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Self-driving cars: from 2020 you will become a permanent backseat driver. In the BMW museum at the company’s solidly futuristic headquarters, next to the old Olympic stadium site in Munich, you can view a century of evolving mechanical desire.

Self-driving cars: from 2020 you will become a permanent backseat driver

BMW has long prided itself in creating “ultimate driving machines” and all that Bavarian engineering pride is dramatised in the decade-by-decade progression of engines that harness ever more efficient power in steel, and car bodies that have moved with the ergonomic times. Each sequence of cars on show leaves a gap at one end, ready to showcase the next generation of technical advancement. Over the past century, innovation has smoothly followed innovation; it is likely, however, that the next stage will be a paradigm shift rather than a marginal gain.

The next empty space, or the one after, is likely to be filled by the ultimate driverless machine. The person leading BMW’s prototype efforts to make that car a reality, Michael Aeberhard, does not want to see it in those terms. Or at least I do. “But only just?” Self-driving cars - the future of motoring? - Allianz Australia. Have you ever wondered what it would be like being driven to work by your own car?

Self-driving cars - the future of motoring? - Allianz Australia

Perhaps the stuff of science fiction, it's a concept that people in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have been trying to make reality since the late 1950i. "Autonomous" technologies are already being implemented in today's cars - for example cars with self-parking systems. In the Australian market, Ford's Focus, Volkswagen's Golf and Tiguan and others (including Lexus and Toyota models) have the technology installedii. But, while this technology is undeniably innovative, what about a car that is completely automated? How it works – Google Self-Driving Car Project. Self-Driving Cars - 12 Most Important Questions. 7.

Self-Driving Cars - 12 Most Important Questions

How safe is all this? Considering that semiautonomous cars rely on a network of active safety systems to work, they're pretty safe. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that we are already seeing the benefits of systems such as forward-collision warning in the reduction of accidents. That said, they're not 100 percent fail-proof. Chris Urmson leads Google's self-driving car program and is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also worked on DARPA's autonomous car challenges. Aside from the possibility of a system failure, semiautonomous technologies also have general limitations. 8. Nope. Of course, at 60 mph and in the middle of heavy traffic, the system can't physically force the driver to reengageand that's more than a little worrisome. 9. Semiautonomous cars and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could profoundly change how traffic flows and even highway design.

Near-Term Midterm. 10 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be On The Road By 2020. BI Intelligence Self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic idea.

10 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be On The Road By 2020

Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself. Tech companies are also trying to pioneer the self-driving car. Recently, Google announced that it would be testing its prototype of a driverless car on roads this summer in California. Google Self-Driving Car - 6 things I learned from a ride. Last week, a friend and I got a sneak peek at Google's new self-driving cars.

Google Self-Driving Car - 6 things I learned from a ride

In addition to spending an afternoon cheating on my Intergalactic SpaceBoat of Light and Wonder, I got to chat with the engineers about the project. 1. Human beings are terrible drivers. We drink. We doze. 2. The car we rode in did not strike me as dangerous. In the early versions they tested on closed courses, the vehicles were programmed to be highly aggressive. 3. Google's new fleet was intentionally designed to look adorable. By turning self-driving cars into an adorable Skynet Marshmallow Bumper Bots, Google hopes to spiritually disarm other drivers. Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here. The object, vaguely pink, sits on the shoulder of the freeway, slowly shimmering into view.

Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here

Is it roadkill? A weird kind of sagebrush? No, wait, it’s … a puffy chunk of foam insulation! “The laser almost certainly got returns off of it,” says Chris Urmson, sitting behind the wheel of the Prius he is not driving. A note is made (FOD: foreign object or debris, lane 1) as we drive past, to help our computerized car understand the curious flotsam it has just seen. It’s a Monday, midday, and we are heading north on California Highway 85 in a Google autonomous vehicle.

Anthony Levandowski, business lead on Google’s self-driving-car project, sits in the passenger seat, lanky and spectacled, wearing loud athletic shoes and clutching a MacBook Pro with a bumper sticker that reads “My other car drives itself.” The Prius begins to seem like the Platonic ideal of a driver. Google isn’t the only company with driverless cars on the road.

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