All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘self-driving cars’

Two Self-Driving Cars Involved in “Complex Driving Scenario”

Two Self-Driving Cars Involved in “Complex Driving Scenario”

Did two self-driving cars, one owned by Google and the other owned by Delphi, have a near miss on the streets of Palo Alto the other day? Not really, according to Delphi. But they were involved in a “complex driving scenario.” Google is the most prominent tester of self-driving cars on California roads, but it’s not the only one. Reuters …

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road

Last month, Google said it was almost ready to start testing its self-driving car prototypes on public roads, and that it would happen sometime this summer. Well, that time is now. A few cars from Google’s fleet are now cruising California highways. Slowly. “These prototype vehicles are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. They’re ultimately designed to …

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Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber has poached another Googler. According to a report from Re/code, former Google engineering VP Brian McClendon is set to join the on-demand car company and will head its new Advanced Technologies Center. McClendon worked for over a decade as Google’s head of Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. McClendon will continue to work on Maps and location services at …

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Google Starts Monthly Accident Reports For Self-Driving Cars

Well, it looks like Consumer Watchdog is getting at least one of its many wishes related to Google’s behavior. Last month, reports came out about four of Google’s self-driving cars being involved in accidents since September. Some of these reports were overblown considering that the accidents were actually the fault of human drivers, but the consumer group (a regular critic …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a rather conspicuous set of tech on its roof – a LIDAR system that looks quite similar to the one sported …

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Google Self-Driving Cars Hit Public Roads This Summer

Google is almost ready to put its self-driving cars on public roads. According to the company, the “next step” in the project involves putting its prototypes on the roads of Mountain View this summer. Google’s self-driving cars will be capped at 25mph, and each will carry a safety driver who has access to a removable steering wheel and pedals so …

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Google Called Upon To Make Self-Driving Car Accident Reports Public

Google’s self-driving cars are coming under fire again as the Associated Press reported that four out of forty-eight of the cars Google has driving around California have gotten into accidents since September. As has been the case with previously reported accidents, however, none of these were actually the fault of Google’s cars, at least according to the company. According to …

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Elon Musk Thinks Driving Could Be Outlawed at Some Point (Hopefully Not Though)

Will there ever come a day when it is actually illegal to get behind the wheel of a car and drive it yourself? Tesla founder and possible Terminator Elon Musk says yes, this is a distinct possibility. Musk made his comments at the Nvidia GPU conference, where he said it’s just too dangerous. “You don’t want a person driving a …

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Google, Uber Moving in on Each Other’s Turf?

It’s possible that Google and Uber, two companies which, at least historically, have been friendly, are developing a bit of a rivalry. Uber has announced a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University that will see the creation of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” near the school’s campus. “The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance …

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Google Reveals First Real Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google unveiled what it says its its “first real build” of its self-driving vehicle prototype. Back in May, Google showed off an early mockup that eliminated the steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. But that didn’t even have real headlights. Now, Google has a fully-functioning version of this car (pictured). “Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to …

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Google’s Driverless Cars Feel the Need for Speed (Cause It’s Safer!)

Try using this excuse the next time you get pulled over for speeding. According to Google, exceeding the speed limit is actually safer than strictly obeying the law in some circumstances. For this reason, the company’s autonomous vehicles are allowed to break the law, ever so slightly, if the situation warrants it. Dmitri Dolgov, the lead software engineer on Google’s …

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Driverless Cars Will Hit UK Roads in January 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable and the UK Department for Transport have just announced a “fast track” initiative for driverless cars, saying that the autonomous vehicles will hit public roads in about six months. As the BBC reports, The Department for Transport is a little late on its own projections. The technology was supposed to hit roads in 2013, but up …

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