self-driving cars

Self-driving cars could put 2 million people with disabilities to work, save $1.3 trillion each year
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»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber takes self-driving cars to San Francisco, DMV isn't happy

In August, Uber surprised most of the auto world by launching a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, the company is bringing some of its self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, California, and while that might please many Bay Area techies, the state's Department of...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
Michigan's new self-driving car laws help automakers, hobble Uber

The auto industry is constrained by a patchwork of federal and state laws. This is, in part, why Tesla has had such a tough time selling its vehicles in certain states. It's also made things difficult for automakers who are trying to develop self-driving vehicles: what might be perfectly legal in...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Apple finally, kinda-sorta says that it wants to build self-driving cars

The will it/won't it debate around Apple's not-so-secret desire to build self-driving cars has taken an interesting turn. In a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company gave its biggest hint yet that autonomous vehicles are on its radar. The five-page letter...Read More»

Otto self-driving truck prototype
Self-driving trucking company, Otto, broke Nevada law, but there aren't any penalties

Self-driving trucking company Otto gambled big in Nevada last spring. According to Auto News, the payoff on that bet has been huge, but it's put Otto in hot water with regulators. Back in October, Otto carried out a 120-mile beer delivery in Colorado. Ordinarily, that would've been no big deal, but...Read More»

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2015 (NHTSA)
Traffic fatalities rise: can we really blame apps?

It'll probably be another week or two before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases its official stats on 2015 traffic fatalities. However, early data suggests a significant uptick from 2014--potentially 7.7 percent or higher. What's to blame for that sharp increase? According...Read More»

Angry teen driver
Human drivers will probably bully self-driving cars

Bullying has recently become a hot topic of conversation, particularly in schools. But of course, it's been an issue for decades, if not millennia, probably because it's human nature to pick on others who are seen as weak or different. Sadly, a new study suggests that we may not limit our bullying...Read More»

Downey 5 Min. Car Wash (Los Angeles, California)
Today's high-tech safety systems can't quite handle car washes

Modern cars come with a huge array of safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. These systems are good at spotting obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, but some things confuse them--things like car washes, for example. That might sound like an absurd shortcoming, but if you look...Read More»

Elon Musk
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»

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»

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