Autonomous cars

  • Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 autonomous vehicle

    Long-haul truckers may not be too happy to hear it but according to Daimler board member Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, "The truck of the future is a Mercedes-Benz that drives itself." These are no hollow words either, as the German automaker has completed its first public road test of an autonomously-driven truck. Given the slightly uninspiring name, "Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025", the autonomous truck took control over a section of the A14 Autobahn near Magdeburg in Germany, driving itself at speeds of up to 85 kmh (53 mph) in realistic driving conditions. ALSO SEE: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT...

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    Startup Says It Can Turn A Stock Audi Into A Self-Driving Car For $10K: Video

    A new startup hopes to retrofit cars with autonomous capability.

  • Bosch autonomous car technology
    Renault Nissan Boss Says Autonomous Cars Could Be Ready By 2018

    Nissan is committed to introducing an autonomous car by 2020, but the automaker’s CEO Carlos Ghosn said the technology could be ready two years before that date. Speaking with Reuters, Ghosn, the head of the world’s fourth largest automaker, Renault Nissan, said self-driving cars could...

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    Mercedes Doesn’t Want You To Forget Its Autonomous Car Development: Video

    This week Google unveiled its first car, a prototype autonomous vehicle devoid of a steering wheel and brakes yet capable of transporting passengers at speeds of up to 25 mph. Like most fully autonomous cars, Google’s prototype can only travel on pre-set routes but the plan is to eventually...

  • Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
    Google Unveils Its First Self-Driving Car Prototype: Videos

    Cute as a button and spelling doom for the enthusiast; no, it’s not the Rabbit of Caerbannog. It’s Google’s first in-house-designed self-driving car prototype, built from the ground up to deliver a seamless driving experience. But you won’t be doing the driving. Still a...

  • Continental gets Nevada approval to test autonomous cars
    New European Rules Could Open The Door For Autonomous Cars

    An amendment to the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic would allow for the legalization of self-driving cars.

  • Nokia HERE Auto

    Technology firm Nokia, best known for its mobile phones and tablet devices, has announced the formation of a $100 million fund to help develop the next generation of connected, autonomous vehicles. DON'T MISS: 2015 Lamborghini Huracán First Drive Nokia is now one among several technology companies and automakers working towards vehicles that interact with their surroundings--relaying data to the driver, but also giving cars the ability to drive themselves in certain situations. The company already has involvement in the automotive industry, using its HERE smartphone-based navigation...

  • Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
    Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project announced in Sweden

    While in the U.S. Google is making strides in the development of autonomous cars, overseas major automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo are also at an advanced stage and hope to have the technology ready for the mainstream by as early as the end of this decade. Volvo recently launched a...

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    Google's Self-Driving Car Gets Smarter: Video

    Google's self-driving car has learned to deal with more real-world driving scenarios.

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    Volvo Uses Magnets In The Road To Help Steer Autonomous Cars

    Like many automakers, Volvo sees autonomous cars as the most significant means of minimizing road accidents as it would eliminate the number one cause of most crashes, human error. However, getting the infrastructure necessary for self-driving cars up and running, not to mention any legal...

  • Rinspeed XchangE concept - 2014 Geneva Motor Show live photos
    Rinspeed Reveals Tesla Model S-Based XchangE Autonomous Concept: Live Photos

    The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is currently underway, and Swiss design and engineering firm Rinspeed revealed a new concept car at its home event. Rinspeed’s new concept, called the XchangE, explores the potential designs an autonomous car could yield, taking a conventional sedan, in this case an...

  • VW takes part in AdaptIVe autonomous driving research project
    Autonomous Car Research Project Kicks Off In VW’s Hometown

    A consortium of 29 firms including most major automakers has commenced a research project that will look into the requirements for autonomous driving. Called AdaptIVe (Automated Driving Applications & Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles), the research project is taking place in...

