Driverless cars

  • 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...

  • Induct Navia driverless electric shuttle
    Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Demoed At Circuit Of The Americas: Video

    The Induct Navia isn't a household name, and it's not likely to become one, but you might just find it, or something like it, at your next big race or sports event. The Navia, by Induct Technology, is a driverless electric shuttle unveiled earlier this year. A touchscreen onboard allows the...

  • Audi TTS "Shelley" Autonomous Car
    Nevada Assigns Driverless Cars A Red License Plate

    Regulations governing the use of driverless cars on Nevada's roads have been finalized, and autonomous vehicles will carry a special red license plate.

  • Google's Self-Driving Toyota Prius
    Google Awarded U.S. Patent For Driverless Car Tech

    The news that Google has been working on a driverless car, or autonomous vehicle, probably won't come as a shock. We've followed Google's progress closely, but now the BBC has revealed that Google has been awarded a U.S. patent for the technology. Specifically, the patent refers to the technology...

  • Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot in action
    Government-Mandated Autonomous Cars: Science Fiction Or Coming Soon?

    The idea of an iRobot (the movie, not the book)-like future where only the renegades drive their own cars may be fast approaching. BMW's i range of cars offers some ready-for-prime-time autonomy, and VW's recent Auto Pilot demo shows just how close we already are to production driverless cars...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV Concept
    You Don't Own, You Don't Even Drive: The Future Of Cars?

    It's enough to make the car enthusiast's skin crawl. Visions of autonomous cars making their way along the highway while the occupants go about their daily business. If you love driving and cars, handing over control of your car to a machine is like handing over a child. Bill Reinert, a mechanical...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf

    They say that the simple things in life can bring the most pleasure. Though not everything simple automatically brings happiness to your life, there's certainly a joy to be had from machines and gadgets that operate with economy of movement. A recent survey by Accenture has revealed that more than half of American and British consumers would prefer simpler devices that worked better. As our lives fill with more and more electronic gadgets of increasing complexity, the ones that stand out are often the simplest to use. We recently warned about the dangers of increasingly complex devices in...

  • Stuck in traffic, by Flickr user SMercury98
    Driverless 'Road Trains' One Step Closer To Reality

    Reading the paper. Holding a video conference call. Snapping photographs. Eating a McDonalds. All things that are probably best avoided whilst driving on the freeway. However, thanks to developments in technology, you might be able to do all these things and more (we'll leave the "and more" to your...

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