Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Some sobering news about autonomous or self-driving cars.

After the recap of the state of the technology from Audi, Lexus and Google, the writer asks what the real hurdle to adoption of this will be.

It’s not the technology, as these manufacturers are showing that we’re already almost there.

Rather the problem will be the new rules associated with a world full of computer-driven vehicles.

How to legislate for what happens when technology goes awry is bound to push the ETA for these super-automobiles. And then of course there’s the cost.

Which is to say — be prepared to handle gridlock with your own hands and feet for well into the next decade.

Read more about the robot-driven car movement from DigitalTrends.com here.

darthvaderThe Super Bowl is set.

The question will once again be debated: What’s more interesting, the football game or the TV commercials?

Edmunds has put together a list of the top ten ads of all time.

Their pick for number 1 is close to being the correct choice.

Certainly little Darth Vader has formidable dark powers, but the force is quite strong in the equally diminutive Yoda who wields his smartphone like a light saber to put a charge in his Camaro.

See the whole Yoda Strikes Back video here and check out the original The Force: Volkswagen Commercial here.

Check out Edmunds’ full list of the top 10 car ads in Super Bowl history here.

Jessica Barton.Credit: Facebook.

Jessica Barton.
Credit: Facebook.

It’s unclear if model Jessica Barton had any security for her super custom 1,165 hp Supra.

But it’s not uncommon for many even super high-profile car enthusiasts to skimp on, say, a car alarm or security system in favor of some performance-related aftermarket product for their ride.

However, if you’re spending thousands, if not tens of thousands on your vehicle, then paying a little more for peace of mind seems like a small price to pay.

Barton spent years putting together her ride and unfortunately thieves completely disassembled it for the parts.

The speedy swimsuit model had offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who helped her find the vehicle — but later sent out an Instagram post saying that it was too late and showing a pic of Supra parts piled up in a lot.

“That car has been evolving over 8 years and hundreds of thousands probably invested in it,” Barton said in a comment on the Instagram post.

“I could never just build another one. It’s imposible (sic) to do all this again. It’s a devastating loss to me,” she said.

Want to read more?

Check out even more on the story from Motoramic here.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6.Credit: Wikipedia.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6.
Credit: Wikipedia.

CES is over but now we have the Detroit Auto Show!

Probably the best source for all the goings-on in the Motor City if you can’t be there is found on Autoblog’s dedicated section for the NAIAS.

Everyone’s been hyping the new Corvette, but we’ve already discussed that.

Our focus has been on the concept cars, like Toyota’s Furia, the Honda Urban and Lincoln’s MKC, among others.

Check back at the Viper blog and also make sure to follow all the action here.

 

 

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

Manufacturers are really keen on making self-driving cars a reality!

When we’re driving, we want to DRIVE. But certainly it would be nice to let the computer take over during bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic.

We won’t get there for a while, but Toyota and Audi showed off the state of the technology at CES last week with some demos.

Nevada has already legalized autonomous vehicles for public roads, issuing Google the first license of its kind last year.

More companies undoubtedly will follow suit.

These computer-controlled vehicles use visual indicators, artificial intelligence software (which is what they’ll use to take over the world!), GPS and various sensors to navigate their way.

Check out more on the robot-driven cars from CNET here.