Mercedes-Benz Future Bus Video

Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus of the future just completed a 12-mile test trip

By on July 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus of the future just completed a 12-mile test trip

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.

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Google Fiat Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

This is Google’s first self-driving minivan, but you can’t buy one yet

By on May 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

This is Google’s first self-driving minivan, but you can’t buy one yet

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.

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Tesla Volvo Autopilot Software

Volvo engineer blasts Tesla’s ‘unsupervised wannabe’ autopilot

By on April 28, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Volvo engineer blasts Tesla’s ‘unsupervised wannabe’ autopilot

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 →

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Self-driving Trucks Platooning

A fleet of autonomous trucks drove hundreds of miles across Europe for a week

By on April 7, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

A fleet of autonomous trucks drove hundreds of miles across Europe for a week

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 →

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Honda Civic LX Self-Driving Car

You can already buy a car with self-driving features for just $22,000

By on March 16, 2016 at 1:46 PM.

You can already buy a car with self-driving features for just $22,000

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 →

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Self-driving Cars Taxi Service

Self-driving taxi service program already in testing in South Korea

By on January 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Self-driving taxi service program already in testing in South Korea

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 →

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Self-driving Car Smartphone App

Making your car autonomous could be as simple as mounting your phone on the dashboard

By on December 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Making your car autonomous could be as simple as mounting your phone on the dashboard

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 →

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Google Ford Self-Driving Cars

Google talking to Ford about self-driving cars

By on December 22, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Google talking to Ford about self-driving cars

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 →

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Samsung Self-driving Car Technology

Act surprised: Samsung is following Apple’s lead in smart car race

By on December 9, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Act surprised: Samsung is following Apple’s lead in smart car race

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 →

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Toyota Self-Driving Car AI Research

Toyota pours $1B into new Silicon Valley AI company to accelerate self-driving car research

By on November 6, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Toyota pours $1B into new Silicon Valley AI company to accelerate self-driving car research

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 →

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Google Apple Self-Driving Car

Apple and Google are going to own the car industry, warns acclaimed sports car designer

By on October 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Apple and Google are going to own the car industry, warns acclaimed sports car designer

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 →

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Self-Driving Cars 60 Minutes Segment

Self-driving cars aren’t just the future – they’re here right now

By on October 19, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Self-driving cars aren’t just the future – they’re here right now

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 →

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Project Titan Apple Self-Driving Car

Apple’s self-driving car sounds like it’s closer to being unveiled than anyone expected

By on September 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

Apple’s self-driving car sounds like it’s closer to being unveiled than anyone expected

Apple takes its time launching new products, as the company will sometimes reveal in the aftermath of its announcements. Johny Ive and Co. worked on the Watch for at least three years before making it official, and 3D Touch for the iPhone 6s required “multi, multi multi years” to complete. For the time being, Apple’s Project Titan car is also a more-or-less well-kept secret, but Apple’s first vehicle might also become the first Apple product to be confirmed well ahead of an announcement. After all, it will be very hard for Apple to hide that it’s testing prototypes on the open road, especially if it’s a self-driving car. More →

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