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Here’ why we need driverless cars immediately, if not sooner

May 25th, 2015 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

If you think texting and driving is bad, that is only the start.  

By 2025 autonomous cars could eliminate millions of jobs and reshape our economy

May 18th, 2015 at 3:02 pm » Comments Off

Most people, including experts, think that with the large hurdles that exist for widespread adoption, the transition to driverless vehicles will come slowly over the coming few decades.  This could be a significant underestimation.  

FTC paving the way for direct-to-consumer cars

May 18th, 2015 at 2:57 pm » Comments Off

Last Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission derided legislative attempts to prevent consumers from buying cars directly from manufacturers in a strongly worded blog post.  

Google’s self-driving cars have already been in 11 accidents

May 16th, 2015 at 4:42 pm » Comments Off

At least we know they’re not distracted by their cellphones, but the viability of self-driving cars will likely be debated and scoffed at for a long time.  

Steve Wozniak: next tech revolution is in cars

May 15th, 2015 at 1:54 pm » Comments Off

Having done a thing or two to change the world through the personal-computing revolution, Steve Wozniak sees self-driving cars as the next major technological breakthrough.  

First autonomous truck going into operation

May 12th, 2015 at 2:09 pm » Comments Off

At a ceremony at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week, Gov. Brian Sandoval handed over an official Nevada license plate for use by a new Freightliner Inspiration Truck – the world’s first autonomous 18-wheeler - on public roads.  

Japanese maglev train hits 603kph in test run, sets record

April 27th, 2015 at 7:24 pm » Comments Off

Maglev train operator Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) says one of its seven car trains hit a top speed of 603kph (375mph), and managed nearly 11 seconds at faster than 600kph.  

Uber’s new auto rickshaw service in India, allowing cash payments for first time

April 13th, 2015 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

The taxi hailing app war is heating up in India.  Late last week, news of Ola’s latest $310 million funding round surfaced, then just a few hours later, Uber introduced its first service that allows for cash payments in the country.  

Automakers rushing to double electric car milage

April 4th, 2015 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers such as LG Chem Ltd will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla Motors Inc, global automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today’s Nissan Leaf.  

EV battery costs ‘probably’ already lower than 2020 projections

April 2nd, 2015 at 6:14 pm » Comments Off

According to a new study in Nature Climate Change electric vehicle battery pack costs are falling so fast that they are probably already cheaper than what was expected for 2020.