The next time an Audi passes you on the road, look to see if there is a driver behind the wheel. That is, if you’re driving in California. Last week, Audi became the first automaker in California with a permit from the state to test self-driving vehicles on public roads, putting itself at the forefront of a technology that has the potential to change society. [keep reading]
We wanted to see where ridesharing services were operating to determine where it is possible to survive without a car in the United States. In our evaluation, we looked at five of the most pervasive services: Uber, Lyft, SideCar, RelayRides, and ZipCar. Then we plotted the services on a map which you can see below. If you’d like to learn more about these services and other ridesharing companies currently operating in the US, check out the ultimate guide to ridesharing companies we put together.
It is expensive to own a vehicle. The price to buy one, the cost to repair, insurance premiums, parking and gas…it all adds up quick. Until recently, most Americans had no choice but to accept these costs as unavoidable. But now, a significant percentage of the population is adopting new forms of transportation. In many parts of the country, especially in big cities, ridesharing services have made it easy to get around without owning a vehicle. [keep reading]
Move over Tesla, electric cars aren’t the only technology that is poised to disrupt the auto industry. In May, Google unveiled a prototype for a driverless car and since then, the entire automotive world has been keeping a close eye on the nascent technology. An automotive startup ourselves, everyone at Mojo Motors is paying attention to the phenomenon. [keep reading]
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Driverless cars are coming, though they’re on course to arrive in some states sooner than others. The used car website Mojo Motors recently created an infographic that shows the status of driverless car legislation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. California, Nevada, Florida, Michigan, and D.C., have all passed laws explicitly authorizing companies to test driverless cars on private and public roads within their borders (in large part to try and attract driverless technology companies). [keep reading]
In 2011, Nevada became the first state to legalize the testing of driverless cars. California later followed suit. As Mojo Motors’ map details, progress in this space continues: recently California announced plans to begin issuing licenses for autonomous cars this September. [keep reading]
Update on July 28, 2014 – Iowa county legalized driverless cars
There was plenty of interest around our infographic of the states where Tesla is able to sell cars. This led us to consider other infographics we could design. The biggest opportunity, it seemed, was where driverless cars AKA self-driving cars AKA autonomous cars are legal.
Driverless cars are all the rage in the news cycle right now, especially after Google revealed this video of its autonomous vehicle driving around with no input from humans. Even if the driver wished to override the cars computer system and steer into that coffee shop on the way to work, he couldn’t. That’s because there’s no steering wheel. Or brake pedal. Or accelerator. Just a computer system linked to a drivetrain that gets you to where you want to go. [keep reading]
The biggest hurdle for driverless cars might be taxi drivers. Story here.
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Car companies are already releasing teasers for their 2013 Super Bowl commercials.