  • Renault Next Two autonomous and connected car prototype

    French automaker Renault has rolled out a new prototype that it will use to develop autonomous driving and connected car technologies. Like its alliance partner Nissan, which has promised to deliver a fully autonomous car by 2020, Renault sees the technology as a real step towards mobility of the future, as well as towards enhanced safety (it’s been shown that human error is the leading cause of accidents). Renault’s new prototype is called the Next Two and in addition to autonomous driving capability the car also features some of the French automaker’s next-generation...

  • Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
    DOT Wants Communicating Cars To Curtail Crashes

    That autonomous cars will be available over the next few decades doesn't come as much of a surprise. They will, however, be largely optional for the time being--so you won't be forced to let a computer drive that fancy new sports car you always promised yourself. Cars that prevent crashes may...

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    Autonomous Military Vehicles Bring Us One Step Closer To Skynet

    Google may be hard at work trying to bring self-driving vehicles to public roads, but it's the government that is eagerly pushing for unmanned vehicles to rumble across the ground. The military has been working with unmanned vehicles for many year now. Drones take to the skies to handle a variety...

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicle
    Ford Partners With MIT & Stanford On Autonomous Car Research

    Ford will continue researching autonomous cars, with help from MIT and Stanford.

  • BMW 2-Series ConnectedDrive prototype demonstrating ActiveAssist, 2014 Consumer Electronics Show
    BMW ActiveAssist Is Autonomous Tech For Driving At The Limit: Video

    At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, BMW showed off a new technology called ActiveAssist which is essentially an autonomous driving assistant capable of handling a car at the limits, such as during high-speed cornering or a sudden lane change or sudden hydroplaning. The aim...

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    Michigan Fourth State To Approve Autonomous Car Testing

    Michigan has joined California, Nevada and Florida in allowing self-driving vehicle research to take place on the state's highways. It now means companies like Nissan, Ford and Google, among others, are able to test their autonomous vehicles on public roads, furthering research into self-driving...

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicle

    Autonomous driving is the next big leap for automotive technology, and every carmaker wants to be in on the game--even though it's not likely to become a reality before the end of the decade, if not later. In fact, Ford figures its Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle, revealed today, won't bear fruit for real-world cars before 2025. Despite the rather distant time frame, in automotive terms, that's about two full vehicle generations away--which means the technology that will be implemented has to be developed now. DON'T MISS: 2015 Ford Mustang's Secret Feature Is Burnout Control...

  • Nissan Leaf autonomous car prototype
    Nissan Launches Autonomous Vehicle Trials On Japanese Roads

    Would you share the roads with a car that was driving itself? Several Japanese drivers already have, as Nissan has completely its first public highway test for an autonomous vehicle. The Nissan Leaf electric car successfully negotiated a section of the Sagami Expressway in Kanagawa prefecture...

  • Volvo Launches Latest Autonomous Cars Pilot In Sweden
    Volvo Launches Latest Autonomous Cars Pilot In Sweden

    Whatever driving enthusiasts think of autonomous cars, it looks very much like the concept is here to stay. Volvo has now launched a pilot project in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, where its self-driving vehicles will be tested on real public roads among other, non-autonomous traffic. Volvo calls...

  • Sandia National Laboratory Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept
    Real-Life Transformer Can Drive, Swim, And Fly: Video

    The Multi-Modal Vehicle is a drone that can take many forms to accomplish its mission.

  • Self-driving pod car to service Milton Keynes, U.K.
    UK to have autonomous cars in service by 2017

    A handful of automakers such as Mercedes-Benz and Nissan are committed to launching autonomous cars by the end of the decade, but a U.K. town might be the first in the world to have a fleet of self-driving cars running around its streets years before then. A consortium partially funded by the...

  • Toyota's Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) maintains inter-vehicle distance
    Toyota Announces New Autonomous And Pedestrian Safety Tech

    Toyota has been treading a slow and cautionary path towards the implementation of autonomous driving technology on its cars; understandable given the recent spate of unintended acceleration claims made against the automaker. However, earlier this year Toyota showed a Lexus LS-based research vehicle...

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