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California Permits for Self-Driving Cars Are Now Valid

California Permits for Self-Driving Cars Are Now Valid

On Tuesday, permits for self-driving cars issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took effect for the first time. Applications for the permits began in May 2014. Only the Volkswagen Group (which includes Volkswagen and Audi cars among others), Mercedes Benz, and Google have been issued permits for their ...

Tesla’s Cars Could Run on ‘Full Autopilot’ Within 5 Years

Tesla’s Cars Could Run on ‘Full Autopilot’ Within 5 Years

Self-driving cars might be on the roads faster than most people think, says Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Musk told reporters in Tokyo that Tesla is developing the technology for “full autopilot” consumer cars in just five years. This new timeline is faster than some experts--even Musk himself--had anticipated. IHS, a ...

GM is Designing Cars That Avoid Accidents and Lessen Traffic

GM is Designing Cars That Avoid Accidents and Lessen Traffic

General Motors will introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday. In the same time frame, GM also will introduce more advanced technology allowing hands-free driving in some cases, she said. "I'm ...

The Technology of Travel

The Technology of Travel

I started writing this blog from the passenger seat of my car, as my friend and I drove from New Jersey to Texas. I could have posted the entire thing to this site from my car, too, if I had bought a refill card for my T-Mobile hotspot. I also could have typed up this post on my phone and used my phone’s LTE to get it ...

Apple’s CarPlay Rollout Has Quietly Been Pushed Back to 2015

Apple’s CarPlay Rollout Has Quietly Been Pushed Back to 2015

Apple’s new in-car solution for iOS, first revealed over a year ago at WWDC, appears to be hitting delays as some car manufacturers push back release schedules into next year. Back in March when Apple officially announced availability of the feature, a handful of car companies announced that CarPlay would arrive in new ...

Tesla Owners Can Now Use an iPhone to Unlock and Start Their Car

Tesla Owners Can Now Use an iPhone to Unlock and Start Their Car

Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it’s finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new Calendar app for in-car use, and big improvements to the Maps/Navigation ...

Google’s Self-Driving Car is Designed to Break the Speed Limit

Google’s Self-Driving Car is Designed to Break the Speed Limit

Self-driving cars are coming, some people are freaked out about them. Here's something that might not put those people at ease: According to a Google engineer, the cars are designed to exceed the speed limit. Don't worry though! There's actually a good reason for it. Dmitri Dolgov, the lead software engineer on the project, ...

Tesla’s Model S Cars Now Have an Infinity-Mile Warranty

Tesla’s Model S Cars Now Have an Infinity-Mile Warranty

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk on Friday announced via Twitter and the company blog that the drivetrain warranty for the 85 kWh Model S has been extended, giving it an eight-year, infinite-mile warranty to match that of the battery pack. This new warranty arrangement applies retroactively to every Model S ever produced, ...

Security Expert: We Need to Prepare for Our Cars to Be Hacked

Security Expert: We Need to Prepare for Our Cars to Be Hacked

Cars are often rated on things like performance, comfort, value, and safety. But what about computer security? As cars become more computerized, should there be a rating system to let consumers know how safe vehicles are from hacking? That's exactly what security advocacy group I Am The Cavalry proposed at the annual Defcon ...

Report: Tesla’s Model S Can Be Remotely Hacked While in Motion

Report: Tesla’s Model S Can Be Remotely Hacked While in Motion

Tesla Motors officials vowed to investigate reports that its Model S sedan is susceptible to hacks that can remotely control the car’s locks, horn, headlights, and skylight while the car is in motion, according to a published report. The hacks were carried out at the Syscan 360 security conference in Beijing, an article ...