G. Clay Whittaker
at 11:39 AM Sep 23 2016
Cars // 

Carpool lanes are for cars with multiple passengers, but a new lane type might make room for cars with no drivers, starting with a highway from Vancouver to Seattle. That's the new idea from several tech giants, including a board member of Amazon and a former Microsoft executive.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:39 AM Sep 23 2016
Cars // 

A delivery van is a tiny warehouse on wheels. Away from the conveyor belts and simple machines of a warehouse, humans, usually two of them, do all the rudimentary tasks of delivery: driving, finding the packages in the back, and placing packages on doorsteps. Mercedes-Benz, in collaboration with drone delivery company Matternet, created a concept Vision Van that replaces this routine with an automated system, and adds two drones on top for speedy delivery.

Kristen Hall-Geisler
at 11:39 AM Sep 23 2016
Cars // 

Semcon, a product development company specializing in how humans actually use things, conducted a study on people's attitudes toward self-driving cars. People in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany responded, and nearly half said they had very little trust in autonomous vehicles.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:06 PM Sep 1 2016
Cars // 

Driving is deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 32,500 people died on America's roads in 2015. Part of what makes driving deadly is that it's deadly dull: cautiously waiting to go, maintaining enough distance both behind and in front of other cars, and only crossing an intersection when there's definitely enough room for the car on the other side, are responsible ways to drive--though depending on the practices of a given area, sometimes also impossible or seen as rude. It can be an exhausting chore at even the best of times, and in rush hour, it's just a maddening, draining slog. So it's nice to contemplate, if only for a moment, what ideal driving could look like.

Xavier Harding
at 11:20 AM Aug 31 2016
Cars // 

More than ever, car makers and transportation are finding ways to incorporate automated driving into their product offerings. Tech companies like Google, Uber, Lyft as well as car companies like Tesla, Toyota and Hyundai can all cleary see what lies on the road ahead, possibly thanks to LED headlights. Now one more company enters the fray: Drive.ai.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:31 AM Aug 24 2016
Cars // 

Tesla took Ludicrous Mode to new heights today. Some subtle wiring changes and a major battery upgrade improved mileage and gave the Model S enough oomph to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds—within fractions of seconds of Ferrari and Porsche models.

Kristen Hall-Geisler
at 14:27 PM Aug 18 2016
Cars // 

Oxbotica, a company spun off from the Oxford University Mobile Robotics Group in the United Kingdom, has developed software that allows driverless vehicles to get around--even when there's no GPS to be found.

 
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