Last night Reuters breathlessly reported that two self-driving cars – one from Delphi and another from Google – had a “close call” in which an autonomous Lexus from Google “cut off” an Audi from Delphi. Except they really didn’t. They reacted exactly like two responsible human drivers would, which is what they’re…
Google’s new fleet of self-driving bubble-mobiles are finally taking to the roads around the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, and Google is giving artists a chance to turn them into rolling works of art.
After last month’s collective media freak-out about Google’s self-driving vehicles being involved in – but not responsible for – 11 crashes since the program launched, Google is now issuing monthly reports about the progress of the project. Oh, and they’ve been involved in two more crashes in just the last week…
It’s an all-too-common scenario. You’re driving and get a text from a friend. They say you should meet at [insert bar/restaurant/S&M club here]. If you’re a responsible adult you pull over, open the maps app, search for the location, tap it, select navigate, and then get back on the road. But what if all that could be…
A year after Android Auto was announced with 30 automakers committed to bring it to market, Hyundai has become the first automaker to integrate Google’s smartphone-connected infotainment takeover into its cars. Well, car. Singular.
Last year, Android Auto was unleashed at Google’s big developer’s conference, but that was just a taste of its dashboard ambitions. At next week’s Google I/O, all signs point to the company giving us a glimpse into a new infotainment system designed from the ground-up to be powered by Android.
Google has built 25 of its techno-koala self-driving prototypes and they’re set to run around the company’s hometown this summer. And after this week’s spate of overhyped news about autonomous car crashes, Google is launching a website to increase transparency on how the project is coming along. That’s good.
Over the past six years, Google claims that its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 “minor” accidents with light damage and no injuries. More importantly, it says its autonomous vehicles were never the cause of the crash. And it only took one report from the Associated Press for Google to finally release the…
Google is out with 70 new “partners” that integrate with Google Now, the contextual, timely Android app that keeps you informed about everything from weather to commute times to what’s good to eat at the food court. But some of the most interesting integrations are auto-related. Here’s the best we’ve found.
In early 2013 Tesla was in dire straits. The automaker was struggling to take orders, produce, and deliver the first batch of Model S sedans, and those that did roll out of the factory were of dubious build quality at best. Tesla was on the verge of implosion, so Elon Musk called up his friend Larry Page at Google.
When Google announced its new artificial intelligence system could play, learn, and beat some old-school Atari games, my first reaction was, "Cool. Call me when it can play Spy Hunter." Actually, what about Gran Turismo? Because that's obviously part of the plan.
The California DMV is in charge of overseeing autonomous car testing in the state. Part of that includes ensuring the people operating the fleet of robo-cars are properly trained, but because the DMV is incapable of getting its shit together, that means some companies only require a couple hours of training before…
Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's…
Well, this is interestingly timed. Hot on the heels of a report claiming Uber is beginning to work on self-driving technology, Google is supposedly in the process of developing its own ridesharing service.
Governments aren't particularly adept at grasping new technology, and Google made that point crystal clear at a meeting this week in California where the safety and regulation of self-driving cars were debated.
Self-driving cars have to be easy if they're going to catch on. Yes, they have to be safe, but they also need to be approachable. Tony Fadell – the creator of the Nest thermostat and one of the guys behind the iPod and iPhone – might be the man to make that happen.
When Google announced its purpose-built, self-driving car program in May, the prototype it used for demos was a very rough, early build. After testing all of the different systems in a variety of prototypes, Google has built its first complete robo-pod that's ready to take to the streets.
Google is already making a play for the dashboard with Android Auto, but the next version of its mobile operating system is being designed to cut out the phone entirely so it can find a permanent home in cars.
Google's self-driving cars are required to have a brake, accelerator, and steering wheel to test in California. But the Big G has found a loophole, and it's making unwitting test subjects out of NASA employees at the Ames Research Center outside of Mountain View, CA.
We've moved beyond the geewhizOMG phase of autonomous cars and into the dirty, nasty, contentious world of legislation and regulation. The California DMV has issued its rules that Google (and others) have to abide by, and with that fight over, now we know what the crew from Mountain View wanted to hide.