Race Driver Brains Used in Self-Driven Car Development

Race Driver Brains Used in Self-Driven Car Development
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Try as they might, proponents for autonomous cars will always struggle to argue that a computer can drive safely around man-operated vehicles. That is, unless a group of scientists from Standford’s Revs program have their way. Continue Reading...

Google Takes Autonomous Car to Washington D.C. in Search Of Country Wide Legalization

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Google Takes Autonomous Car to Washington D.C. in Search Of Country Wide Legalization
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Just a day after Google was awarded a driver’s license for its self-driving car, the tech giant brought one of its autonomous Toyota Prius out to Washington D.C. in hopes to make driverless cars legal in the United States. It appears that Google made its way to the nation’s capital in hopes to appeal to… Continue Reading...

Google’s Driverless Car Gets its Own Driver’s License

Google’s Driverless Car Gets its Own Driver’s License
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The state of Nevada has just become the first to issue a driver’s license to a car. The vehicle in question is Google’s autonomous Toyota Prius, which company engineers have been testing on California roads for the past two years, logging 140,000 miles with just one traffic-incident. That accident, caused when a car driven by… Continue Reading...

37 Percent of Americans Interested in Autonomous Driving Technology: Study

37 Percent of Americans Interested in Autonomous Driving Technology: Study
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With Google’s driverless cars making headlines, the public sentiment towards autonomous driving technology appears to be on the rise with a new J.D. Power study revealing that 37% of American vehicle owners are interested in such systems. Part of the findings in the larger 2012 US Emerging Technologies Study, it’s less of an endorsement of… Continue Reading...

Lexus RX450h Joins Google Autonomous Vehicles Fleet

Lexus RX450h Joins Google Autonomous Vehicles Fleet
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A car that drives itself might seem cool — until you realize it’s probably a Toyota Prius. What if you prefer something a more upscale automated chauffeur? It seems Google feels the same way by giving a Lexus RX450h the autonomous treatment.  The vehicle was spotted testing in Southern California and seems to be sporting a… Continue Reading...

Self-driving cars by 2020, Former GM Exec Says

Self-driving cars by 2020, Former GM Exec Says
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Self-driving cars aren’t new, but if electric vehicles’ slow adoption rates among U.S. consumers are any measure of new technology acceptance then autonomous cars can’t be close at hand, or can they? According to a speech given by Larry Burns, former General Motors research and development head, we can expect such technology by 2020. Unless… Continue Reading...

Google Self-Driving Car Chauffeurs Legally Blind Man – Video

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What’s the real benefit to autonomous cars? To be able to eat your Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch while it drives you to your destination of course. In all seriousness, Google’s self-driving car just did its biggest and best promotional video yet. The autonomous Toyota Prius shuttled around Steve Mahan, a legally blind man, through… Continue Reading...

Volvo Road-Train Completes First Successful Test

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Volvo Road-Train Completes First Successful Test
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A major step towards self-driving cars, Volvo has announced its first successful test of what it calls a “road train”. As a part of the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project, a test fleet of cars fitted with special equipment becomes a caravan of sorts, bunching up behind a lead vehicle and acting… Continue Reading...

Google Awarded Patent For Autonomous Vehicle

Google Awarded Patent For Autonomous Vehicle
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Google’s mission towards to mass market autonomous vehicles took another step forward this week when they were granted a patent for a method of controlling the self-driving car. The patent details how the vehicle can transition from being human-driven to autonomous mode. The technology raises an interesting thought, where the car could transition to autonomous… Continue Reading...

Google’s Driverless Cars Now Legal in Nevada

Google’s Driverless Cars Now Legal in Nevada
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A state made famous on for its loose laws and even looser morality, you can now add another item to the list of things you’re allowed to do in Nevada: ride along in a driverless car. Thanks to the passing of Bill No. 511, Nevada is the first state to allow Google’s autonomous cars. The… Continue Reading...

German University Students Develop Autonomous Car Controlled By iPad

German University Students Develop Autonomous Car Controlled By iPad
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Following the news of Google’s self-driving car, there’s news that the German’s have been working on a pretty cool idea – an autonomous car controlled by an iPad. This latest addition to the market, brought to you by the AutoNOMOS Labs project at Germany’s Freire University, combines a modified Volkswagen Passat that is equipped with… Continue Reading...

Helicopter Crashes During Audi Pikes Peak Commercial Shoot (UPDATE)

Helicopter Crashes During Audi Pikes Peak Commercial Shoot (UPDATE)
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UPDATE: Audi’s official statement below Jalopnik is reporting that an Audi commercial shoot at Pikes Peak took a tragic turn after a helicopter crashed during filming. Reports say that the pilot is in critical condition with the other three passengers injured as well. The commercial apparently involved the autonomous TTS, with the helicopter filming the… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Autonomous Car Can Slide Into A Parking Spot By Itself (Video Inside)

Volkswagen Autonomous Car Can Slide Into A Parking Spot By Itself (Video Inside)
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It’s always been a goal of mine to learn how to slide into a parking spot, similar to how all the cool guys do it in Hollywood blockbusters. It’s a totally frivolous thing to master, and the chances of ever being able to use it are negligible. In any case, it looks like it will… Continue Reading...