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  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by cone
    +27 +1

    Norway pioneered electric ferries. Now it's making them self-driving

    With medieval origins and a quaint, colorful port, the low-rise Norwegian city of Trondheim doesn't look very futuristic. But the former Viking capital is making waves with a pioneering transport initiative: a zero-emissions, self-driving electric ferry.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by ticktack
    +19 +1

    Honda says will be first to mass produce level 3 autonomous cars

    Japan’s Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it will be the world’s first automaker to mass produce sensor-packed level 3 autonomous cars that will allow drivers to let their vehicles navigate congested expressway traffic. “Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend (luxury sedan) equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment” before the end of March 2021, Honda said in a press release.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by baron778
    +18 +1

    Tesla Autopilot 'a distant second' to GM's Super Cruise in hands-free test: Consumer Reports

    General Motors Co's GM.N Super Cruise once again edged Tesla's TSLA.O Autopilot in an evaluation of 17 vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems (ADAS) by Consumer Reports, the testing organization said on Wednesday. A Tesla Model Y fitted with Autopilot finished “a distant second,” the group said, to a Cadillac CT6 equipped with Super Cruise, which GM is rolling out to more than 20 vehicles - including its new Hummer electric pickup truck - over the next three years.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by baron778
    +26 +1

    Tesla Autopilot Could Prevent 80% Of Accidents, Says German Researcher

    Although self-driving technology is controversial, Tesla Inc's Autopilot has been shown to be involved in less accidents than vehicles without the technology. The option comes standard on all Tesla vehicles, and can keep the car in its lane and change speed to keep up with traffic — while the driver pays attention with a hand on the wheel.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by zritic
    +26 +1

    Tesla built a network of connected cars. What happens when it goes down?

    Owners reported their cars weren't connecting to the Internet Wednesday, though the issue appeared to have been resolved a short time later.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dynamite
    +21 +1

    Robots aren’t better soldiers than humans

    When the international debate over fully autonomous weapons began in 2013, a common question was whether robots or machines would perform better than humans. Could providing more autonomy in weapons systems result in greater accuracy and precision?

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

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

    Nothing like a little automatic shade.

  • Analysis
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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.