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  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by zobo
    +9 +1

    Self-Driving Car Developers Should Put Pedestrians First

    Since March, when an autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona, forecasts for AVs have been decidedly less optimistic. But autonomous vehicle promoters are undeterred. AI entrepreneur Andrew Ng contends that self-driving cars will be safe for pedestrians when walkers and cyclists conform to their limitations. “What we tell people is, ‘Please be lawful and please be considerate,’” he told Bloomberg.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    Toyota invests $500m in Uber as companies pair up to create driverless cars

    Toyota has invested $500m (£388m) in Uber and announced plans for the firms to collaborate on developing driverless cars for ride sharing. The carmaker said technology from each company will be used to produce purpose-built Toyota vehicles to be deployed on Uber’s ride sharing network. The first fleet of cars will be based on Toyota’s Sienna minivan, and a pilot scheme is set to begin on Uber’s network in 2021.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +15 +1

    Don't Look Now but Alphabet's Waymo Could Be Coming to Europe

    Waymo is taking a different approach to launching its self-driving robo-taxi in Europe.

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by imokruok
    +54 +1

    Watch These Mesmerizing, Solar-Powered Fake Clouds To Keep You Cool

    Nothing like a little automatic shade.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +31 +1

    Forbes Autonomous Vehicles Could Drive Car Insurance Companies Out Of Business

    When autonomous vehicles rule the roads, they will eliminate the estimated 90 percent of traffic accidents caused by human error, which could save 30,000 lives per year and, according to an advisor to car insurance companies, wipe out car insurance companies. “Cars are not going to crash nearly as frequently, and they’re not going to crash as severely as we’ve seen in the past, so you could say it could be the demise of the car insurance...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +15 +1

    The time for unmanned ships has arrived

    Unmanned ships have received relatively little media attention compared to aerial drones and self-driving cars. Researchers in Korea have been developing technologies to enable and facilitate the realization of unmanned autonomous ships in the near future. Unmanned ships (i.e. robotic ships or drone ships) have received relatively little media attention compared to aerial drones and self-driving cars. However, their potential benefit and impact to scientific...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +39 +1

    Self-driving cars may end gasoline era

    In 2014, in the USA alone, cars traveled an estimated 2,926 billion miles (4,740 billion kilometers) - not always safely. During that year, 32,675 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, and a much larger number were injured. This meant around $200 billion (175 billion euros) in insurance claims and another $670 billion of uncompensated losses in pain and suffering, lost work-time, damaged gear, emergency services costs...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by sasky
    +40 +1

    Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully-autonomous vehicles

    The overwhelming majority of Americans don't want to own a fully self-driving car in the future, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan (U-M). The online survey involving 618 respondents showed that 37.2% were "very concerned" about riding in a completely self-driving vehicle, while 66.6% were "very or moderately concerned." Only 9.7% of respondents said they were not at all concerned about riding in a completely self-driving vehicle.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +42 +1

    Self-driving Tractors And Cloud Technology Increase Agricultural Efficiency

    There has been a lot of focus on self-driving vehicles as of late. Ranging from cars to buses and even trains, there are some exciting developments ahead. But very few people are aware there are self-driving tractors as well. The agricultural industry is changing at an accelerated pace.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +2 +1

    General Motors to Spend $1B on Autonomous Car Center in Detroit

    It’s not all happening in Silicon Valley. General Motors has created a new team dedicated to autonomous cars at its Warren Tech Center, based in Detroit. There are already several hundred employees working on the development of its self-driving system, alongside test drivers already active in San Francisco. “We’ve got several hundred people in this space right now … expanding to several hundred people more (by end of this year into next year),” said Ken Kelzer, vice president of global vehicle components to Detroit News.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +35 +1

    Why are Moral Decisions so Important for Self-Driving Cars?

    Self-driving cars are in the news again, after several surveys were released showing how people would want their computer-controlled car to react in a situation where it has to decide whether to save the driver or pedestrians. Most survey results suggested the driver would want to limit the amount of casualties, though we have seen sometimes that humans do not choose that option and end up killing more people to save themselves.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by everlost
    +9 +1

    Roads That Work for Self-Driving Cars

    In May, a Tesla “autopilot” enthusiast in Florida became the first known fatality in a self-driving car. But this was no ordinary accident. The car performed exactly as designed, and the (non)driver’s failure to take any corrective action could reasonably have been foreseen by the manufacturer. This unwelcome yet widely anticipated milestone may set back progress on what promises to be one of the most valuable technologies of the 21st century.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +28 +1

    Tesla Autopilot Crash: Why We Should Worry About a Single Death

    Only recently, Tesla Motors revealed that one of its self-driving cars, operating in Autopilot mode, had crashed in May and killed its driver. How much responsibility Tesla has for the death is still under debate, but many experts are already reminding us of the huge number of lives that could be saved by autonomous cars. Does that mean we shouldn’t worry much about the single death—that we should look away for the sake of the greater good? Is it unethical to focus on negative things that could slow down autonomous-driving technology, which could mean letting thousands of people die in traffic accidents?

