How will people respond once they realise they can rely on autonomous vehicles to stop whenever someone steps out in front of them? Human behaviour might stand in the way of the promised 'autopia'.
More manufactured cars are integrating assisted-driving technologies such as parking support and networked dashboards. But what should a consumer look for?
Autonomous mass transit vehicles like 'trackless trams' are a better bet than autonomous cars to give us people-friendly cities that capture the value created by infrastructure for the common good.
Using driverless cars to get from A to B in the future will mean more free time to do other activities – but will people really use it productively?
Can we really expect vehicles to make the moral decisions we can't?
An increase in the use of self-driving cars will change parking infrastructure in cities, and hopefully result in more colourful character neighbourhoods.
Beware of the blind use of artificial intelligence: used as a "magic wand", for example in an autonomous car, it presents risks.
With car manufacturers closing down factories, and self-driving technologies improving and becoming more widely accepted, have we reached Peak Car?
New anti-sickness technology is needed for driverless cars to deliver on the promise of letting us read, work or watch films while we travel.
One-third of roads in the U.S. are unpaved; plenty more have faded or obscured road markings. Today's self-driving vehicles can't go on them, and will need new algorithms to handle those conditions.
The spread of ride-hailing services and autonomous vehicles will lead to higher energy demand, a study finds. Electric vehicles and a much cleaner grid are the only way to avoid more emissions.
A new study provides fascinating data on how people prioritise who to save in hypothetical driverless car crashes. But it takes more than just numbers to really create ethical machines.
Autonomous cars and people-centered communities are mutually exclusive, writes a cyclist and transportation scholar.
Humans are poor at remaining vigilant over time. That's bad news for the safety of partially automated cars, which sometimes need the person behind the wheel to quickly take over control.
To maximise the benefits and limit the costs, the use of autonomous vehicles should be pooled and their access to the city restricted.
The UK pioneered smart cards such as Oyster. But now, experimentation is being stifled as cash-strapped councils struggle to deliver basic services.
Technology is already changing how we live our lives and go about our days. Are we ready with collaborative planning processes so we are not taken by surprise by more profound change?
Silicon Valley's chip supplier de choix scored a massive own goal with smartphones. If it has got driverless cars wrong too, it could be goodnight Santa Clara.
Autonomous cars need to learn how to drive just like people do: with real-world practice on public roads. It's key to safety, and to public confidence in the new technologies.
A survey found very few people are aware of the social and health benefits from the wide scale use of autonomous vehicles. But their attitudes change with a little extra information.