Self-driving cars may someday drop off their owners downtown and then leave to find free parking. What would that mean for cities of the future?
Academic experts on how the humble car could evolve to become an unlikely hero in the global fight against climate change.
When computers take the wheel, the emotive aspect of driving will change significantly.
Driverless cars will form a fast, efficient transport network, which will make car ownership redundant. But they could also spell the end of public transport.
The real ethical challenge of driverless cars is not deciding how they respond in emergencies – it's facing up to the failings of human drivers.
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.