Autonomous cars

Interested in self-driving cars? New survey shows that consumers aren't fully onboard
Interested in self-driving cars? New survey shows that consumers aren't fully onboard

If you're a fan of autonomous vehicles, Kelley Blue Book's Future Autonomous Vehicle Driver Study, has good news and bad news. (If you don't like the thought of self-driving cars, just substitute "bad" for "good" below, and vice versa.) The study was conducted in May and polled 2,264 Americans...Read More»

2016 McLaren 570S
Why would Apple want to buy McLaren anyway?

Earlier this week, reports began circulating that Apple was in talks to buy McLaren Technology Group, the parent company of supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive and Formula One team McLaren Racing. The rumored price? Roughly £1.5 billion ($1.94 billion). Moments later, 99 percent of the...Read More»

Uber’s autonomous Ford Fusion prototype
Here's how the Obama administration wants to regulate self-driving cars

The Obama administration has finally outlined its plans for legislating self-driving cars, a strong indication that automated vehicles will proliferate the highways of tomorrow. In an unusual step, the President offered his thoughts in a column published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the hometown...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle
Coming today: the government's new rules for autonomous cars

There's good news ahead for the makers of autonomous cars. Today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will roll our new rules for approving those vehicles, and they're designed to provide guidance for automakers, not penalize them down the road. ALSO SEE: IIHS calls 2017 Chrysler...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Sorry, Lyft drivers: you may be (nearly) out of a job in 5 years

Remember the gig economy and its glorious promise to free us from the tyranny of the 9-to-5 workplace? Well, unfortunately, one of the poster children of that economy, Lyft, is leaving gig-ers in the dust. Yesterday, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer posted a long article about the company's future...Read More»

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew
Ford announces new growth plan: here are 5 things to expect by 2020

Yesterday, Ford unveiled its new growth plan, which includes strategies for the next five to ten years. The document bears a handful of similarities to the updated business plan that Fiat Chrysler published in January, but in other ways, it's very, very different. What can we expect in the near...Read More»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
Would you buy a car made by Google? Our poll results

A week ago, we reported on a new survey from TECHnalysis Research. It revealed that a majority of Americans would consider purchasing vehicles made by Google or Apple, if those vehicles were ever to hit the market. A few days later, we asked our Twitter followers to share their feelings about a...Read More»

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Is Apple canning the electric car it never publicly discussed?

Project Titan may be the worst-kept secret in the automotive world. It is, of course, the hush-hush division of Apple tasked with building an autonomous, electric car. Or at least it was. A new series of layoffs suggest that the company may be having second thoughts, and it may instead follow the...Read More»

Tesla Model S Autopilot
What's new in Tesla's Autopilot 8.0 upgrade?

For several months, Tesla has been promising to update Autopilot, its semi-autonomous driving software. Over the weekend, Tesla confirmed some of the speculation surrounding Autopilot 8.0 and put other rumors to rest. The company did so via a blog post, which revealed right off the bat that the new...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Volvo launches autonomous cars in Sweden & autonomous trucks in mines

A couple of weeks ago, Uber unleashed a fleet of fully autonomous Volvo XC90s in Pittsburgh. Though humans will be paid to keep the driver's seats warm--at least for now--the SUVs are expected to do most of the driving themselves. Now, Volvo has begun rolling out its own fleet of autonomous XC90s...Read More»

Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
Survey: A majority of Americans would be interested in cars from Google & Apple

Automakers, pay attention: a new survey suggests that more than half of U.S. consumers would be interested in cars developed by tech giants Google and Apple. The survey was conducted by TECHnalysis Research, which polled 1,000 Americans who (a) currently own a vehicle and (b) plan to purchase...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
No surprise: luxury owners more likely to let autonomous cars do the driving

How excited are you about self-driving cars? According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow's autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today. The study was conducted by research firm MaritzCX, which spent much of the summer asking 12,353 vehicle owners to share their feelings...Read More»

Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat
Tesla may disable Autopilot for drivers who don't follow the rules

Some people can't resist putting themselves in danger. Those folks have given us some amazing things, like bungee-jumping and scuba diving. On the other hand, they're also responsible for Russian roulette and planking. When Tesla rolled out its semi-self-driving Autopilot software last fall, we saw...Read More»

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars
Uber launches autonomous car fleet this month in Pittsburgh, with help from Volvo

Remember when Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Tesla for a fleet of 500,000 self-driving Model S sedans by the year 2020? Well, it appears Kalanick has changed partners and is now working with Volvo. Also, Bloomberg reports that he's sped up his timetable. Rather than twiddling his thumbs for four...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Vehicle
Ford promises autonomous cars for ride-sharing by 2021

We've spent a lot of time writing about (1) self-driving cars and (2) ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. There's a very good reason for that: those trends are poised to have a massive impact on the auto industry and dramatically change the way we get around. Initially, the leaders in those...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot Test
Tesla edits Chinese website, scrubs talk of Autopilot in wake of Beijing crash [UPDATE]

Update: see below Over the weekend, Tesla Motors tidied up its Chinese-language website. Although the company says that the edits have been in the works for a while, the timing is a bit suspicious. That's because the changes appear to come in response to a recent fender-bender in Beijing that...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot suite of features  -  with version 7.0 update
Tesla Autopilot involved in another crash--this time, in China

The past several months have been a roller coaster for Tesla, full of ups (e.g. the debut of the upcoming Model 3) and downs (e.g. ho-hum responses to CEO Elon Musk's "Master Plan Part Deux"). Unfortunately for Tesla fans, it's time for another down moment: the automaker has confirmed another crash...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot sensor system
Tesla Autopilot crash didn't dramatically change opinions about autonomous cars

On May 7, 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed while the car was in Autopilot mode. The story has drawn massive headlines, as it's the first fatality linked to autonomous vehicle technology--technology that's set to become increasingly common on new cars. Many wondered if reports of the...Read More»

Tesla Model S Autopilot
The do's and don'ts of Tesla's Autopilot system

Recently, we've spent a lot of time writing about Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system, Autopilot. The technology has been linked to a fatal crash in Florida, which has given rise to three separate federal investigations, plenty of high-profile criticism, and several defenses of the system from...Read More»

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