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You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary steering and pedals be fitted before they'd be road-legal, but that may only be the start of Google's headaches.

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New test facility will be proving ground for driverless cars

New test facility will be proving ground for driverless cars

The US automotive capital is still Detroit, with a rich history of fantastic cars streaming out of the city. Michigan may hold onto the crown of automotive capital of the US, as a new Mobility Transformation Facility is being opened in southern Michigan. The facility is essentially a testing ground for automated vehicles, with traffic lights and other road conditions simulated as needed.

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Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

Driverless car programs open up for licensing in CA

The state of California has granted licensing for driverless car programs, though not everyone will be eligible to take part. The guidelines for obtaining a license are fairly stringent, and likely meant to allow companies who are testing the new vehicles (Google, obviously) to do so at an increased rate.

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Before its time: Consortium pushed for automated driverless cars in the 1990s

Before its time: Consortium pushed for automated driverless cars in the 1990s

Automated driverless cars have been a popular topic for some months now, brought to the forefront of public attention by Google's efforts to develop such vehicles. One would be tempted to believe - science fiction stories and movies aside - that such ambitions are a new reality, the result of our ever-expanding technologies that allow us to pursue this seemingly futuristic mode of transportation. Under such an assumption, the reality is surprising - in the early 1990s, Congress passed a bill devoting $650,000 towards developing technologies for driverless vehicles, a project undertaken by a consortium composed of nine organizations. In fact, one "driverless" vehicle was demonstrated on California's Interstate 15 for over 7 miles in 1997, and we have a video of it after the jump.

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Google driverless cars safety bill passes in California

Google driverless cars safety bill passes in California

Google sure does love its self driving cars, and a new bill has passed the State Senate in California that will set standards for safety and performance for the vehicles. Now that the bill has passed through the State Senate, it’s heading to the Assembly. There’s no firm timeline for when it will pass, but it should be within the next month.

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Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Back to Basics: How Google’s driverless car stays on the road

Google's self-driving cars are making headlines again, now that they've expanded testing from California into Nevada. Competitors are hot on their tail, but currently Google seems to have an undisputed spot on top of autonomous vehicular design. So how do they do it? With a combination of some incredible software and hardware engineering, using processes developed by both Google and the best and brightest of DARPA's robotic race challenges.

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Google driverless cars prompt robo safety worries

Google driverless cars prompt robo safety worries

Google's driverless cars being let loose onto the roads of Nevada has re-awakened concerns around robot vehicle security, with experts unconvinced that the increasingly complex kit is safe from malware. Fears around the future vulnerabilities of cars left to guide themselves, though perhaps not of significant concern today in Google's small-scale trial, nonetheless persist given the likelihood of commercial implementations of self-driving hardware, with researchers pointing to a mixed track record in locking down infotainment and other systems in "dumb" cars to-date.

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The driverless cars that want to run Google off the road

The driverless cars that want to run Google off the road

Google gets a lot of digital ink for its driverless car program, which recently got the go-ahead to expand its testing to Nevada highways. But Mountain View isn't the only horse in this race. New start-ups and old standbys are preparing the cars of the future, and they all want a piece of the driverless car market. Here are five competitors to Google's program, all trying to be king of the road.

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