Self-Driving Cars

Here’s what it takes to make a self-driving car

By on September 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM.

Here’s what it takes to make a self-driving car

The technology behind self-driving cars can be a bit complicated. Sometimes it helps to have an expert explain tech like this is the simplest terms possible, and that’s exactly what Stanford’s Chris Gerdes did for the Wall Street Journal. Gerdes is the director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, and he and his team built a self-driving race car. The car, an Audi TTS named Shelley, can reach speeds up to 120 miles per hour, and has also given Gerdes a springboard to discuss the three necessities of a driverless car. More →

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Self-Driving Car Regulations

You might need a special license to ‘drive’ a self-driving car

By on May 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM.

You might need a special license to ‘drive’ a self-driving car

The United States government on Thursday issued a rather odd recommendation for consumers who are interested in sitting behind the wheel of a driverless vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes drivers should be required by to receive extra training and get special licenses to operate a self-driving vehicle on public roads, The Wall Street Journal reported. More →

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Self-Driving Cars Availability

Affordable self-driving cars could be available within the next three years

By on May 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Affordable self-driving cars could be available within the next three years

Driverless cars have the potential to drastically reduce accident rates and saves hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide each year. Google has been hard at work making autonomous vehicles a reality but its fleet of vehicles is equipped with a large array of bulky cameras and sensors that cost thousands of dollars, making mass production unlikely. Due to the high cost, earlier reports claimed the technology isn’t expected to go mainstream until 2025, however an Israeli company has created a relatively low-cost system that could see self-driving cars come to market sooner than we thought. More →

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Google issued first license to test driverless cars

By on May 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM.

Google issued first license to test driverless cars

Google issued license to test driverless cars in Nevada

Nevada is the first state to grant Google a U.S. license to test driverless cars. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed on Monday that it had approved the company’s application to test autonomous vehicles on public streets. Google will be required to have at least two people in the vehicle while testing it, however, including one in the driver’s seat. Prior to being approved, the Mountain View-based company had been testing the car on freeways in neighborhoods around Carson City and Las Vegas, according to Fox News. The tests showed the car was just as safe, if not safer, than cars operated by human drivers. “It gets honked at more often because it’s being safe,” said Nevada DMV Director Bruce Breslow. The driverless vehicles will be required to wear red license plates that contain an infinity symbol, which the DMV says represents their status as “the car of the future.” If testing goes as planned and the vehicles are ever used by the general public, the license plates will be green. “They’re designed to avoid distracted driving,” Breslow said. “When you’re on the Strip and there’s a huge truck with a three scantily clad women on the side, the car only sees a box.” More →

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