Autonomous cars

  • Car2Go Smart ForTwo Electric Drive in San Diego

    Self-driving cars might have a great track record safety-wise, but truly autonomous rides are likely at least a decade away from the market. Because even if the technology was perfected tomorrow, reams of legislation remains to be written to govern how consumers can use them. ALSO SEE: Jaguar Land Rover's 'Pothole Alert' Warns About Hated Hazard But if Daimler, Bosch, and car-sharing service Car2Go have their way, fully automated parking might arrive significantly sooner. A press release announcing a new partnership between the companies speculates that a host of factors—not the least...

  • Audi R8 e-tron Piloted Driving concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show Asia
    Audi Reveals R8 e-tron Piloted Driving Concept

    The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show Asia is taking place this week in Shanghai, China, and there to give a keynote address on the opening day was Audi CEO Rupert Stadtler who talked about the car becoming an integral part of the networked world, and who also presented a version of the new R8 e-tron...

  • Ford autonomous vehicle patent drawing
    Ford Just Received An Array Of Patents For Autonomous Vehicle Technology

    The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] unveiled its Smart Mobility Plan earlier this year and it's proceeding full steam ahead towards autonomous vehicle research. Looking at some patents that were published yesterday we can get an idea of some of the interior design and safety aspects the automaker is...

  • Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
    Analyst Predicts Autonomous Cars Could Slash Car Sales

    The world’s top automakers and a handful of tech and supply firms are working hard to develop autonomous car technology, with the goal for most being a car capable of driving without any human intervention whatsoever. One of the leaders in this field is tech giant Google, which this summer...

  • Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
    NHTSA Aims To Speed Implementation Of Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication

    Today's cars are, without a doubt, safer than they've ever been. But with ever-increasing congestion—along with seemingly infinite distractions—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking to speed implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V2V), which would focus...

  • Google autonomous car prototype
    Google Autonomous Car Public Road Trials Start This Summer: Video

    A year since unveiling its own self-driving car, Google has confirmed that the small, pod-like research vehicle is ready for testing on public roads. Google has been testing a fleet of Toyota Prius and Lexus RX vehicles fitted with its autonomous car technology on public roads for some time now...

  • Google's Self-Driving Prius

    Silly humans, so accident prone. To comply with a California law requiring companies to disclose the number of accidents its autonomous cars are involved in, Google released the shunt stats for its self-driving test fleet, and the results are impressive. And by impressive, we mean perfect. Because while there were 11 instances where the cars wound up in collisions, as The Car Connection reported, the self-driving testbeds were never to blame. ALSO SEE: Porsche Engineers Developing Corner-Carving Cruise Control Most of the accidents—seven, to be exact—involved the cars being rear...

  • EO smart connecting car 2
    EO Smart Car Could Be Future "Crab" King Of The City

    The urban landscape of the future will not be filled with gas-drinking machines piloted by humans. We're not sure when the cityscape will change, but it will absolutely reach a point when it's filled with electric-powered, electronically-maneuvered, autonomously guided vehicles. As much as we love...

  • Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept
    Daimler’s Futuristic Self-Driving Truck Hits U.S. Roads: Video

    The future is coming up fast, with technologies that were once the domain of science fiction now being developed for commercial sale. Just last week Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk announced new battery technology that has the potential to disrupt the energy industry, and now Daimler has...

  • Behind the wheel of an autonomous car
    Carlos Ghosn: Fully Autonomous Car “At Least A Decade Away”

    A couple of years ago Nissan made the bold claim it will launch on the market an autonomous car by 2020. It was later revealed that Nissan’s autonomous car wouldn’t be capable of driving itself in all situations and that a licensed driver would still need to be behind the wheel. That...

  • Chevrolet FNR concept, 2015 Shanghai Auto Show
    Chevy FNR Concept Brings Autonomous Drive, Electric Power, Sci-Fi Styling To Shanghai

    Amid a gaggle of sensible sedans and crossovers, Chevrolet unveiled a concept car that seems straight out of science fiction at the the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The Chevrolet FNR concept is an autonomous electric car that looks like a cross between Tom Cruise's Minority Report Lexus and the...

  • NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) prototype
    NASA Built An Autonomous Electric Drift Buggy: Video

    You have an S13 with extra steering angle? NASA has an electric buggy with 180-degree steering on all four wheels. But is drifting really drifting if you’re not sliding the rear wheels? ALSO SEE: Car Thief Captured After Programming Home Address Into GPS Fans of the Razor Crazy Cart will...

