Autonomous cars

Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life
Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life

Self-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on...Read More»

Volvo Launches Latest Autonomous Cars Pilot In Sweden
What are the different levels of self-driving cars?

In many ways self-driving cars are an eventuality and a reality. As automakers approach full autonomy toward the end of this decade, several new cars now boast self-driving features that inch toward the goal of driver-less cars soon. Many of these features can be grouped together in a uniform set...Read More»

Continental gets Nevada approval to test autonomous cars
Congress taking up bills to speed testing for self-driving cars

A "patchwork" of conflicting state and federal regulations for self-driving car testing could be ironed out in Congress this year as two senators and House representatives take up bills to address testing. Sens. Jim Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Gary Peters, a Democrat from Michigan...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza with EyeSight
California grants Subaru permit to test self-driving cars

Subaru joined an increasingly large pool of automakers looking to the Golden State as a test bed for a driverless future. The California Department of Motor Vehicles granted Subaru a permit February 9 to test self-driving cars in that state, Engadget reported. That made Subaru the 22nd company to...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
Survey: People plan to read, work, have sex, and pray in self-driving cars

Like washing machines, typewriters, sporks, and other technological marvels, self-driving cars are supposed to make life easier for us poor, beleaguered human beings. They promise to cut traffic accidents and fatalities, offer independence to the elderly and disabled, dial down travel times...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Google's Waymo is leading the self-driving car race

Google's self-driving car project--now known as Waymo--has put plenty of miles on the odometer. In fact, since 2009, the company's autonomous fleet has traveled 2.3 million miles without assistance from their human companions. All that work is paying big dividends, according to new data from the...Read More»

Audi and NVIDIA's self-driving concept car
Germany working toward legislating self-driving cars

The German government has drafted a law that would allow self-driving cars to operate on the Central European country's streets (or straße) that would place the burden for wrecks on drivers and not vehicles themselves. The proposed legislation would require vehicles to have a "black box"...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year

Motorists of all ages are concerned about self-driving cars. Uber and Lyft drivers are worried about losing their jobs, while others simply doubt that computers can drive as well as humans. (Fun fact: they can. And how.) But what's often left out of discussions around autonomous vehicles are the...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a car will arrive, they facilitate carpooling to cut down on fares, and of course...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021

Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in Mexico back to the States for the...Read More»

FDNY Ambulance
The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants?

Self-driving cars will change the world, and according to most analysts, those changes will be for the better: fewer traffic accidents, fewer fatalities and injuries, smoother-flowing traffic, better fuel economy, and so on. However, there are a couple of downsides. For example, autonomous cars...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Well, that was fast: California puts the brakes on Uber's self-driving fleet

Yesterday, we told you that Uber had brought its test-fleet of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, and that the California Department of Motor Vehicles was not amused. Apparently, "not amused" would be an understatement. Within hours of yesterday's launch of the pilot program--which mirrors the...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber takes self-driving cars to San Francisco, DMV isn't happy

In August, Uber surprised most of the auto world by launching a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, the company is bringing some of its self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, California, and while that might please many Bay Area techies, the state's Department of...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
Michigan's new self-driving car laws help automakers, hobble Uber

The auto industry is constrained by a patchwork of federal and state laws. This is, in part, why Tesla has had such a tough time selling its vehicles in certain states. It's also made things difficult for automakers who are trying to develop self-driving vehicles: what might be perfectly legal in...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Apple finally, kinda-sorta says that it wants to build self-driving cars

The will it/won't it debate around Apple's not-so-secret desire to build self-driving cars has taken an interesting turn. In a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company gave its biggest hint yet that autonomous vehicles are on its radar. The five-page letter...Read More»

Otto self-driving truck prototype
Self-driving trucking company, Otto, broke Nevada law, but there aren't any penalties

Self-driving trucking company Otto gambled big in Nevada last spring. According to Auto News, the payoff on that bet has been huge, but it's put Otto in hot water with regulators. Back in October, Otto carried out a 120-mile beer delivery in Colorado. Ordinarily, that would've been no big deal, but...Read More»

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2015 (NHTSA)
Traffic fatalities rise: can we really blame apps?

It'll probably be another week or two before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases its official stats on 2015 traffic fatalities. However, early data suggests a significant uptick from 2014--potentially 7.7 percent or higher. What's to blame for that sharp increase? According...Read More»

Angry teen driver
Human drivers will probably bully self-driving cars

Bullying has recently become a hot topic of conversation, particularly in schools. But of course, it's been an issue for decades, if not millennia, probably because it's human nature to pick on others who are seen as weak or different. Sadly, a new study suggests that we may not limit our bullying...Read More»

Downey 5 Min. Car Wash (Los Angeles, California)
Today's high-tech safety systems can't quite handle car washes

Modern cars come with a huge array of safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. These systems are good at spotting obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, but some things confuse them--things like car washes, for example. That might sound like an absurd shortcoming, but if you look...Read More»

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