Autonomous cars

  • Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister Higgins

    Apple in June finally confirmed it had abandoned plans to develop a self-driving car and would instead focus on the self-driving technology itself. We would learn in August of some of the motivations behind the decision, one of which was a lack of focus. This pulled the development team in many directions and ultimately led to the downfall of the so-called iCar. Still falling under the Project Titan heading, Apple’s self-driving program is alive and kicking nevertheless. In fact, thanks to MacCallister Higgins, who runs the startup Voyage which is aiming to develop a self-driving taxi...

  • What a self-driving car sees
    Say, what can you see? How self-driving cars view roads

    When a self-driving car boots up and takes in the world around it, its vision is nothing like what a human driver finds familiar. Instead, a self-driving car uses data collection via radar, cameras, and lidar to "see" the world around it. How can humans begin to understand what the machine sees?...

  • Toyota Concept-i series, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota tackles future mobility with Concept-i trio

    Toyota at next week’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show will preview a potential future for mobility with a trio of concepts. The automaker’s vision for the future is one where cars and people work together to make getting around as easy and efficient as possible. The medium that will allow this to...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype
    California will allow self-driving cars with no human driver on public roads next year

    California is anything but the wild West when it comes to testing self-driving cars. The state requires automakers and technology companies to adhere to strict regulations. Most notably, there must be a human driver behind the wheel of any self-driving car. Next year, California will change that...

  • Nvidia Pegasus supercomputer for Level-5 self-driving cars
    Nvidia aims to make Level 5 self-driving cars a reality with supercomputer chip

    Nvidia may be best known for its computer graphics cards, but its new supercomputer chip may one day be a car's brain—and in the not-too-distant future to boot. The company revealed its latest artificial intelligence computer called Pegasus, and the company developed it with Level-5...

  • GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
    GM buys lidar developer for self-driving car projects

    General Motors continues to pursue an ambitious self-driving car agenda. It recently acquired Cruise Automation to help speed up development of its own self-driving cars. Now it's purchased another company, Strobe Inc. Strobe develops lidar systems, an essential component for self-driving and...

  • General Motors’ Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS)

    While some automakers look to electrify conventional trucks, General Motors has taken a much more radical approach in its development of next-generation commercial vehicles. Meet the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS for short. Unveiled on Friday ahead of the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army, where it will be presented on Monday, the SURUS is essentially a modular platform designed for heavy-duty trucks that will enable near-silent running, zero harmful emissions, and autonomous operation. It incorporates GM’s proven truck chassis with a...

  • Jim Hackett (left) and Bill Ford Jr.
    Ford's new strategy: focus shifts to SUVs, trucks and EVs

    After taking over the CEO position at Ford in May, Jim Hackett immediately set to work on a 100-day review of the company to develop a strategy to address the massive forces afflicting the automotive industry, namely automation, electrification and falling demand for traditional passenger car...

  • Passenger Drone autonomous manned flying vehicle
    Passenger Drone the latest to unveil autonomous manned flying vehicle

    America’s Passenger Drone is the latest startup to announce plans for an autonomous flying vehicle for personal use. Passenger Drone’s design is still in the prototype stage but the company has already demonstrated the vehicle’s flying abilities, made possible by 16 electric...

  • 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Forget about a self-driving Lamborghini, says R&D boss

    Major automakers are in a rush to introduce self-driving technology but Lamborghini, for obvious reasons, wants no part of it. That’s the word of the brand’s R&D chief, Maurizio Reggiani. “If you buy a Lamborghini, you buy it to have fun and enjoy the driving,” Reggiani...

  • Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars
    Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars

    Ford has partnered with ride-sharing company Lyft to help accelerate the rollout of a fully self-driving taxi service. It’s a goal a number of firms spanning the automotive, ride-share and tech industries are chasing, and this has led to several partnerships like the one between Ford and...

