self-driving car

  • Uber acquires Otto to lead Uber’s self-driving car effort

    Uber acquires Otto to lead Uber’s self-driving car effort

    Uber is making yet another big push in the self-driving car space. In addition to launching self-driving rides in Pittsburgh with the help of Volvo, the company is acquiring Otto and its all-star team according to a new report from Bloomberg. Otto has been focusing on self-driving technology that could be fitted into trucks that are already on the road now. In other words, Otto didn’t… Read More

  • BMW’s CEO reveals plans for the i NEXT, a self-driving car set for a 2021 debut

    BMW’s CEO reveals plans for the i NEXT, a self-driving car set for a 2021 debut

    Before you get too excited, the above image is the Vision NEXT 100, the concept car BMW showed off back in March to note that, as it celebrated its 100th anniversary, the company was spending more time looking forward than back. The automaker’s CEO Harald Krueger struck a similarly futuristic tone during its annual shareholder meeting in Munich this week, though the chief executive was… Read More

  • LeEco wheels out its own self-driving electric concept car, following deals with Faraday Future and Aston Martin

    LeEco wheels out its own self-driving electric concept car, following deals with Faraday Future and Aston Martin

    If you know LeEco at all, it’s likely for the Chinese company’s smartphones. Or, maybe you’ve caught wind of its video streaming services or smart televisions — it was known as LeTV until fairly recently, after all. Those elements were present in a massive Beijing press conference held earlier today (including a trio of new smartphones that have done away with the… Read More

  • Test drive: Self-parking in the 2016 Jaguar XF S

    Test drive: Self-parking in the 2016 Jaguar XF S

    I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Jaguar XF S, which is a stately four-door luxury sedan with comfortable leather seats and supercharged V6 engine that could get a person in a lot of trouble. But not too much trouble — the new XF has the latest in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which includes adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and… Read More

  • Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Google Self-Driving Car’s Chris Urmson On California DMV: “Same Old Status Quo”

    Yesterday, the California DMV posted a draft of proposed regulations for self-driving vehicles. Obviously, Google was waiting to see what came down and now that they’ve had some time to look through it all, their head of the Self-Driving unit, Chris Urmson, has responded with a Medium post. Since these regulations are in draft form, the long back and forth between companies and the… Read More

  • Google Self-Driving Car Update From October: No Crashes, Halloween Helpful

    Google Self-Driving Car Update From October: No Crashes, Halloween Helpful

    Today, Google shared their self-driving car project monthly report. Good news, there were no accidents. There were however, some interesting learnings that the team shared about how they’re training their software. Apparently, Halloween was a big help: Halloween’s a great time to get some extra learning done. This week, lots of little ghouls, superheroes and even robots were… Read More

  • Google Names John Krafcik Its Self-Driving Car Project CEO

    Google Names John Krafcik Its Self-Driving Car Project CEO

    Easily one of the most exciting areas of Alphabet/Google’s future is its self-driving car unit. Today, that group got a CEO with a massive amount of automotive experience. Right now, the company reports to Sundar Pichai and Google, but could be spun out as a company under Alphabet, since it’s going to turn into a monster of a business for the parent company. Read More

  • When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss Crunch Network

    When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss

    Thousands of cabs make their way through the streets of London. Hundreds of buses pick up and drop off passengers. Trucks carry their cargo. They are, of course, autonomous; like Google’s self-driving car, they all move without a driver. This vision is almost a cliche. Everyone is already talking about a future where professional drivers are unemployed and all vehicles will drive… Read More

  • Driverless Cars Are Already Here Crunch Network

    Driverless Cars Are Already Here

    With big initiatives under way from Google, Apple, Daimler and more, the autonomous car is driving into view as the future of transportation. Whenever we imagine this technology, the reality always seems distant. Indeed, the dominant narrative of Silicon Valley companies’ development efforts is one of stealth, with eventual glitzy launches far in the future, following lengthy secret testing. Read More