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +29 +1

    Mercedes' autonomous Future Bus just drove through Amsterdam

    Don't worry, there is still a bus driver onboard ... kind of. Autonomy isn't just for cars; Mercedes-Benz has created a self-driving city bus, too. Mercedes-Benz revealed its latest creation on Monday morning. Called the Future Bus, it's the first city bus that can drive autonomously. Mercedes did more than just unveil the futuristic vehicle. It also sent it on a 12-mile route through the streets of Amsterdam.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +31 +1

    Germany to require 'black box' in autonomous cars

    Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, transport ministry sources told Reuters on Monday. The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S car in its Autopilot mode has increased the pressure on industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology can be deployed safely.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +33 +1

    Federal regulators says car makers “cannot wait for perfect” on automation

    On Friday, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind told an audience in Detroit, Michigan that car makers “cannot wait for perfect” when it comes to developing and deploying self-driving car technology. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rosekind said automation would “save people’s lives” in a time when auto fatalities have been up 8 percent since 2014. Rosekind’s comments come after a man using Tesla’s autopilot system fatally crashed into a left-turning truck in Florida. The incident is believed to be one of the first involving a car in autonomous mode.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +23 +1

    Elon Musk on Tesla fully autonomous car: ‘What we’ve got will blow people’s minds, it blows my mind… it’ll come sooner than people think’

    During a conference call today, Elon Musk talked about Tesla’s progress in level 4 fully autonomous driving and while he didn’t want to make an announcement on the call, he said that it is coming sooner than people think: “What we’ve got will blow people’s minds, it blows my mind …it’ll come sooner than people think.” Musk’s most recent prediction placed the technology being ready in Q4 2017, around the time Model 3 will enter production.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +44 +1

    This is the highway you will be driving on in 20 years

    Imagine driving on the highway in your self-driving car. You are reading emails on your phone while your car suddenly slows down. You look out the window, and ”Warning! Rockslide in 1,000 feet” is written in LED lights on the road. The connected cars immediately change lane as the LED lane markings changes. This is the future prospect of our highways. “Smart highways” is a term for incorporating different technologies into roads for both generating electricity from solar power, and improving the operations of self-driving cars. Three key technologies for smart highways are Solar Roadways, wireless charging and intelligent transportation...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    Are Autonomous Helicopters the Future of Commuting?

    “Mark my word,” Henry Ford declared in 1940: “A combination air-plane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, you’ve probably wished that such a conveyance had arrived, and that you were driving a flying car—a ground-bound vehicle that could sprout wings and take off toward the sky, above the crowded roads and highways, to transport you quickly and easily to your destination.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +30 +1

    Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

    It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months. With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with its autonomous cars, you’d be forgiven for thinking Uber’s efforts are far behind and barely visible in its frenemy‘s rearview mirror. Well think again!

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by distant
    +15 +1

    Self-Driving Cars Were Just Around the Corner—in 1960

    In the late 1950s, the Radio Corporation of America thought it had a lock on the self-driving car. The January 1958 issue of Electronic Age, RCA’s quarterly magazine, featured its vision of the “highway of the future”: “You reach over to your dashboard and push the button marked ‘Electronic Drive.’ Selecting your lane, you settle back to enjoy the ride as your car adjusts itself to the prescribed speed...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +28 +1

    Volvo, Autoliv Partner to Develop Self-Driving Car Software

    Volvo has partnered with automotive safety systems company Autoliv to "develop next generation autonomous driving software," the companies announced Monday. Nextcar Bug artTogether, Volvo and Autoliv plan to form a new company headquartered in Volvo's hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company, which has not yet been named, will develop new advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies for use in Volvo cars. Autoliv will also offer this future technology to...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by 8mm
    +33 +1

    Google Patent Helps Self-Driving Cars Detect Emergency Vehicles

    Google is working on a technology that would help its self-driving car sensors identify emergency vehicles, according to a newly published patent application. At the core of the technology is the ability for a car to identify a set of lights and determine whether they are emergency vehicles or not, according to the patent.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +28 +1

    Tesla explains how its entire fleet is learning to be better self-driving cars together

