These Basic Skills Are On The Verge Of Extinction

Every group of people has a set of skills that they think of as fundamental — but what those skills are tends to change a lot, depending on where, and especially when, you are. Here are the skills that, if they do survive in the future, may be so fundamentally changed that we can no longer even recognize them. » 2/24/15 4:20pm 2/24/15 4:20pm

Google's New Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Roads In January

Google's self-driving cars are getting an upgrade. The latest model trades in the kludgy, rack-mounted, rooftop LIDAR system for a marginally sleeker form factor – a thimble-shaped peduncle that looks like a police siren crossed with a Mac Pro. It's also getting real headlights! » 12/26/14 9:20am 12/26/14 9:20am

When A Self-Driving Car Meets An Indecisive Cyclist

Self-driving cars are getting closer and closer to our own driveways. But before they make it there, they still have to figure out how to navigate through some tricky city driving situations like this one, when a self-driving car meets an indecisive cyclist on the road. » 4/28/14 10:24am 4/28/14 10:24am

Here Is Your Self-Driving Car! But Do You Want It?

So long, jetpacks! Our self-driving car has arrived. Burkhard Bilger has a rundown of the fascinating build-up to the self-driving car and its future in the New Yorker — and in this case the future is now. Now, the question is, are we really ready to start using it? » 11/25/13 7:30am 11/25/13 7:30am

Minority Traffic Report Detects Accidents Before They Happen

Two miles ahead, a construction crew is closing down the right lane on a busy stretch of road. A truck stalled on the left shoulder is slowing down drivers who stop to look. In the minivan to your right, a distracted dad is paying more attention to his kids than to the road. Unfortunately, you are aware of none of… » 11/10/08 4:57pm 11/10/08 4:57pm