self-driving cars

Uber parks self-driving car fleet after wreck
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»

Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
Self-driving cars will look different: for one, no man-eating grilles

Without an internal combustion engine, without a transmission, without a radiator, tomorrow's cars won't need to look like the cars we know today. What will they look like? Volkswagen says the self-driving cars of tomorrow won't have angry, man-eating faces, for one. At the 2017 Geneva motor show...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»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Google's Waymo is leading the self-driving car race

Google's self-driving car project--now known as Waymo--has put plenty of miles on the odometer. In fact, since 2009, the company's autonomous fleet has traveled 2.3 million miles without assistance from their human companions. All that work is paying big dividends, according to new data from the...Read More»

Audi and NVIDIA's self-driving concept car
Germany working toward legislating self-driving cars

The German government has drafted a law that would allow self-driving cars to operate on the Central European country's streets (or straße) that would place the burden for wrecks on drivers and not vehicles themselves. The proposed legislation would require vehicles to have a "black box"...Read More»

Blind driver Steve Mahan in Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius, March 2012
Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year

Motorists of all ages are concerned about self-driving cars. Uber and Lyft drivers are worried about losing their jobs, while others simply doubt that computers can drive as well as humans. (Fun fact: they can. And how.) But what's often left out of discussions around autonomous vehicles are the...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a car will arrive, they facilitate carpooling to cut down on fares, and of course...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021

Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in Mexico back to the States for the...Read More»

FDNY Ambulance
The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants?

Self-driving cars will change the world, and according to most analysts, those changes will be for the better: fewer traffic accidents, fewer fatalities and injuries, smoother-flowing traffic, better fuel economy, and so on. However, there are a couple of downsides. For example, autonomous cars...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Well, that was fast: California puts the brakes on Uber's self-driving fleet

Yesterday, we told you that Uber had brought its test-fleet of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, and that the California Department of Motor Vehicles was not amused. Apparently, "not amused" would be an understatement. Within hours of yesterday's launch of the pilot program--which mirrors the...Read More»

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