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Autonomous Cars May Change Our Lives In Unexpected Ways

A detailed report lists dozens of great and terrible possibilities.<p>One of the test vehicles for Google's Self-Driving Car project.<p>In the future, we may not be dealing with the hassles and frustrations that come with driving cars everyday. Autonomous automobiles can make our lives better! But are …

How Autonomous Cars Will Change Traffic

TaxiBots and AutoVots: Coming to a Simulation Near You<p>TaxiBots and AutoVots may sound like toys that you played with in the 1980s that have been turned into a blockbuster movie franchise. They’re actually autonomous vehicle concepts used in a study released in April by the Organization for Economic …

The War Over Your Future Driverless Car Service Has Begun

Uber's acquisition of 100 Microsoft mapping engineers puts Google in crosshairs<p>Even though Google’s driverless car only hit public roads last week (and reportedly already had a close call), another tech giant is already angling to pose as a competitor. Uber, the often-sued not-a-taxi app, just …

Big Automakers Need Nokia’s Maps For Their Driverless Car Future

Audi, BMW, and Daimler fight Uber and Google with sweet, sweet data<p>The future landscape of the autonomous car industry is beginning to take shape with the impending acquisition of Nokia’s mapping software, Here, which already has a focus on “humanised driving.”<p>German companies Audi, BMW, and …

Uber Powerful: The Car Service's Brazen Plan To Become A Robotic Superpower

Should we be excited or afraid?<p>This past spring, two engineers huddled behind computer monitors as they fine-tuned a robotic ape. The 443-pound simian-inspired machine, called Chimp, would soon be competing in the Pentagon-funded DARPA Robotics Challenge. The competition to build disaster-response …

The First Self-Driving Truck Takes To The Streets Of Nevada

But can it fight the Decepticons?<p>Last night at the Hoover Dam, the first licensed self-driving truck was unveiled to the world, begging the question: are there Autobots among us?<p>Not quite, though the Freightliner Inspiration does aspire to transform the trucking industry. The new truck is able to …