“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick infamously said in mid-2014 during an interview. The statement may have seemed overly insensitive for that other dude in the car that made Uber a hit service. But Kalanick was also right. And it looks like Uber will be the first company in the world that will make self-driving rides available to the public. They’ll be available in Pittsburgh this summer, and they’ll be free of charge. Oh, and to make it all happen, Uber is putting two other dudes in the car with you. More →
Self-driving cars will be terribly exciting once they’re ready for mass consumption. Carmakers are still refining the software-hardware combinations that will make driverless cars feasible, while lawmakers are coming up with the required framework that would make such vehicles legal.
What’s exciting about driverless cars is that not just personal vehicles will have such features. We’ve seen self-driving trucks race each other in Europe, and we’ve seen self-driving bus projects kick off in several regions of the world.
But Mercedes-Benz may just have the most exciting driverless bus we’ve ever laid eyes on. And it recently completed a 12-mile tour in Holland, which is a massive achievement for the industry.
Google on Tuesday confirmed what a couple of recent reports revealed: it’s taking its self-driving cars project to the next level. Google isn’t manufacturing brand new vehicles on its own. Instead, the company partnered with Fiat Chrysler, which committed to making 100 2017 Pacifica minivans equipped with self-driving technology.
Tesla is the talk of the town when it comes to car innovation. Like it or not, Elon Musk’s company made a splash in the business by coming out not only with fully electric vehicles but also with several smart features for them. The list includes a handy autopilot mode that’s able to take control of the car in various instances – as long as the driver is also paying attention to the road. The car isn’t autonomous yet, as laws aren’t deployed to regulate this new type of machine.
Tesla competitor Volvo is also working on autopilot features of its own for future generations, but the company isn’t happy with all the unwarranted – read, potentially dangerous – attention that Tesla’s robot is receiving from customers. More →
We can’t purchase our very own self-driving cars just yet. Regulatory hurdles are still in the way and car makers aren’t done testing autonomous vehicles to ensure that they’re safe enough to mingle with regular traffic. However, truck manufacturers seem to be farther along, at least in Europe, where fleets of trucks drove themselves across the continent. More →
Google may be testing its autonomous cars and teaching it not to hit buses, but other carmakers are already selling vehicles that have self-driving capabilities. Granted, these aren’t fully autonomous vehicles and they can only drive themselves in certain conditions.
One such model is the new entry-level Civic LX sedan from Honda, which costs just north of $22,000. More →
It’ll be a while until we’ll be able to rent self-driving cars or hail driverless taxis, but it’s more than clear that the self-driving car is one of the most important themes at CES 2016. Many big players have already announced or are about to unveil smart car and self-driving car plans at the Las Vegas show, indicating that the self-driving car industry is poised to take off in the coming years.
On top of what’s happening at CES, a new report also reveals that a driverless taxi program is already underway in Seoul, South Korea, and has been driving students in a campus for six months with absolutely no accidents. More →
Ford and Google might be negotiating a major deal concerning self-driving cars, but there might be other ways to smarten up a vehicle without actually preloading any software on it.
Researchers at Cambridge University are looking to build software that would turn a smartphone into an even more versatile device, one that would be able to bring self-driving abilities to future cars. More →
The next big thing in automotive will be self-driving cars – make that eco-friendly self-driving cars – and several companies are working on such consumer products. But it’s not traditional carmakers that are at the forefront of this next innovation. Instead, tech firms that have no experience building a car, including Google and Apple, are expected to reshape the car industry. At the same time, the well-established automakers aren’t sitting idly by, with various brands already announcing plans to come out with self-driving and/or electric vehicles. And, naturally, there’s Tesla, a newcomer in the car business that’s already annoying competitors with its inventions, including self-driving features for its all-electric models.
Apple is already rumored to partner up with a yet-to-be-disclosed car maker for its first car, and Google might be doing the same thing. The difference is that Google already has a self-driving car prototype in testing, and has been testing the technology for quite a while and that there’s already a big name interested in Google’s car business: Ford. More →
Apple is yet to confirm its Titan car project, but there’s plenty of evidence that suggests the iPhone maker is eying the car industry for some sort of disruption in the future. Apple isn’t the only tech company looking to create smarter cars, with Google already testing self-driving technology on its own car.
While Apple has not announced anything regarding its car platform, Samsung on Wednesday confirmed it plans to enter the car business in the future. Many would rightly say that Samsung is also ready to go where Apple is heading, as the South Korean giant has been a close Apple follower in the past few years, ever since Apple revolutionized the mobile landscape with the iPhone.
But Samsung’s decision to attack the car business makes plenty of sense, as the company is struggling to find a new growth driver now that its mobile division isn’t performing as well as in the past few years. More →
Toyota, whose vehicles travel 1 trillion kilometers every year, won’t sit idly by witnessing how Google, Apple, and Tesla shape the future of self-driving cars. The Japanese giant confirmed it’ll invest no less than $1 billion over five years into a new Silicon Valley-based company whose sole purpose will be to develop artificial intelligence products, focusing on self-driving cars. More →
Google and Apple have yet to release their own cars, but the two tech companies are already seen as potential tough adversaries for traditional carmakers. According to acclaimed sports car designer Ken Okuyama, who created the Ferrari F60 Enzo and Porsche Boxter and redesigned the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, self-driving car technology could spell trouble for leading Japanese carmakers. More →
Do you think of self-driving cars as some futuristic technology that’s still decades away? Well, you shouldn’t. As a 60 Minutes report from Sunday makes clear, self-driving cars are very much with us right now even though they still sound like something we’d expect to see in The Jetsons. More →