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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Opinions
Google Self Driving Cars Prediction

Let’s laugh at this TechCrunch column on why ‘driving your own car will soon be illegal’

By on August 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Let’s laugh at this TechCrunch column on why ‘driving your own car will soon be illegal’

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 →

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Uber Self-Driving Car Prototype

This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

By on May 22, 2015 at 7:35 PM.

This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

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 →

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Google Self-Driving Cars Public Testing

You’ll see Google’s cute self-driving car on public roads this summer

By on May 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

You’ll see Google’s cute self-driving car on public roads this summer

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 →

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Tesla Model S Self-Driving

You’ll soon be able to put your Tesla Model S on ‘autopilot’

By on March 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

You’ll soon be able to put your Tesla Model S on ‘autopilot’

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 →

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Google vs. Uber

Google might become the next Uber for… Ubers

By on February 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Google might become the next Uber for… Ubers

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 →

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