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177Google unveils first real prototype of its self-driving car

Google announced today that the cute, entirely autonomous car prototype they released in May has been realized as a fully-functional auto ready to hit the roads of Northern California in the new year.

23Why China is more eager for self-driving cars than the West

Nielsen statistics show Chinese consumers are more interested in autonomous technology than the US and Germany.

8Audi Self-Driving Car Gets First Permit In California

Self driving cars represent a tiny fraction of California's approximately 32 million registered vehicles

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

34Toyota will steer clear of driverless cars

Toyota executives say the company's primary focus is on safety. At least for the time being, that means the company won't pursue development of a driverless car.

1Google Self-Driving Car Still Has Plenty Of Technical Hiccups

Self-driving cars can't handle potholes, bad weather, says new report

Google's self-driving car is being heralded as a massive step forward for automotive technology, but a computer-guided victory lap might be premature.

18Driver Lets Infiniti Do The Driving For Him

Man rides in the back seat while car travels on freeway

A man lets his Infiniti Q50 with Active Lane Control drive for him at speed down Germany's famous Autobahn to test the car's suite of safety systems.

18Infiniti Q50 Active Lane control is scarily self-driving

Occasionally, we post videos that require us to tell you not to try something at home. They usually involve some unsafe activity that requires a high-degree of skill and planning to achieve. This video, though, gets a more interesting disclaimer: Don't ever try this. Ever. Never ever. Period. Seriously, don't try it.

1Drivers Say They're Ready For Autonomous Cars

Survey shows motorists are comfortable with vehicles that can control themselves

More than three-quarters of 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed by Insurance.com said they would likely consider buying an autonomous vehicle if and when they become available.

14Nissan's Carlos Ghosn taps the brakes on autonomous car progress

"Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality."

22Startup will make your Audi A4 self-driving for $10k [w/video]

We are on the cusp of the next generation of semi-autonomous driving technology becoming affordable. Adaptive cruise control is already trickling down to the mass market, and the more sophisticated systems found on vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are clearly coming, as well. If you're a little adventurous, live in California and drive an Audi, you might be able to upgrade to the next stage of driverless tech even sooner. A San Francisco start-up called Cruise Automation is launching an a

16Ghosn predicts autonomous cars on the roads by 2018, if laws allow

Things appear to be going well inside Nissan's autonomous vehicle development program. Until now, the automaker believed that self-driving cars would be ready for major markets like the US by 2020. However, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is now speeding up that prediction to 2018 in some places, assuming that local laws are ready to accept the computer-controlled vehicles.

16Conan points out the Google car still has a few bugs

Google's self-driving car caused a stir last week with people debating whether they would really want to give up complete control of a vehicle to a vehicle. The tech giant has been working with autonomous versions of the Toyota Prius and Lexus RX for years, but if the situation ever got a little too much like Westworld, the driver could always take over. Its latest creation eschews that ability, putting the computers entirely in control. Comedian Conan O'Brien realized that there still could be

192Welcoming Google's self-driving car and the end of driving

Anything that takes guesswork of ordinary commutes can only be a good thing. More often than not, driving is a pain in the seat.

37Google self-driving car built by... Roush?

Roush has a pretty booming business. Not only does it build some seriously raucous Ford-based products, but it's also got its fingers in racing, transportation and military manufacturing. Now, rumor has it that Roush might be adding one more feather to its cap, as it may be in cahoots with Google to build the California tech giant's new fully autonomous car.

146Google unveils fully autonomous, hands-free car prototype [w/videos]

Welcome to the future, friends. Google has unveiled its first self-driving car. This isn't like past attempts, though. It's not a Toyota Prius or Lexus RX with a bunch of bulky computer equipment, but Google's very own car, built from scratch. That'd be a big enough deal in and of itself, but this car is exciting for another reason – there are no manual controls. No brake pedal, gas pedal, gear shift or steering wheel. It's completely and totally autonomous, requiring nothing more than an

35NYT asks what happens when self-driving cars break the law

Here's the line to remember: "As robots become mainstream, lawmakers will have to grapple with how to govern machines and hold software accountable." That comes from a New York Times piece on what kind of legislation will be needed to deal with the inevitable accidents that autonomous vehicles will get into. The lawyers, naturally, will go after everyone with money, but who do the authorities charge when a self-driving car parks itself in a no-parking zone, and who will the jury hold responsible

3Self-Driving Cars Generate Tricky Ethical Questions

How should autonomous cars decided what to hit in an accident

Even in a future of self-driving cars, some car accidents may be unavoidable. Which raises the ethical question, how should a self-driving car be programed to act when faced with an inevitable crash?

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.

188Nearly all cars to be autonomous by 2050

Well, fellow humans, we're going to obsolete soon. A new study by IHS Automotive claims that by 2025, a mere 11 years from now, there will be 230,000 self-driving cars on world's roads. 10 years beyond that, the number will swell to 11.8 million, although only select models will do without any traditional means of human control by 2030. By the middle of the 21st century, nearly every vehicle on the road will be of the autonomous variety.

2Looking Back At The X Prize And Ahead To The Automotive Future

'Ingenious,' a new book, shows promise and peril of auto inudstry in fascinating detail

At the turn of last century, the earliest automakers pioneered the use of electric batteries for powering their newfangled cars. Internal combustion engines appeared but a blip on the road to efficiency.

130Techsplanations: Park Assist

Parking phobia will soon be a thing of the past

To combat parking phobia and unintentional rear-endings, Mercedes-Benz has a solution. Take the driver out of the equation.

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