Key U.S. Senator Calls Self-driving Legislation a ‘long shot’

A landmark U.S. bill that would speed adoption of self-driving cars is now "a long shot" to pass before the current Congress adjourns in the coming weeks, a key Republican senator behind the legislation said. Many automaker lobbyists and congressional aides say the...

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot’s Biggest Flaw

AS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES, so must policing. Last week, when a couple of California Highway Patrol officers spotted a man apparently sleeping in the driver’s seat of a TeslaModel S going 70 mph down Highway 101 in Palo Alto around 3:30 am, they moved behind the car and...

Why Self-driving Vehicles Need a Crystal Ball

A pedestrian stands along a street with one foot on the curb and the other in the crosswalk. A bicyclist lifts a foot off the ground and places it on a pedal. A jogger maintains a steady pace while heading toward an intersection. Determining whether those road users...

Ready for Self-driving Future? Sorry, it’s drizzling out.

Even a little crummy weather might pose big problems for self-driving systems. New research from Michigan State University suggests light rain and drizzle can confound the algorithms that autonomous systems use to detect pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users....