  • Delphi’s self-driving Audi Q5 prototype

    A couple of weeks ago, an Audi Q5 packed with automotive supplier Delphi’s autonomous car technologies set out on a coast-to-coast trip, departing San Francisco and ending up in New York City nine days later. Nearly 3,400 miles were covered, and according to Delphi an impressive 99 percent of the journey was done in fully autonomous mode. MUST WATCH: Off-Road Charger Is Our 'Furious 7' Dream Car Come True: Video Along the way, the vehicle encountered numerous complex driving situations, many of which weren’t anticipated. These included traffic circles, construction zones, bridges...

  • Ford's Intelligent Speed Limiter
    Ford’s New Road Sign Detection Tech Helps You Dodge Speeding Tickets

    The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is introducing a semi-autonomous feature that will help you avoid copping a speed ticket. The technology is called the “Intelligent Speed Limiter” and it works by reading speed limit signs using a camera at the front of the car, and then slowing the...

  • 2015 Tesla Model S
    Elon Musk: Self-Driving Tesla Model S Available Within Months

    There’s been a flurry of news concerning Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and its compulsive Tweeting CEO Elon Musk these past couple of weeks, and it looks like the pace of news isn’t about to slow anytime soon. Today, we have details about new self-driving features coming to the Model S. Last...

  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
    Elon Musk: Autonomous Cars May Lead To Driving Being Outlawed

    Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk has come out and stated what many opponents of autonomous cars may be secretly fearing: driving becoming outlawed. Musk made the comments at a conference held by tech company Nvidia on Tuesday. “In the distant future, I think people may outlaw driving...

  • Delphi’s self-driving Audi Q5 prototype
    Delphi Autonomous Audi Q5 Prototype To Make Coast-To-Coast Trip: Video

    Audi recently demonstrated the capability of its autonomous car technology by letting one of its self-driving A7 prototypes steer itself from San Francisco To Las Vegas, albeit with a driver behind the wheel to takeover when approaching complex city environments. Now, automotive supplier Delphi is...

  • BMW Drifting
    BMW Apparently Likes Drifting Now, Sort Of: Video

    The above video clip is a trailer for a video that BMW has created called "The Drift Challenge". It will pit two BMWs against each other to see who can drift better. One car is driven by a professional drifter while the other is driven by computers. It should be interesting to see how the man...

  • Italdesign Giugiaro GEA concept, 2015 Geneva Motor Show

    Italdesign Giugiaro’s new concept car for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show has turned out to be a svelte sedan dubbed the “GEA”. The Italian design firm, owned by the Volkswagen Group, says the GEA is a study on the luxury car of the near future, which suggests some of its elements may end up soon on high-end products from VW Group brands such as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Porsche. You may be thinking the GEA already looks a bit like an Audi. That’s because Italdesign’s chief stylist is Wolfgang Egger, who up until 2013 was head of design at the brand with the four...

  • Volvo Autopilot autonomous-car system
    Volvo Announces Production-Viable Autonomous Car Tech

    Among carmakers, Volvo is one of the strongest proponents of self-driving cars. It launched its "Drive Me" pilot program to test cars on public roads in Gothenburg, Sweden last year, and now it's rolling out a further refinement of the technology. ALSO SEE: Volvo Sets Pricing On All-New 2016 XC90...

  • Rinspeed Budii concept, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Rinspeed Budii Concept Revealed Ahead Of 2015 Geneva Motor Show: Video

    Swiss design and engineering firm Rinspeed made it clear last year that its vision of driving in the future is an autonomous one, and that cars, rather than being a tool to simply take you from point A to point B, will become an extension of your lounge or office. Now, Rinspeed is taking this...

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    Google Develops Uber Rival... While Uber Develops Autonomous Car

    If tech companies were celebrity couples, Google and Uber would be among the most popular. Google is one of Uber's biggest investors, and the ridesharing company uses Google Maps to coordinate its services. Both companies are also boosters of self-driving cars. Yet now it seems like Google and Uber...

  • Bosch automated driving system on Autobahn A81
    Germany Plans Autonomous Car Test Program On High-Speed Autobahn

    Containing some of the few stretches of public road with no speed limits, Germany's network of autobahns has always been a magical place for enthusiastic drivers. Now, they'll also be a testing ground for technology that could make driving obsolete. The German government is planning a pilot program...

  • Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto
    Ford To Focus On Connectivity And Autonomous Cars At New Silicon Valley Research Center

    The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is opening a new research center in Silicon Valley to develop technology related to self-driving cars and other emerging fields like vehicle connectivity. Located in Tesla Motors' [NSDQ:TSLA] hometown of Palo Alto, the new Research and Innovation Center joins an...

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