New study of self-driving cars puts Google at the back of the pack

31 Aug
Who leads the autonomous car patent race? (chart by Statista)Every few months, we learn a bit more about the state of self-driving cars and who's winning the race to bring them to market. Depending on the criteria being used, the rankings can shift pretty dramatically, as we can see in a new report from Germany's Cologne Institute for Economic Research. That report looks at the number of worldwide patents...

Waymo’s next trick for self-driving cars? Identifying emergency vehicles

11 Jul
Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehiclesWaymo may be winning the race to build fully autonomous cars (at least by some estimates), but it still has a long way to go before those vehicles can roll themselves into showrooms. Among the more challenging tricks that self-driving cars have to master next is recognizing emergency vehicles and responding appropriately. That's more complicated...