The Truth About Cars » self-driving cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Wary or Enthusiastic? MIT Wants Your Views on Automated Driving Technologies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/hot-cold-mit-wants-views-automated-driving-technologies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/hot-cold-mit-wants-views-automated-driving-technologies/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1332770 Like it or not, autonomous vehicles are coming in one form or another. Many new cars on the market already have features that help a driver stay in the driving lane, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, or reduce the severity of a collision. Much like the original stability control, these features […]

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Like it or not, autonomous vehicles are coming in one form or another. Many new cars on the market already have features that help a driver stay in the driving lane, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, or reduce the severity of a collision. Much like the original stability control, these features […]

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Relax, Your Car Will Soon Be Safe From Revenge-Driven Extortionist Hackers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/relax-car-will-soon-safe-revenge-driven-extortionist-hackers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/relax-car-will-soon-safe-revenge-driven-extortionist-hackers/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1322682 Apparently, it’s Technology Tuesday here at TTAC, so we can bring you news of a device that will kick your deeply held fears to the curb. Vehicle hacking has been an issue ever since a Jeep Cherokee had its steering, transmission and brakes commandeered last summer, and an Israeli firm is now offering protection against […]

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Apparently, it’s Technology Tuesday here at TTAC, so we can bring you news of a device that will kick your deeply held fears to the curb. Vehicle hacking has been an issue ever since a Jeep Cherokee had its steering, transmission and brakes commandeered last summer, and an Israeli firm is now offering protection against […]

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Uber Allegedly Buys 100,000 S-Class Cars, Confusing Everyone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/uber-allegedly-buys-100000-s-class-cars-confusing-everyone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/uber-allegedly-buys-100000-s-class-cars-confusing-everyone/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:45:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1307746 Uber wants to eliminate drivers from its operation, but the ride-hailing service reportedly just purchased an armada’s worth of Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans that don’t yet have fully autonomous capability. On Friday, Reuters reported that sources at both companies told the German publication Manager Magazin that an order had been made by Uber for “at least” 100,000 S-Class […]

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Uber wants to eliminate drivers from its operation, but the ride-hailing service reportedly just purchased an armada’s worth of Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans that don’t yet have fully autonomous capability. On Friday, Reuters reported that sources at both companies told the German publication Manager Magazin that an order had been made by Uber for “at least” 100,000 S-Class […]

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Nonprofit to Americans: Make This Abandoned Property Great Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/local-nonprofit-determined-make-abandoned-property-great/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/local-nonprofit-determined-make-abandoned-property-great/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1307017 An abandoned Michigan manufacturing facility that once cranked out bombers, guns, cars and transmissions could soon be advancing our driverless future. A nonprofit organization has been created to oversee the transition of the former General Motors Willow Run manufacturing plant property near Ypsilanti, Michigan, into a national self-driving and connected vehicle testing site, reports Crain’s Detroit Business. […]

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An abandoned Michigan manufacturing facility that once cranked out bombers, guns, cars and transmissions could soon be advancing our driverless future. A nonprofit organization has been created to oversee the transition of the former General Motors Willow Run manufacturing plant property near Ypsilanti, Michigan, into a national self-driving and connected vehicle testing site, reports Crain’s Detroit Business. […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Daimler Sets GPS to Poland, Porsche Execs Get Off, and Self-Driving Rules Coming http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-daimler-looks-poland-porsche-execs-get-off-self-driving-rules-coming/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-daimler-looks-poland-porsche-execs-get-off-self-driving-rules-coming/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1306561 Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is getting cold feet about opening a factory in Russia, and thinks it might just skip a little bit west. That, two Porsche executives avoid the Big House, the NHTSA wants autonomous rules post-haste, Volkswagen seeks a quick way out of trouble, and Aston Martin wants an F1-inspired moonshot … after […]

