Focusing On Human-Caused Fender-Benders Misses The Point
Here we go again. Google reported Thursday another one of its self-driving cars was involved in a traffic accident earlier this month. The crash occurred near the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters July 1.
Motorists Have Concerns About Self-Driving Cars, Says University of Michigan Survey
Self-driving cars might dominate the roadways of tomorrow, but American motorists aren't ready for them today. A survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found drivers are concerned about riding autonomous vehicles and that they're not ready to relinquish control.
Google has pledged to release monthly reports on the status of its self-driving car program, and says these updates will include information on any accidents involving the vehicles. But the company won't release the actual accident reports.
Hyundai is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto operating system on a production vehicle. The software is available on the 2015 Sonata and mirrors a smartphone's interface on the sedan's infotainment screen.
A study by Thomson Reuters looks at the past 24 years of auto patents to examine Apple's current place in the industry. Samsung might be a big competitor, but an Apple merger with Tesla could be a real boon for both businesses.
Google is officially getting into the auto insurance quote business in the US with the launch of its Compare tool. Currently, the site only works for those in California but is expected to expand to other states.
Lincoln piggybacked on Cadillac's "Dare Greatly" tagline in Internet search results. A day after Cadillac began its new ad campaign during the Oscars, typing the tagline into Google returned Cadillac and Lincoln as the first paid results.
Daimler boss Dietzer Zetsche doesn't think Google is serious about actually building cars and is just investigating how people use vehicles. He said he sees opportunities to work with the search giant in the future but thinks there is a possibly antagonistic relationship when it comes to data privacy.
Google is reportedly set to begin offering auto insurance quotes through its Google Compare Auto Insurance Services site. It has been talking to insurance companies for two years about the online destination where customers can compare and buy policies, with the Internet giant taking a cut of each sale.
Once you pair the Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app with your Android phone and your Hyundai vehicle, you can use touch or voice commands to remotely lock or unlock your car doors, start and stop your engine, flash the cars lights and honk the horn, or have it locate your car.
The automotive world is rapidly leaping into the next generation of infotainment systems. We already know that the CarPlay from Apple and Sync 3 from Ford based are on the way. Google showed off its future concept for Android Auto earlier this year and promised that it would be available by the end of 2014. That didn't happen, but the technology giant has put a tentative plan in place for its challenger in this crowded field.