Autonomous cars

Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California
Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California

You can say a lot of things about Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, but you certainly can't call them slackers. They've crafted a plan for world domination that includes electric cars, self-driving technology, solar power, and energy storage, among other things--and they're not done yet. For Tesla's...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept, 2014 Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show
Congress keeps self-driving big rigs in the slow lane (but for how long?)

There are certain things that most Americans agree on nowadays. For example: Global warming is real and is caused by human activities. Smoking and second-hand smoke are both harmful. Congress is a complete and utter crapfest. Another thing we accept: autonomous cars are coming, whether we like it...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo's next trick for self-driving cars? Identifying emergency vehicles

Waymo may be winning the race to build fully autonomous cars (at least by some estimates), but it still has a long way to go before those vehicles can roll themselves into showrooms. Among the more challenging tricks that self-driving cars have to master next is recognizing emergency vehicles and...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Following asset freeze, Faraday Future postpones Nevada plant indefinitely

Last week, we wrote (again) about Faraday Future and its ongoing cash struggles. As if things weren't bad enough for the Chinese start-up, the situation has been worsened by the Chinese government, which recently froze $2.5 billion in assets held by founder Jia Yueting, his wife, and subsidiaries...Read More»

Self-driving test vehicle built by ZF
ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone

Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power self-driving cars of the future will be able to calculate better decisions that could...Read More»

Self-driving Uber
Is this the 'smoking gun'? Uber promised former Waymo engineer legal aid

It's hard to believe, but Uber's no good, very bad week, just got less good and even worse. Following the resignation of the company's embattled CEO, Travis Kalanick, a document has emerged that suggests Uber knew about a massive theft of trade secrets from Waymo, which was carried out by one of...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot
Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S collided with an 18-wheeler in Williston, Florida. News of the fatal accident was accompanied by plenty of speculation about what Brown had been doing at the time of the crash. A newly published, 538-page report from the National...Read More»

Jeff Bezos
Amazon wants to sell you a car

Retail behemoth Amazon has conquered much of its brick-and-mortar competition. Bookstores are dead or dying; big box stores aren't too far behind; and even where physical shops survive, it's not hard to find consumers paused in the aisles, checking the prices of comparable products on Amazon. But...Read More»

Vintage Apple logo
It's official: Tim Cook confirms that Apple is working on self-driving car software

After years of speculation and rumor, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has confirmed that the company is developing software to power self-driving cars. No one seems to have been surprised by the revelation--after all, Apple's allegedly hush-hush "Project Titan" division tasked with building and testing that...Read More»

Revenue projections for the passenger economy through 2050 (via Strategy Analytics)
Study: Self-driving cars will be a $7 trillion industry by 2050

In the 1960s, it was plastics. In the 1990s, it was ecommerce. And in the 2040s, many of the world's movers and shakers will likely be working on autonomous cars--at least according to one new study. That study is called Accelerating the Future: The Economic Impact of the Emerging Passenger...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Uber fires former Waymo engineer, but can it stay in the self-driving car race?

It's been nearly three weeks since the messy legal battle between ride-sharing giant Uber and self-driving car company Waymo made headlines, but rest assured, all is not quiet on the West Coast front. Yesterday, Uber finally fired the engineer at the center of the contentious court case, Anthony...Read More»

From the INRIX Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey
Study: People don't trust self-driving cars from Uber or Lyft

Last September, we reported on a study showing that consumers would be interested in vehicles made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The gist was that decades-old car companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota could soon face stiff competition from auto industry newbies. Now, there's...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Tesla turned down Uber's offer to work on self-driving cars

In July 2015, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick allegedly announced that he'd buy every self-driving car Tesla could build. According to a new book, however, when Kalanick rang up Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year to discuss partnering on autonomous vehicles, Musk shot down Kalanick's offer. The book in...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft

In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's proprietary technology to build self-driving cars. Worse, the engineer...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
The Uber vs. Waymo case is about to play out in public

Grab the popcorn and set your phone to vibrate: the messy lawsuit between Waymo (aka Google's self-driving car project) and Uber (aka the ride-sharing company that needs another bad headline like Mark Zuckerberg needs another million dollars) is going to play out in public. If you're already...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla asks for permission to gather video clips from cars in Autopilot update

Tesla recently rolled out its Autopilot 8.1 software update, offering nifty new features for folks who'd bought vehicles equipped with Tesla's Autopilot 2 hardware. Over the weekend, Tesla published yet another Autopilot update, bringing even more bells and whistles to later-model Tesla vehicles...Read More»

Graph from Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030
Study: By 2030, self-driving cars could cut car ownership by 80 percent

Stop us if you've heard this one before: someone's published a study on self-driving cars and the effect they'll have on transportation. In the past year alone, we've seen plenty of those studies. Some show that people are afraid of self-driving vehicles (even though they're totally onboard with...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Good news for Uber's self-driving cars, bad news for Uber itself

Given the endless series of dumpster fires that have engulfed Uber since late last year, this week wasn't so bad. Of course, that's not saying much. And in fact, two of the week's major headlines suggest that Uber could face far worse trials in the near future. Here's a quick good news/bad news...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Texas city takes big step toward self-driving cars with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication

The road leading toward self-driving cars has made it to Texas, where a Dallas suburb is set to become the nation's second city equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. That means that cars equipped with V2I technology in Frisco, Texas, will soon be able to talk to the sprawling...Read More»

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