It’s undeniable that the long-rumored Apple car was over-hyped, seemingly from the get-go. What reportedly started out as a clean-sheet approach to the car of the future is now probably just Apple’s attempt at getting in on the tech side of the self-driving wave, and now its car may have been spotted.
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Oh my, oh my. The day has come. An advisory body to the Australian government brought up the thing legislators will probably be debating until there are no longer steering wheels or pedals in road cars: whether people should be allowed to “drive” drunk or on drugs in an autonomous car.
I have to admit, I was surprised by GM’s announcement of their new robotic fuel-cell-powered all-terrain utility-truck platform, SURUS. Most automaker reveals aren’t this confidently utilitarian, and it also seems to be a rebirth of a GM concept I thought was long dead, the Hy-wire fuel-cell concept that featured a…
The people behind Roborace, as the name suggests, plan for it to be the world’s first driverless, electric racing series. They brought on a Tron designer to create a futuristic dog bone of a car, they’ve tested autonomous prototypes countless times and they’re expecting to get racing underway in the next few years.
In our golden years, some of us may no longer be able to drive, which is why one of the biggest beneficiaries of driverless car technology could very well be older people. A new self-driving car startup, Voyage, wants to see how the elderly interact with the new technology. This is actually a clever idea.
Developing an autonomous car that’s deemed safe is one thing. Convincing the majority of skeptical Americans autonomous cars are ready for primetime driving action, not so much. A new study echoes previous findings—most consumers remain uneasy about the technology—but the survey from American International Group found…
New Ford CEO Jim Hackett unveiled a vision for the automaker Tuesday that aligns it with trends emerging across the auto industry, with an emphasis on electrification and mobility (The Future™), all the while slashing costs by $14 billion.
The Tesla Model 3 is the newest and most inexpensive model in the Tesla lineup, and while it lacks some of the features found in the more expensive Model S and Model X, it may end up exceeding them on the self-driving technology front. How? One document appears to reveal an intriguing clue: redundant steering motors,…
There’s more to self-driving cars than just Panda-looking blobs and radar-equipped mules cruising around. Here’s a side to that scene that’s way more underground and DIY that you’d expect.
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More than a dozen U.S. Marines were injured Wednesday morning, after a training accident involving an amphibious vehicle went awry, officials said.
Whether you let your Tesla take over in traffic or you’re satisfied with a car’s power ending at cruise control, consumer vehicles cannot fully drive themselves yet. But as novel and new as the whole “self-driving cars” thing is, it’s already melding into a big puddle of blah. Take the Audi Aicon concept, for example.
Earlier this week, Tesla remotely upgraded select Florida Tesla owners’ cars to expand their mileage capacity in an effort to ease and assist with Hurricane Irma evacuation efforts. The move was praiseworthy and appropriate, but at the root of the gesture lies a terrifying prospect of our automotive future.
Legislation at the federal level for self-driving cars has been wending its way through the U.S. Congress this year, setting up a key vote next week in the U.S. House.
Mercedes-Benz has received some shit lately over the new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio, which doesn’t jibe well for the tiny car subsidiary, which intends to sell only electric vehicles starting in 2018. But electric Smart cars make perfect sense—they’re meant for cities after all—and a new autonomous…
Last month, I was driving down the interstate, somewhere near the southern corner of Virginia, when a thunderstorm opened up above me. Suddenly, a wall of water appeared a hundred yards ahead. In a split second, I had zero visibility, a slick road, and a shitload of anxiety. So I let go of the wheel and felt the car…
A commonly held view toward self-driving cars is that, once the vehicles become fully-automated, a steering wheel and pedals are no longer be needed. Ford appears to be taking an interesting approach to the idea, with a new patent that allows for removable parts that could be plopped back in with ease.
An apparent self-driving Ford Transit Connect confused quite a few people last week as it drove through Arlington, Virginia. Then folks got even more confused when that “self-driving car” ended up being a guy dressed up as a car seat. Now we know that all of this was just part of Virginia Tech’s transportation…
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