autonomous cars

Toyota’s Robocars Will Wash Themselves Because We Can’t Be Trusted

Toyota’s Robocars Will Wash Themselves Because We Can’t Be Trusted

On Christmas Eve, the United States Patent and Trademark Office publicly released an application submitted by Toyota for a “car wash judgement system.” It’s not a patent application for a system that judges how well you washed your car, nor a system that washes your car while judging you and…

Shared-Use Autonomous Vehicles Really Only Benefit Companies, Not Riders

Shared-Use Autonomous Vehicles Really Only Benefit Companies, Not Riders

I was thinking about Monday’s story where the autonomous robotaxi/small bus company Zoox was spotted shooting some sort of promo video with their new bi-directional autonomous transport cube-vehicle when it occurred to me that this company could be accomplishing all of their goals for likely a lot less money than…

We Might Finally Be Getting Global Self-Driving Standards

We Might Finally Be Getting Global Self-Driving Standards

There’s been something of multiple discovery-esque situation in the self-driving car world: Tons of different manufacturers are all competing to refine autonomous technology, often in wildly different ways. That means we have a lot of variable ways of understanding and implementing the self-driving challenge. The problem is, regulators have lagged…