driverless cars http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, May 19, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-may-19-2014 <p></p><p>Today marks the 1,000th day that Amir Hekmati has been in an Iranian prison. U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint, joined us to discuss what is being done to free the Michigan Marine.&nbsp;</p><p>And it's morel hunting season in Michigan. A top morel hunter and chef joined us on the program today.</p><p>Next, the BBC's Justin Webb went for a test drive in one of Google's driverless cars.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, the Republican's minimum-wage bill cleared the state Senate last week, and could demolish Raise Michigan's petition drive that would set minimum wage even higher.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:30:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 17655 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, May 19, 2014 Google predicts driverless cars will rule the road in a few years http://michiganradio.org/post/google-predicts-driverless-cars-will-rule-road-few-years <p></p><p>Not that long ago, things like robot vacuum cleaners or self-guided lawn mowers&nbsp;seemed like science fiction. Now, nobody bats an eye at a robot scooting around the living room.&nbsp;</p><p>So how long will it be before we're getting around in cars that don't need drivers?</p><p>Just a few years, according to Google.&nbsp;</p><p>The company has developed a prototype which is apparently now ready for its biggest test: the demands of the city.&nbsp;</p><p>Justin Webb, who's with Stateside partner BBC, went for a test drive at Google headquarters, and joined us to describe the experience.&nbsp;</p><p>Hit the jump to see what it looks like to be in a driverless car by watching Google's video.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:26:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 17651 at http://michiganradio.org Google predicts driverless cars will rule the road in a few years Driverless car test site aims to open by fall in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/driverless-car-test-site-aims-open-fall-michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - University of Michigan and state government officials aim to have a 32-acre driverless car test site running by September - in time for a global conference on intelligent transportation systems.<br /><br />Gov. Rick Snyder and other state and university officials gathered Tuesday at Detroit's auto show to outline plans for the Mobility Transformation Facility, a $6.5 million site on the Ann Arbor university's North Campus.<br /><br />It will offer a simulated urban environment with roads, intersections, building facades, traffic circles and a hill.<br /> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 02:56:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16027 at http://michiganradio.org Driverless car test site aims to open by fall in Michigan Expect to see driverless cars test-driving on Michigan roads soon http://michiganradio.org/post/expect-see-driverless-cars-test-driving-michigan-roads-soon <p>Governor Snyder has signed a law that opens up Michigan’s roads as testing grounds for driverless cars.</p><p>More and more, it seems that these <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_car">autonomous vehicles </a>— “intelligent” cars that can drive themselves and even communicate with each other — will be a <a href="http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/01/ff_autonomouscars/">big part of our transportation future</a>.</p><p>At least, that’s what Gov. Snyder and the state’s carmakers are banking on. And they want to stay ahead of the curve in research and design.</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:59:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15841 at http://michiganradio.org Expect to see driverless cars test-driving on Michigan roads soon