Consumers Need Help with AV Tech

Most companies in the automotive industry are working to develop some element of autonomous driving or support for such a capability. However, we have a bit of a conundrum about our migration to an autonomous future. At this point it is fair to say that we are...

These Small Cars Can Help Drive the Autonomous Future

Researchers are using 1/10th-size models to test self-driving technology more cheaply and easily than full-size vehicles. Over the next three years, Houssam Abbas will carefully send 80 modified Traxxas RC rally cars—the Ford Fiesta model—to research facilities around...

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

The bloom is off the rose for self-driving tech among urban transportation officials, who are planning for a future with fewer private cars. On the one hand, autonomous vehicles offer an excellent opportunity to rethink how American cities operate, down to each lane...

Spotting a Fire Truck Ahead is not so Easy for Robocars

To the human driver, it would have been an obvious obstacle: a police car and fire truck, emergency lights blazing, blocking the lane ahead. But to the Tesla Inc. Model S traveling down a Southern California freeway last year on Autopilot, it was a far more vexing...

Will Self-Driving Cars Really Only Last Four Years?

A recent news item about self-driving cars has been creating quite a flurry of debate due to the suggestion by a major automotive maker that driverless cars might only last about four years. Some are shocked that autonomous cars might merely be usable for a scant four...