The prospect of driverless cars is enough to make a commuter weep with joy. Imagine sleeping on your way to work, then kicking back with a Bud Light Lime on your way home. Pretty trill, right?
Well, the chairman of Toyota doesn’t want you getting your hopes up. Read More
God knows when Google’s autonomous cars will hit the streets for us commuters. And, Newt Gingrich’s enthusiasm aside, are drivers really ready to give up the wheel? Forget that, though: According to the Wall Street Journal, give it 20 years or so and it’s commercial trucking where self-driving vehicles look well nigh certain.
When will driverless cars arrive, delivering commuters from the responsibility for actually steering themselves to the office? The Wall Street Journal talked to experts at the SAE International World Congress in Detroit, and the consensus says that “fully autonomous vehicles might hit the streets in meaningful numbers” by 2025.
Or, as the Journal puts it: Read More
Back in 2011, Google introduced the world to driverless cars through a launch party at the TED conference. Esther Wojcicki, the mother of 23 and Me founder Anne Wojcicki and mother-in-law to Google cofounder Sergey Brin, was in attendance. Though being an in-law to a pair of tech geniuses undoubtedly has its quirks, Esther was rather unprepared for her first wild (driverless) ride. Read More
Today, Newt Gingrich–as promised on his Twitter feed–devoted a whole installment of “Newt University” to the topic of driverless cars. The thirty-minute session was, essentially, a one-way Google Hangout with Mr. Gingrich talking your ear off about THE FUTURE.
“The game-changer, psychologically, is the Google driverless car,” Mr. Gingrich informed his acolytes. Read More
Though driverless cars are on the road (heh) to becoming legal in many states, it will definitely take some time for the American populace to adjust to the sight of a car functioning without someone in the driver’s seat.
YouTube user MagicofRahat took advantage of that dissonance by creating a costume that looked just like his car’s seat back and placed it over his body, giving the impression that his car was driving itself. Then he drove the car through a number of fast food drive-thrus and scared the crap out of the unsuspecting employees. Read More
Get ready for the day when you sip mimosas and curl your eyelashes as you commute, because the driverless car revolution is upon us. These futuristic machines are now legal in three states, and Google’s working hell-for-leather to make them part of regular life. But, as this essay in the New Yorker points out, such a technology raises thorny implications.
When we turn our shiny metal death machines over to computers, how are they going to make the right decisions? Read More
Somebody’s ready to make it rain in Stamford: Indeed.com has been acquired by the Japanese company Recruit Co. Ltd., for a price reportedly in the $750 million to $1 billion range. [Business Insider]
The California bill allowing driverless cars on the road has now been signed. [New York Times]
Total Google Play downloads thus far: 25 billion. In celebration, all kinds of goodies are available for download at 25 cents a pop. [The Verge]
Apparently the CEO of Intel doesn’t think Windows 8 is fully baked. [Bloomberg]
Even literal rocket scientists can’t keep their passwords safe. [Ars Technica]
What’s a thousand-pound steel monster controlled entirely by a computer, no human required? It’s a driverless car! And it’s one step closer to legally operating on public roads. The Singularity is nigh, friends.
According to Ars Technica, the California State Senate officially passed SB 1289, which–following the creation of standards and performance requirements by the DMV–would allow robot cars to hit the open road. Read More