Self-Driving Cars

By CurtRobbins | Understanding Autonomous Vehicles

Google’s next self-driving cars are going to be exceedingly practical Chrysler minivans

Google is growing up. It’s ditching the sporty Lexus SUVs and cute panda-shaped vehicles it’s been using for its self-driving vehicle project, and opting to get something far more sensible: a minivan. The company announced today that it will receive 100 custom-built Chrysler Pacifica minivans from …

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Google, Fiat Chrysler Team Up on Self-Driving Minivans

Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans, marking the first time that a Silicon Valley firm has teamed up with a traditional carmaker to develop an autonomous vehicle.<p>Google and Fiat said the deal announced on …

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In San Andreas, Google's self-driving car still needs some work

Google might have just signed a deal with Chrysler to build self-driving minivans, but it'll be a few years before you'll be able to actually buy one. Much research must be done to make them ready for the public. That's true in the satirist world of <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i>, too.<p>Google's self-driving car …

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Legally speaking, self-driving cars could follow golf-cart path

Autonomous minivans are coming. Preparing them for use on public roads will be as much a legal hurdle as a technical one. Days before Google announced its partnership with FCA to build fully autonomous minivans, the tech giant embarked on another collaboration with automakers, one aimed at …

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Sex and the self-driving car: Who’s in the driver’s seat?

As the great minds of the world ponder all the game-changing implications of a world featuring autonomous cars, along comes Barrie Kirk to say what we’ve all really been wondering about.<p>“I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars,” Kirk, of the …

Transportation

Your next Lyft driver may be in a GM self-driving car

General Motors and Lyft reportedly plan to test self-driving electric taxis on public roads within a year.<p>One day those awkward conversations with cabbies and Lyft drivers will be a thing of the past. That's because you'll have no driver at all.<p>Ride-hailing service Lyft and automaker General Motors …

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Here's Why Self-Driving Cars Won't Rule The Roads Any Time Soon

Google says it put 1.3 million miles on its test fleet of self-driving cars from 2009 to 2015; a just-released study suggests the technology could require hundreds of billion more miles to prove itself as safe – or safer – than human drivers. (Photo credit: AFP / Noah Berger)<p>Development of the …

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Lyft reportedly planning to pilot self-driving Chevy Bolt taxis ‘within a year’

According to a report today from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, GM and Lyft are partnering to test a fleet of self-driving electric taxis sometime within the next year in an undisclosed city. The pilot will reportedly take advantage of GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a speedy compact crossover all-electric that we …

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Lyft and GM will test self-driving fleet within a year

General Motors and Lyft's planned network of on-demand, self-driving taxis will begin testing in one undisclosed city sometime in the next year, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports today. While the details of the plan are still scarce, the accelerated timeline will put a fleet of publicly available …

Apple Seeking 'Large Expanses of Real Estate' for Autonomous Car Project

Apple is looking to purchase "large expanses of real estate" in the San Francisco Bay Area for its much-rumored car project, codenamed Project Titan, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Google parent company Alphabet and several car manufacturers, such as Tesla and Mercedes Benz, are also on the …

Why the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt are going to kill the gas station

As more EVs hit our streets, when will people start getting "gas anxiety?"<p>For as many plaudits as Tesla has received for its cars, plenty of its …

Will the Tesla Model 3 be the First Autonomous Car?

Just after a much-hyped unveiling that turned into a wildly successful pre-order period for the Model 3 electric sedan, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a …

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Tesla’s Autopilot software is about to get much more advanced

Once Tesla introduced its Autopilot software in late 2015, it instantly became clear that the reality of autonomous driving was going to come a lot …

Tesla autopilot saves driver from collision, Elon Musk approves

Tesla's Autopilot feature is often mentioned in the context of the vehicle driving itself, but it's actually much more of an assistance for the driver — and in certain situations, it can save you from an imminent crash.<p>That's what happened to Model S driver Joshua Brown, whose car automatically …

Germany keen to test self-driving cars on the road | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel told carmakers on Tuesday that they should soon be able to test self-driving vehicles on German roads by promising to remove legal barriers.<p>Germany is home to some of the world's largest car companies including Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler and BMW and …

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Why We Need An Autonomous-Only Highway From Canada to Mexico

Autonomous cars are hot and flashy and new. Roads, by and large, are expensive and shockingly boring. But unfortunately, autonomous cars will only …

Car makers ask the US to slow down on rules for self-driving tech

You might think that car brands would want governments to approve self-driving cars quickly so that sales can start as soon as possible, but it turns out that they're quite cautious. The Global Automakers industry group (which includes numerous heavyweights) used a public hearing on April 8th to …

Why Would You Power A Clean Electric Car With Dirty Energy?

Buying a Tesla might lead to greener choices elsewhere.<p>NEW YORK -- It's one thing to get people to care about the price of energy. It's quite another challenge to get them to care about the source of energy and its environmental impact.<p>But buying an electric car -- presumably, in part, to reduce …

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China Will Have Self-Driving Cars Before the US, Which Should Surprise No One

While the US is making slow but steady progress toward an autonomous future, China is fast-tracking plans to get self-driving vehicles on the road. …

Vacuum Maker Dyson Appears to Be Developing an Electric Car

British vacuum maker Dyson appears to be building an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire, according to a report in the Guardian.<p>The news …

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How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten Privacy

Automated vehicles will learn everything about you—and influence your behavior in ways you might not even realize.<p>Allow me to join you, if I may, on your morning commute sometime in the indeterminate future.<p>Here we are, stepping off the curb and into the backseat of a vehicle. As you close the car …

Domino’s is trialling an autonomous pizza delivery robot

Battery-powered pizzabot has 12-mile range; customers access pizza with a code.<p>Pizza delivery boys and girls, beware! Pizza giant Domino’s has …

After considering Tesla, Uber reportedly placed an order with Mercedes for 100,000 autonomous cars

Last year, famous Silicon Valley venture capitalist and early Tesla investor Steve Juvertson recalled a conversation he had with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick:<p>Travis recently told me that in 2020, if Telsas are autonomous, he’d want to buy all of them. He said all 500,000 of estimated 2020 production, …

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FBI says car hacking is a real risk

Security researchers have shown they can take over steering and disable the brakes of moving vehicles.<p>If you're not already worried about your car being hacked, you really should be, the US government says.<p>Connected cars are becoming "increasingly vulnerable" to cyberattack, according to an …

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Google lays out its autonomous car proposal to the Feds

The head of Google's self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, sent a letter to the Department of Transportation on Friday outlining a proposal that would fast-track self-driving car technology and expedite the process of taking the technology mainstream. Current US law prohibits vehicles which …

Google: If self-driving cars can pass federal safety tests they should be legal

Today, Google laid out a proposal to top transportation officials outlining a solution to its number one roadblock, federal guidelines.<p>Google has been testing its self-driving technology for years now and racked up nearly 1.5 million miles of automated drive time with just one minor accident …

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NAIAS: Ghosn says carmakers need to convince consumers of driverless benefits

Consumers are not asking the auto industry to move into autonomous-drive cars, but manufacturers must take them there, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn …