Machines are taking over many human tasks but what happens when something goes wrong? Would humans still have the skills to react and prevent a tragedy?
For a driverless car to be safer than one driven by a person it must know what's going on around it. But making a system that can "see" is a challenge for tech companies.
When you don't need a human to drive a car there are plenty of things you can do with such a vehicle.
Together, three recent events mark a crucial turning point in the development of autonomous cars: They are both safer and more advanced than ever before.
The ethics and psychology of trust suggest ways we might learn to understand self-driving cars, but also show why doing so might be more challenging than we expect.
Without a human operator on board, how can a drone steer clear of collisions? Technology from autonomous cars can help.
As self-driving cars proliferate, we need a system to handle difficult situations.
We need to do more than teach machines to learn. We need to overcome the barriers that separate machines from us – and us from them.
Apple has pulled back from challenging the car industry with a new vehicle.
Improved autonomous vehicle technology could reduce the tens of thousands of annual U.S. deaths due to human error behind the wheel. Are driverless cars the next big public health intervention?
There is a way to improve safety across a rapidly evolving range of advanced mobility technologies and vehicles. The answer is connectivity.
Charging people to drive has been the dream of policy wonks – serving politicians tend to see it as political poison. So when federal minister Paul Fletcher raises it, that's a step forward.
It's a race that's pitting the motor industry against tech giants and even the ridesharing company Uber. But what will be the impact when driverless cars take to the roads?
Doing favours is a basic feature of human society – but can robots join in?
Self-driving technology could change the way the insurance industry works, with carmakers on the hook.
New technologies do not exist in a vacuum. To succeed, new transport technology needs to match the ways we want to move around cities and be accommodated by laws and regulations.
Sometimes a user's death causes technology development to slow down – but other times, progress speeds up to address the newly uncovered problems.
The technological goals are lofty. But fitting the new tech into the social and political landscape might pose the bigger challenge.
The likes of Tesla's autopilot technology isn't meant for you to take your eyes off the road – there could be fatal consequences if you do.
Two Tesla cars running on autopilot have crashed this year, and one driver was killed. It raises the question of whether the company's autonomous driving system is safe for our roads.