driverless cars

Adora Namigadde

Central Ohio may be investing heavily in driverless trucks, buses and cars, but the Columbus bus drivers’ union says autonomous buses shouldn't run without staff onboard.

Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio wants to be a leader for the automated vehicles industry. But Gov. John Kasich is warning that as the nation prepares for self-driving cars, it must also prepare for some major consequences.

Proponents of self-driving cars say they'll make the world safer, but autonomous vehicles need to predict what bicyclists are going to do. Now researchers say part of the answer is to have bikes feed information to cars.

A few years ago on Google's campus, Nathaniel Fairfield arranged an unusual lunch break.

He asked a bunch of staff to hop on bikes and ride around and around a self-driving car to collect data. "It was kind of gorgeous," he says.

Driverless cars can't figure out kangaroos

Jul 21, 2017
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Bruce Johnson and Kristin Schwab

There's been a lot of talk about how driverless cars will navigate city streets, where pedestrians affect traffic flow. But what about the "pedestrians" of suburban and rural areas? Animal-related car accidents are a real concern for driverless car makers. And so far, engineers have been able to adapt cars to deal with creatures like deer, moose and elk.

Adora Namigadde

An hour northwest of Columbus, the 4500-acre Transportation Research Center in East Liberty is racing to develop the latest vehicle technologies. And Monday it welcomed an important visitor to show off its advancements: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Grendelkhan / Wikimedia Commons

The rise of driverless cars is calling into question the ability of the vehicles to make tough morality decisions in a crash situation. And, solar powered flight is now a reality with a new plane making a trans Atlantic voyage and NASA is developing their own electric flight technology. 

11:00 Cars that drive themselves and drones that bring us the news may seem like things you'd see in a science fiction movie, but they are very real in today's society. On this week's Tech Tuesday, we'll look at how new technologies are standing up to established laws and catch up on the latest gadgets.