Autonomous cars

Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of Tesla Autopilot are 'killing people'
Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of Tesla Autopilot are 'killing people'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk waded into Donald Trump territory yesterday. He didn't get a new hairdo, succumb to bouts of sniffling, or get caught praising the Pontiac Aztec on a hot-mic recording from 2005. (Though if anyone has access to that last one, we'd love a copy.) Instead, Musk, like Trump...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
All future Teslas will have self-driving hardware, automaker says

Every Tesla car and crossover built at its factory will have self-driving hardware capable of transporting passengers without a driver, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday. The cars, including Model S, Model X, and Model 3, would include eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a...Read More»

Sad Mac
Apple eats a big slice of humble pie, nixes plans to build cars (for now)

For a year and a half, everyone has been talking about Apple's self-driving electric car--everyone but Apple, that is. The company hasn't even confirmed what is, by all accounts, one of the tech world's worst-kept secrets: the existence of Project Titan, the Apple division tasked with building the...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot
Germany tells Tesla: stop calling it 'Autopilot'

Tesla is under fire again for its semi-autonomous Autopilot software, and once again, the critics are German regulators. This go-round, officials want the automaker to stop using the term "Autopilot" because they feel that it can mislead consumers into thinking that Teslas can drive themselves...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
How will you get around in the future? Here are 3 possible scenarios

Our cars have changed a lot over the past hundred years, but some things have remained stubbornly consistent. For example: Most of us still buy new cars in person, at dealerships. Most of our cars still run on gasoline. We still have to drive the damn things ourselves, despite being promised robot...Read More»

Self-driving Uber
Uber's self-driving cars are on the road in Pittsburgh: how are they doing?

Back in August, the 800-pound ride-sharing gorilla known as Uber launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Quartz published an alleged expose about the pilot project, implying that it was off to a rocky start, but frankly, that doesn't seem to be the...Read More»

Moral Machine, a quiz about autonomous car ethics from the MIT Media Lab
Tuesday timewaster: decide who lives (and who dies!) in self-driving car crashes

It's Tuesday and you're looking for a way to waste some time between Facebook posts. Maybe you should check out Moral Machine, a new game from the MIT Media Lab that puts you in the role of a self-driving car. Why would you want to do that? To experience some of the many moral dilemmas autonomous...Read More»

Society of Automotive Engineers' system of rating autonomous cars (via KBB)
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»

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