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

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. 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. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here

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Autonomous Cars If you’ve ever been broken down in the desert late at night without the luxury of supplemental lighting, you know that it doesn’t get any darker. You could even say night time in the desert is something that nightmares are made of. But, if you’re a self-driving Fusion Hybrid 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? 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?

6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-Driving Car Last week, a friend and I got a sneak peek at Google's new self-driving cars. 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. 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. 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.

Autonomous car An autonomous car,[1] also known as a driverless car,[2] self-driving car[3] or robot car,[4] is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Robotic cars exist mainly as prototypes and demonstration systems. Currently, the only self-driving vehicles that are commercially available are open-air shuttles for pedestrian zones that operate at 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h). Self-Driving Cars - 12 Most Important Questions 7. 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.

Uber employee of the future: The self-driving car Uber recently poached 40 of the scientific minds working at Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center. Uber and Carnegie Mellon already had a partnership to work on robotics formed this past February that would include the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. At the time of the initial deal, Uber's chief product officer, Jeff Holden, said the Carnegie Mellon team's "breadth and depth of technical expertise, particularly in robotics, are unmatched. ... We have the unique opportunity to invest in leading-edge technologies to enable the safe and efficient movement of people and things at giant scale."

Brad Ideas - Nightly I often see the suggestion that as Robocars get better, eventually humans will be forbidden from driving, or strongly discouraged through taxes or high insurance charges. Many people think that might happen fairly soon. It’s easy to see why, as human drivers kill 1.2 million people around the world every year, and injure many millions more. If we get a technology that does much better, would we not want to forbid the crazy risk of driving? It is one of the most dangerous things we commonly do, perhaps only second to smoking. Even if this is going to happen, it won’t happen soon.

The Ethics of Autonomous Cars If a small tree branch pokes out onto a highway and there’s no incoming traffic, we’d simply drift a little into the opposite lane and drive around it. But an automated car might come to a full stop, as it dutifully observes traffic laws that prohibit crossing a double-yellow line. This unexpected move would avoid bumping the object in front, but then cause a crash with the human drivers behind it. Should we trust robotic cars to share our road, just because they are programmed to obey the law and avoid crashes? Our laws are ill-equipped to deal with the rise of these vehicles (sometimes called “automated”, “self-driving”, “driverless”, and “robot” cars—I will use these interchangeably).

10 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be On The Road By 2020 BI Intelligence Self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic idea. 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 warns DMV not to over-regulate self-driving cars - Sacramento Business Journal California Department of Motor Vehicles chief counsel Brian Soublet speaks at a workshop… more Allen Young | Sacramento Business Journal Google company officials warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday against establishing a government process for measuring the safety of driverless cars. Google representatives spoke Tuesday morning at a public workshop attended by more than 100 car manufacturers, state workers, lobbyists and safety advocates.

Driverless Blog - Autonomously driving cars are currently all the rage. And it is really kind of funny that the automobile should finally live up to its very name. Auto-mobile meaning self-moving after all. How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs And Reshape The Economy by 2025 Commentary By Zack Kanter @zackkanter, Entrepreneur and Futurist I have spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about autonomous cars, and I wanted to summarize my current thoughts and predictions. Most people – experts included – seem to think that the transition to driverless vehicles will come slowly over the coming few decades, and that large hurdles exist for widespread adoption. I believe that this is significant underestimation.

» The Era of Self Driving Cars Navigant Research Autonomous vehicles promise to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions while increasing safety. The transition to fully self-driving cars, however, will be gradual, as progressively capable systems take control of individual functions over time. The earliest features will most likely include self-parking, traffic jam assistance, and freeway cruising – each of which will require regulatory changes.