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...

NTSB: Tesla on Autopilot when it hit California Firetruck

A government report says the driver of a Tesla that slammed into a firetruck near Los Angeles last year was using the car’s Autopilot system when a vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes and he didn’t have time to react. The National Transportation Safety...

A Novelist Takes Self-Driving to Its Illogical Conclusion

The Fate of the Furious doesn’t really get crazy until the movie’s villain, played by Charlize Theron, tells her hacker minions to “make it rain.” A few obedient keystrokes later and empty cars are flinging themselves from a high-rise parking garage onto the streets...