Autonomous cars

  • U.S. Marines Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS)

    Self-driving cars aren’t all cute, cuddly, Google-powered bubbles. Some of them are big, gnarly, and potentially life-saving military machines. This is one of the latter in action. MUST SEE: 5,000-HP, 348-MPH Devel Sixteen Spotted In The Wild: Video Built for the United States Marine Corps, the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, or GUSS, is intended to help ground troops get from place to place in a safe manner, without the need for a crew onboard, even across rough terrain. As shown here in testing by the Marin Corps Warfighting Lab at the Kahuku Training Area on Oahu, Hawaii, the GUSS...

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    Nissan’s self-driving car due in 2020 won’t be fully autonomous

    Last summer, Nissan said it would launch a vehicle with revolutionary autonomous car technology by 2020, saying that the technology at present can detect and respond to certain emergency situations and that in the future it will allow drivers to use their time behind the wheel more productively...

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    Mercedes Looks Into Autonomous Trucks

    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...

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

    So far, the race to build a self-driving car has been dominated by major automakers, suppliers, and technology juggernaut Google. Yet one startup also hopes to get in on the action. Cruise was started by Kyle Vogt, who was previously involved with video-sharing apps Justin.tv, Socialcam, and...

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    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

    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 prototype, and quite obviously so in many ways, the as-yet-nameless car is Google’s new testbed for its vision of a computerized, egalitarian future of transportation. ALSO SEE: Dodge Drops More Photos And Specs For 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat As the video demonstrates, right now this reduces to...

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    New European Rules Could Open The Door For Autonomous Cars

    There's little doubt that the technology for autonomous cars already exists, but the implications of its real-world use are less clear. After all, in most countries it's not clear whether ceding complete control of a vehicle to a machine is even legal. The situation may become less ambiguous thanks...

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    Nokia Joins Autonomous Car Development With $100M Fund

    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...

  • 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 cars have racked up considerable mileage on public roads, and each mile yields data that can make them more capable. While the tech giant has already taught a car to drive through an autocross course at speed, there are many real-world scenarios its systems must be prepared...

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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

    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 all-electric Tesla Model S, and using it to demonstrate all the benefits that a driver could enjoy if the task of driving was no longer required. MUST SEE: Crush All 93 Vipers We Gave You (Vin #4 Included), Chrysler Tells Schools: Video “Traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me...

  • 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
    Renault Previews Future Tech With Next Two Autonomous Car: Video

    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...

  • 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 is moving ahead with its plans to develop an autonomous car, with help from MIT and Stanford. The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has enlisted those two institutes of higher learning for new projects that will build on the research already done with the automated Fusion Hybrid prototype unveiled...

  • BMW 2-Series ConnectedDrive prototype demonstrating ActiveAssist, 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

    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 of the system is to bring a vehicle back into line in demanding situations without any input from the driver. BMW says ActiveAssist is not designed to take the fun out of driving but rather to improve safety. MUST WATCH: Hennessey Chevrolet SS Hits 163 MPH On Texas Toll Road: Video To demonstrate...

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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
    Ford Testing Autonomous Driving With Fusion Hybrid 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...

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    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

    There's a shape-shifting military robot on the horizon, and its name isn't Optimus Prime. The "Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept" designed by the Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Cybernetics Unit at Sandia National Laboratory, is a drone that can fly, swim, or drive, according to Wired. In other words...

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