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Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is getting cold feet about opening a factory in Russia, and thinks it might just skip a little bit west. That, two Porsche executives avoid the Big House, the NHTSA wants autonomous rules post-haste, Volkswagen seeks a quick way out of trouble, and Aston Martin wants an F1-inspired moonshot … after […]

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BMW’s Game Plan: Connectivity, Autonomous Technology and a Whole Lot of Plug-ins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/bmws-game-plan-connectivity-autonomous-tech-whole-lot-plug-ins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/bmws-game-plan-connectivity-autonomous-tech-whole-lot-plug-ins/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:28:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1306129 BMW Group is laying out its game plan for the future, and it includes a lot of new electric vehicles. Beyond the marketing buzzwords, there’s much similarity between BMW’s plan, released yesterday, and those of so many other automakers: building high-tech convenience and connectivity into their vehicles, diversifying their electric offerings, developing autonomous driving technology, […]

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BMW Group is laying out its game plan for the future, and it includes a lot of new electric vehicles. Beyond the marketing buzzwords, there’s much similarity between BMW’s plan, released yesterday, and those of so many other automakers: building high-tech convenience and connectivity into their vehicles, diversifying their electric offerings, developing autonomous driving technology, […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Toyota’s a Big Tease, New Lada Savior, and Buick Puts the Avista Away Forever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-toyotas-big-tease-new-lada-savior-buick-puts-avista-away-forever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-toyotas-big-tease-new-lada-savior-buick-puts-avista-away-forever/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:58:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1304185 Toyota is hoping to break the internet with an alluring butt shot of an upcoming Prius variant. That, a new guy will turn around Lada (again), Buick says you’ll never drive an Avista, the second GM ignition trial begins, and Google’s got its eye out for buses … after the break! Hey, my eyes are […]

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Toyota is hoping to break the internet with an alluring butt shot of an upcoming Prius variant. That, a new guy will turn around Lada (again), Buick says you’ll never drive an Avista, the second GM ignition trial begins, and Google’s got its eye out for buses … after the break! Hey, my eyes are […]

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Nissan-Renault Say They’ll Have 10 Self-driving Cars by 2020 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/nissan-renault-say-theyll-10-self-driving-cars-2020/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/nissan-renault-say-theyll-10-self-driving-cars-2020/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1259297 Nissan-Renault announced Thursday that it would have 10 cars on sale worldwide with autonomous features ready by the end of the decade. Considering the photo provided by the automaker is of a Nissan Leaf, we can begin there. One. The automaker announced Thursday that beginning this year, Nissan, Renault or Infiniti vehicles would be enabled […]

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Nissan-Renault announced Thursday that it would have 10 cars on sale worldwide with autonomous features ready by the end of the decade. Considering the photo provided by the automaker is of a Nissan Leaf, we can begin there. One. The automaker announced Thursday that beginning this year, Nissan, Renault or Infiniti vehicles would be enabled […]

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Google Sends Self-Driving Lexus Hybrids to Test in Texas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/google-sends-self-driving-lexus-hybrids-test-texas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/google-sends-self-driving-lexus-hybrids-test-texas/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109377 Google’s autonomous cars have made it to the Lone Star state for testing, The Detroit News is reporting. A self-driving Lexus 450h prototype was recently dispatched to Austin, Texas for testing on that city’s streets. The cars are used to map roadways and signs for future autonomous vehicles to use. Google said the car has begun […]

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Google’s autonomous cars have made it to the Lone Star state for testing, The Detroit News is reporting. A self-driving Lexus 450h prototype was recently dispatched to Austin, Texas for testing on that city’s streets. The cars are used to map roadways and signs for future autonomous vehicles to use. Google said the car has begun […]