    Tesla announced yesterday (Sept. 11) that Autopilot, its self-driving feature, would soon be updated to a new version that uses a car’s radar system — in addition to its camera system — to make decisions while driving semi-autonomously. But perhaps the most interesting part of Tesla’s announcement is how the thousands of vehicles that make up its fleet are learning how to be better self-driving cars together. One of Tesla’s key advantages over incumbent carmakers is how much data it’s collecting — and that it’s actually going to use it.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +26 +1

    The Third Transportation Revolution

    I remember when I first fell in love with cars. It started small with Hot Wheels when I was three and Micromachines when I was six. Everything about them was fast and exciting — even the commercials were narrated by the World’s Fastest Talker. I loved them. Then, when I turned 12, my dad and I began taking annual trips to see the real thing at the New York International Auto Show.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wyrwolf
    +1 +1

    http://qz.com/785509/scientists-from-mit-and-the-delft-university-of-technology-are-building-self-driving-boats-in-amsterdam/

    Scientists in Amsterdam will test self-driving boats in the city’s canals

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rawlings
    +33 +1

    These researchers think we’re nearing ‘peak car’ — and the consequences could be dramatic

    On Thursday the Rocky Mountain Institute — an energy-focused think tank known for its boldness in predicting technological change — released a truly sweeping report on the future of vehicles. And if it’s right — something that, to be sure, can be questioned — then we would be on the verge of an energy and technology transformation to rival the sudden decline of the coal industry.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
    +32 +1

    Will driverless cars really save millions of lives? Lack of data makes it hard to know.

    President Obama says automated vehicles could cut the yearly death toll on U.S. roads by tens of thousands. His highway safety chief talks about “a world where we could potentially prevent or mitigate 19 of every 20 crashes on the road.” Uber says self-driving cars “can help save millions of lives” worldwide. Their message is clear: Robots will be better drivers than we are.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +34 +1

    Parking Lots Are an Incredible Waste of Space. Here's How to End Them.

    The main problem with cars in the city is that they spend 95 percent of their time parked on a valuable piece of land. Carsharing changes that ratio, which gives cities the opportunity to reclaim the parking lot. Sometimes the future arrives humbly in our everyday life, until one day we realize its implications. Carsharing is like that—I was ignoring it until I noticed car2go popping around Berlin:

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Nelson
    +35 +1

    Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Budweisers

    Walt Martin is kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels. “I’ve got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking. Never mind that we’re in the cab of an 18-wheeler cruising through Colorado at 55 mph and Martin was, until a moment ago, the guy at the wheel. Maybe he was feeling cocky. After all the truck, outfitted with $30,000 worth of hardware and software from San Francisco startup Otto, had just hours before made the world’s first autonomous truck delivery.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by everlost
    +22 +1

    Forget self-driving car anxiety: In the early days human drivers were the fear

    With all the anxiety around driverless cars lately, it’s worth remembering there was a time people worried about cars exactly because they had human drivers. In fact, it was the removal of the horses—the horseless carriage—that gave some people fits. In the 1890s, the prospect of a person driving without the aid of a second intelligence was a real concern. A horse, or team of horses, acted as a crude form of cruise control and collision aversion.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by sasky
    +26 +1

    Baidu’s self-driving cars begin public test in Wuzhen, China

    Internet giant Baidu is fast-forwarding its own self-driving car tests with a new public trial of autonomous vehicles, including cars supplied by Chinese automakers BYD, Chery and BAIC. The public tests opened for passengers on Tuesday, and have ferried around 200 people, as of today, across a 3.16 km (around 2 miles) stretch of road in tourist destination Wuzhen, which has been “mapped with centimetre accuracy,” according to Baidu.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +19 +1

    Meet ALVINN, the self-driving car from 1989

    In 1989, the Berlin Wall began to fall, the World Wide Web made its debut, Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” topped the charts, and in Pittsburgh, a retrofitted Army ambulance called ALVINN was driving around Carnegie Mellon University without any human intervention. Self-driving cars may seem like a very recent technological phenomenon, but researchers and engineers have been building vehicles that can drive themselves for over three decades. Research on computer controlled vehicles began at Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +9 +1

    How Delphi, Mobileye Are Fast-Tracking Driverless Car Tech

    Everyone wants to know when fully self-driving cars will be ready for the road. The companies developing the technology usually give a timeline of several years to decades away. Automotive parts manufacturer Delphi and Mobileye are no different, and during a media roundtable this week in San Francisco, Delphi's VP of services, Glen DeVos, envisioned a long-term timeframe for the widespread use of the technology. He expects that fully autonomous driving will first be deployed on commercial vehicles since businesses will be able to save on the expense of drivers and the downtime they require.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +35 +1

    One autonomous car will use 4,000 GB of data per day

    Autonomous cars will soon create significantly more data than people—3 billion people’s worth of data, according to Intel.