Autonomous cars

Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software

Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
J.D. Power: Consumers wary of self-driving cars but totally okay with semi-autonomous technology

Once upon a time, self-driving cars seemed like a dream--a pipe dream, maybe, but a dream nonetheless. People thought, "Oh, wouldn't that be nice to have a car to chauffeur you around town?" Then, they'd look wistfully at their Crystal Pepsi and go back to reading the latest issue of Spy magazine...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: Within 15 years, 25 percent of travel will be in shared, electric, self-driving cars

If you follow car news at all, you've heard plenty about electrification, self-driving software, and shared vehicles. The three are on a collision course that could upend the auto industry and dramatically affect the way we get around in the near future. In fact, analysts at the Boston Consulting...Read More»

2018 Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise
GM swings back at Tesla with Super Cruise self-driving software

Yesterday, Tesla slipped past General Motors to become America's most highly valued automaker. Now, GM says that it's planning to equip one of its luxury sedans, the Cadillac CT6, with "the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology"--a not-so-subtle jab at Tesla's well-known...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle
Ford reaffirms promise of self-driving cars by 2021 (but you won't be able to buy them)

Until this week, casual news-followers might not have known about Ford's ambitions in the field of self-driving cars. But oh, what a difference a few days can make. Yesterday, we shared details from a new report that puts Ford at the head of the autonomous car pack, outperforming far younger firms...Read More»

Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on autonomous cars (April 2017)
Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think

When you think of self-driving cars, you probably think of Tesla and its well-known Autopilot software. Or perhaps you think of Uber and its recent troubles with autonomous tech. Or you might just think of Waymo (formerly, Google's autonomous car program), which has been working the longest and...Read More»

Self-driving Uber prototype involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona
Uber's self-driving car program at risk from lawsuits, possibly flawed software

There are plenty of metaphorical dumpster fires raging in America today, but few are as fascinating to watch as the one consuming Uber. The ride-sharing company and its proto-bro CEO, Travis Kalanick, have been in the news for months, and rarely have the headlines been flattering. (If you need to...Read More»

Tesla Model S Autopilot
What's in the Tesla 8.1 software update? (Autopilot improvements, that's what.)

Tesla Autopilot has had plenty of critics since it rolled out to Model S and Model X vehicles in October 2015 as part of an over-the-air update of the company's 7.0 software. Many owners cheered the arrival of semi-self-driving features, but safety advocates and more than a few politicians...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Uber parks self-driving car fleet after wreck

Ride-sharing giant Uber says it is parking its fleet of self-driving cars after an accident involving one of the experimental vehicles late last week in Tempe, Arizona. The wreck involved a Volvo XC90—part of a fleet of vehicles being tested by Uber—but the company says that although...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Uber's self-driving software fails about once per mile

Remember how Uber launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco last December, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles flipped out because the company hadn't applied for the proper $150 permit and shut down the program within a week? Turns out, the DMV was right to be...Read More»

Google autonomous car prototype
No driver's license? No problem under California's proposed self-driving car laws

Back in 2014, Google unveiled its first self-driving car, and boy, did it turn heads. The company's autonomous technology wasn't the only thing that got people's attention, it was also the car's design--specifically, its lack of a steering wheel or pedals for acceleration and braking. Google's...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Good news, bad news for Uber and its self-driving cars

Uber's public relations team has been working overtime the past couple of months, thanks in large part to the antics of Uber's brash bro of a CEO, Travis Kalanick. In January, the man at the top of Uber's org chart did a lousy job of justifying his participation on Trump's business council...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Newly humbled, Uber asks California for permission to test self-driving cars

For years, Uber has gleefully courted controversy, but the past few weeks have been especially brutal for the company and its manchild CEO, Travis Kalanick. New reports suggest that Kalanick & Co. have finally had their fill of humble pie and are ready to begin playing by the rules. Uber under...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
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»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Analysis: Don't expect many old cars with new self-driving tech

Automakers may be keen to build cars driven by people or, in the future, cars that can drive themselves—but not necessarily both. That’s per congressional testimony from automakers, and a recent announcement by Ford that it would invest $1 billion in tech firm Argo AI for its autonomous...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»

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