EVs to reach tipping point in 2020s, cost less than gas cars

EVs to reach tipping point in 2020s, cost less than gas cars

Back in December, I already wrote about why 2020 will be the most important year in automobile history, and cited an interview with Elon Musk anticipating autonomous (and electric) cars to outnumber human-driven (and, of course, gasoline-powered) cars by about the 2060s-2080s.

Well, it turns out those forecasts were pretty accurate:

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Google self-driving car is its own driver

Google self-driving car is its own driver

This is huge. Especially in light of concerns following California’s recent draft regulations mandating a driver in a self-driving car, the recognition that Google’s self-driving car (SDC) satisfies the driver requirement is a landmark decision indeed.

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Fed moves surprisingly quickly towards autonomous vehicles, pigs sprout wings

Fed moves surprisingly quickly towards autonomous vehicles, pigs sprout wings

In a pleasantly surprising move, the Federal Government seems for once determined to move at something a bit quicker than melting glaciers. Indeed, as a follow-up to President Obama’s recent pledge to to spend over $3.9 billion during the next ten years, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has just given the Department of Transportation a deadline by when they must submit a draft of comprehensive rules governing autonomous vehicle testing and regulation: just six months.

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Reports of thousands of autonomous car failures misses point entirely

Reports of thousands of autonomous car failures misses point entirely

By now you’ve probably read the recent article over at Autoblog about those reports detailing “thousands of failures in self-driving cars,” after which you probably threw your hands up in the air and said “see, obviously autonomous cars are crap, they’re dangerous, and they have no business being on the roads, at least not any time soon.”

And you’d be wrong. Very wrong indeed.

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Driverless buses coming to Northern California city Summer 2016

Driverless buses coming to Northern California city Summer 2016

If anybody had any lingering doubts whether the autonomous vehicle revolution is really a thing, rest assured, it is indeed a thing. And it’s inexorably barreling forward at a rate that seems to be picking up speed week over week.

To wit, we recently reported on the NAVYA driverless buses currently testing, and rolling out for public consumption later this year, in Switzerland; not to mention the leaps and bounds by which the likes of Volvo and Tesla have been advancing of late.

And now it turns out that Northern California is about to dive head first into the driverless bus arena later this year as well.

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