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23Google's self-driving car gets better at navigating city streets

Google's autonomous car technology is constantly improving. After thousands of miles of testing, the company claimed that the driverless vehicle was safer than conventional, piloted cars. However, it previously only really worked on highways. Now, the the search engine giant is improving the tech even further to be able to drive on busy city streets.

61Google says its driverless cars are safer than you

After several years and thousands of miles of testing autonomous cars in California and Nevada, Google finally has something to show for its work – other than driving a blind man to get a taco. According to Technology Review, Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving car program, says that Google has data showing that autonomous cars are safer and smoother than actual drivers. This, of course, is a big improvement over Google's statement from 2011 that claimed autonomous cars are saf

20Google self-driving cars should have data recorders, says US official

Fears over domestic spying operations and privacy concerns have been splattered across the headlines with alarming frequency, and now it appears that even the auto industry isn't immune. According to a report from The Huffington Post, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Deborah Hersman, has argued that black boxes should be mandatory in self-driving cars, like those that Google and Nissan have been working on.

46California Senate votes to bring autonomous cars closer to reality

California is on its way to taking a ride with the autonomous car. By a vote of 37-0, the State Senate approved Senate Bill 1298 (you can read it here) that begins to establish how guidelines on and oversight of self-driving vehicles will be handled.

12Google adds hybrid Lexus RX450h to autonomous fleet

The Google self-driving-vehicle fleet has grown by one. According to Wired, the tech giant has added a black Lexus RX450h to its autonomous stable. The hybrid SUV was spotted out on the road for testing wearing a new roof-mounted sensor array that's significantly more streamlined than the gear found on the company's autonomous Toyota Prius models. Google says it is constantly testing its driving algorithms on a wide range of vehicles in order to refine the technology, and that the RX450h is mere

10Google adds hybrid Lexus RX450h to autonomous fleet

The Google self-driving-vehicle fleet has grown by one. According to Wired, the tech giant has added a black Lexus RX450h to its autonomous stable. The hybrid SUV was spotted out on the road for testing wearing a new roof-mounted sensor array that's significantly more streamlined than the gear found on the company's autonomous Toyota Prius models. Google says it is constantly testing its driving algorithms on a wide range of vehicles in order to refine the technology, and that the RX450h is mere

1Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #250 LIVE

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10Video: ABC News gets taken for a spin in Google's self-driving Toyota Prius

ABC News goes for a spin with one of Google's driverless cars – Click above to watch video after the jump

45Video: ABC News gets taken for a spin in Google's self-driving Toyota Prius

ABC News goes for a spin with one of Google's driverless cars – Click above to watch video after the jump

33Report: Google quietly logs over 140k on autonomous cars in U.S. city traffic

Sebastian Thrun, the man behind Google Streetview and work on Stanley, the autonomous vehicle from Stanford that's won DARPA competitions, has teamed up with Google to create a fleet of self-piloting vehicles that have racked up over 140,000 unmanned miles. A handful of the vehicles have traveled 1,000 miles without any human intervention at all, and there's been only one crash – when one of the autonomous vehicles was rear-ended by another car.

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