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Quadriplegic Gets First Driverless License

Paralyzed in 2000, Sam Schmidt gets a second chance to drive cars

(Newser) - Ever since he was a little boy, Sam Schmidt wanted to race cars. He was living that dream, driving in the Indy Racing League when a crash on a test run in Orlando severed his spinal cord in 2000, leaving him paralyzed in all four limbs. On Wednesday, however, Schmidt... More »

Feds Roll Out Self-Driving Car Guidelines

They're not going to leave it up to the states

(Newser) - Obama administration officials have rolled out a plan they say will enable automakers to get self-driving cars onto the road without compromising safety. In drawing up 112 pages of guidelines, the government tried to be vague enough to allow innovation while at the same time making sure that automakers, tech... More »

Finally, a Car That Makes Potholes All but Disappear

The tech is available for the first time in midsize non-luxury cars

(Newser) - Potholes aren't just uncomfortable to drive over: The damage caused by them costs America's drivers $3 billion annually, reports the American Automobile Association in a study it released Wednesday. Good thing, then, that Ford's 2017 Fusion V6 Sport sedan should be able to handle them. The American... More »

Volvo: By 2020, No One Will Die in Our Cars

Company makes bold pledge

(Newser) - Volvo has just come out with a gutsy move, making what CNN Money is calling a "shocking pledge"—that not a single person will be killed or even seriously injured in a new Volvo car or SUV by 2020. (Not including a driver who does something "really,... More »

GM Teams With Lyft on Ride-Sharing, Driverless Cars

Detroit giant makes $500M investment

(Newser) - General Motors and ride-hailing company Lyft are forming an unprecedented partnership that could help them beat their rivals to the self-driving future. Lyft said Monday that GM invested $500 million in the company as part of a $1 billion round of fundraising. GM gets a seat on Lyft's board... More »

Hackers Hijack a Jeep —From 10 Miles Away

Downside of cars that resemble smartphones? Control can be grabbed

(Newser) - In a stunt arranged by Wired , two "security researchers" hacked their way into a Jeep Cherokee carrying writer Andy Greenberg in St. Louis and, from a basement 10 miles away, took over the vehicle and steered it into a ditch. And it's not a one-off. Charlie Miller and... More »

Self-Driving Semis Roll at Hoover Dam

Freightliner Inspiration is Daimler's entrant to the driverless world

(Newser) - If the idea of driverless cars makes you a little twitchy, get ready to multiply that feeling: Daimler has rolled out the self-driving semis it envisions mass-producing in the not-too-distant future, reports Reuters . The Freightliner was unveiled last night in something of a spectacle at the Hoover Dam, where the... More »

Tech Expert's Proposal: Self-Driving Cars That Own Themselves

Ex-Google employee describes a new system of transportation

(Newser) - The future, as one ex-Google employee sees it, could involve cars that not only drive themselves but own themselves, too. The idea, Mike Hearn tells the BBC , is to create "the most moral, socially minded capitalist possible." The cars wouldn't actually think, he explains. Instead, in his... More »

UK to Let Driverless Cars Take the Road

Test period could last 3 years

(Newser) - The UK is the latest country to allow driverless cars to hit the highway. The country will start allowing the cars on public roads beginning in January, the BBC reports. California, Florida, and Nevada have already let driverless cars zoom through the streets, as has Japan. Britain will start with... More »

California Gets Ready for Driverless Cars

New law creates regulations for testing self-driven vehicles

(Newser) - Attention, Amanda Bynes : Your driverless car is ready. California, which perhaps coincidentally seems to bear the brunt of starlets driving under the influence of stardom, has passed legislation clearing the way for autonomous cars on its roads. "Today we're looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality,"... More »

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