There are times when you take a step back and realize just how clueless Silicon Valley is about the way the real world works. This may sound a little strange since Silicon Valley is deeply involved with making the modern world work in the ways that it does, but it’s nonetheless common to see that some of the tech industry’s brightest people have no understanding of normal people’s behaviors or desires. It’s this kind of oblivious delusion that made Sergey Brin think Google Glass would be a sensation with consumers, for example. More →
It’s no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. More →
Google on Friday surprisingly announced that its own self-driving car will soon be ready for public testing. No, you won’t be able to start using one yourself, as Google will only start small public pilot programs in the following years. But the company will use a few prototype vehicles on public roads in and around Mountain View with safety drivers aboard. More →
Tesla’s electric cars are a dream come true for some drivers, but that doesn’t mean the amazing vehicles can’t get even better. In addition to its Thursday announcement aimed at ending “range anxiety” in Tesla cars, the company also announced that the Model S will receive a software update that will enable limited automated driving, The Verge reports. More →
A running joke in the tech community is to poke fun at all of the new startups that claim to be “an Uber for X,” where “X” is anything from pet grooming to prostitution. Well Google, which is already a major investor in Uber, is supposedly developing a ride-sharing program of its own that integrates its self-driving cars venture — that’s what Bloomberg is saying, at least, suggesting there’s plenty of concern at Uber over Google’s future plans.
On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal reports the news is “blown out of proportion.” More →
Google isn’t the only company out there interested in putting self-driving cars on the road, and the search giant may have some serious competition in the future, with companies such as Mercedes-Benz also looking to offer passengers smart cars that drive themselves around. Unlike Google’s cutesy self-driving car concept, the new autonomous car unveiled on Monday by Mercedes-Benz looks more like the luxurious smart car you’d want to own in the future. More →
Google is still a ways away from selling its self-driving cars to actual people, but working prototypes of Google’s self-driving cars are already being tested. And famed cartoonist The Oatmeal, whom you might also know for the Tesla Museum campaign he successfully funded not so long ago, managed to review these interesting machines at work while humorously sharing his findings about the experience. More →
The first time I saw a prototype of Google’s self-driving car, I couldn’t help but laugh. I mean, look at it. It’s ridiculous. I joked on Twitter about a special Easter egg that could be uncovered by combining the geekiness of Google’s self-driving car with Google Glass, and people’s responses seemed to indicate that they agreed: It looks silly.
But make no mistake about it: This funny-looking car is the future. More →
It was inevitable that Google would have to overcome a few obstacles to make its self-driving car a reality. Despite months of successful tests, government officials and the general public are still concerned about the safety risks posed by a vehicle without any manual override. As The Wall Street Journal reports, if Google wants to continue to test its cars on public roads in California, the company is going to have to abide by a new set of rules starting on September 16th. The new rules will require Google to give drivers the ability to take “immediate physical control” of the vehicle if necessary. More →
Google’s self-driving car project may still be in its infancy, but one day the system it proposes will be available to consumers at large, who’ll be able to have their cars driven for them instead of having to actually do the deed themselves. While Google is further developing its driverless car, legislation also needs to be adapted to address potential legal problems of the future, such as when police give tickets to self-driving vehicles. More →
The last time Google’s self-driving car team checked in with us over a year ago, when it announced Google’s cars had driven more 300,000 accident-free miles. Today, the team announced in a blog post that the cars have now driven over 700,000 miles. The team has been focused on improving the self-driving cars in cities rather than on freeways, mostly testing this in Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California, and this focus on city driving has produced some impressive results. More →
A new study from J.D. Power and Associates has revealed U.S. drivers are interested in adding one of the newest and most expensive technologies to their next vehicle — autonomous driving. The feature allows the vehicle to take control of acceleration, braking, and steering without any human interaction. While the technology is still being developed and tested, 20% of all car owners in the U.S. said they “definitely would” or “probably would” include the technology in their next vehicle, even after learning the estimated market price of $3,000. Prior to learning the price, however, a whopping 37% of people were interested in the feature. More →