Self-driving test vehicles are already on the roads in several states, including California, Arizona, and Massachusetts, but the futuristic world of robot cars on every street hasn't materialised quite yet. People are still freaked out by the idea of getting in a car that doesn't have anyone behind the wheel -- and so companies in the autonomous vehicle business are launching their own charm offensives to convince consumers (and members of Congress) that their cars will make the world a safer place.
Have you ever gazed up at the sweeping blue sky and thought, God, it's boring up there? It seems like Sebastian Thrun -- who launched Google's self-driving car program and is the CEO of the flying car startup Kitty Hawk -- sure has. On Tuesday, he shared his vision of a sky clogged with tons and tons of glorious soaring metal at TechCrunch Disrupt.
One big question surrounding autonomous vehicles is whether or not human beings will actually want to use them at all. While fully autonomous taxis seem more plausible at first than commercially available, single-owner autonomous cars,Automotive News says that, according to a new survey, 55 per cent of respondents wouldn't be cool riding in a fully self-driving vehicle.
I get emails about concepts and proposals and grand automotive schemes all the time. It's pretty rare that any of them actually come to fruition. But I was sent one that, while still very much non-existent, was charming and interesting enough that I want to show it to all of you. It's called NOBE (the website doesn't seem to work yet), it's Estonian, and just look at the damn thing.
Take the religious following of air-cooled Porsche 911s, then reduce that to the community of folks who are evangelists for the four-cylinder 912, and you've got a group of seriously passionate people. Like most passionate people that I've met, they want to bring you into the fold and show you why whatever it is they love deserves attention.
"Is engine braking with a manual transmission bad?" you might ask your disinterested friends at lunch. Well, Engineering Explained has an answer for you! In his newest video, Jason Fenske goes over not only what engine braking is, but also whether or not it's bad for your car.
After revealing its hydrogen energy plan last week, the South Australian government has already signed up a potential manufacturer for its fleet of renewables-powered buses: Navya, a French company that specialises not only in electric vehicles, by autonomous ones too.
In March, The New York Times revealed that Uber was evading and deceiving law enforcement officials in a number of cities through an internal software program called Greyball. The program goes to alarming lengths of surveillance to sidestep regulators, and an investigation by the city of Portland reveals how it was used to circumvent government officials there.
Image Cache: The Goodwood Revival, counterpart to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is all about vintage cars, as its name describes. Held over the course of three days at the Goodwood Circuit instead of on Charles Gordon-Lennox, the 11th Duke of Richmond's driveway, the Revival brings the iconic race cars of the 1920s through the 1960s together and back to life. They aren't just sitting there all pretty, either. They are going toe-to-toe on the racetrack. It's like being yanked back in time.
The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive safety recall in history. It's almost guaranteed that either you or somebody you know has owned or once owned a car with a Takata airbag inflator. Here's a video that explains what's so dangerous about them, and why it should terrify you.
The morning commute across Manhattan on Thursday was a typical-as-of-late snarl of bottlenecks and delays, with debris of unknown origins causing an oppressive backup of the city's subway system. It was the latest in a string of examples of the deteriorating, century-old system, another sign of the significant level of investment that's needed to bring the subway up to 21st century standards and efficiency.
Though it was an otherwise unsurprising morning, I'm mentioning it because, several hundred miles away, as New Yorkers endured another annoying trek around town through a system of the past, a theoretical, futuristic solution to public transit woes in the U.S. -- the Hyperloop -- took another small-step toward coming to fruition. But, alluring as it is, the vacuum transit system remains a long-shot -- even with 10 possible routes now on the table.
When we think of a car being wrecked so badly that it's effectively totaled, we tend to imagine pretty gruesome, mangled wrecks. What we don't usually picture is an incident that left damage so small you could hide it with your thumb, but that's exactly what happened to one deeply unlucky Corvette.
100,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars in Australia are affected by the company's 'cheat software', the dual-mode switch that detected emissions testing conditions and changed vehicles' performance to create lower emissions. Two open class action lawsuits are underway, and a Federal Court judge has ordered the manufacturer to explain on the stand exactly why the software was installed.
At first, it seemed to be a quirky prank -- a man was driving around town dressed up like a car seat and convincing people his car had no one at the wheel. Then we learned that it was all a shadowy research project by Virginia Tech. And now we know that Ford was behind the whole thing and it's all for science.
Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google, just scored a major win in its ongoing legal battle against Uber. Waymo is suing the ride-hailing company, claiming that a former Waymo employee stole trade secrets about its autonomous vehicle technology and took them to Uber, where Uber then incorporated them into its own cars.
On Tuesday, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revealed the updated version of the guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The DOT secretary defended the guidelines, which opt for voluntary guidance rather than enforceable rules. Chao said that a third version is in progress and slated to be introduced in 2018.