Highway Safety Administration published the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, a 116-page document that you can read here designed to establish an actual Federal-level policy and safety standards for self-driving vehicles.
Driverless bus prototypes and experiments are already popping up in various urban areas, and it seems like Russia (and their equivalent of Google) is next.
The future is here! It’s also holding up traffic.
The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center is using autonomous Cushman Shuttles—basically golf carts—to drive wounded soldiers to and from the hospital in an effort to get data on autonomobile technology, which the Army later intends to use on the battlefield, Automotive News reports.
Self-driving cars are still outside the reach of ordinary people, but self-driving buses are out prowling the streets of some of the world’s major cities, such as, uh, Helsinki. But holy ghost of Henry Ford are these things slow.
“That’s right!” said Ford CEO Mark Fields, almost to himself. He’d just announced that Ford would offer a fully-autonomous car by 2021. The crowd seemed less than enthused. “Woo,” Fields added.
What’s the going rate for a human life? Depending on a hostage’s citizenship, their employer, and their personal wealth, the ransom asked for can climb into the millions. Half a million is good money in a country with a per capita annual income of $600. Piracy, so often relegated to history books or theme-park…
Daimler’s semi-autonomous bus completed its first public test route, covering a bit more than 12 miles between Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and nearby Haarlem. Also it looks like Tron.