  • 2018 Cadillac CT6
    Hands-free highway driving now possible with Cadillac’s Super Cruise debuting on 2018 CT6

    Cadillac’s self-driving system known as Super Cruise makes its debut on the 2018 CT6 on sale this fall. To mark the introduction, Cadillac on Monday kicked off a cross-country trip with 12 CT6 sedans equipped with Super Cruise. The fleet is traveling from New York to California and will cross...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    It turns out the Volkswagen Group’s Sedric concept unveiled in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show isn’t just a one-hit wonder. The German auto giant used last week’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil an updated version of the fully self-driving car, one that’s closer to the version that will start testing on public roads in 2021. Some firms such as Alphabet, General Motors and Uber are already testing similar cars on public roads, but these are restricted to just a few small areas. The VW Group is promising “an exponential development” taking place...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo
    Porsche InnoDrive first drive review: automating enthusiasm

    With the self-driving car on its way, our days as drivers are numbered. Eventually, some accursed batch of engineers in a shadowy automotive tech center will put all the pieces in place and birth the first truly autonomous vehicle. Assuming Skynet doesn't become self-aware shortly after and kill us...

  • Renault Symbioz concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Renault Symbioz concept shows how home and car become one

    Renault has used the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal what it believes transportation in the year 2030 might look like. Spoiler alert: the car isn't just a means of transportation, but an extension of the home. It's called the Renault Symbioz, and it's chock full of futuristic concepts and...

  • 2019 Audi A8, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    2019 Audi A8 preview

    The Audi A8 is now one of the oldest among its peers but a redesigned version of the flagship sedan was unveiled in July at a special event in Barcelona, Spain. It's since made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. This new, fourth-generation A8 is due on sale in 2018, as a 2019 model, and...

  • Teaser for self-driving Audi concept debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Audi bringing 2 self-driving concepts to 2017 Frankfurt auto show

    Audi will use next week’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show to highlight its roadmap for self-driving car technology. The automaker will do so with a separate vehicle highlighting each of the three levels of self-driving car classification leading up to and including Level 5, the ultimate goal where a...

  • Jaguar Future-Type concept
    Jaguar Future-Type is a familiar vision of a self-driving city car

    More and more people are predicted to move to large cities in the future. Limited parking spots coupled with congestion will make owning and driving your own car a hassle. The automakers realize this and seem to have reached a consensus on the solution: self-driving city cars that run around town...

  • Jaguar Sayer Steering Wheel

    The future of transportation isn't known, but Jaguar envisions one in which consumers don't own a car but simply a sliver of one: the steering wheel. The British luxury marque has revealed its futuristic steering wheel concept, which it calls "Sayer." Sayer is a personal companion and resides with you at all times. It is a voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) steering wheel that can carry out hundreds of tasks such as calling upon the owner's vehicle of choice and ensuring it's ready for the passenger at an exact time. It can even work out your schedule for you, telling you when you...

  • Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Smart is the latest automaker to unveil a self-driving pod car

    Daimler’s Smart brand will use next month’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show to preview its vision for personal transport of tomorrow. The preview is in the form of the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, a fully self-driving electric pod car ideal for shared urban mobility. Some readers will...

  • Self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid for Domino's pizza delivery
    Domino's is working with Ford for autonomous pizza delivery

    The pizza guy, or lady, may one day be a thing of the past as Ford and Domino's announced a new partnership to deliver pizzas with self-driving cars. With a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrids, Domino's will begin to carry out pizza deliveries with the advanced cars, though a Ford safety...

  • Teaser for Smart concept car debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Smart bringing self-driving city car concept to Frankfurt auto show

    Mercedes-Benz’s Smart brand will use the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt auto show to preview its vision for personal transport of tomorrow. The preview will come in the form of a concept that Smart describes as a fully self-driving electric car ideal for shared urban mobility. That’s already a...

  • Apple logo
    What happened to Apple's self-driving car? 

    Only a couple years ago, bombshell reports surfaced. Apple, the longtime computer, smartphone, and technology company, was ready to build its very own car. Not just a car, but a self-driving car. Flash-forward to 2017 and things have changed—drastically, at that. Apple has scaled back its car...

  • BMW and Intel launch first self-driving test cars
    FCA joins BMW, Mobileye, and Intel's self-driving car alliance

    Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has signed a memorandum of understanding to become the first automaker to join BMW, Intel, and Mobileye's alliance to develop a dedicated self-driving car platform, the automakers announced Wednesday. Intel and BMW began work on a self-driving car platform last year and...

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