Automotive

Self-driving cars must reduce traffic fatalities by at least 75 percent to stay on the roads

Self-driving cars must reduce traffic fatalities by at least 75 percent to stay on...

The race is on for companies to present their driverless cars to the public, but recent collisions involving autonomous vehicles developed by Uber Technologies...
What are these ‘levels’ of autonomous vehicles

What are these ‘levels’ of autonomous vehicles

As automated and autonomous vehicles become more common on U.S. roads, it’s worth a look at what these machines can – and can’t –...
3D-printed, driverless boats could reduce road traffic

3D-printed, driverless boats could reduce road traffic

The future of transportation in waterway-rich cities such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Venice — where canals run alongside and under bustling streets and bridges...
Why the electric vehicle revolution will bring problems of its own

Why the electric vehicle revolution will bring problems of its own

After years of being derided as a joke by car manufacturers and the public, interest in electric vehicles has increased sharply as governments around...
To Uber or not

To Uber or not? Why car ownership may no longer be a good deal

Every day there’s more news about the inevitable arrival of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, more people are using ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps, and...
How many taxis does a city need

How many taxis does a city need

The rise of self-driving cars is set to dramatically alter the way we move around cities in the future. In particular, private car ownership is...
Your car can be deadly hot

Your car can be deadly hot

A lot can happen at 160 degrees Fahrenheit: Eggs fry, salmonella bacteria dies, and human skin will suffer third-degree burns. If a car is parked...
Car dealers are a major barrier to the spread of electric vehicles

Car dealers are a major barrier to the spread of electric vehicles

A new study has found that car dealerships and sales personnel are a major obstacle to the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) in the...
MIT study helps driverless cars change lanes more like humans do

MIT study helps driverless cars change lanes more like humans do

In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of...
A heavyweight solution for lighter-weight combat vehicles

A heavyweight solution for lighter-weight combat vehicles

New technique developed by PNNL successfully joins thicker aluminum alloys to steel Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed and successfully tested a novel...