Kelsey D. Atherton
at 16:04 PM Apr 30 2016
Cars // 

Autonomous cars are a chance to reinvent the steering wheel. Because the vehicles themselves do all the driving, cars are no longer bound by such basic conventions as “keep a human facing forward at all times” and “don't try to climb over boulders like a spider." Okay, it's more than just the relationship between the car and driver that's changing in that one.

Kristen Hall-Geisler
at 10:21 AM Apr 28 2016
Cars // 

First the good news from Volkswagen this week. The company debuted the T-Prime Concept GTE, a plug-in hybrid SUV, at Auto China 2016. The bad news: the New York Times reports that a PowerPoint presentation created in 2006 at Volkswagen detailed how to cheat on US emissions tests with its TDI diesel engines.

Dave Gershgorn
at 15:01 PM Apr 27 2016
Cars // 

It's rare that we get extended footage of autonomous cars driving in a a series of situations. Nvidia, the technology company that makes graphics cards and computers for autonomous car development, published a paper detailing a new system of deep learning that teaches itself how to drive with "minimum training data from humans." The paper also included video footage, of which we are pleased to present the highlights.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 15:01 PM Apr 27 2016
Cars // 

Google, Uber, and Ford have joined forces for the future of the driverless car. Along with Volvo and Lyft, the companies have created a lobbying group named the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:42 AM Apr 22 2016
Cars // 

It's a quiet day in Duckietown. Duckie McDuckface is getting ready for work, but instead of waddling down the streets he hops into a local self-driving taxi and tells it where he needs to go. It gets him there quickly and safely, no steering required.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 08:35 AM Apr 22 2016
Cars // 

Every parachute is a promise between humanity and the laws of physics. Make the parachute right, and the falling object glides gently to Earth, cloth and rope gently guiding a path down from the sky to the ground. Mess up, and gravity will punish that failure, sometimes to the tune of $200,000, as is the case with these U.S. Army Humvees, which crashed to the ground over Germany during a training mission last week in Hohenfels, Germany.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:35 AM Apr 22 2016
Cars // 

The hits just keep on coming for the auto industry. Mitsubishi now joins a rogues gallery of auto companies including General Motors and Volkswagen who have misled the public about the cars they sell.

 
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