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Editorial: You’ll Be Dead Before Autonomous Cars Are Launched http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/editorial-youll-dead-autonomous-cars-launched/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/editorial-youll-dead-autonomous-cars-launched/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=973481 “Mm, 2000. When I was a kid, we thought 2000 was gonna be like The Jetsons or somin’. It ain’t even The Jeffersons!”-Chris Rock Most major auto shows, barring the Geneva Auto Salon, having some substantial connection to the automotive world in some way. Detroit. New York. Los Angeles. Shanghai. Tokyo. Paris. Frankfurt. So how […]

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“Mm, 2000. When I was a kid, we thought 2000 was gonna be like The Jetsons or somin’. It ain’t even The Jeffersons!”-Chris Rock Most major auto shows, barring the Geneva Auto Salon, having some substantial connection to the automotive world in some way. Detroit. New York. Los Angeles. Shanghai. Tokyo. Paris. Frankfurt. So how […]

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A Sober Second Look At Self-Driving Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/sober-second-look-self-driving-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/sober-second-look-self-driving-cars/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:45:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=903346 While TTAC‘s Mike Smitka published an essay urging readers to reign in their expectations regarding autonomous cars, a new report by MIT’s Technology Review pours even more cold water on the utopian fantasies of those waiting for the day when humans are no longer in control of the automobile. While the full text is available at MIT, the […]

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While TTAC‘s Mike Smitka published an essay urging readers to reign in their expectations regarding autonomous cars, a new report by MIT’s Technology Review pours even more cold water on the utopian fantasies of those waiting for the day when humans are no longer in control of the automobile. While the full text is available at MIT, the […]

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QOTD: A Robot Car That Kills You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-a-robot-car-that-kills-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-a-robot-car-that-kills-you/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 17:22:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834481 Writing in the National Post, Matt Gurney discusses a darker side of autonomous cars, one that many people (especially this writer, who is not exactly familiar with the rational, linear type of operation that is involved with coding) In a recent interview with PopSci, Patrick Lin, an associate philosophy professor and director of the Ethics + Emerging […]

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Writing in the National Post, Matt Gurney discusses a darker side of autonomous cars, one that many people (especially this writer, who is not exactly familiar with the rational, linear type of operation that is involved with coding) In a recent interview with PopSci, Patrick Lin, an associate philosophy professor and director of the Ethics + Emerging […]

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The Ultimate Self-Driving Machine, Now Available In Brown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/the-ultimate-self-driving-machine-now-available-in-brown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/the-ultimate-self-driving-machine-now-available-in-brown/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 14:41:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490034 This is the 2014 BMW X5. It comes in brown, and will have a diesel option. Alas, there is no manual available like the first generation X5. It can also drive itself at speeds below 25 mph. A new system called Traffic Jam Assistant uses both adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems to […]

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This is the 2014 BMW X5. It comes in brown, and will have a diesel option. Alas, there is no manual available like the first generation X5. It can also drive itself at speeds below 25 mph. A new system called Traffic Jam Assistant uses both adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems to […]

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Elon Musk: Let’s Use The Term “Autopilot” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/elon-musk-lets-use-the-term-autopilot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/elon-musk-lets-use-the-term-autopilot/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 16:02:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488092 “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” According to Elon Musk, what we have here is… failure to market effectively. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, the man whose divorce rated […]

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“Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” According to Elon Musk, what we have here is… failure to market effectively. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, the man whose divorce rated […]

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Can A Robot Car Get You Pinched For DUI? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/can-a-robot-car-get-you-pinched-for-dui/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/can-a-robot-car-get-you-pinched-for-dui/#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471678 Sure, driverless cars might mean the end of individual freedom, automotive enthusiasm, and the American man as we know him today, but at least you can’t get busted for drunk driving when you let your robot car drive you home from the local watering home, right? Right? Writing in the New Scientist, legal expert Bryant […]

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Sure, driverless cars might mean the end of individual freedom, automotive enthusiasm, and the American man as we know him today, but at least you can’t get busted for drunk driving when you let your robot car drive you home from the local watering home, right? Right? Writing in the New Scientist, legal expert Bryant […]

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