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Rumor: Google & Ford Create New Company To Build Autonomous Cars
Rumor: Google & Ford Create New Company To Build Autonomous Cars

Someday, people will look back on 2015 and say, "That's when autonomous cars were born" -- not because self-driving vehicles began appearing on roads (though at least one did), but because we began to understand the changes those cars would bring to the century-old auto industry. One of the biggest...Read More»

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Autonomous Car Update: California's New Rules, Google Spinning Off Car Company, Elon Musk Tweets

Over the past 24 hours, there's been an abundance of news about autonomous cars. Here's a recap of the three most notable items, involving California's long-awaited announcement of self-driving car rules, Google's business plans, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's defense of Tesla's autonomous tech...Read More»

Google's patent #9,196,164, notifying pedestrians of the intent of a self-driving vehicle
How Do You Cross The Street In Front Of An Autonomous Car?

Many folks are excited about the arrival of autonomous cars. They promise to reduce traffic accidents, save gas, ease congestion, and provide the elderly and disabled greater independence. But are there some things that self-driving vehicles simply can't do? Tasks that humans will always perform...Read More»

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Tesla Autopilot Engineer Shifts To Google's Autonomous Car Team

Google -- or rather, Alphabet -- is spending a lot of time and money to develop self-driving technology, even though rumors suggest that it has no plans to sell cars. Now, the company has added a new face to its autonomous vehicle team, and he arrives with quite an impressive resume. His name is...Read More»

AAA Foundation study on hands-free technologies (October 2015)
AAA: Hands-Free Phones & Infotainment Systems Are Major Distractions For Drivers

We've spent plenty of time talking about the dangers of texting and driving, and the data on that seems clear: taking your eyes off the road to type out a message on your smartphone is a recipe for disaster. But what about using hands-free, voice-to-text systems? If you ask Siri to send a text to...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Who's At Fault When An Autonomous Car Crashes? Google, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo Say "Us"

There's a lot of discussion about autonomous cars these days, and one of the bigger concerns for regulators is the question of who's at fault when autonomous vehicles are involved in accidents. Is it the automaker? The software provider? The driver (who's not actually driving the car)? We asked...Read More»

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Google's Spending A Lot On Autonomous Cars, But It's Not Going To Sell Them

All signs point to Google being a massively disruptive force in the auto industry, challenging beloved brands around the globe with its own line of intelligent, self-driving vehicles. But could we be misreading the tea leaves? Maybe so. Yesterday, one of Google's top brass told attendees at the...Read More»

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J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should...Read More»

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How Much Cash Will An Autonomous Car Save You? More Than $1,000 Per Year

Self-driving cars are just around the corner. Many people worry about the added expense of autonomous technology and the effect it'll have on car prices, but in fact, self-driving vehicles are likely to save owners a good bit of money. How much? By some estimates, $1,000 or more each year -- and...Read More»

Apple Vice President Eddy Cue announces iOS7 vehicle integration at WWDC 2013
Toyota Chooses Not To Offer Apple's CarPlay Or Google's Android Auto: Dumbest Move Ever?

Yesterday, we told you about Audi, BMW, and Daimler, who have banded together to keep Google from dominating the mapping industry and, thus, the autonomous car industry. Now, Toyota has done something similar, but in many ways, dumber. Far dumber. The automaker has decided not to offer Apple's...Read More»

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Audi, BMW, Daimler Buy Nokia's Mapping Division For $3.1 Billion To Keep Google Out Of Cars

We are poised at the brink of a revolution. Dramatic as that may sound, it's true: autonomous vehicles are coming, and when they finally arrive, they will upend whole industries, force cities to reevaluate the way they earn money, and of course, bring about radical changes in the way that we get...Read More»

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Google's Waze Is Testing A Ridesharing Service: Should Uber Be Worried?

Every week, it seems like some pundit or other predicts the death of the auto industry. Most of the reasons they cite seem far-fetched, but a few have a ring of truth about them. One that fits in the latter category is ridesharing, an increasingly disruptive travel trend that's exploded in recent...Read More»

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BMW & Baidu Could Release An Autonomous Car Before Google, But Does It Matter?

When we think of autonomous cars, we tend to think of Google. Though other companies have developed self-driving technologies -- Audi and Tesla among them -- Google has turned heads because (a) it's a newbie in the auto market, (b) it has a wealth of tech resources at its fingertips, including...Read More»

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Autonomous Car Update: Google Hits The Streets In CA, Nissan Offering Self-Driving Cars By 2020

For doubters, naysayers, and other haters of autonomous vehicles, the past few days have been depressing. Everyone knows that self-driving cars are coming, but these latest developments suggest that they may be running ahead of schedule. GOOGLE Last week, Google announced that its 23 self-driving...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Google: Our Autonomous Cars Have Had 11 Accidents In California (All Caused By Human Drivers)

Google began testing autonomous vehicles in California in 2009. Though that wasn't technically illegal (because lawmakers in the early 20th century never saw the need to require human drivers in cars, since they assumed one would always be onboard), California passed legislation in 2012 that...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
In 2013, Google Almost Bought Tesla For $11 Billion

Tesla Motors accounts for a tiny fraction of the world's car sales, but after just a few years in the biz, the small company has already had a huge effect on laws, public opinion, and the auto industry. However, according to a new book by Ashlee Vance, things could've gone very different for Tesla...Read More»

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Auto Industry Shakeup, Part 1: Automakers Worried About Apple's Alleged Autonomous, Electric Car

Over the past couple of weeks, rumors about Apple's plan to develop an all-electric, autonomous car have taken the internet by storm. Apple hasn't confirmed the rumors, but it hasn't denied them, either, and that -- along with a lawsuit that strongly suggests Apple is, indeed, building an electric...Read More»

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GM Takes Cue From Amazon, Builds Its Own Infotainment System On Android

Here's what we know: 1. Consumers generally hate infotainment systems designed by automakers. (Sometimes, they hate them so much, they file lawsuits.) 2. All that hatred has had an impact on quality and reliability ratings. 3. Both Apple and Google hope to improve the infotainment experience with...Read More»

Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
Not So Fast, Google: Autonomous Cars In California Still Need Steering Wheels, Brakes

In May of this year, California's Department of Motor Vehicles published safety guidelines aimed at manufacturers of self-driving cars. A few days later, Google unveiled a prototype of its first autonomous car built in-house. The prototype looked dramatically different from the modified Toyota...Read More»

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