Nissan just invented the self-driving…slipper?

3 Feb
Nissan Self-Driving SlippersSelf-driving and semi-autonomous vehicle technology are under widespread development and testing, but Nissan just took a decidedly different approach to dipping its toes into the arena. Almost literally. You’re looking at the world’s first semi-autonomous, self driving slippers. The company also made a set of tables and cushions with...

America is developing a gap in driver’s ed

1 Feb
UMTRI-Toyota teen driver distraction studyAccording to various studies, the U.S. is developing something of a driver’s education gap. Not to other countries—though driver training regimens in other countries compared to those in the United States is surely a conversation worth having—but between socio-economic boundaries. CityLab surveyed various polls by the AAA...

Ford patents real-life, self-driving Robo-Cop car

31 Jan
2013 Ford Police Interceptor conceptSomeone at Ford must appreciate classic action movies. First, the company announced it was making a driverless pizza delivery car—on the 20th anniversary of SkyNet. Now, Ford has a patent for a real life Robo-Cop car. Rather than a mechanized Alex Murphy driving a Taurus, however, the Ford police car of the future will drive itself, and even...

NYC hopes congestion fee won’t get stuck in legislative gridlock

30 Jan
Hybrid New York Taxi by Flickr user Yodel AnecdotalNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a so-called congestion charge in an attempt to combat New York City—and specifically Manhattan—traffic jams. If implemented, drivers would face fees of $11.52 to enter the most traffic-prone areas of Manhattan, and trucks would see a daily fee of $25.34. The Manhattan charge, which would be...

Motorcyclist sues GM over crash with self-driving car

25 Jan
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVIn a case that could potentially set a landmark precedent, a motorcyclist is taking GM to court for its role in a 2017 collision between the rider and a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV. The vehicle involved is part of GM’s self-driving Cruise Anywhere ride-sharing fleet that it hopes will soon be available to members of the general public...

Waymo to test self-driving cars in Atlanta

23 Jan
Waymo self-driving prototypeWaymo is already testing its self-driving technology everywhere from the high-tech, artificial town of Castle, California, to the trying Michigander winter, to the leisurely suburb of Chandler, Arizona, where its cars drive themselves without an engineer in the driver’s seat as a failsafe. Now, it faces a new frontier: Atlanta...

Here’s how a 25 cent gas tax increase could affect you

23 Jan
Fuel pumpLast week, the United States Chamber of Commerce proposed a 25 cent increase in the so-called gas tax. The rise would represent a 135 percent increase over the current 18.5 cent tax, which was implemented a full quarter century ago in 1993. Since then, most states have raised their own fuel tax rates, and myriad business leaders, from Ford to...

Leno: Listen to experts before buying a car

22 Jan
Jay Leno with his 2017 Ford GTRetired late-night funnyman-slash-noted car guy Jay Leno has a piece of advice for anyone in the market for a new (or new to you) car: Be careful whose advice you listen to. Leno, whose famed garage is the setting for his eponymous show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” spoke with CNBC about what he considers the number one mistake buyers...

Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet

20 Jan
Second-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicleDel Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based startup focused on robo-taxi services, will offer...

Ride-sharing may be driving people away from car ownership

18 Jan
Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia) Ride-share company Lyft has released an “economic impact” report for 2017, and it makes some bold claims. Most notably, Lyft says that nearly 250,000 of its customers gave up owning a car because of ride-share availability. Must of the report focuses on growth, with 2017 numbers rising sharply over 2016. The 23 million passengers...