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Why self-driving cars aren't safe yet: rain, roadworks and other obstacles

Driverless technology remains a work in progress as the fatal crash of Tesla Model S tragically showed. Here are some flaws that persist in autopilot technology<p>Last week’s fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S offers a startling reminder that driverless technology is still a work in progress.<p>As …

This Auto Supplier Says Self-Driving Cars Need Infrared Tech to Stay Safe

Self-driving cars will need multiple detection systems including expensive infrared “lidar” technology if they are to be safe at high speeds, the …

Robotics expert: Self-driving cars not ready for deployment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-driving cars are "absolutely not" ready for widespread deployment despite a rush to put them to put them on the road, a …

Autonomous Cars

What happens to drivers? The ripple effects of autonomous cars go beyond safety

If you’re thinking about autonomous or self-driving cars these days, you’re probably thinking about safety. Recent events have raised serious doubts …

Roads That Work for Self-Driving Cars

The recent death involving a Tesla ‘autopilot’ car underscores the fact that new technology needs new infrastructure<p>In May, a Tesla “autopilot” enthusiast in Florida became the first known fatality in a self-driving car. But this was no ordinary accident. The car performed exactly as designed, and …

Tesla

It's time to tap the brakes on self-driving cars

Carmakers and tech companies are in a race to put autonomous vehicles on the road, and it's time for regulators to tap the brakes.<p>This month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that it is investigating two crashes involving Tesla vehicles allegedly operating on autopilot. …

How Self-Driving Cars Will Impact Your Auto Insurance

<i>Image credit: Auto insurance</i><p>Recently, the Florida State Senate received a proposal that would require new insurance requirements for drivers working with any app-based transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.<p>This proposal is in consideration so that victims of auto accidents are able …

Tesla and Google Face Regulator Scrutiny After Self-Driving Cars Crash

Google's self-driving car project has appointed its first general counsel after a number of crashes involving the company's vehicles caught the attention of regulators (via <i>Reuters</i>).<p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was collecting information after a minor incident …