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We asked people if they would trust driverless cars

We’re promised a future with driverless cars on our roads, but do people really trust the technology to take us safely on journeys? New research, published this month in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, has found that we may be more willing to trust driverless cars in certain situations, but not so much in other cases. Driverless cars offer many potential uses. For example, ju...[Read More]

Driverless cars are forcing cities to become smart

Autonomous vehicles are coming and they have the potential to radically better our lives. But to reap the rewards of this new technology, we first have to adapt the world to its requirements. This means preparing the way for massive engineering projects that will introduce the latest generation of mobile networks into our cities. As future autonomous vehicles become safer and more efficient, they ...[Read More]

Sweden’s new road powers electric vehicles – what’s the environmental impact?

Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. The eRoadArlanda pilot scheme, which covers two kilometres of road outside Stockholm, is an attempt to solve one of the biggest challenges that the transport industry faces. Namely, how to move freight and people in a way that neither damages the climate through greenhouse gas emissions nor the quality...[Read More]

Driverless cars are already here but the roads aren’t ready for them

The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles. Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves fro...[Read More]

Formula E racing puts power in the hands of fans

Imagine this. You are an elite racing driver competing at a prestigious event on the streets of New York. You’re in a good position, preparing to accelerate up to 220km/h, when one of your main rivals sails past, thanks to a boost of energy fans voted to give them. This is “Fanboost” in action, an initiative of the FIA Formula E series that has the potential to radically change the way fans engage...[Read More]

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to fruition and autonomous cars are starting to hit the roads in pilot trials. But partial or full autonomy raises the...[Read More]

Electric vehicles are changing the world. And they’re only just getting started

Global interest in climate change – its effects on the environment and society more broadly – is probably at an all time high. Countries around the world, with the glaring exception of the US under President Donald Trump, are increasingly acknowledging the shift that’s needed from a fossil fuel-driven economy to one that is sustainable, green and attempts to mitigate climate change. One area where...[Read More]

Waze is coming to Ford Sync 3 in April

Ford‘s Sync is one of the best in-car infotainment systems we’ve ever used. Waze is one of the best navigation apps thanks to its simple interface and crowd-sourced real-time alerts for accidents, roadblocks and other things that unexpectedly slow our journeys. So imagine our delight when we heard they’re combining forces. Waze will be available on Sync 3 from April this year. Th...[Read More]

Silicon Valley is winning the race to build the first driverless cars

Henry Ford didn’t invent the motor car. The late 1800s saw a flurry of innovation by hundreds of companies battling to deliver on the promise of fast, efficient and reasonably-priced mechanical transportation. Ford later came to dominate the industry thanks to the development of the moving assembly line. Today the sector is poised for another breakthrough with the advent of cars that drive themsel...[Read More]

What kinds of skills will our children need to get ahead in our new world of autonomous driving?

Will my eight-month-old son ever learn to drive a car? Or touch type? Watching him learn to crawl, having mastered sitting, is just the beginning of his discovering how to get around in the world. But in about 15 years’ time, when he needs to start driving himself, will that kind of skill even be necessary? The world is changing at a phenomenal rate, with exponential shifts in new technology...[Read More]

Two out of three’s not bad: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launches Elon’s Tesla Roadster past Mars

It’s no secret that we’ve been excited by the prospect of Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy test flight, which looked set to pave the way for mankind to head to other planets — provided the rockets didn’t detonate on the launchpad… or in flight… or on landing… or… Look, a lot could have gone wrong. As it happened, most of it didn’t. The launch of ...[Read More]

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Much of the push toward self-driving cars has been underwritten by the hope that they will save lives by getting involved in fewer crashes with fewer injuries and deaths than human-driven cars. But so far, most comparisons between human drivers and automated vehicles have been at best uneven, and at worst, unfair. The statistics measuring how many crashes occur are hard to argue with: More than 90...[Read More]

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